You’re probably thinking, what could go wrong when putting together a Motown compilation? Well, you can screw things up when you put things in the hands of random people and or the general public. OK maybe I am being a bit harsh but this three-disc Motown 50 compilation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the inception of the label by Berry Gordy was put together by random people!
Motown fans around the globe chose their top five tracks and after some work this is what we have come up with. Can you sense a touch of venom in those words? OK, don’t get me wrong, I adore my Motown which makes this three-disc set even more frustrating to go through. The main issue I have is that there are so many artists with more than three cuts featured. These artists may be legendary but we all know that and there were more than a few people that helped Motown reach the longevity that we still appreciate.
Only three tracks represent the 80s and no tracks were included from the 90s. Acts like Boyz To Men kept the Motown name on the tongues of a whole new generation (oh and BIIM are still around). But even acts from the glory days are missing (did someone say Gladys Knight & The Pips?) and what is with having four Temptations tracks and no solo stuff from the guys, the impact Denis Edwards alone has had on modern music is reason enough to be included.
All the moaning from me will do little as this track listing was decided by the public but if I saw this in a store and wanted a good representation of the Motown juggernaut, excuse me if I don’t pick up Motown 40 instead. However, most of the names that have made us come to love Motown are still all here including Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles so it still is a set worth picking up if all else is lost.