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Complete Motown Singles Vol 12a: 1972 (5CD) Box Set


Complete Motown Singles Vol 12a: 1972 (5CD) Box Set

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"The Complete Motown Singles, the acclaimed, long-running series encompassing every Motown single release of the Detroit era, begins its final phase this year with Volume 12A, a 5-disc set of the company’s output from the first half of 1972. The collection contains 113 remastered tracks with a 130-page book that chronicles the story of the year in which Motown uprooted from Hitsville and moved west.

The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 12A: 1972 features Motown expanding into other creative areas. The Four Tops recorded “A Simple Game” in London with the Moody Blues, while the Jackson 5 and lead singer Michael respectively, covered the 1950s hits “Little Bitty Pretty One” and “Rockin’ Robin.” MJ also delivered “I Wanna Be Where You Are,” while Marvin Gaye, a year removed from his landmark album What’s Going On, recorded a politically-tinged single, “You’re The Man.”
Martha Reeves & the Vandellas released their final single, “Tear It On Down.” Smokey Robinson & the Miracles began their official goodbye with “We’ve Come Too Far To End It Now,” while Stevie Wonder had a new beginning, issuing the independently-minded single, “Superwoman” and producing his then-wife, Syreeta. The Commodores, a new group from Alabama, debuted on MoWest with the track “The Zoo (The Human Zoo).” Jr. Walker & the All Stars hit with the sublime “Walk In The Night.” 
This volume features not only hits and B-sides, but rare tracks from a wide variety of artists: David Ruffin, the Supremes, the Temptations, Undisputed Truth, Blinky, Bobby Darin, the Devastating Affair, Eric & the Vikings, Thelma Houston, Rare Earth, Sisters Love, Edwin Starr, Frankie Valli, and more. And, as is expected in this series, Vol. 12A is in “album” style packaging, with a bonus 7” vinyl single – this time, with two songs by the Blackberries never actually issued as a 45. The book features two essays: an introduction by the twin brothers Russ and Ralph Terrana, two key members of the Motown engineering staff, and an overview by Susan Whitall, a longtime writer for The Detroit News, plus detailed track-by-track histories by co-producers Keith Hughes and Harry Weinger, and Grammy®-nominated Bill Dahl"


Disc 1

  1. A Simple Game – Four Tops
  2. L.A. (My Town) – Four Tops
  3. Our Favorite Melody – Jimmy Ruffin
  4. You Gave Me Love – Jimmy Ruffin
  5. A Breath Taking Guy – The Marvelettes
  6. You’re the One for Me Bobby – The Marvelettes
  7. I’m Someone Who Cares – The Originals
  8. Once I Have You (I Will Never Let Go) – The Originals
  9. I’m Someone Who Cares (Promo Stereo Version) – The Originals
  10. Out in the Night – Blue Scepter
  11. Gypsy Eyes – Blue Scepter
  12. Out in the Night (Promo Stereo Version) – Blue Scepter
  13. What It Is? – The Undisputed Truth
  14. California Soul – The Undisputed Truth
  15. Feel Like Givin’ Up – Posse
  16. Take Somebody Like You – Posse
  17. Take a Look Around – The Temptations
  18. Smooth Sailing (From Now On) – The Temptations
  19. Take a Look Around (Promo Stereo Version) – The Temptations
  20. I Want to Be Humble – The Devastating Affair
  21. My Place – The Devastating Affair
  22. I Want to Be Humble (Promo Stereo Version) – The Devastating Affair
  23. Rockin’ Robin – Michael Jackson
  24. Love is Here and Now You’re Gone – Michael Jackson

Disc 2

  1. Can You Give Me Love with a Guarantee – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  2. If You Gonna Leave (Just Leave) – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  3. Can You Give Me Love with a Guarantee (Promo Stereo Version) – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  4. Love Isn’t Here (Like It Used to Be) – Frankie Valli
  5. Poor Fool – Frankie Valli
  6. Love Isn’t Here (Like It Used to Be) (Second Pressing) – Frankie Valli
  7. Poor Fool (Second Pressing) – Frankie Valli
  8. Walk in the Night - Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  9. I Don’t Want to Do Wrong – Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  10. Take Me Clear from Here – Edwin Starr
  11. Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World is Today) – Edwin Starr
  12. I’m Gonna Get You (Part II) – G.C. Cameron
  13. I’m Gonna Get You (Part I) – G.C. Cameron
  14. Help Me Make It Through the Night – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  15. Mr. Fix-It Man – The Sisters Love
  16. You’ve Got to Make the Choice – The Sisters Love
  17. Taos New Mexico – R. Dean Taylor
  18. Shadow – R. Dean Taylor
  19. The Zoo (The Human Zoo) – The Commodores
  20. I’m Looking for Love – The Commodores

Disc 3

  1. What’d I Say – Rare Earth
  2. Nice to Be with You  - Rare Earth
  3. What’d I Say (Promo Stereo Version) – Rare Earth
  4. Let Me Run Into Your Lonely Heart – Eddie Kendricks
  5. Eddie’s Love – Eddie Kendricks
  6. Eddie’s Love (Promo Version) – Eddie Kendricks
  7. Me and Bobby McGee – Thelma Houston
  8. No One’s Gonna Be a Fool Forever – Thelma Houston
  9. What It Is, What It Is – G.C. Cameron
  10. You Are That Special One – G.C. Cameron
  11. Little Bitty Pretty One – The Jackson 5
  12. If I Have to Move a Mountain – The Jackson 5
  13. Automatically Sunshine – The Supremes
  14. Precious Little Things – The Supremes
  15. It’s the Same Old Love – The Courtship
  16. Last Row, First Balcony – The Courtship
  17. It’s the Same Old Love (Promo Stereo Version) – The Courtship
  18. Nihaa Shil Hozho (I Am Happy About You) – Xit
  19. End? – Xit
  20. Nihaa Shil Hozho (I Am Happy About You) (Promo Stereo Version) – Xit
  21. I Can’t Quit Your Love – Four Tops
  22. Happy (is a Bumpy Road) – Four Tops
  23. I Can Make It Alone – Vincent DiMirco
  24. Come Clean – Vincent DiMirco

Disc 4

  1. Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You) – Stevie Wonder
  2. I Love Every Little Thing About You – Stevie Wonder
  3. It’s Too Much for Man to Take Too Long – Eric & The Vikings
  4. Time Don’t Wait – Eric & The Vikings
  5. It’s Too Much for Man to Take Too Long (Promo Stereo Version) – Eric & The Vikings
  6. Long Way from Home – Howl the Good
  7. Why Do You Cry – Howl the Good
  8. Long Way from Home (Promo Stereo Version) – Howl the Good
  9. You’re the Man (Part 1) – Marvin Gaye
  10. You’re the Man (Part 2) – Marvin Gaye
  11. I Wanna Be Where You Are – Michael Jackson
  12. We’ve Got a Good Thing Going – Michael Jackson
  13. We’ve Come Too Far to End It Now – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  14. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – The Undisputed Truth
  15. Friendship Train – The Undisputed Truth
  16. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone (Promo Stereo Version) – The Undisputed Truth
  17. Get Me Some Help – Chris Holland & T-Bone
  18. If Time Could Stand Still – Chris Holland & T-Bone
  19. Get Me Some Help (Promo Stereo Version) – Chris Holland & T-Bone
  20. Tear It On Down – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  21. I Want You Back - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  22. Label Me Love – Different Shades of Brown
  23. Life’s a Ball (While It Lasts) – Different Shades of Brown

Disc 5

  1. Mother Nature – The Temptations
  2. Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On – The Temptations
  3. Mother Nature (Promo Stereo Version) – The Temptations
  4. Sail Away – Bobby Darin
  5. Hard Headed Woman – Bobby Darin
  6. I Can’t Give Back the Love I Feel for You – Suzee Ikeda
  7. Mind, Body and Soul – Suzee Ikeda
  8. A Little More Trust – David Ruffin
  9. A Day in the Life, of a Working Man – David Ruffin
  10. A Little More Trust (Promo Stereo Version) – David Ruffin
  11. Money (That’s What I Want) – Blinky
  12. For Your Precious Love – Blinky
  13. Groove Than – Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  14. Me and My Family – Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  15. Lookin’ Through the Windows – The Jackson 5
  16. Love Song – The Jackson 5
  17. Somebody Up There – The Blackberries
  18. But I Love You More – The Blackberries
  19. To Know You is to Love You – Syreeta
  20. Happiness – Syreeta
  21. Somebody Oughta’ Turn Your Head Around – Crystal Mansion
  22. Earth People – Crystal Mansion