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    Motown Intros

    Motown had some of the most distinctive intros on their recordings. What are your 15 favorites? [[It can be 45 intros and/or album track intros. The choice is yours!)

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    1. Four Tops-"Reach Out I'll Be There"
    2. The Temptations-"Get Ready"
    3. Edwin Starr-"War"
    4. Jr. Walker & The All Stars-"I'm A Road Runner"
    5. Stevie Wonder-"Uptight [Everything's Alright]"
    6. The Supremes-"Everything's Good About You"
    7. The Marvelettes-"Knock On My Door"
    8. R. Dean Taylor-"There's A Ghost In My House"
    9. The Miracles-"Going To A Go-Go"
    10. The Marvelettes-"I'll Keep Holding On"
    11. The Jackson 5-"I Want You Back"
    12. Four Tops-"7 Rooms Of Gloom"
    13. The Supremes-"Stoned Love [LP Version]"
    14. The Spinners-"I'll Always Love You"
    15. Martha & The Vandellas-"Never Leave Your Baby's Side"

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    01 Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Forget Me Not
    02 Jackson 5 - I'll Be There
    03 Four Tops - MacArthur Park
    04 Four Tops - Do What You Gotta Do
    05 Jimmy Ruffin - Farewell Is A Lonely Sound
    06 Stevie Wonder - Love A Go Go
    07 Junior Walker - What Does It Take
    08 Isley Bros - I Hear A Symphony
    09 The Spinners - It's A Shame
    10 Jose Feliciano - I Wanna Be Where You Are
    11 DRATS - I'm In Love Again
    12 Stevie Wonder - Castles In The Sand
    13 Marvelettes - When You're Young And In Love
    14 Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston - It's Gotta Be A Miracle [[This Thing Called Love)
    15 The Elgins - Put Yourself In My Place

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysterysinger View Post
    01 Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Forget Me Not
    02 Jackson 5 - I'll Be There
    03 Four Tops - MacArthur Park
    04 Four Tops - Do What You Gotta Do
    05 Jimmy Ruffin - Farewell Is A Lonely Sound
    06 Stevie Wonder - Love A Go Go
    07 Junior Walker - What Does It Take
    08 Isley Bros - I Hear A Symphony
    09 The Spinners - It's A Shame
    10 Jose Feliciano - I Wanna Be Where You Are
    11 DRATS - I'm In Love Again
    12 Stevie Wonder - Castles In The Sand
    13 Marvelettes - When You're Young And In Love
    14 Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston - It's Gotta Be A Miracle [[This Thing Called Love)
    15 The Elgins - Put Yourself In My Place
    You like your mellow Motown.

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    1)Two Lovers 2)My Guy 3)You Lost The Sweetest Boy 4)Dancing In The Street 5)Mickeys Monkey 6)Heat Wave 7)Stubborn Kind of Fellow 8)Nowhere To Run 9)The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game 10)My Girl

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    1. My World Is Empty - mono
    2. I Can't Help Myself
    3. Where Did Our Love Go
    4. My Guy
    5. Don't Mess With Bill
    6 [[Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need
    7. You Keep Me Hangin' On
    8. Heat Wave
    9..This Old Heart Of Mine
    10. My Girl
    11. The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage
    12. If You Can Want
    13. A Little More Love
    14. Forget About Me
    15. Ain't No Mountain [[Ross)

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    Where Did Our Love Go
    Heat Wave
    Dancing in the Street
    Nowhere to Run
    Don't Mess With Bill
    It's the Same Old Song
    Something About You
    This Old Heart of Mine
    Uptight [Everything's Alright]
    Get Ready
    My Girl
    My Guy
    You Can't Hurry Love
    You Keep Me Hangin' On
    Reflections

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sotosound View Post
    You like your mellow Motown.
    I am indeed a mellow Motowner,
    A sucker for a great melody.
    When the music churns the soul,
    that's when Motown's best for me.

    A very mellow Motowner,
    Who likes his Motown with passion,
    Regardless of hit status or era, and
    Not a dedicated follower of fashion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysterysinger View Post
    I am indeed a mellow Motowner,
    A sucker for a great melody.
    When the music churns the soul,
    that's when Motown's best for me.

    A very mellow Motowner,
    Who likes his Motown with passion,
    Regardless of hit status or era, and
    Not a dedicated follower of fashion.
    Mystery,

    You're a poet and didn't know it,
    But your feet show it... because they're Longfellow's! HaHa!!!
    Last edited by Philles/Motown Gary; 11-12-2023 at 07:38 AM.

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    Part Two-

    1. Martha & The Vandellas-"Dancing In The Street"
    2. The Marvelettes-"Please Mr. Postman"
    3. The Contours-"Do You Love Me [Now That I Can Dance]"
    4. Marvin Gaye-"What's Going On [LP Version]"
    5. The Temptations-"Ain't Too Proud To Beg"
    6. Diana Ross-"I'm Coming Out"
    7. The Supremes-"Baby Love"
    8. The Undisputed Truth-"Smiling Faces Sometimes"
    9. Mary Wells-"My Guy"
    10. The Temptations-"I Can't Get Next To You"
    11. Stevie Wonder-"Signed, Sealed, Delivered [I'm Yours]"
    12. Edwin Starr-"25 Miles"
    13. The Spinners-"It's A Shame"
    14. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles-"The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage"
    15. The Monitors-"Number One In Your Heart"

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    1) THE VELVELETTES - A Bird In The Hand [[Is Worth Two In The Bush)
    2) MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS - Easily Persuaded
    3) THE TEMPTATIONS - All I Need
    4) THE MARVELETTES - I Can't Turn Around
    5) THE MIRACLES - Whole Lot Of Shaking In My Heart [[Since I Met You)
    6) FOUR TOPS - I Can't Help Myself [[Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
    7) KIM WESTON - Helpless
    8) DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES - Forever Came Today
    9) THE VELVELETTES - He Was Really Saying Something
    10) EDDIE HOLLAND - Candy To Me
    11) TAMMI TERRELL - He's The One I Love
    12) MARVIN GAYE - Little Darling [[I Need You) [[MONO Version)
    13) JIMMY RUFFIN - What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
    14) THE SUPREMES - Everything Is Good About You
    15) JR. WALKER - Right On Brothers And Sisters
    16) MARVIN GAYE - Chained
    17) THE MIRACLES - Going To A Go-Go
    18) MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS - You've Been In Love Too Long
    19) JR. WALKER - How Sweet It Is [[To Be Loved By You)
    20) THE MARVELETTES - Too Many Fish In The Sea

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    I like this most recently posted list [[Motown Gary) but to add a few of my own...........

    The Day You Take One [[You Have to Take the Other) Marvelettes
    Friendship Train Gladys Knight & Pips
    I Can't Dance to That Music You're Playing Martha Reeves & Vandellas
    I'm a Winner Martha Reeves & Vandellas [[Their version blows Diana's out of the water)
    That's the Way Love Is Marvin Gaye
    The Stranger Marvelettes
    Going Down for the Third Time Diana Ross & Supremes
    Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever Four Tops
    I'm a Roadrunner Jr. Walker & All Stars
    Heaven Must Have Sent You Elgins

    I am sure there are many more but that is all I can think of at the moment. Besides I agree with many of the ones already posted.

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    Back In My Arms Again - Supremes
    Come See About Me - Supremes
    Reflections- Supremes
    Reach Out Iíll Be There- Four Tops
    I Wish It Would Rain - Temptations
    Ainít No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    I Heard It Through The Grapevine - GK&TP, Marvin Gaye
    Heatwave - Martha & the Vandellas
    Donít Mess With Bill - Marvelettes
    Uptight - Stevie Wonder

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    Quote Originally Posted by daviddesper View Post
    I like this most recently posted list [[Motown Gary) but to add a few of my own...........

    The Day You Take One [[You Have to Take the Other) Marvelettes
    Friendship Train Gladys Knight & Pips
    I Can't Dance to That Music You're Playing Martha Reeves & Vandellas
    I'm a Winner Martha Reeves & Vandellas [[Their version blows Diana's out of the water)
    That's the Way Love Is Marvin Gaye
    The Stranger Marvelettes
    Going Down for the Third Time Diana Ross & Supremes
    Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever Four Tops
    I'm a Roadrunner Jr. Walker & All Stars
    Heaven Must Have Sent You Elgins

    I am sure there are many more but that is all I can think of at the moment. Besides I agree with many of the ones already posted.
    Great list, David. Every song is a winner! I heartily agree with you. When it comes to Ashford & Simpson's "I'm A Winner", Martha's is the better by far. To refresh my memory, I just played both versions, and Diana's version suffers from being considerably slower than Martha's. Diana's version is also cut in a much lower key -- robbing Diana's version of any and all excitement. I also like The Vandellas' back-up performance better. I may be wrong, but I'm thinking the back-up Vandellas are actually Lois and Sandy [[not The Andantes). Clearly, Motown missed their mark in not releasing Martha's "I'm A Winner" as the follow-up single to "Taking My Love [[And Leaving Me)".

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnjeb View Post
    Back In My Arms Again - Supremes
    Come See About Me - Supremes
    Reflections- Supremes
    Reach Out I’ll Be There- Four Tops
    I Wish It Would Rain - Temptations
    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    I Heard It Through The Grapevine - GK&TP, Marvin Gaye
    Heatwave - Martha & the Vandellas
    Don’t Mess With Bill - Marvelettes
    Uptight - Stevie Wonder
    Keep 'em coming, John!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philles/Motown Gary View Post
    Great list, David. Every song is a winner! I heartily agree with you. When it comes to Ashford & Simpson's "I'm A Winner", Martha's is the better by far. To refresh my memory, I just played both versions, and Diana's version suffers from being considerably slower than Martha's. Diana's version is also cut in a much lower key -- robbing Diana's version of any and all excitement. I also like The Vandellas' back-up performance better. I may be wrong, but I'm thinking the back-up Vandellas are actually Lois and Sandy [[not The Andantes). Clearly, Motown missed their mark in not releasing Martha's "I'm A Winner" as the follow-up single to "Taking My Love [[And Leaving Me)".
    I believe the backup vocalists on Martha's I'M A WINNER are actually Ashford and Simpson. Indeed, Nick's voice is rather dominant on it.

    I must confess, I enjoy Diana's version much more.

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    I love so many of the songs listed above. I add:

    What Does It Take - Junior Walker & All Stars
    Still Water [[Love) - Four Tops
    Dark Side Of The World - Diana Ross/Marvin Gaye
    Do I Love You [[Indeed I Do) - Frank Wilson

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    Quote Originally Posted by reese View Post
    I believe the backup vocalists on Martha's I'M A WINNER are actually Ashford and Simpson. Indeed, Nick's voice is rather dominant on it.

    I must confess, I enjoy Diana's version much more.
    Funny, Reese! And I thought Nick and/or Val and/or Joshie Armstead were singing back-up on Diana's version! Guess we'll never know for sure. All that matters is that we love what we love for whatever reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rovereab View Post
    I love so many of the songs listed above. I add:

    What Does It Take - Junior Walker & All Stars
    Still Water [[Love) - Four Tops
    Dark Side Of The World - Diana Ross/Marvin Gaye
    Do I Love You [[Indeed I Do) - Frank Wilson
    Me, too, Rovereab. All winners!

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    The intro sleeve that Motown had some of the most distinctive sleeve intros on their recordings. Note Diana Ross's 45 "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". The Identical picture sleeve photo as the stock copy is different to most others, as this one is the release copy to Programmers & Disc Jockey's only, hence note the "Attention Box" which is more difficult to find. Written in 1967 & issued in 1970.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Jarvis View Post
    The intro sleeve that Motown had some of the most distinctive sleeve intros on their recordings. Note Diana Ross's 45 "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". The Identical picture sleeve photo as the stock copy is different to most others, as this one is the release copy to Programmers & Disc Jockey's only, hence note the "Attention Box" which is more difficult to find. Written in 1967 & issued in 1970.




    When I was a kid, I went to the library to start writing an essay. Instead of doing so, I spent much of my time looking through old Billboard magazines. In one, I found an ad with the picture sleeve of AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH shown above. I gather at one point it also had the 45 but someone swiped it. I'm not proud but I did end up "borrowing" the sleeve myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reese View Post
    When I was a kid, I went to the library to start writing an essay. Instead of doing so, I spent much of my time looking through old Billboard magazines. In one, I found an ad with the picture sleeve of AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH shown above. I gather at one point it also had the 45 but someone swiped it. I'm not proud but I did end up "borrowing" the sleeve myself.
    Look on the bright side, Reese. At least it went to a good home!

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    Every time I've thought about this topic I think about 'big bouncy' intros [[eg 'When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes' or 'Reach Out. I'll Be There.

    And then I think about something like 'I'm Growing' and not sure what to do or say.

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    An incredible early record and is also a bit of a mystery as the group is unknown, I have always liked the intro, and a favourite of mine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi Stubbs Tears View Post
    Every time I've thought about this topic I think about 'big bouncy' intros [[eg 'When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes' or 'Reach Out. I'll Be There.

    And then I think about something like 'I'm Growing' and not sure what to do or say.
    Levi, I love The Tempts' "It's Growing", but, now that you mention it, it's intro was never a favorite of mine. The rest of the production is brilliant -- especially the bridge where it changes key and David sings, "Like the need in a guy to see his girl when she's gone away", and The Andantes hit those two emotional, sensational high notes perfectly with the words "It's Growing". It's Motown magic at its finest, yet... the piano pounding out that seemingly unrelated intro...just never caught my fancy... at all.
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