Various Artists

To Mum Love Motown

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This double-disc, 40-song collection is a bit of an anomaly in the latest onslaught of tastefully done Motown reissues. There are all the hits one would expect in a compilation themed for Mother's Day: all of the four on the floor chart-toppers that made Motown the juggernaut that it was throughout the '60s and '70s are here. But interspersed between these tracks are later hits that feel slightly out of place (a child should shudder at the notion of giving Mom a gift with Smokey Robinson's "Being with You" included, unless they already concede to a serious Oedipal problem). It's this erratic nature that keeps things slightly on the rough side: sequencing the heart wrenching performance from Brenda Holloway's "I've Been Good to You" into the glossy, modern production of Boyz II Men's "A Song for Mama" is just one of many examples here. Also curiously placed is the holy grail of Motown singles for obsessive collectors: Frank Wilson's "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)." Once dismissed as a throwaway by Berry Gordy, this track seems to be appearing with a bit more frequency on compilations thanks to the feverish cult demand for it that has lasted nearly two decades. Of course there will always be those who feel they can curate a better compilation of Motown classics to give mom on her special day and they should wholeheartedly pursue that endeavor with great zest. Because this compilation, while far from being the worst in a long, long, long line of endless Motown reissues, is certainly not the only one on the market. Besides, people who really loved their soul-loving mothers would have already spent a considerable amount of loot collecting the Complete Motown Singles series as a way to say "Thanks Mom!."

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:00
2 3:00
5 2:45
6 3:51
7 3:37
10 2:46
12 4:48
13 2:42
14 2:49 Amazon
15 2:35
16 3:07
17 5:04
18 2:50
19 2:31
20 3:04
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