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Hitsville USA - The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971

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Instead of following Stax/Volt's pattern and delivering an exhaustive box set containing all of their singles, Motown decided to limit their singles box, Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971, to four discs that concentrated on the hits. There are a handful of wonderful lesser-known songs here, such as the Contours' "First I Look at the Purse," but the main strength of the 103-track box is that it features all of the biggest songs from Motown's golden era in one place. Collectors could have used a more comprehensive set, and the box itself could have been packaged with a little more care (there are no artists listed on the back of the individual discs, only songs), but Hitsville USA stands as a definitive overview and introduction to one of the most groundbreaking labels in pop music history.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:37
2 2:51
3 2:31
4 2:25
5 2:29
6 2:54
7 2:14
8 2:45
9 2:45
10 2:48
11 2:59
12 2:25
13 2:08
14 3:12
15 2:48
16 2:46
17 2:33
18 2:41
19 2:50
20 3:13
21 2:59
22 2:45
23 2:40
24 3:03
25 2:32
26 2:37
27 2:42
28 2:58

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:57
2 2:32
3 2:48
4 3:00
5 2:58
6 2:09
7 2:45
8 2:46
9 3:06
10 3:02
11 2:46
12 2:57
13 2:58
14 2:54
15 2:50
16 2:36
17 2:46
18 3:03
19 2:49
20 2:48
21 2:34
22 3:03
23 3:03
24 2:23
25 2:52
26 2:24
27 2:32

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:01
2 2:28
3 2:38
4 3:00
5 2:52
6 2:54
7 3:02
8 2:29
9 2:49
10 2:56
11 2:42
12 2:53
13 2:40
14 2:48
15 2:18
16 3:02
17 2:52
18 3:38
19 3:15
20 3:59
21 3:22
22 3:29
23 2:31
24 2:56
25 3:20
26 3:16

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:01
2 2:56
3 2:49
4
2:59
5 4:04
6 3:05
7 2:48
8
3:28
9 3:09
10 3:31
11 3:15
12 3:45
13 3:06
14 3:01
15 3:14
16 3:53
17 3:56
18 3:02
19 3:04
20 3:24
21 3:16
22 2:31
23 2:53
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