Ultimate Driving Collection: Motor City Motoring is essentially a Motown compilation, as it runs through a perfectly satisfactory set from the label's '60s and early-'70s heyday. Kicking off with the Marvin Gaye track "Hitch Hike" is a nice touch, considering the comp's theme ("Avoid frying on your dashboard!" the album's hokey cover art warns). From there the set moves through perennial oldies radio faves like the Supremes' "Baby Love" and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "I Second That Emotion." The long version of the Temptations' "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" is a little bit of an odd inclusion for this lighthearted mix; still, it certainly has drivable groove. Other highlights include Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)," the lesser-known Isley Brothers gem "Got to Have You Back" (dig that fuzz tone guitar!), and Thelma Houston's 1977 disco smash "Don't Leave Me This Way."
AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus