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The Complete Motown Singles Vol 12A: 1972 / 5CD box set

The Complete Motown Singles Vol 12A: 1972

A new volume of the long-running Complete Motown Singles series will be issued in June or early July 2013 (depending on the territory).

The five-CD set contains 113 remastered tracks, from the company’s output during the first half of 1972, and will have a limited production run of 7,500. It comes complete with 130-page book within LP style packaging, and includes a bonus seven-inch vinyl single featuring two songs by the Blackberries that were never actually issued as a 45.

The book features contributions by Russ and Ralph Terrana, two key members of the Motown engineering staff, and Susan Whitall, a longtime writer for The Detroit News. It will also include detailed track-by-track histories by co-producers Keith Hughes and Harry Weinger, and Bill Dah.

Full track listing:

Disc 1

  • 1. A Simple Game – Four Tops
  • 2. L.A. (My Town) – Four Tops
  • 3. Our Favorite Melody – Jimmy Ruffin
  • 4. You Gave Me Love – Jimmy Ruffin
  • 5. A Breath Taking Guy – The Marvelettes
  • 6. You’re the One for Me Bobby – The Marvelettes
  • 7. I’m Someone Who Cares – The Originals
  • 8. Once I Have You (I Will Never Let Go) – The Originals
  • 9. I’m Someone Who Cares (Promo Stereo Version) – The Originals
  • 10. Out in the Night – Blue Scepter
  • 11. Gypsy Eyes – Blue Scepter
  • 12. Out in the Night (Promo Stereo Version) – Blue Scepter
  • 13. What It Is? – The Undisputed Truth
  • 14. California Soul – The Undisputed Truth
  • 15. Feel Like Givin’ Up – Posse
  • 16. Take Somebody Like You – Posse
  • 17. Take a Look Around – The Temptations
  • 18. Smooth Sailing (From Now On) – The Temptations
  • 19. Take a Look Around (Promo Stereo Version) – The Temptations
  • 20. I Want to Be Humble – The Devastating Affair
  • 21. My Place – The Devastating Affair
  • 22. I Want to Be Humble (Promo Stereo Version) – The Devastating Affair
  • 23. Rockin’ Robin – Michael Jackson
  • 24. Love is Here and Now You’re Gone – Michael Jackson

Disc 2

  • 1. Can You Give Me Love with a Guarantee – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • 2. If You Gonna Leave (Just Leave) – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • 3. Can You Give Me Love with a Guarantee (Promo Stereo Version) – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • 4. Love Isn’t Here (Like It Used to Be) – Frankie Valli
  • 5. Poor Fool – Frankie Valli
  • 6. Love Isn’t Here (Like It Used to Be) (Second Pressing) – Frankie Valli
  • 7. Poor Fool (Second Pressing) – Frankie Valli
  • 8. Walk in the Night – Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  • 9. I Don’t Want to Do Wrong – Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  • 10. Take Me Clear from Here – Edwin Starr
  • 11. Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World is Today) – Edwin Starr
  • 12. I’m Gonna Get You (Part II) – G.C. Cameron
  • 13. I’m Gonna Get You (Part I) – G.C. Cameron
  • 14. Help Me Make It Through the Night – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • 15. Mr. Fix-It Man – The Sisters Love
  • 16. You’ve Got to Make the Choice – The Sisters Love
  • 17. Taos New Mexico – R. Dean Taylor
  • 18. Shadow – R. Dean Taylor
  • 19. The Zoo (The Human Zoo) – The Commodores
  •  20. I’m Looking for Love – The Commodores

Disc 3

  • 1. What’d I Say – Rare Earth
  • 2. Nice to Be with You – Rare Earth
  • 3. What’d I Say (Promo Stereo Version) – Rare Earth
  • 4. Let Me Run Into Your Lonely Heart – Eddie Kendricks
  • 5. Eddie’s Love – Eddie Kendricks
  • 6. Eddie’s Love (Promo Version) – Eddie Kendricks
  • 7. Me and Bobby McGee – Thelma Houston
  • 8. No One’s Gonna Be a Fool Forever – Thelma Houston
  • 9. What It Is, What It Is – G.C. Cameron
  • 10. You Are That Special One – G.C. Cameron
  • 11. Little Bitty Pretty One – The Jackson 5
  • 12. If I Have to Move a Mountain – The Jackson 5
  • 13. Automatically Sunshine – The Supremes
  • 14. Precious Little Things – The Supremes
  • 15. It’s the Same Old Love – The Courtship
  • 16. Last Row, First Balcony – The Courtship
  • 17. It’s the Same Old Love (Promo Stereo Version) – The Courtship
  • 18. Nihaa Shil Hozho (I Am Happy About You) – Xit
  • 19. End? – Xit
  • 20. Nihaa Shil Hozho (I Am Happy About You) (Promo Stereo Version) – Xit
  • 21. I Can’t Quit Your Love – Four Tops
  • 22. Happy (is a Bumpy Road) – Four Tops
  • 23. I Can Make It Alone – Vincent DiMirco
  • 24. Come Clean – Vincent DiMirco

Disc 4

  • 1. Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You) – Stevie Wonder
  • 2. I Love Every Little Thing About You – Stevie Wonder
  • 3. It’s Too Much for Man to Take Too Long – Eric & The Vikings
  • 4. Time Don’t Wait – Eric & The Vikings
  • 5. It’s Too Much for Man to Take Too Long (Promo Stereo Version) – Eric & The Vikings
  • 6. Long Way from Home – Howl the Good
  • 7. Why Do You Cry – Howl the Good
  • 8. Long Way from Home (Promo Stereo Version) – Howl the Good
  • 9. You’re the Man (Part 1) – Marvin Gaye
  • 10. You’re the Man (Part 2) – Marvin Gaye
  • 11. I Wanna Be Where You Are – Michael Jackson
  • 12. We’ve Got a Good Thing Going – Michael Jackson
  • 13. We’ve Come Too Far to End It Now – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • 14. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – The Undisputed Truth
  • 15. Friendship Train – The Undisputed Truth
  • 16. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone (Promo Stereo Version) – The Undisputed Truth
  • 17. Get Me Some Help – Chris Holland & T-Bone
  • 18. If Time Could Stand Still – Chris Holland & T-Bone
  • 19. Get Me Some Help (Promo Stereo Version) – Chris Holland & T-Bone
  • 20. Tear It On Down – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  • 21. I Want You Back – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  • 22. Label Me Love – Different Shades of Brown
  • 23. Life’s a Ball (While It Lasts) – Different Shades of Brown

Disc 5

  • 1. Mother Nature – The Temptations
  • 2. Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On – The Temptations
  • 3. Mother Nature (Promo Stereo Version) – The Temptations
  • 4. Sail Away – Bobby Darin
  • 5. Hard Headed Woman – Bobby Darin
  • 6. I Can’t Give Back the Love I Feel for You – Suzee Ikeda
  • 7. Mind, Body and Soul – Suzee Ikeda
  • 8. A Little More Trust – David Ruffin
  • 9. A Day in the Life, of a Working Man – David Ruffin
  • 10. A Little More Trust (Promo Stereo Version) – David Ruffin
  • 11. Money (That’s What I Want) – Blinky
  •  12. For Your Precious Love – Blinky
  • 13. Groove Than – Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  • 14. Me and My Family – Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  • 15. Lookin’ Through the Windows – The Jackson 5
  • 16. Love Song – The Jackson 5
  • 17. Somebody Up There – The Blackberries
  • 18. But I Love You More – The Blackberries
  • 19. To Know You is to Love You – Syreeta
  • 20. Happiness – Syreeta
  • 21. Somebody Oughta’ Turn Your Head Around – Crystal Mansion
  • 22. Earth People – Crystal Mansion

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Thom

At last! I lost faith in this ever coming out- the four-year interval since the last volume seemed like a lifetime compared to the roughly six-month intervals between the earlier sets. Seems there’s been some licensing issues over some songs (possibly Stevie Wonder’s tracks) but glad to see it has been resolved.