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 issued by UMC 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.
Order the 4CD edition of Motown Unreleased 1966 here.