Motown Essentials

During the British invasion, Detroit became the nerve center for the American music that first held the Union Jack at bay and, not coincidentally, influenced many of the invaders. As envisioned by songwriter, producer, and Motown Records impresario Berry Gordy, the "Sound of Young America" expanded the horizons for modern rhythm & blues by focusing on universal (and often teen-friendly) themes, adding the sweep and drama of widescreen pop. Gordy's assembly line was manned by competing teams of crack writer-producers who directed a formidable repertory company of studio musicians like legendary bassist James Jamerson to build crossover vehicles for a well-drilled roster of superb singers. What emerged was a collective style that made the label synonymous with one of the '60s' most vital pop styles--and an enduring influence on pop, rock, and urban music ever since.

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Anthology by Marvin Gaye

Anthology: The Best Of The Temptations

Motown Legends: I Was Made To Love Her - Uptight by Stevie Wonder

Anthology by the Four Tops

The Ultimate Collection by The Jackson 5

The Ultimate Collection by Martha Reeves

The Best Of Gladys Knight...Anthology by Gladys Knight & The Pips

At His Best by David Ruffin

The Best Of Smokey Robinson

Motown Legends: War - Twenty Five Miles by Edwin Starr

Best Of Isley Brothers

The Ultimate Collection by Rick James

At His Best by Eddie Kendricks

Thriller by Michael Jackson

HIStory: Past, Present And Future... by Michael Jackson

Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory... by Michael Jackson

Great Songs & Performances That Inspired Motown 25 by Marvin Gaye

Greatest Hits by Martha Reeves

The Isley Brothers Story, Vol.2: The T-Neck...

Hotter Than July by Stevie Wonder

Signed, Sealed And Delivered by Stevie Wonder

Best of Contours

The Ultimate Collection by the Jackson 5

The Ultimate Collection by the Four Tops

Motown Legends: Cruisin' - Being With You by Smokey Robinson

Greatest Hits Jackson 5

The Ultimate Collection by Smokey Robinson

A Song For You by The Temptations

Fulfillingness' First Finale by Stevie Wonder

Live! At The London Palladium by Marvin Gaye

 

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