The signature songs of Motown Records, from the 1960s to the 1990s, are featured in a new digital and physical compilation to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary. Motown — Greatest Hits will be released August 16 in the world outside the U.S.
Among the featured artists are Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Martha & the Vandellas, the Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, the Miracles, the Commodores, Lionel Richie, and Diana Ross. Among the chosen songs are “Please Mr. Postman,” “My Guy,” “Dancing In The Street,” “My Girl,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “The Tears Of A Clown,” “What’s Going On” and “Superstition.”
Motown — Greatest Hits will be released as a 60-track, 3CD set and a 27-track, 2LP vinyl package. The CD offering includes other memorable Motown recordings, such as the Velvelettes’ “Needle In A Haystack,” Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted,” and the Isley Brothers’ “This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You).” More than two dozen of this set’s tracks reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100.
Also on the CD set are tracks which reached Number One in the U.K., but not in the U.S., such as Diana Ross’ “I’m Still Waiting,” Smokey Robinson’s “Being With You,” and Michael Jackson’s “One Day In Your Life.”
The earliest recording on Motown — Greatest Hits is Barrett Strong’s “Money (That’s What I Want)” from 1960, the latest is Shanice’s “I Love Your Smile” from 1991. Also included is Frank Wilson’s “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” from 1966, which was not commercially released by Motown at the time, but subsequently became renowned on Britain’s “Northern Soul” club circuit.