Essential Listening: Complete Motown Singles – Vol 12b: 1972 (5CD Box Set)

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

5-CD set brings acclaimed series to an end, with 100 classic & rare tracks. The Complete Motown Singles, an acclaimed, multi-disc series covering the companys wide-ranging and massively successful output from 1959-1972, comes to its conclusion with the release of Volume 12B, a 5-disc set of the companys output from the last half of 1972.

This final volume is another stunning release, with 100 remastered tracks, several of them rare and unreleased, along with a 130-page booklet that tells the story of Motown finding a path from its original Hitsville headquarters to the sun and surf of Los Angeles.

Theres the MoWest label, and its fits and starts; the Temptations, remaining in Detroit and hitting No. 1 again, with Papa Was A Rollin Stone; the maturation of Stevie Wonder, who begins an unstoppable run with Superstition; and with Good Morning Heartache, Trouble Man and Ben, respectively, Motown emerges with Diana Ross, movie star, Marvin Gaye, movie score composer, and Michael Jackson, solo act with a No. 1 movie theme. There are brief hellos to such diverse artists as Puzzle, Wolfe, Martin & Finley, Odyssey and 1960s pop icon Lesley Gore. Jermaine Jackson debuts as another solo act from the Jackson 5.

There are also rare tracks from: Valerie Simpson, whose unreleased single version of Genius features an alternate vocal from the LP release; G.C. Cameron & Willie Hutch, whose scheduled duet version of Come Get This Thang went unissued until Camerons album release two years later, but without Hutchs voice; Marvin Gaye, whose poignant Christmas single sat on a shelf for 20 years; and Funk Brothers bassist Bob Bobbitt, whose funky Soul label single Gospel Truth was cancelled.

With Volume 12B there are also bittersweet goodbyes to the Four Tops, who end their Motown reign with the top 10 R&B hit (It's The Way) Nature Planned It; Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, who release I Can't Stand To See You Cry before continuing as two separate acts; and Gladys Knight & the Pips, who end this series appropriately: Neither One of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye).

As always, there's more in this final volume: our standard album style packaging features a reproduction of the original Gordy single Papa Was A Rollin Stone, a Grammy winner for the Temptations and the songs arranger Paul Riser.

The book includes two essays and nostalgic and emotional reminiscence by original Four Top Abdul Duke Fakir, and part two of the Detroit-to-L.A. overview by Susan Whitall, a longtime writer for The Detroit News.

There are dozens of rare photos, and the detailed track-by-track annotations by Grammy-nominated Bill Dahl and co-producers Keith Hughes and Harry Weinger. The latter gentlemen also contribute series postscripts that offer back stories of the Motown tape vault, session logs and tape cards, bringing to light the historical touchstones that have contributed to a new understanding of the Motown experience.

Its a fitting farewell to The Complete Motown Singles series.

Disc 71 (Vol. 12B/Disc 1)
1. Your Wonderful Sweet Sweet Love – The Supremes
2. The Wisdom Of Time – The Supremes
3. Green Grow The Lilacs – The Festivals
4. So In Love – The Festivals
5. Green Grow The Lilacs [stereo promo version] – The Festivals
6. What Is Black – Billy Proctor
7. I Can Take It All – Billy Proctor
8. What Is Black [stereo promo version] – Billy Proctor
9. Ben – Michael Jackson
10. You Can Cry On My Shoulder – Michael Jackson
11. That’s How Love Goes – Jermaine Jackson
12. I Lost My Love In The Big City – Jermaine Jackson
13. Duck You Sucker – Jerry Ross Symposium
14. It Happened On A Sunday Morning – Jerry Ross Symposium
15. (It’s The Way) Nature Planned It – Four Tops
16. I’ll Never Change – Four Tops
17. Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love – Odyssey
18. Broken Road – Odyssey
19. The Night – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
20. Sun Country – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
21. Daddy Could Swear, I Declare – Gladys Knight & The Pips
22. Can’t Give It Up No More – Gladys Knight & The Pips
Disc 72 (Vol. 12B/Disc 2)
1. Keep On Running – Stevie Wonder
2. Evil – Stevie Wonder
3. The Morning After – Michelle Aller
4. Spend Some Time Together – Michelle Aller
5. Just Not Gonna Make It – Michelle Aller
6. Walk On, Don’t Look Back – Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
7. Who Is The Leader Of The People – Edwin Starr
8. Don’t Tell Me I’m Crazy – Edwin Starr
9. Who Is The Leader Of The People [stereo promo version] – Edwin Starr
10. Gospel Truth – Bob Babbitt
11. Running Like A Rabbit – Bob Babbitt
12. If You Let Me – Eddie Kendricks
13. Just Memories – Eddie Kendricks
14. I Guess I’ll Miss The Man – The Supremes
15. Over And Over – The Supremes
16. The Good Things (Where Was I When Love Came By) – The Naturals
17. Me And My Brother – The Naturals
18. The Good Things (Where Was I When Love Came By) [stereo promo version] – Naturals
19. I Love Every Little Thing About You – Syreeta
20. Black Maybe – Syreeta
20. Black Maybe – Syreeta
Disc 73 (Vol. 12B/Disc 3)
1. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone (Vocal) – The Temptations
2. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone (Instrumental) – The Temptations
3. Corner Of The Sky – The Jackson 5
4. To Know – The Jackson 5
5. Good Time Sally – Rare Earth
6. Love Shines Down – Rare Earth
7. Genius – Valerie Simpson
8. Silly Wasn’t I – Valerie Simpson
9. I Believe I’m Gonna Take This Ride – Valerie Simpson
10. What If – Thelma Houston
11. There Is A God – Thelma Houston
12. Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don’t Say No) – The Undisputed Truth
13. Girl You’re Alright – The Undisputed Truth
14. With A Little Help From My Friends – The Undisputed Truth
15. Girl You’re Alright [stereo promo version] – The Undisputed Truth
16. She Said That – Lesley Gore
17. The Road I Walk – Lesley Gore
18. Spanish Harlem – The Crusaders
19. Papa Hooper’s Barrelhouse Groove – The Crusaders
Disc 74 (Vol. 12B/Disc 4)
1. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
2. You’ve Got It Bad Girl – Stevie Wonder
3. You’ve Got My Mind – Sisters Love
4. Try It You’ll Like It – Sisters Love
5. Songwriter – Repairs
6. Fiddler – Repairs
7. Average People – Bobby Darin
8. Something In Her Love – Bobby Darin
9. Since I Met You There’s No Magic – Celebration
10. The Circle Again – Celebration
11. Come Get This Thang – G.C. Cameron & Willie Hutch
12. My Woman – G.C. Cameron & Willie Hutch
13. Daddy’s Home – Jermaine Jackson
14. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) – Jermaine Jackson
15. I Can’t Stand To See You Cry – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16. With Your Love Came – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
17. I Can’t Stand To See You Cry [stereo promo version] – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
18. Happy (Love Theme From “Lady Sings The Blues”) – Bobby Darin
Disc 75 (Vol. 12B/Disc 5)
1. Trouble Man – Marvin Gaye
2. Don’t Mess With Mr. T – Marvin Gaye
3. Robot Man – Jay & The Techniques
4. I’ll Be Here – Jay & The Techniques
5. Long Life And Success To The Farmer - Martin & Finley
6. Half Crazed – Martin & Finley
7. Take It Out On Me – Jerry Ross Symposium
8. It’s The Same Old Love – Jerry Ross Symposium
9. Love Ain’t Love (Till You Give It To Somebody) – The Courtships
10. Oops, It Just Slipped Out – The Courtships
11. We’re Gonna Have A Good Time – Rare Earth
12. Would You Like To Come Along – Rare Earth
13. Ballad Of The Unloved – Wolfe
14. Tale Of Two Cities – Wolfe
15. It’s Not The Last Time – Puzzle
16. On With The Show – Puzzle
17. Good Morning Heartache – Diana Ross
18. God Bless The Child – Diana Ross
19. I Want To Come Home For Christmas – Marvin Gaye
20. Christmas In The City – Marvin Gaye
21. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye) – Gladys Knight & The Pips
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