On December 18, 2012, UMe/Motown issues in six digital-only bundles 120 unreleased recordings from the Motown vault. Motown Unreleased 1962 features tracks recorded at the now-legendary Hitsville studio by a wide variety of artists, under the headings “Guys—Vols. 1 & 2,” “Girls,” “Jazz—Vols. 1 & 2” and “Gospel.”
Fifty years ago, Motown was beginning to rise with hits by Mary Wells, the Miracles and the Marvelettes, as well as debuts from the Temptations, the Supremes and Martha & the Vandellas. The company’s small studio in the West Grand Boulevard office’s former garage was humming around the clock, producers and artists crammed side-by-side looking for the next breakthrough hit. This Motown Unreleased 1962 series collects 10 albums’ worth of great material that had been left behind as the Detroit-record-company-that-could took off. All tracks are sourced from the original Motown mono masters.
The series features:
- Never-before-heard tracks by Marvin Gaye, the Miracles, the Temptations, Martha & the Vandellas and more
- Great early Motown cuts from “team-builders” Mike & the Modifiers, Lee & the Leopards, Singin’ Sammy Ward, Hattie Littles, Freddie Gorman and others
- A slew of unreleased Motown Jazz, from the great instrumentalists Beans Bowles, the Johnny Griffith Trio and the George Bohannon Quartet
- More than two dozen unreleased Motown Gospel tracks, from local Detroit messengers Rev. Columbus Mann, the Burnadettes, the Gospel Stars, the Pronouns and Rev. Chas Glover
The series will be available to all digital partners.