‘Motown Unreleased 1966’ Gathers Classics, Rare Tracks From The Vault

December 1, 2017

The latest in an ongoing series wherein legendary Detroit label Motown revisits their back catalogue through alternate versions of their hits and lesser known tracks, Motown Unreleased 1966 gathers up 80 songs that have never previously been released on CD.

Now released exclusively through the US uDiscover Music store as a four-disc collection with an additional booklet, Motown Unreleased 1966 was previously available through digital platforms during 2016, but is now receiving its official physical release – in a limited pressing of just 1,000 copies.

Motown Unreleased 1966’s four discs reveal a trove of treasures. Included are alternate versions of classic tracks such as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ ‘Flower Girl’, The Temptations’ ‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg’ and The Isley Brothers’ ‘Got To Have You Back’, in addition to numerous rare recordings from artists such as The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Billy Eckstine, Brenda Holloway, Barbara McNair and The Four Tops. The fourth disc also features a collection of remarkable gospel tracks including The Miracles’ ‘Nearer The Cross’ and Kim Weston’s solo reading of ‘Just A Closer Walk With Thee.’

Previous titles in the digital Motown Unreleased series have included Motown Unreleased 1962: Girls, Motown Unreleased 1962: Gospel,  Motown Unreleased 1963, Motown Unreleased 1964 and two Motown Unreleased volumes covering 1965. Motown Unreleased 1966, however, is the first of the series to be granted a physical release.

Scroll down to read the full tracklisting of the 4CD edition of Motown Unreleased 1966 and order it exclusively from the US uDiscover Music store, here.

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Disc 1:
The Miracles: ‘The Soulful Shack’ (Alternate Version)
The Temptations: ‘Ain't Too Proud To Beg’ (Alternate Version)
Marvin Gaye: ‘Suddenly I Was Alone’
Billy Eckstine: ‘The Shadow Of Your Smile’
The Mynah Birds: ‘I Got You (In My Soul):
The Mynah Birds: ‘’'ll Wait Forever ‘
Jr. Walker And The All Stars: ‘Road Burner (Son Of Road Runner)’
Billy Eckstine: ‘For Once In My Life ‘
Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston: ‘That'll Be The Day’
Earl Van Dyke: ‘Don't Mess With Bill’
The Miracles: ‘Flower Girl’ (Alternate Version)
Brenda Holloway: ‘Can't You Hear Me Knocking’
Brenda Holloway: ‘Whenever You Need Me’
Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston: ‘Just Too Much To Hope For’
Earl Van Dyke: ‘Stand By Me’ (Live At The 20 Grand, Detroit/1966)
The Four Tops: ‘A Taste Of Honey’
The Four Tops: ‘Wives And Lovers’ (Take 1)
The Four Tops: ‘Wives And Lovers’ (Take 3)
The Four Tops: ‘Wives And Lovers’ (Take 4)

Disc 2:
Brenda Holloway: ‘The Lonely Heart And Lonely Eyes Of Lonely Me’
Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston: ‘Give A Little Love’
Brenda Holloway: ‘What Good Am I Without You’
Jr Walker And The All Stars: ‘Pucker Up Buttercup’ (Alternate Version)
Earl Van Dyke: ‘Monkey Talk’
Barbara McNair: ‘A World Without You’
Brenda Holloway: ‘I Still Get Butterflies’
Gladys Knight & The Pips: ‘In My Heart I Know It's Right’
Gladys Knight & The Pips: ‘I’m Losing You’
Gladys Knight & The Spinners: ‘All These Things’
The Four Tops: ‘Hello, Young Lovers’
The Four Tops: ‘I Wish You Love’
Barbara McNair: ‘Put On A Happy Face’
Barbara McNair: ‘The Second Time Around’
Barbara McNair: ‘Smile’
Barbara McNair: ‘Day In - Day Out’
Gladys Knight & The Pips: ‘Nothing But A Fool’
Gladys Knight & The Pips: ‘You're Gone (But Always In My Heart)’
Chris Clark: ‘Never Stop Loving Me’
Gladys Knight & The Pips: ‘Don’t Compare Me With Her’
Barbara McNair: ‘You've Got Possibilities’
Chris Clark: ‘Never Trust A Man’

Disc 3:
The Marvelettes: ‘Sweet Talkin' Guy’
Brenda Holloway: ‘I Feel Your Love Growin' On Me’
Brenda Holloway: ‘Without Love You Lose A Good Feelin'
Brenda Holloway: ‘You Got A Little Of Everything’
Brenda Holloway: ‘Baby I've Got It’
Brenda Holloway: ‘Keep Me’
The Miracles: ‘I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself’ (Alternate Version)
Spinners: ‘Can’t Let You Go’
Little Lisa: ‘Keep Away’
Spinners: ‘Tea House In China Town’ (Alternate Version)
Marvin Gaye: ‘I Found Something’ (Alternate Version)
The Isley Brothers: ‘Save Me From This Misery’
Chris Clark: ‘I Still Love You’
The Isley Brothers: ‘Got To Have You Back’ (Alternate Version)
Gladys Knight & The Pips: ‘I Can't Take You Back’
The Temptations: ‘Then’
Brenda Holloway: ‘I'm Giving Up’
Brenda Holloway: ‘Spellbound’
Spinners: ‘For All We Know (Alternate Version)’

Disc 4:
Brenda Holloway: ‘Can’t Hold The Feeling Back’
Billy Eckstine: ‘The Impossible Dream’
Marvin Gaye: ‘Dear Miss Lonely Hearts’
The Underdogs: ‘Need Your Lovin’ (Want You Back)’
The Underdogs: ‘One Of These Days’
The Four Tops: ‘On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)’
The Supremes: ‘More (Theme From Mondo Cane)’
The Supremes: ‘Somewhere’
The Supremes: ‘Michelle’
Debbie Dean: ‘I’m So Helpless (When I’m With You)’
Marvin Gaye: ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’
Kim Weston: ‘Just A Closer Walk With Thee’
Kim Weston: ‘Never Grow Old’
Kim Weston: ‘How Great Thou Art’
Gladys Knight & The Pips: ‘Just A Closer Walk With Thee’
The Supremes: ‘Were You There’
The Supremes: ‘What Do You Choose’
Marvin Gaye: ‘Steal Away’
The Miracles: ‘Near The Cross’
Martha & The Vandellas: ‘Just A Closer Walk With Thee’

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8 comments

  1. D L Upton
    Reply

    United Kingdom didn’t come up in the shipping list. As you have a London address can I order it here in the UK?

  2. Philip Cohen
    Reply

    Fantastic ! I placed my order immediately. I hope that the other “Motown Unreleased” collections will appear on CD, but before releasing them on CD, be sure that any mastering glitches (in the download releases) are corrected for the CD releases, for example, innacurately placed “PQ Codes”( track start points). Also “Motown Unreleased 1962:Jazz Vol.2” has a glaring problem on one song, where whomever mixed the recording stops the multitrack tape in mid-song….then re-starts the tape.

  3. RT
    Reply

    Order placed – let’s hope this signals a real opening of rarities (on physical media) from the vaults (can anyone say a deluxe edition of “Cosmic Truth”” by the Undisputed Truth!!!)..thanks

  4. Joe Mac Pherson
    Reply

    I bought it on Friday, December 1st. No hesitation!
    I sincerely hope you’ll consider placing on CD, your other Motown releases, currently available on … … MP3. For people who truly love and respect music, an MP3 file is totally inadequate. Who wrote the songs? Who produced the music? Who arranged it? Who played what instruments? What recording studios were used? What guest artists or collaborators were involved? Where’s the artwork, photography, visuals? Lyric sheet? Maybe, liner notes or personal Thank You’s?
    An MP3 file is a blank of information. Zero comprehension of what was involved to make the music possible. An MP3 file creates ignorance of the creation of music, and I deeply care about it. That’s why I bought your newest Motown box set.
    Most sincerely, requested!

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