Motown Songs Volume 2

By: anonymous

21 songs / 1:41:10

  1. 1 Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge / The Way You Do … 03:25
  2. 2 Phil Collins / You Can't Hurry Love 04:10
  3. 3 Joe Cocker / I Heard It Through The Grapevine 04:25
  4. 4 Dave Edmunds' All Star Rock N' Roll Revue / My Girl 03:15
  5. 5 Stevie Wonder / For Once In My Life 03:50
  6. 6 The Loading Zone / Shop Around 07:08
  7. 7 Rod Stewart and the Faces / (I Know) I'm Losing You 07:34
  8. 8 The Chambers Brothers / I Wish It Would Rain 04:29
  9. 9 Paul Carrack / Ain't Too Proud to Beg 03:06
  10. 10 Steve Goodman / Two Lovers 03:29
  11. 11 Rosanne Cash / Come See About Me 02:48
  12. 12 Herbie Mann Quintet / Never Can Say Goodbye 04:41
  13. 13 The Rolling Stones / Just My Imagination (Running Aw… 07:01
  14. 14 The Sons of Champlin / Slippery When It's Wet 04:47
  15. 15 The Woody Herman Orchestra / Uptight (Everything's A… 07:03
  16. 16 Blood, Sweat and Tears / You've Made Me So Very Happy 04:49
  17. 17 The Pointer Sisters / Don't Mess With Bill 03:27
  18. 18 The Forester Sisters / He's Back In My Arms Again 02:49
  19. 19 Hall & Oates / Going To A Go-Go 03:29
  20. 20 Stevie Wonder / Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours 03:07
  21. 21 Grateful Dead / Dancing In The Streets 12:18

When Berry Gordy, Jr. decided he wasn't making as much money as he should have been writing songs for the like of Jackie Wilson and The Matadors, he decided to go into the production and publishing business. In 1959 he started Tamla Records which got off to a promising start when, fittingly enough, Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" reached #2 on the R-and-B charts. He followed that up by signing The Matadors who quickly changed their name to The Miracles, buying a little property in Detroit that would become known as Hitsville, and starting a second label called Motown which would soon become the namesake for his parent record company.

With a core staff of producers (Gordy, Smokey Robinson, William "Mickey Stevenson, Norman Whitfield, Harvey Fuqua), songwriters (Lamont-Dozier-Lamont, Ashford and Simpson, Whitfield-Strong), and a smoking house band (known collectively as the Funk Brothers), the label churned out hits faster than you could say "the hippies are coming," racking up 110 top 10 smashes between 1961 and 1971. These tracks came to define the "Motown Sound" which was soon imitated around the world.