(function(h,o,t,j,a,r){ h.hj=h.hj||function(){(h.hj.q=h.hj.q||[]).push(arguments)}; h._hjSettings={hjid:104204,hjsv:5}; a=o.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]; r=o.createElement('script');r.async=1; r.src=t+h._hjSettings.hjid+j+h._hjSettings.hjsv; a.appendChild(r); })(window,document,'//static.hotjar.com/c/hotjar-','.js?sv=');
Join us

News

Digital ‘Motown Unreleased: 1969,’ With 60 Unissued Soul Gems, Out Now

The album features newly-available tracks by some of the greatest Motown stars, including Diana Ross & the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

Published on

Motown Unreleased 1969 cover art

Motown/UMe today (20) unveils Motown Unreleased: 1969, a digital-only collection comprising no fewer than 60 previously unissued studio recordings made during that momentous year in the company’s history.

The new set, part of the continuing 60th anniversary celebrations of the peerless label, includes newly-available tracks by some of the greatest Motown stars, including Diana Ross & the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Gladys Knight & the Pips and Jr. Walker & the All Stars.

Motown Unreleased: 1969 is now available to purchase or stream from all major download and streaming services, in standard and Hi-Res Audio formats. It appears just ahead of Sunday’s (22) Motown Museum benefit evening Hitsville Honours in Detroit. The Temptations, Four Tops, Mary Wilson and Martha Reeves are set to perform, while KEM, Ne-Yo, Big Sean and other surprise guests will pay tribute to Motown legends.

The album follows last December’s two-part Motown Unreleased: 1968. It emphasises the extraordinary depth of the unrivalled Motown roster and the sheer diversity of material that was produced by the company during 1969. In a time of social and musical change, the label continued to set the pace, and the material in the anthology is a reflection of Motown’s ever-expanding vision, with seminal albums soon to emerge from such giants as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Temptations.

It’s testament to the bottomless creativity at work at Hitsville at the time that more than half of the tracks on Motown Unreleased: 1969 are compositions that have never been heard outside of that studio. Among the mouthwatering selection is the stirring ‘I Had a Dream (Opus I),’ written and produced by Ashford & Simpson for Gladys Knight & the Pips in the year after Martin Luther King’s assassination.

There’s also a taste of Stevie Wonder’s broadening musical ambition in one of his first self-produced tracks, the uplifting ‘Mister Moon.’ The Temptations offer an ode to African-American beauty in ‘Pretty Little Brown Skin Girl’ while Bobby Taylor takes time out from developing the Jackson 5’s talent ahead of their first time with his own ‘Touched by Love,’ produced by Johnny Bristol.

“Motown is clearly evolving at this time,” says Harry Weinger, VP of A&R at Universal Music Enterprises, who oversaw the album. “There’s an opening for writers and producers to experiment with the Motown sound but, for certain topics, or musical ideas, or even artists, the company isn’t ready. Or, it’s a simple case of having only so many slots for releases. So, until now, those songs went unreleased.”

Motown Unreleased: 1969 also offers the chance to admire never-before-heard readings of some of the label’s classic songs. The ever-underrated Motown writer-producer Ivy Jo Hunter, recording as Ivy Jo, sings ‘Dancing In The Street’ and ‘Ask The Lonely,’ which he co-wrote for Martha and the Vandellas and the Four Tops respectively.

The Jackson 5 present their version of the Miracles’ ‘What’s So Good About Goodbye’ and there’s a moment of history in Diana Ross & the Supremes’ take on Wonder’s ‘For Once In My Life.’ It was recorded in the session at which Ms. Ross, Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong were together in the studio for the last time.

Some tracks with technical flaws that prevented their contemporary release have been repaired by UMe A&R executives and studio engineers. They include ‘While They Watch’ and ‘You’re My World’ by Motown’s British chanteuse of the time, Kiki Dee. Also included are five funky instrumentals by Motown’s latterly-celebrated house band the Funk Brothers house band, recording under the name of band leader Earl Van Dyke, including the standout Paul Riser production ‘Moratorium.’

All 60 tracks on the set have been mastered, for the first time, at Studio 4 by Phil Nicolo from their original analog master tapes. These were individually selected by Motown A&R specialists from UMG’s secure storage facilities. Half of the tracks were sourced from their original Motown mixes and the rest mixed, for the first time for this release, by Obie O’Brien at Mixville USA and John Morales at M+M Mix Studios.

Motown Unreleased: 1969 is out now. Scroll down for track annotations, and stream or download it here.

Listen-Buy

 

Listen to Motown’s greatest hits on Apple Music and Spotify.

‘Motown Unreleased 1969’ Track By Track

1. Diana Ross & the Supremes / For Once In My Life
(Ronald Miller-Orlando Murden)
Produced by Henry Cosby
Track recorded January 21, 1969; strings recorded at Studio B January 24, 1969; horns (and probably winds) recorded at Studio B January 25, 1969; lead vocal date and location unknown

2. Stevie Wonder / Can’t Do Without Your Love*
(Seajoseffer Spencer-William Weatherspoon-James Dean)
Produced by William Weatherspoon and James Dean
Track recorded August 14, 1968; vocals recorded at Studio B September 19, 1968 and on October 6, 1968; backing vocals recorded at Studio B September 30, 1968, and at Studio A January 20, 1969

3. Ivy Jo / It’s Love I Need
(Ivy Jo Hunter-Stephen Bowden)
Produced by Ivy Jo Hunter
Track recorded October 8, 1968, assigned to Blinky Williams; Ivy Jo’s vocals recorded at Studio B January 22, 1969

4. Chris Clark / My World Is Empty Without You
(Brian Holland-Lamont Dozier-Edward Holland Jr.)
Produced by Berry Gordy
Track recorded May 19, 1968; backing vocals recorded July 22, 1968; strings added July 25, 1968; lead vocal recorded at Studio B August 13, 1968; background vocals recorded January 28, 1969

5. The Temptations / Pretty Little Brown Skin Girl*
(Arthur Crier-Alva Springer-Al Cleveland)
Produced by Arthur Crier
A.K.A.: I’d Walk A Country Mile
Track recorded November 20, 1968, assigned to the Utopians; reassigned to Temptations with vocals recorded February 20, 1969

6. The Volumes / Forever I’ll Love You*
(Duke Browner)
Produced by Duke Browner
Track recorded December 27, 1968; vocals recorded January 9, 1969; strings recorded at Studio B February 19, 1969; horns recorded March 8, 1969

7. Jr. Walker & the All Stars / (Baby) I Need You
(Autry DeWalt Jr-Lawrence Horn-Harry McNeil)
Produced by Lawrence Horn
Working title: I Can’t Stop Now
Track recorded May 19, 1967; instrumental overdubs March, 12, 1968; additional recording June 5, 1968; final overdubs recorded March 10, 1969

8. Frank Wilson / Look Out Your Window
(Frank Wilson-Al Cleveland)
Produced by Frank Wilson
Working title: What’s Your Direction
Track and Wilson’s demo vocal recorded March 13, 1969, assigned to Marvin Gaye; track later reassigned to the Four Tops and released on the album Soul Spin later that year

9. Edwin Starr / I’ll Always Love You
(William Stevenson-Ivy Jo Hunter)
Produced by Ivy Jo Hunter
Track recorded January 8, 1968, assigned to Marvin Gaye; backing vocals recorded February 1, 1968; strings recorded February 23 and March 22, 1968; reassigned to Ivy Jo January 28, 1969; re-reassigned to Edwin Starr with his lead vocal recorded March 18, 1969

10. Earl Van Dyke / Stone Soul Booster*
(Terry Johnson-Joe Norris)
Produced by Terry Johnson
Working title: Soul
Track recorded March 22, 1969, assigned to Marvin Gaye; later reassigned to Buzzie (a.k.a. Terry Johnson) and, with Johnson’s lead vocal, released as the B-side of single Gordy G-7100 in 1970

11. Gladys Knight & the Pips / You Took Me This Far (Take Me All The Way)*
(James Dean-William Weatherspoon)
Produced by James Dean and William Weatherspoon
Track recorded November 4, 1968; additional recording February 12 and 15, 1969; strings recorded at Studio B on March 18, 1969

12. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles / Won’t You Come and Fly With Me*
(Richard Morris)
Produced by Smokey Robinson and Wade Marcus
Working title: Come Fly With Me
Track recorded in Los Angeles, unknown date; lead vocal recorded March 26, 1969; backing vocals recorded at Studio B March 28, 1969

13. Edwin Starr / Born Just To Be That Way*
(George Gordy-Allen Story)
Produced by George Gordy
Track recorded October 16, 1968, assigned to Joe Stubbs; reassigned to David Ruffin March 12, 1969; reassigned to Edwin Starr and his lead vocal recorded March 13, 1969; horns recorded at Studio B April 1, 1969

14. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles / What About Me
(George Gordy-Allen Story-Lawrence Brown)
Produced by George Gordy
Track recorded March 4, 1969; vocals recorded March 29, 1969; horns recorded at Studio B April 1, 1969

15. Jonah Jones / Too Many Fish In The Sea
(Norman Whitfield-Edward Holland Jr.)
Produced by Henry Cosby
Track recorded April 2, 1969; horns and strings added at Studio B April 3, 1969; lead trumpet recorded at Studio B April 11, 1969

16. Edwin Starr / Fan The Flame
(William Robinson-Terry Johnson-Al Cleveland)
Produced by Terry Johnson
Track recorded April 3, 1969, assigned to David Ruffin; reassigned to Edwin Starr and his lead vocal recorded at Studio B March 20, 1969; strings recorded at Studio B April 21, 1969; backing vocals recorded April 25, 1969

17. Chris Clark / The Last Thing On My Mind
(Tom Paxton)
Produced by Berry Gordy
Track and vocal recorded in Los Angeles, unknown date and location

18. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles / Backfire (version 1)*
(John Bristol-William Robinson-Al Cleveland)
Produced by Johnny Bristol and Smokey Robinson and Al Cleveland
Track recorded April 22, 1969; additional recording April 23, 1969; strings recorded at Studio B April 30, 1969; this song later re-recorded by the group and included on their album A Pocket Full of Miracles in 1970

19. Gladys Knight & the Pips / I Had A Dream (Opus I)*
(Nickolas Ashford-Valerie Simpson)
Produced by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson
Track recorded January 25, 1969, assigned to the Supremes; horns and strings recorded in different sessions at Studio B January 26, 1969; additional recording on January 27, 1969; reassigned to Gladys Knight & the Pips with her lead vocal recorded May 1, 1969; group vocals recorded May 2, 1969

20. The Temptations / Why (Must We Fall In Love)
(Deke Richards-Sherlie Matthews)
Produced by Deke Richards
Track recorded March 20, 1969; additional recording March 24, 1969; strings recorded at Studio B May 1, 1969; lead vocal recorded at Studio A May 2, 1969; horns recorded at Studio B May 2, 1969; backing vocals recorded May 7, 1969; during that month the track was completed as a duet with Diana Ross & the Supremes and issued on the album Together

21. The Fantastic Four / What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
(Paul Riser-William Weatherspoon-James Dean)
Produced by James Dean and William Weatherspoon
Track recorded April 5, 1967, assigned to Dennis Edwards; backing vocals recorded April 11, 1967; reassigned to Fantastic Four and new lead vocal recorded at Studio B May 5, 1969; Dennis Edwards’ version released on Motown Sings Motown Treasures in 1998

22. Ivy Jo / Ask The Lonely
(William Stevenson-Ivy Jo Hunter)
Produced by William Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter
Track recorded at Studio B August 15, 1968, assigned to Stevie Wonder; strings recorded at Studio B the same day; horns recorded at Studio B August 17, 1968; reassigned to Ivy Jo and his lead vocal recorded May 22, 1969

23. Ivy Jo / Yesterday’s Dreams
(Pamela Sawyer-Vernon Bullock-Ivy Jo Hunter-Jack Goga)
Produced by Ivy Jo Hunter, Jack Goga and Lawrence Payton
Track recorded June 12, 1968, assigned to the Four Tops; additional overdubs June 13, 1968; their version issued as single Motown M 1127 later that month; reassigned to Ivy Jo and his lead vocal overdubbed to the Tops’ track May 22, 1969

24. Ivy Jo / I Got To Get To California
(Ivy Jo Hunter-Shena DeMell)
Produced by Ivy Jo Hunter
Track recorded June 2, 1967, assigned to the Isley Brothers; backing vocals recorded June 25, 1967; later reassigned to Marvin Gaye and released on M.P.G. in April 1969; assigned to Ivy Jo and his lead vocal recorded May 29, 1969

25. The Originals / Blame It On War*
(William Weatherspoon-James Dean-Jack Goga)
Produced by William Weatherspoon and James Dean
Working title: Don’t
Track recorded April 4, 1968, assigned to Jimmy Ruffin; reassigned to the Four Tops with additional recording on February 6, 1969; re-reassigned to the Originals with their vocals recorded June 4, 1969

26. The Stylists / The Jackpot*
(Raynard Miner-Janie Bradford)
Produced by Raynard Miner
Track recorded October 15, 1968, assigned to the Four Tops; strings recorded at Studio B October 18, 1968; reassigned to the Stylists with additional recording April 11, May 2 and June 4, 1969

27. The Spinners / Don’t Think It’s Me
(William Robinson)
Produced by Norman Whitfield
Track recorded May 4, 1968, assigned to Jimmy Ruffin; reassigned to the Spinners with lead vocal recorded April 19 and June 5, 1969

28. Michael Denton / MacArthur Park/Didn’t We
(Jim Webb)
Produced by Tom Baird
Track recorded May 6, 1969; additional instrumentation recorded May 20, 1969; strings recorded May 22, 1969; horns recorded May 23, 1969; lead vocal recorded May 28 and June 7, 1969

29. Michael Denton / Someone For My Own*
(Tom Baird)
Produced by Tom Baird
Track recorded May 6, 1969; additional instrumentation recorded May 20, 1969; strings recorded May 22, 1969; horns recorded May 23, 1969; lead vocal recorded June 7, 1969

30. The Volumes / One Lucky Day I Found You
(Duke Browner)
Produced by Duke Browner
Track recorded December 27, 1968; additional recording January 5, 1969; strings recorded at Studio B February 19, 1969; horns recorded at Studio B March 8, 1969; lead vocal recorded June 13, 1969; later reassigned to David Ruffin and eventually released as a bonus track on The Great David Ruffin: The Motown Solo Albums Vol. 2 in 2006

31. The Rustix / Generation*
(R. Dean Taylor)
Produced by R. Dean Taylor
Track recorded June 2, 1969, assigned to R. Dean Taylor; reassigned to the Rustix with additional recording on June 18, 1969

32. Jr. Walker & the All Stars / Country Girl*
(Autry DeWalt Jr-Willie Woods-Lawrence Horn)
Produced by Lawrence Horn
Track recorded July 5, 1966; lead vocal recorded March 20, 1968; backing vocals and additional recording on June 30, 1969

33. Jr. Walker & the All Stars / Something You Got [studio version]
(Chris Kenner)
Produced by Lawrence Horn
Track recorded at Studio B June 2, 1967; studio “crowd” ambience recorded June 30, 1968; additional recording June 30, 1969; Junior recorded a true live version in Hollywood, CA, that year and issued it on Jr. Walker & the All Stars Live in 1970

34. Bobby Taylor / At Last (I Found A Love)
(Marvin Gaye-Elgie Stover-Anna Gordy Gaye)
Produced by Bobby Taylor
Track recorded May 13, 1969; lead vocal recorded June 20, 1969; backing vocals recorded July 9, 1969

35. Bobby Taylor / Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone
(Brian Holland-Lamont Dozier-Edward Holland Jr)
Produced by Bobby Taylor
Track recorded May 13, 1969; lead vocal recorded June 20, 1969; backing vocals recorded July 9, 1969

36. Jackson 5 / What’s So Good About Goodbye
(William Robinson)
Produced by Bobby Taylor
Track and backing vocals recorded at separate sessions July 31, 1969; lead and additional and/or replacement backing vocals recorded August 2, 1969

37. Bobby Taylor / You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me – feat. the Jackson 5
(William Robinson)
Produced by Bobby Taylor
Track and backing vocals recorded at separate sessions July 31, 1969; lead and additional and/or replacement backing vocals recorded August 2, 1969

38. Earl Van Dyke / The Stranger
(Ivy Jo Hunter)
Produced by Ivy Jo Hunter
Track recorded June 1, 1968, assigned to the Vandellas; additional recording on June 6, 1968; reassigned to Earl Van Dyke with lead organ recorded June 26, 1969; additional overdubs, probably guitar, August 4, 1969

39. Earl Van Dyke / I Wish It Would Rain
(Norman Whitfield-Barrett Strong-Rodger Penzabene)
Produced by Norman Whitfield
Working title: At the End Of A Hard Working Day
Track recorded April 22, 1967, assigned to “Jimmie” Ruffin; additional recording August 22 and 31, 1967; reassigned to the Temptations with strings recorded September 14, 1967; re-reassigned to Earl Van Dyke with lead organ recorded August 13, 1969

40. Stevie Wonder / Start Out A New Day*
(Stevie Wonder-Angie Satterwhite)
Produced by Stevie Wonder
Track recorded June 15, 1969; strings recorded June 26, 1969; horns recorded July 1, 1969; lead vocal and additional recording August 19, 1969

41. Gordon Staples & the Motown Strings / All the Many Shades In Between*
(Paul Riser)
Produced by Paul Riser
Track recorded at Studio B August 22, 1969; strings recorded January 15, 1970

42. Valerie Simpson / You Ain’t Livin’ Till You’re Lovin’
(Nickolas Ashford-Valerie Simpson)
Produced by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson
Track recorded October 7, 1967, assigned to the Marvelettes; backing vocals recorded October 11, 1967; horns and strings recorded October 12, 1967; reassigned to Valerie Simpson with her lead vocal recorded at Studio B September 1, 1969; Marvelettes version released on Motown Sings Motown Treasures (expanded edition) in 2005

43. Edwin Starr / Pain From My Loneliness*
(Pamela Sawyer-Joe Hinton-Henry Cosby)
Produced by Henry Cosby
Working titles: 1) It’s Unbelievable, 2) Stranded In The Road Of Love
Track recorded November 5, 1968, assigned to the Supremes; strings recorded at Studio B the same day; strings re-recorded at Studio B November 12, 1968; reassigned to Edwin Starr with his lead vocal recorded April 24, 1969; backing vocals recorded June 30 and August 22, 1969; additional vocal recorded September 5, 1969, though the latter was likely Starr’s demo for new lyrics: the track was re-purposed for the Four Tops as “Stranded On the Road of Love,” for which they recorded their vocals on September 14, 1969, but not issued, with some of Starr’s demo vocal, until the Fourever box set in 2001

44. Yvonne Fair / All I Could Do Was Cry
(Berry Gordy-Gwen Gordy Fuqua-Billy ‘Roquel’ Davis)
Produced by Ivy Jo Hunter
Track recorded July 19, 1967, assigned to Chris Clark but abandoned after a re-record; backing vocals recorded August 1, 1967; reassigned to Yvonne Fair with lead vocal recorded September 9, 1969; Clark’s second version, with the Vancouvers, was released on Motown Unreleased 1967 in December 2017

45. The Temptations / Home Is Where The Heart Is*
(William Robinson-Al Cleveland)
Produced by Smokey Robinson
Track recorded July 11, 1969, assigned to the Miracles; reassigned to the Temptations with their vocals recorded September 11, 1969

46. Stevie Wonder / Mister Moon*
(Don Hunter-Stevie Wonder-Lula Hardaway-Paul Riser)
Produced by Don Hunter and Stevie Wonder
Track recorded September 24, 1968; additional recording at Studio B September 12, 1969

47. Rare Earth / Your Heartaches I Can Surely Heal
(Lewis Peters-Robert Purdue-John Bristol-Carol Peters)
Produced by Rare Earth
Track recorded at Studio B September 2, 1969; additional recording at Studio B September 18, 1969

48. Ivy Jo / Dancing In The Street
(William Stevenson-Marvin Gaye-Ivy Jo Hunter)
Produced by Ivy Jo Hunter
Track recorded September 9, 1969, assigned to Yvonne Fair; reassigned to Ivy Jo with his lead recorded July 16, 1970; additional recording September 15, 1970; backing vocals recorded September 24, 1970

49. Marvin Gaye / I’ll Take Care Of Business*
(Delores Wilkinson-Fuller Gordy-Allen Story-Lawrence Brown-John Glover)
Produced by George Gordy and Lawrence Brown
Working title: Sad Memories
Track recorded at Studio B September 4, 1969, assigned to the Fantastic Four; reassigned to Marvin Gaye with lead and additional recording September 18, 1969; backing vocals recorded October 2, 1969

50. Ivy Jo / Pride, Foolish Pride*
(Jack Goga-Ivy Jo Hunter)
Produced by Ivy Jo Hunter
Working title: The Bells Tolled For Me
Track recorded at Studio B October 8, 1968; lead vocal recorded at Studio B September 5, 1969; backing vocals recorded October 4, 1969; additional vocals recorded October 13, 1969 and August 5, 1970

51. Earl Van Dyke / Moratorium*
(Paul Riser)
Produced by Paul Riser
Track recorded October 23, 1969, assigned to Gordon Staples; no strings added

52. Kiki Dee / While They Watch*
(Henry Cosby-James Dean)
Produced by Henry Cosby
Working title: My Sweet Talking Baby
Track recorded June 23, 1969, assigned to the Supremes; strings recorded June 27, 1969; backing vocals recorded September 14, 1969; reassigned to Kiki Dee with her lead vocal recorded October 22, 1969; additional vocals recorded October 20 and 29, 1969

53. Terry Johnson / This Is The Beginning*
(Terry Johnson)
Produced by Terry Johnson
Working title: One Life To Live
Track recorded February 19, 1969, assigned to David Ruffin; horns recorded June 13, 1969; reassigned to Terry Johnson with lead vocal recorded October 13, 1969; backing vocals recorded October 15 and 31, 1969

54. Terry Johnson / I Blew My Mind*
(Terry Johnson)
Produced by Terry Johnson
Track recorded February 11, 1969, assigned to David Ruffin; reassigned to Terry Johnson with his lead vocal recorded October 13, 1969; backing vocals recorded October 31, 1969; additional recording November 5, 1969

55. Earl Van Dyke / Chicken Little 69*
(Jack Goga-Walter Fields-John Fisher)
Produced by Jack Goga
Working title: Chicken Little
Track recorded October 8, 1969, assigned to Soupy Sales; reassigned to Earl Van Dyke with lead organ recorded August 14, 1969; additional recording October 16 and November 15, 1969

56. Kiki Dee / You’re My World
(Umberto Bindi-Gino Paoli-Carl Sigman)
Produced by Frank Wilson and Jimmy Roach
Track recorded November 3, 1969; strings recorded November 12, 1969; lead vocal recorded November 7, November 13-14, and December 5, 1969

57. Bobby Taylor / Touched By Love*
(John Bristol-Doris McNeil)
Produced by Johnny Bristol
Track recorded February 12, 1969, assigned to David Ruffin; horns recorded at Studio B March 8, 1969; reassigned to Bobby Taylor with his lead vocal recorded March 30, 1969; strings recorded at Studio B April 30, 1969; backing vocals recorded December 11, 1969

58. Hearts of Stone / When Push Comes To Shove*
(Carl Cutler-John Myers-Lindsey Griffin-Floyd Lawson)
Produced by Henry Cosby
Track recorded December 5, 1969; additional recording December 6, 1969; horns recorded December 18, 1969

59. Jimmy Ruffin / I Gotta Cover A Whole Lotta Ground*
(Clay McMurray-Marty Coleman)
Produced by Clay McMurray
Working title: I Gotta Cover A Whole Lotta Road
Track recorded November 17, 1969; lead vocal recorded December 13, 1969; backing vocals recorded December 22, 1969

60. Terry Johnson / Tomorrow’s Child*
(Jack Goga-Terry Johnson)
Produced by Jack Goga and Terry Johnson
Working title: You Never Know If You Never Try
Track recorded May 28, 1969, assigned to the Lollipops; additional instrumental overdubs June 3, 1969; horns recorded July 29, 1969; strings recorded August 9, 1969; backing vocals recorded August 11 and 15, 1969; reassigned to Terry Johnson with lead vocal recorded August 26, 1969; additional recording December 13, 1969; further instrumental overdubs November 3, 1969, December 11, 1969, and December 23, 1969

* Newly discovered Motown composition

Compilation produced by Harry Weinger, Andrew Flory and Stu Hackel
Research and pre-production by Keith Hughes with special thanks to Andy Skurow
Mastered by Phil Nicolo at Studio 4 Recording
All tracks recorded in the Hitsville U.S.A.’s “Snakepit,” a.k.a. Studio A, Detroit, MI, unless otherwise noted. All tracks sourced from the original Motown masters

Original Motown mono mix masters were used on tracks 2, 3, 6, 9-11, 14, 16, 22-26, 28, 30, 32, 36, 40, 42, 43, 45-47, 53, 54, 60. Motown engineers mixed tracks 12 and 15 to stereo only.

All other tracks were mixed from various 8-track and 16-track session reels for the first time by Obie O’Brien and engineered by Mike Lawson at Mixville U.S.A., except “(Baby) I Need You,” “I Had A Dream (Opus I),” “I’ll Take Care Of Business,” “Moratorium,” “While They Watch” and “You’re My World,” mixed by John Morales at M+M Mix Studios

Annotations by Andrew Flory and Harry Weinger, again with thanks to Keith Hughes and Andy Skurow
Sources: Hitsville U.S.A. Session Logbooks, Motown Library Tape Filing Card Index, Motown Label Copy Files and the Jobete Music Catalog

 

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Don't Miss