Various Artists

Collection of 16 Big Hits, Vol. 2

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Motown Records released these 16-track compilations from November 1963 until October 1969 (11 volumes); these trendsetters set the bar high for compilation albums. While every song here isn't a smash, they all have that patented Motown sound, which makes for a cohesive package. It originally came out in July 1964 (mono); dropped again in August 1966 (stereo); and was burned on a CD in the '90s. It features quality local and regional songs like the Valadiers' "Greetings This Is Uncle Sam," the Supremes' "Buttered Popcorn," and Eddie Holland's "Leaving Here,"along with smashes like "Heat Wave," "Fingertips 2," "I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying," and "Hitch Hike."

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