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Motown: The Complete No. 1’s / 11CD

Motown: The Complete No. 1's / 11CD

Motown: The Complete No. 1’s is being reissued as an 11CD box set in June.

This set features classic Motown songs that were number one somewhere in the world and it includes artists like Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, the Temptations, the Jackson 5, the Commodores, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Four Tops, Boyz II Men, and many more.

There’s around 200 tracks in total and one difference from the previous set (released in 2008) is that this features a 11th bonus CD of six tracks.

Motown: The Complete No. 1’s comes creatively packaged in a box styled as a replica of the original Hitsville Motown building and is being reissued as part of Motown’s 60th anniversary celebrations in 2019.

While it’s not particularly cheap it does also include a 100-page photo book with an introduction by Smokey Robinson.

Motown: The Complete No. 1’s is released on 28 June 2019.

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Disc 1
1. Shop Around — The Miracles (featuring Bill “Smokey” Robinson) / U.S. R&B
2. Please Mr. Postman — The Marvelettes / U.S. Pop
3. Do You Love Me — The Contours / U.S. R&B
4. You Beat Me To the Punch — Mary Wells / U.S. R&B
5. Two Lovers — Mary Wells / U.S. R&B
6. You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me — The Miracles / U.S. R&B
7. Fingertips-Part 2 — Little Stevie Wonder / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
8. Heat Wave — Martha &the Vandellas / U.S. R&B
9. The Way You Do The Things You Do — The Temptations / U.S. R&B*
10. My Guy — Mary Wells / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – Australia
11. Where Did Our Love Go — The Supremes / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B* – Canada
12. Baby Love — The Supremes / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B* – U.K.
13. Come See About Me — The Supremes / U.S. Pop – Canada
14. My Girl — The Temptations / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
15. Shotgun — Jr. Walker &the All-Stars / U.S. R&B
16. Stop! In The Name of Love — The Supremes / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B*
17. I’ll Be Doggone — Marvin Gaye / U.S. R&B
18. Back In My Arms Again — The Supremes / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – Canada
19. I Can’t Help Myself — Four Tops / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
20. I Hear A Symphony — The Supremes / U.S. Pop
21. Ain’t That Peculiar — Marvin Gaye / U.S. R&B
22. Uptight (Everything’s Alright) — Stevie Wonder / U.S. R&B
23. Get Ready — The Temptations / U.S. R&B
Bonus Tracks
24. Dancing In The Street — Martha &the Vandellas
#1 cover version by David Bowie and Mick Jagger: U.K. – Australia – Canada – Ireland –
Netherlands
25. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) — Marvin Gaye
#1 cover version by James Taylor: U.S. Adult Contemporary – Canada
26. This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) — Isley Brothers
#1 cover version by Rod Stewart with Ronald Isley: U.S. Adult Contemporary
27. Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home) — Marvin Gaye
#1 cover version by Paul Young: U.K.

Disc 2
1. Ain’t Too Proud To Beg — The Temptations / U.S. R&B
2. Blowin’ In The Wind — Stevie Wonder / U.S. R&B
3. You Can’t Hurry Love — The Supremes / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
4. Beauty Is Only Skin Deep — The Temptations / U.S. R&B
5. Reach Out, I’ll Be There — Four Tops / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – U.K.
6. You Keep Me Hangin’ On — The Supremes / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
7. (I Know) I’m Losing You — The Temptations / U.S. R&B
8. The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game — The Marvelettes / U.S. R&B*
9. Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone — The Supremes / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – Canada
10. Jimmy Mack — Martha &the Vandellas / U.S. R&B
11. The Happening — The Supremes / U.S. Pop
12. I Was Made To Love Her — Stevie Wonder / U.S. R&B
13. I Heard It Through The Grapevine — Gladys Knight &the Pips / U.S. R&B
14. I Second That Emotion — Smokey Robinson &the Miracles / U.S. R&B
15. I Wish It Would Rain — The Temptations / U.S. R&B
16. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day — Stevie Wonder / U.S. R&B
17. Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing — Marvin Gaye &Tammi Terrell / U.S. R&B
18. I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) — The Temptations / U.S. R&B
19. You’re All I Need To Get By — Marvin Gaye &Tammi Terrell / U.S. R&B
20. Love Child — Diana Ross &The Supremes / U.S. Pop – Canada
21. For Once In My Life — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Pop*/**
22. I Heard It Through The Grapevine — Marvin Gaye / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – U.K.
23. I’m Gonna Make You Love Me — Diana Ross &the Supremes &the Temptations / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B*
Bonus Tracks
24. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted — Jimmy Ruffin
#1 cover versions by Paul Young: U.S. Adult Contemporary / and by Robson &Jerome (in
medley): U.K.
25. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy — Brenda Holloway
#1 cover version by Blood, Sweat &Tears: Canada

Disc 3
1. Runaway Child, Running Wild — The Temptations / U.S. R&B
2. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby — Marvin Gaye / U.S. R&B
3. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) — Jr. Walker &The All-Stars / U.S. R&B
4. I Can’t Get Next To You — The Temptations / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
5. Baby I’m For Real — The Originals / U.S. R&B
6. Someday We’ll Be Together — Diana Ross &the Supremes / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
7. I Want You Back — The Jackson 5 / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
8. Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday – Stevie Wonder / Norway
9. ABC — The Jackson 5 / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
10. Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand) — Diana Ross / U.S. R&B**
11. It’s All In The Game — Four Tops / U.S. R&B*
12. The Love You Save — The Jackson 5 / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
13. Get Ready – Rare Earth / Canada
14. Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today) — The Temptations / U.S. Pop* – U.S. R&B*
15. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Pop** – U.S. R&B
16. War — Edwin Starr / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B*/** – Canada
17. The Tears of A Clown — Smokey Robinson &the Miracles [U.K. version] / U.K.
18. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough — Diana Ross / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
19. I’ll Be There — The Jackson 5 / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
20. Heaven Help Us All — Stevie Wonder / U.S. R&B**
21. The Tears of A Clown — Smokey Robinson &the Miracles [U.S. version] / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
22. Stoned Love — The Supremes / U.S. R&B
23. If I Were Your Woman — Gladys Knight &the Pips / U.S. R&B

Disc 4
1. Mama’s Pearl — The Jackson 5 / U.S. R&B*
2. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) — The Temptations / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
3. What’s Going On — Marvin Gaye / U.S. Pop* – U.S. R&B
4. Never Can Say Goodbye — The Jackson 5 / U.S. R&B
5. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) — Marvin Gaye / U.S. R&B
6. I’m Still Waiting — Diana Ross / U.K. – Ireland
7. Smiling Faces Sometimes — The Undisputed Truth / U.S. R&B**
8. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) — Marvin Gaye / U.S. R&B
9. Got To Be There — Michael Jackson / U.S. Pop* – U.S. R&B*
10. Rockin’ Robin — Michael Jackson / U.S. Pop*
11. I Wanna Be Where You Are — Michael Jackson / U.S. R&B*/**
12. Ben — Michael Jackson / U.S. Pop – Australia
13. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone — The Temptations / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B*/**
14. Superstition — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
15. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye) — Gladys Knight &the Pips / U.S. Pop** – U.S. R&B
16. Masterpiece — The Temptations / U.S. R&B
17. You Are The Sunshine of My Life — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Pop – U.S. Adult Contemporary
18. Touch Me In The Morning — Diana Ross / U.S. Pop – U.S. Adult Contemporary
19. Let’s Get It On — Marvin Gaye / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B

Disc 5
1. Higher Ground — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Pop** – U.S. R&B
2. Keep On Truckin’ (Part 1) — Eddie Kendricks / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
3. Living For The City — Stevie Wonder / U.S. R&B
4. Let Your Hair Down – Temptations / U.S. R&B
5. Boogie Down — Eddie Kendricks / U.S. Pop** – U.S. R&B
6. Last Time I Saw Him — Diana Ross / U.S. Adult Contemporary
7. Dancing Machine — The Jackson 5 / U.S. Pop*/** – U.S. R&B
8. Do It Baby — The Miracles / U.S. R&B*/**
9. You Haven’t Done Nothin’ — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – Canada
10. Boogie On Reggae Woman — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Pop** – U.S. R&B
11. Happy People — The Temptations / U.S. R&B
12. Shoeshine Boy — Eddie Kendricks / U.S. R&B
13. Shakey Ground — The Temptations / U.S. R&B
14. Baby That’s Backatcha — Smokey Robinson / U.S. R&B
15. Slippery When Wet — The Commodores / U.S. R&B
16. Forever Came Today — The Jackson 5 / U.S. Dance/Disco
17. Walk Away From Love — David Ruffin / U.S. R&B
18. Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To) — Diana Ross / U.S. Pop
19. Devil In The Bottle — T.G. Sheppard / U.S. Country
20. Tryin’ To Beat The Morning Home — T.G. Sheppard / U.S. Country

Disc 6
1. Love Machine (Part 1) — The Miracles / U.S. Pop
2. Love Hangover — Diana Ross / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – U.S. Dance/Disco
3. I Want You — Marvin Gaye / U.S. R&B
4. Just To Be Close To You — The Commodores / U.S. R&B
5. Down To Love Town — The Originals / U.S. Dance/Disco
6. Don’t Leave Me This Way — Thelma Houston / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – U.S. Dance/Disco
7. I Wish — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – Canada
8. Got To Give It Up — Marvin Gaye / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – U.S. Dance/Disco
9. Sir Duke — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – Canada
10. Easy — The Commodores / U.S. R&B
11. You Can’t Turn Me Off (In The Middle Of Turning Me On) — High Inergy / U.S. R&B**
12. Too Hot Ta Trot — The Commodores / U.S. R&B
13. You And I — Rick James / U.S. R&B
14. Three Times A Lady — The Commodores / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – U.K. – Australia – Canada – Ireland
15. The Boss — Diana Ross / U.S. Dance/Disco
16. Sail On — The Commodores / U.S. Pop**
17. Still — The Commodores / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B
18. Send One Your Love — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Adult Contemporary
Bonus Track
19. Pastime Paradise – Stevie Wonder
#1 cover/rap version by Coolio featuring L.V., as “Gangsta’s Paradise”: U.S., Australia, Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland

Disc 7
1. Cruisin’ — Smokey Robinson / U.S. Pop*
2. Let’s Get Serious — Jermaine Jackson / U.S. R&B
3. I’m Coming Out — Diana Ross / U.S. Dance/Disco
4. Upside Down — Diana Ross / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – U.S. Dance/Disco – Australia – Norway –
Switzerland
5. Master Blaster (Jammin’) — Stevie Wonder / U.S. R&B – Austria – Switzerland
6. Being With You — Smokey Robinson / U.S. Pop** – U.S. R&B – U.K.
7. Give It To Me Baby — Rick James / U.S. R&B – U.S. Dance/Disco
8. Super Freak — Rick James / U.S. Dance/Disco
9. One Day In Your Life — Michael Jackson / U.K. – Ireland
10. Endless Love — Diana Ross and Lionel Richie / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – U.S. Adult Contemporary
– Australia – Canada
11. Lady (You Bring Me Up) — The Commodores / New Zealand
12. That Girl — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Pop* – U.S. R&B
13. Let It Whip — Dazz Band / U.S. R&B
14. I’ve Never Been To Me — Charlene / U.K. – Australia – Canada – Ireland
15. Do I Do — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Dance/Disco
Bonus Track
16. Lately — Stevie Wonder
#1 cover version by Jodeci: U.S. R&B

Disc 8
1. Truly — Lionel Richie / U.S. Pop – U.S. Adult Contemporary – Canada
2. You Are — Lionel Richie / U.S. Adult Contemporary
3. My Love — Lionel Richie / U.S. Adult Contemporary
4. All This Love — DeBarge / U.S. Adult Contemporary
5. Cold Blooded — Rick James / U.S. R&B
6. All Night Long (All Night) — Lionel Richie / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – U.S. Adult Contemporary –
Australia – Canada -Netherlands
7. Time Will Reveal — DeBarge / U.S. R&B
8. Somebody’s Watching Me — Rockwell / U.S. R&B
9. Hello — Lionel Richie / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – U.K. – Australia – Ireland – Netherlands –
Switzerland
10. Stuck On You — Lionel Richie / U.S. Adult Contemporary
11. I Just Called To Say I Love You — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – U.S. Adult Contemporary – U.K. – Australia – Austria – Canada – France – Germany – Ireland – Netherlands – Norway – Switzerland
12. Penny Lover — Lionel Richie / U.S. Adult Contemporary
13. Nightshift — The Commodores / U.S. R&B – Netherlands
14. In My House – Mary Jane Girls / U.S. Dance/Disco
15. Rhythm of The Night — DeBarge / U.S. R&B – U.S. Adult Contemporary
16. Glow — Rick James / U.S. Dance/Disco
17. You Wear It Well — El DeBarge with DeBarge / U.S. Dance/Disco
Bonus Track
18. Don’t Look Any Further – Dennis Edwards featuring Seidah Garrett
#1 cover version by Kane Gang: U.S. Dance/Disco

Disc 9
1. Part-Time Lover — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – U.S. Adult Contemporary – U.S. Dance/Disco – Canada – Ireland
2. Say You, Say Me — Lionel Richie / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – Canada – Norway – Switzerland
3. Go Home — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Dance/Disco – U.S. Adult Contemporary
4. If You Should Ever Be Lonely — Val Young / U.S. Dance/Disco
5. Overjoyed — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Adult Contemporary
6. Who’s Johnny — El DeBarge / U.S. R&B
7. Dancing On The Ceiling — Lionel Richie / Norway
8. Love Will Conquer All — Lionel Richie / U.S. Adult Contemporary
9. Ballerina Girl — Lionel Richie / U.S. Adult Contemporary
10. Just To See Her — Smokey Robinson / U.S. Adult Contemporary
11. Tina Cherry — Georgio / U.S. Dance/Disco
12. Skeletons — Stevie Wonder / U.S. R&B
13. You Will Know — Stevie Wonder / U.S. R&B
14. Dial My Heart — The Boys / U.S. R&B
15. Lucky Charm — The Boys / U.S. R&B
16. Girl I Got My Eyes On You — Today / U.S. R&B
17. Where Do We Go From Here — Stacey Lattisaw with special guest Johnny Gill / U.S. R&B
Bonus Track
18. Dreamin’ — The Guinn Family
#1 cover version by Vanessa Williams: U.S. R&B

Disc 10
1. Rub You The Right Way — Johnny Gill / U.S. R&B
2. My My My — Johnny Gill / U.S. R&B
3. Crazy — The Boys / U.S. R&B
4. Wrap My Body Tight — Johnny Gill / U.S. R&B
5. It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday — Boyz II Men / U.S. R&B
6. I Love Your Smile — Shanice / U.S. R&B
7. Uhh Ahh — Boyz II Men / U.S. R&B
8. Do It To Me — Lionel Richie / U.S. R&B
9. End of The Road — Boyz II Men / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – U.K. – Australia – Ireland
10. I’ll Make Love To You — Boyz II Men / U.S. Pop – U.S. R&B – Australia – Canada
11. On Bended Knee — Boyz II Men / U.S. Pop
12. Take Me Higher — Diana Ross / U.S. Dance/Disco
13. 4 Seasons Of Loneliness — Boyz II Men / U.S. Pop
14. A Song For Mama — Boyz II Men / U.S. R&B
15. Stay — The Temptations / U.S. Adult R&B
16. Liar — Profyle / U.S. R&B
17. Bag Lady — Erykah Badu / U.S. R&B

NEW: Disc 11

1 Who’s Lovin’ You — The Miracles
2. Who’s Lovin’ You — The Jackson 5
Each B-sides of #1 hits, a unique chart accomplishment
#1 cover version by En Vogue (acapella intro to “Hold On”) / U.S. R&B – Dance Club
3. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town — The Jackson 5 / U.S. Holiday
4. For Your Love — Stevie Wonder / U.S. Adult R&B
5. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough 2017 Remix — Diana Ross / U.S. Dance Club
6. I’m Coming Out/Upside Down 2018 Mix— Diana Ross / U.S. Dance Club

 

22 responses to Motown: The Complete No. 1’s / 11CD

  1. Ed Hughes says:

    Will the earlier songs be in their original mono?

  2. Woodsey Niles says:

    Although I love the thought of a comprehensive Motown box set, I think I will pass on this one. By the time of the disco era, Motown was no longer what it was in the mid to late 60s, at least for my musical tastes. Put out a new 4 or 5 CD set dense with 1960s top ten hits and I’m there. But for heaven’s sake, weren’t those early years fantastic?! 1960s AM radio was never greater – playing the Beatles, then the Supremes, then Johnny Cash, then Mason Williams Classical Gas, then Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass… Popular music back then was absolutely non-prejudiced, it just had to be great.

  3. Rob Wilson says:

    i would pass, you would think they would use all the 7″/radio edits available for the songs and just make the “cover inspirations” a bonus disc in itself.

  4. Shane says:

    Paul will you be covering any Motown reissues this year? If not I’ll have to find a source for them as I’m hoping for some more The Supremes or Diana Ross deluxe reissues.

  5. Mark Levy says:

    I loved the idea until I saw the Christmas songs on it.

  6. Chris says:

    Surely the title should be No 1s not No 1’s?

  7. Simonf says:

    Would like this but I’m not paying £120 for it. Compare this with the forthcoming Tangerine Dream box set; £125 (from the SDE Shop) for which you get 16 CD’s, 2 BD’s, plenty of rare/unreleased material plus video material, Steve Wilson remasters/5.1 remixes and a big chunky book. Motown; you get tracks which have been issued hundreds of times before and nothing new, no remixes, no video, well you get my point. I can only hope this reissue will make prices of the original drop, cos at the moment they are just as expensive. What can a po’ boy do?

  8. Roel Glas says:

    For those contemplating to purchase this box set, here is a small description from my database entry in Dec 2008:
    “Limited edition box featuring a replica of the Motown Building “Hitsville USA” containing 5 double digpaks (10CD’s in total) and deluxe book. Box is protected by a hard plastic slip sleeve. Each CD has black vinyl look. Set contains every Motown No: 1 hit since Motown’s inception until 2008″
    The box set had a RRP of AUD 165 (about GBP 90) in 2008 although I managed to pick this up a lot cheaper at the time. It’s a great package to own

  9. gwynogue says:

    This looks very beautiful and I don’t have the original release so I had a look for it on Amazon AU. $2000! *passes out* And I don’t think it’s even the ‘new’ edition. It sounds like a third-party seller flogging the 2008 edition.

    I’m hoping Amazon AU will be offering a pre-order for the new edition soon, but if the price is similar to UK and US offers I’ll also be hoping for a price-drop. Then again $20-per-disc is pretty standard for new CDs so I might be waiting a long time…

  10. John Bollenberg says:

    snapped this one up in 2010 for a mere 70 quid (80 euros) (sealed!) which I think was a bargain. Great collection, interesting facts and figures and the layout of the box is wonderful

  11. Mark Bumgardner says:

    Amazon.com had this mis-priced for $24.95 for a brief while yesterday morning. I got an order in , but will be surprised if they are able to honor it. We’ll see.

  12. Steve Bliss says:

    oh, somebody is hoping we do. I’ll put this one in the “keep an eye out for deep discounts” category. They’re asking a tenner per disc, that seems like a lot.

  13. David B says:

    Sounds incredible .. is this a new remaster though? Many thanks for the news.. good times indeed.

  14. Marc says:

    Suppose June release gives me time to (hide) …save some funds. Could do with an Easter deal on outstanding purchases, I’ve not justified buying at full price….Howard Jones, Manics, Soft Cell.
    #love release calendar….praying someone deems a Kingmaker deluxe release worth while; unlikely as that might as they couldn’t even get a track on Steve Lamacq’s “ Lost Alternatives” release!

  15. James Barker says:

    For those that bought the original 50th anniversary edition it would be nice to see the 11th disc released as a separate release. Forking out this kind of cash for essentially 1 CD wouldn’t attract too many buyers surely?!

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