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Total Motown

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Total Motown is a five-disc, 100-track compilation from the U.K.'s Spectrum label. Even if it's purchased as an import, it provides a cheap way to obtain a significant portion of the label's biggest hits -- and some of its lesser-known cult faves -- from the mid-'60s through the mid-'80s. Martha & the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street," Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)," the Temptations' "My Girl," the Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love," the Four Tops' "Standing in the Shadows of Love," Commodores' "Easy," and Rick James' "Super Freak" are among the biggest hits offered here. The mid- to late-'70s get something of a short shrift, but that's a minor gripe for an extensive, cheap set like this one.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Martha & the Vandellas 02:40 Amazon
2 Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 02:57 Amazon
3 The Supremes 02:53 Amazon
4 The Marvelettes 02:30 Amazon
5 Barrett String / Barrett Strong 02:37 Amazon
6 Brenda Holloway 03:06 Amazon
7 Mary Wells 02:52 Amazon
8 The Velvettes 02:32 Amazon
9 The Temptations 02:33 Amazon
10 Connie Haines 02:58 Amazon
11 Kim Weston 02:58 Amazon
12 Junior Walker & the All-Stars 02:47 Amazon
13 Carolyn Crawford 02:23 Amazon
14 Dalton Boys 02:49 Amazon
15 The Spinners 02:47 Amazon
16 The Elgins 02:38 Amazon
17 Eddie Holland 02:32 Amazon
18 The Contours 02:54 Amazon
19 The Supremes 02:36 Amazon
20 The Temptations 02:57 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Four Tops 03:03 Amazon
2 The Supremes 02:47 Amazon
3 The Marvelettes 02:12 Amazon
4 Martha & the Vandellas 02:45 Amazon
5 Barbara McNair 02:52 Amazon
6 The Vows 03:10 Amazon
7 The Isley Brothers 02:52 Amazon
8 Junior Walker & the All-Stars 03:07 Amazon
9 Brenda Holloway 02:10 Amazon
10 The Velvettes 02:32 Amazon
11 Kim Weston 02:48 Amazon
12 Marv Johnson 02:22 Amazon
13 Jimmy Ruffin 03:01 Amazon
14 The Monitors 02:43 Amazon
15 Earl Van Dyke 02:32 Amazon
16 Shorty Long 02:51 Amazon
17 Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell 02:16 Amazon
18 Little Lisa 02:21 Amazon
19 The Temptations 02:36 Amazon
20 Gladys Knight & the Pips 02:47 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Stevie Wonder 02:50 Amazon
2 Diana Ross 03:36 Amazon
3 Gladys Knight & the Pips 03:26 Amazon
4 The Four Tops 02:41 Amazon
5 The Marvelettes 02:39 Amazon
6 The Originals 02:54 Amazon
7 Jimmy Ruffin 02:45 Amazon
8 The Isley Brothers 02:50 Amazon
9 Marvin Gaye 03:55 Amazon
10 Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers 02:54 Amazon
11 The Contours 03:04 Amazon
12 R. Dean Taylor 03:09 Amazon
13 Martha & the Vandellas 02:59 Amazon
14 The Miracles 03:10 Amazon
15 J.J. Barnes 02:59 Amazon
16 The Four Tops 02:52 Amazon
17 The Elgins 02:33 Amazon
18 Gladys Knight & the Pips 02:55 Amazon
19 The Isley Brothers 02:39 Amazon
20 Marvin Gaye / Kim Weston 02:58 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Stevie Wonder 02:42 Amazon
2 The Temptations 07:03 Amazon
3 The Jackson 5 03:01 Amazon
4 Edwin Starr 03:18 Amazon
5 David Ruffin 03:30 Amazon
6 The Originals 03:19 Amazon
7 The Supremes 03:01 Amazon
8 Martha & the Vandellas 03:00 Amazon
9 Marvin Gaye 03:15 Amazon
10 Diana Ross 03:47 Amazon
11 Jimmy Ruffin 02:48 Amazon
12 Rita Wright 02:55 Amazon
13 Rare Earth 03:39 Amazon
14 The Undisputed Truth 03:18 Amazon
15 The Supremes / The Four Tops 03:10 Amazon
16 Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 03:02 Amazon
17 The Jackson 5 04:00 Amazon
18 The Temptations 03:50 Amazon
19 Marvin Gaye 03:12 Amazon
20 Edwin Starr 03:24 Amazon
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