Various Artists

Motown: The Classic Years

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Motown: The Classic Years collects two discs' worth of highlights from the label's heyday in the '60s and '70s, including 23 number one hits. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "Tears of a Clown," the Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go?," Edwin Starr's "War," and Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" are among the Motown standards included on this collection, along with songs from Gladys Knight & the Pips, Stevie Wonder, Jr. Walker & the All-Stars, Mary Wells, the Four Tops, and the Spinners. The Classic Years' double-disc size allows it to collect more hits than a single-disc compilation would, yet it's more easily manageable than a multi-disc box set would be for casual fans. Overall, this collection doesn't offer anything rare or unique for Motown diehards, but for listeners who just want a solid collection of some of pop music's finest moments, it's just the ticket.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:39 Amazon
2 02:50 Amazon
3 02:31 Amazon
4 02:55 Amazon
5 02:46 Amazon
6 03:12 Amazon
7 02:45 Amazon
8 02:54 Amazon
9 02:31 Amazon
10 02:40 Amazon
11 03:01 Amazon
12 02:58 Amazon
13 03:06 Amazon
14 02:55 Amazon
15 02:46 Amazon
16 02:57 Amazon
17 02:55 Amazon
18 02:48 Amazon
19 02:34 Amazon
20 02:59 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:47 Amazon
2 03:02 Amazon
3 02:55 Amazon
4 03:05 Amazon
5 02:48 Amazon
6 03:16 Amazon
7 03:30 Amazon
8 02:54 Amazon
9 03:01 Amazon
10 03:34 Amazon
11 03:14 Amazon
12 04:07 Amazon
13 02:41 Amazon
14 03:10 Amazon
15 03:22 Amazon
16 03:02 Amazon
17 03:54 Amazon
18 03:18 Amazon
19 07:00 Amazon
20 04:20 Amazon
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