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1. Stevie Wonder - The Definitive Collection
by Motown
Audio CD (29 October, 2002)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Single Disc Collection of Stevie Wonder's Hits
It needs to be stated at the outset that Stevie Wonder has more than just 21 hits. But this cd brings together the best hits from the 1960s through the 1980s. They are also remastered with the best possible sound. You get "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)," "Superstition," "Living for the City," "Higher Ground, the anti Nixon "You Haven't Done Nothing," "I Wish," "Do I Do," "My Cherie Amor," and many more on one disc. Completists will wish the cd had room for "Isn't She Lovely, Frontline, Ribbon in the Sky, and a few others, but no one can quibble with what IS contained on this disc. You can always download the ones that are missing.
5-0 out of 5 stars Soulful
Hits from early in Stevie Wonder career to the middle of his
5-0 out of 5 stars A great mix if you only have 1 or 2 Stevie CD's
Stevie Wonder is a must -- his music defined a segment of my life.His sound is distinctive, clear, and penetrating. ... Read more

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2. Songs in the Key of Life
by Motown
Audio CD (02 May, 2000)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Stevie's Double Crowning Achievement!
I'm one of those reviewers that rarely rates music that hasn't touched me in one way or another. So when I felt that I wanted to write a review for a Stevie Wonder album, I ended up struggling over which of his great releases I should review. I love ALL of his mid-seventies releases....most notably, "Innervisions", "Fullfillingness...", and, of course, "Songs...". I guess I finally decided to 'tackle' this one based on its historical significance to the art of Music. For one, Stevie was "coming into his own" as far as musical expression and social commentary within his songs. Other than the great Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye, Stevie was at the forefront of writing about the joys, pains, positives and negatives of Human exsistance on Earth...and he did it very well. Songs such as "Village Ghetto Land", "Pastime Paradise", "Saturn" and "Have a Talk with God" among others, were as powerful 'messages' one could experience through a set of speakers. Secondly, He was able to finally gain TOTAL control of his musical vision from Motown and Berry Gordy....even more so than Marvin had done with "Whats Going On"...and this TOTAL control shows most prevelant on "Songs" than any previous release leading up to this one(IMO). There's certainly a little bit of everything on "Songs"---- the joy of life on "Isn't She Lovely";black man's contributions to evolution in "Black Man"; World Love and Peace in "I am Singing"; the joys and pains of childhood in "I Wish"; Spiritual guidance in "Have a talk with God"; Desperation in the World's Ghettos in "Village Ghetto Land" , and even some "Props" to Mr. Ellington in "Sir Duke". One could literally go on like this for every song on this double album....Yes, very moving, significant statements indeed! As for the actual music and musicians, they are "all over the board" here (and Stevie certainly plays his share of the instruments, however, not as exstinsively as past albums). Every musician involved in "Songs" played exactly what each track called for, and, at the same time, still managed to put their 'mark' on these great cuts. The listener will be happy to find mellow, introspective songs...Upbeat, funky rockers...Spanish-tinged music....and even Stevie's brand of Fushion (Contusion)... Overall, A wonderful assortment of musical styles and genres mixed into one of the most important double LPs ever released. As a closing note, I am somewhat of a new-comer to this great artist, and yes, I am white. However, I feel this is one of a handful of artists that crosses/bridges ALL ethnic groups...weather black, white, yellow, or red. Please don't let the color of your skin (or Stevie's) stop you from experiencing some of the most important 'Art' ever produced. Strongly recommended, along with any other releases from this Genius!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Album that deserves all the acollades it's been given
This album has been ranked highly in VH1 polls and Rolling Stone Polls time after time and it really deserves it.....
5-0 out of 5 stars All-Time Great
Stevie Wonder was and continues to be a once every few generations kind of genius!!!
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Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Funk    3. Motown    4. Pop    5. Pop-Soul    6. Pop/Rock    7. R&B    8. R&B/Soul    9. Smooth Soul    10. Soul    11. Soul/R & B    12. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues    13. United States of America   


3. The Ultimate Collection
by Motown
Audio CD (25 March, 1997)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A brave effort at cramming one disc full of Temptations classics, Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential!
The Temptations were one of Motowns hottest and most versatile acts. They began their career as The Primes, singing on street corners in the ghetto areas for blacks in Detroit with Diana Ross And The Supremes (then known as their sister group, The Primettes). After signing to Motown in 1961, they took a seperate road from The Supremes and before long, were pumping out to what would amount too, an endless river of classics.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Tempting Enough to Buy
With their memorable dance moves, lavish outfits and distinct singing style, The Temptations was Motown at its best. From the classics "My Girl, Get Ready, Just my Imagination" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" to some of the lesser knownsongs, this is a terrific collection. There are arguments of a song or two that should have been left off or added but the meat of the group's work is here. Their music has never left us. Weather you first heard the original recordings, discovered them in 1985 at Live Aid with Daryl Hall and John Oates joining Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin onstage or have heard their songs in the countless soundtracks of movies that their music has been featured in, everyone since the group's inception has heard The Temptations. The sad thing is that most of the original members are now gone but we still have our memories and imaginations..and these recordings to remember them by. One more time. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Motown    2. Oldies    3. Pop    4. Pop-Soul    5. Psychedelic Soul    6. R&B    7. Rock    8. Smooth Soul    9. Soul    10. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues    11. United States of America   


4. The #1's
by Utv Records
Audio CD (03 February, 2004)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In the path of enormously popular collections of number one singles by Elvis and the Beatles comes this crammed (seconds shy of the 80-minute mark) disc from another pop-culture icon, Diana Ross & the Supremes. 14 Diana Ross/Supremes tracks appear in some of their most vivid sound ever, while the post-Ross Supremes get their due with "Stoned Love." Ross’ Hollywood years make for the weakest music here ("Touch Me in the Morning," "Endless Love"), but disco smashes "Upside Down," "I’m Coming Out," and "The Boss" prove as smart, canny, and enduring as Supremes 45s like "You Keep Me Hangin’ On" and "Reflections." The contemporary, yet already dated, remix of "Hangin’ On" at album’s end suggests, in fact, that Ross might make one more dance-floor comeback if paired with the right behind-the-scenes team. Basement Jaxx, anyone? Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars All The No.1 Hits!
Diana Ross and the Supremes broke down many racial barriers during their eventful reign in the 1960's. Rivalled by only Elvis Presley and The Beatles, their remarkable acheivements included 12 ground-breaking chart-toppers. Motown boss, Berry Gordy, intended to use his roster of artists to appeal too not only blacks but to
5-0 out of 5 stars Have Some Reviewers Exaggerated A Bit?
First, let me state the obvious. These are magnificent, timeless songs and performances.
5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD and Fast shipping!
I am very pleased with the order, service, process, and date received. The CD is everything I thought it would be! A++++ ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Disco    2. Girl Group    3. Motown    4. Oldies    5. Pop    6. Pop-Soul    7. Quiet Storm    8. R&B    9. Soul    10. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues    11. Uptown Soul    12. Urban   


5. What's Going on
by Motown
Audio CD (14 January, 2003)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Sly & The Family Stone might have psychedelicized soul music, but Marvin Gaye personalized it. Although the powers-that-were Motown didn't even want to release the record, the unexpected success of Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What's Going On
This is considered the first concept album ever released by Motown, but it did not come out of the blue. Other producers had tried before Gaye: Holland-Dozier-Holland attempted to create a sort of "love concerto" in The Supremes's "I Hear a Symphony"; Norman Whitfield began to experiment with the idea in The Temptations' "Cloud Nine", and Frank Wilson almost made it a year before Gaye with the Four Tops' "Still Waters Run Deep", and he even tried to reproduce the soundtrack of a musical with "Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations", with "overture" (a terrific version of Gaye's hit "Try It, Baby"), and grand finale included. Marvin Gaye not only came with the stronger album from a thematic point of view (war, drugs, poverty, unemployment, racism, religious faith, ecology, politics), but also because of its urban-drama feel, --later found in Stevie Wonder's "Innervisions"--, and its lyrical proto-funk musical treatment. For the first time the session musicians known as The Funk Brothers, and the resident backing vocalists The Andantes were given credit on a Motown album, and Gaye had full control of his production. A great album that conveys one of the most intense moments of the United States cultural life.
5-0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Album
Gaye was named after his father, a minister in the Apostolic Church. The spiritual influence of his early years played a formative role in his musical career.
5-0 out of 5 stars Believe the Hype
I'm not too familiar with R&B studio albums (other than a couple Stevie Wonder records), but this is the best I've heard so far. The title track was the biggest hit, and justly so - it's one of the man's best songs, everything just falls into place on this one. Marvin's vocals and especially his yearning, pro-peace lyrics especially stand out. I also love Save the Children, him pretty much saying that, although the world is screwed, we should live life for the children. Mercy Mercy Me is a haunting ode to the environment, the first time I heard the choir part at the end it was chilling. Next up is the seven-and-a-half minute Latin-funk Right On, a longer song that's downright captivating, and the most un-Narvin Gaye-sounding song on this album. But he pulls it off, in fact it's one of the best. The album closes out with my favorite Marvin track, Inner City Blues, a haunting pseudo-rap which deals with the bad parts of urban life. There are a couple of other great songs (What's Happening Brother, Flyin' High) on here too, but these are the ones that stand out to me especially. Plus the album has a wonderful flow to it. There's not a bad song here, either!
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6. Innervisions
by Motown
Audio CD (21 March, 2000)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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One of Stevie Wonder's best albums, and the one where his more fanciful, free-form moments gel perfectly with his knack for irresistible pop singles, 1973's Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Still fresh and inspirational
This CD sounds like it was recorded yesterday. Joyous music and deep lyrics, with several iconic tunes. My favorite is the Latin-influenced "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing", so upbeat & positive you'll want to play it again to join in with the chorus! Shame it's on TV ads now. With this CD, his "Songs in the Key of Life" & "Secret Life of plants", you have the very best of Stevie. Please avoid the collections!

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Stevie-His best overall album
Let's put it this way: When you are loading up your ipod/mp3 player with songs from albums and have to choose individual songs, this is one instance where you MUST load up the entire album!All the songs are essential, and the continuity is also important.After 33 years, when I first listened to it, the album still holds up and remains fresh.It's impossible to break up the set.You need to have the whole thing on your player.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Recording
"Innervisions" is an essential album in any soul fan's collection. Heck, it's even an essential for any rock fan's collection. You know what, I'll settle on this: It's essential for any collection.
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7. Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye
by Motown
Audio CD (23 May, 2000)
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Sales Rank: 1491
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Despite the Slightly Misleading Title, This CD Works Well in My Collection
Let me explain. Before buying "Every Great Motown Hit," I already owned "Best of, Millennium Collection, Volume 1 the 60s," which included all of Marvin's excellent solo sixties songs. For what it is, it does a good job (I reviewed it five stars earlier), but solo sixties means no duets with Tammi Terrell and no seventies songs are included. So I was looking for a good way to add those songs to my collection when a used copy of "Every Great Motown Hit" caught my eye. Turns out it works very well in my CD collection, with only four overlap songs (I bought the original version of this CD, without bonus tracks "Ain't That Peculiar" and "I'll be Doggone") between my other Marvin Gaye collection.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great hits of Marvin Gaye
This is a great cd with all of the hits of Marivin Gaye.

5-0 out of 5 stars Marvin Gaye-exceptional brilliant
Marvin Gaye was one of the greatist if not the greatist singers of all time and this cd proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt! I have the Marvin Anthoogy 2 disc set but it doesnt sound as good as this digitally remastered one.Marvin's exceptional voice sound louder and clearer than ever before!!what a waste of talent that this man had to go(4-1-84) so young you must get this disc!!!highly recommended!!!!!!! ... Read more

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8. The Ultimate Collection
by Motown
Audio CD (10 February, 1998)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Love Smokey more than his tenure with the Miracles
The first time we listened to this alblum we were a bit dissapointed.I guess we are Smokey fans.We love his voice.
2-0 out of 5 stars "Bill" is The Man I Knew-Smokey Robinson, R&B at it's Best
The old timers like me back in the inner cities where Smokey and the Miracles orginally put their stake down in Motown and R&B royalty, used to call him Bill Smokey Robinson. Whenever I meet someone who recalls the days back in the early to mid sixties when the black transistor made in Japan radios were blaring down the New York City school hallways playing The Tracks of my Tears, Shop Around, OOO Baby Baby (which brings back memories of my first interacial slow dance in the Junior High School gym) and the Tears of a Clown, all selections being on The Ultimate Collection~Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, I know that my buddy remembers Smokey's spindly aura on the stage and his silky smoooth and relaxed delivery. I apologize to my readers for run on sentences but Smokey requires such detailed explanation as a legendary contributor to soul, R&B and the Motown wall of sound (they had one too) that my effusive and continuing acclamation of this cherished and enormously loved performer is understated. I heard that Smokey recently brought his performance to Flint, Michigan or maybe some other backyard town in auto country. I really wish that I could have been there to see Smokey put out before a hometown crowd. That must have been nothing short of a miracle. I am going to hit the click button now myself, I need to hear again the sounds that captivated all of us when we walked down the hallways in Junior High with the made in Japans, fingerpopping all the way.
5-0 out of 5 stars The MIRACLES...MOTOWN'S GREATEST GROUP,PERIOD !
I dont care what others say about The Supremes,Temptations, or other Motown groups,the MIRACLES were the greatest group to ever come out of Motown.PERIOD! Why ? for one thing,they were the FIRST MOTOWN GROUP.It was their success that paved the way for all the others. Had they not been successful, there would have been no MOTOWN,and none of those other groups would have been found fame ,or at least not to the extent which they did.THE MIRACLES put MOTOWN on the map.They also had MOTOWN'S first million selling record,"SHOP AROUND".During the comapny's critical early years,1959-1964, They were BY FAR MOTOWN'S TOP GROUP,(despite what certain rewiewers have written,}with TOP 10 pop hits in 1961,'62',AND '63,the STAR ATTRACTION of the legendary MOTORTOWN REVUES,and the ONLY group that was bringing any serious money into the company.Yet,while most of the others were inducted ,AS GROUPS, into THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME,The MIRACLES have been ignored. They chose to induct only Smokey. What a shame and insult to Motown's legendary First Group. The TEMPTATIONS ? great singers and dancers to be sure,but what most Temptations fans won't tell you is that 9 of their first 12 hits were actually written by The MIRACLES !! not just Smokey,THE WHOLE GROUP !! Don't believe it ? just look at the writing credits on the Tempts GREATEST HITS album ! ( How many MIRACLES songs did the TEMPTATIONS WRITE ? think about it}. THE SUPREMES ? They wouldn't have even GOTTEN on Motown if not for Smokey !! Stevie Wonder? He was discovered by Miracles member RONNIE WHITE !! THE MARVELETTES,MARVIN GAYE & MARY WELLS ?Yep, they wrote their stuff too.The MIRACLES were responsible,either directly or indirectly, for the success of just about EVERY EARLY ARTIST ON THE MOTOWN LABEL!! In fact ,of the five leading Motown groups ( Supremes, Temptations,4 tops,Miracles,J-5 }The MIRACLES were the ONLY ones that wrote their own material. Hopefully one day ,the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME will induct them ALL-SMOKEY, BOBBY,RONNIE, PETE, MARV & CLAUDETTE ,not just SMOKEY , as they did.Want to know why they deserve it? Just listen to this CD.Then, read the writing credits.It will prove that SMOKEY wasn't the ONLY serious talent in this group.
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9. Essential Collection
by Hip-O Records
Audio CD (28 September, 1999)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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While Gladys Knight and the Pips spent large portions of the '60s, '70s, and '80s on the charts, this smart CD is the first attempt to compile high points of their tenures at various labels (Motown subsidiary Buddah, Columbia, MCA). While Knight proved equally at home with smokin' church-bred R&B (the original "I Heard It Through the Grapevine") and uptown pop (an unfortunate medley of "Try to Remember" and "The Way We Were"), she was most effective on plainspoken tales of everyday people. That's the reason "Grapevine," "Midnight Train to Georgia," "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me," and "Save the Overtime for Me," recorded over a 15-year span, sound so much of a piece. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly Great
Why has't GK been canonized to the extent some of the other famous R&B divas have? Her amazing, warm & soulful vocal prowess takes a back seat to nobody. This collection, the first I believe, to span all of her career, features an incredible parade of genius, state of the art vocalizing. From indispensable, classic chestnuts like "Heard it throught the Grapevine" and "Friendship Train" to the megaclassic "Midnight Train to Georgia" (I know we've all heard that one to the point where it's almost impossible to appreciate it anew, but listen, really listen, sometime to the eloquent and moving vocal, the impeccably arranged background vox, and the impossibly sweet and touching lyrics. It's a stunning experience), the aural pleasure this record induces never flags. She even tackles a few sappy, maudlin, middle of the road-y ballads, like "Hero" and actually acquits herself admirably. If she can rise above dorky material of that ilk, then she must indeed be some kind of dang genius.
5-0 out of 5 stars Gladys and the Pips
I've been listening to Ms. Knight and the Pips for many years, since the early 70's and she and they continue to amaze me with their beautiful voices.This CD is no exception.They are truly wonderful people who have Blessed us with their music and lyrics that positively impact the lives of all who will give them an ear.Glad I bought this CD.I think you will be glad too.

5-0 out of 5 stars All my favorites...
As a younger person who did not really grow-up in The Gladys Knight and the Pips era, I am so very glad I found this cd.It has all the songs I know on it.
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10. The Ultimate Collection
by Motown
Audio CD (07 October, 1997)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Cramming 25 songs onto a single CD, this set captures the Tops during their peak 1960s years, when they rode the pens of Holland, Dozier, and Holland to the top of the charts. Combining the writers' pop melodies, a gentle Motown groove, and Levi Stubbs' earthy lead vocals, the group landed 11 Top 40 singles by 1967, all of which are included on this compilation. Unfortunately, The Ultimate Collection omits later gems such as "Keeper of the Castle," "Ain't No Woman," and "When She Was My Girl," but that leaves room to delve into the unique partnership between the Tops and their songwriting triumvirate. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of Motowns Best-Ever Groups!
The Four Tops were formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1953 though they never really struck lucky until they signed to Berry Gordys pioneering all-black record label, Tamla Motown Records, home to many legendary soul acts including Diana Ross, The Supremes, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves And The Vandellas, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Marvelettes and many, many more.
4-0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for!
Great group, great cd, great value. This Cd has all the hits, its a must buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Four Tops are Four Great Legends of Music
I've listened to The Four Tops since I was a young child. My favorite song of theirs is Standing in The Shadows of Love. I admire that they have remained together through thick and thin. Lawrence Payton died in 1997, and I just read in the newspaper that another one of the voices have been silenced with the passing of Obie Benson. My sympathy and condolences goes out to his family and friends. ... Read more

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11. Gladys Knight & The Pips - Greatest Hits
by Curb Records
Audio CD (16 July, 1990)
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Sales Rank: 6874
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite is Gladys
I grew up on the fringes of Harlem, New York where in the sixties the Black community spoke of their musical heroes on a first name basis. Everybody in my neighborhood knew who Stevie, Smokey, Aretha, Diana, Marvin and Gladys were as last names were superflous and unwarranted and even misdirected as we came to love and appreciate the Motown artists as the prodigies that they really were. Gladys Knight and the Pips-Greatest Hits is my favorite Motown related compilation of a single group because Gladys is probably the best in the business. She is gospel with overiding soul mixed with rhythmn and blues and a slow sexy rock that flows over lyrics like a smooth choo choo train. My favorite entries on this disc are I Heard it Through the Grapvine which although Marvin had a problem dealing with a cover, it's more than legitimate as a Gladys single, If I were Your Woman which cries a beautiful scat and the venerable Midnight Train to Georgia which besides being a mega hit is just a damm good song so hit the repeat button on your player and the moonroof down. In 1977 I was attending a sales convention in Skokie, Illinois where artists playing the Mill Run in Chicago stayed at my hotel. Gladys was doing a gig there and I used to see her in a bathrobe eating eggs in the coffee shop with her family. To this day and at the age of 55 I really wish I would have gone over there and had a rap with her just to find out what makes her a musical treasure to me. I'll never get that chance in my lifetime so I bought her CD as above and I'm having that talk vicariously.
5-0 out of 5 stars Gladys Knight
Gladys Knight is such a wonderful singers her voice is so beautiful and there is no other who will ever sing like her.This cd has her wonderful hits on it and I enjoyed it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why Should I Be Different?
So far, everybody gives this CD 5 stars.I feel the same way.I remember hearing the group's first hit in 1961, "Every Beat of My Heart".I still have the song on a 33 1/3 vinyl of the greatest hits of that year.And what guy can't be moved to being told, "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me"."Midnight Train to Georgia" from 1973 remains a classic (though it was almost Midnight Plane to Houston).Great songwriting and great heartfelt delivery; Gladys always sings the truth. It's all here.Five Stars and Change. ... Read more

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12. Talking Book
by Motown
Audio CD (21 March, 2000)
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Asin: B00004S36A
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The two No. 1 hits from this 1972 album perfectly illustrate the contrasting sides of Wonder's complex personality. "Superstition" is a strong rocker, a paranoid bit of wah-wah guitar funk that's as persistent as the best punk music; the opening track, "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," is a pure love song that would sound corny coming from any other voice. A hint of bitterness, perhaps owing to Wonder's then-dissolving marriage, gives Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Holy moley
Somewhere halfway through "You've Got It Bad Girl" it hit me. This album is sweeter than the darkness of "Innervisions", more determined than "Songs In the Key Of Life". More powerful than any Motown missive since "What's Goin On". That sound... that sweet, playful melody... no one can do that, not since, not ever it seems, not even Stevie can do this one better. It is an entire piece, much like "Innervisions" but not chaotic and urban and cautious. This isn't soul music, it isn't constrained by genre, or by sound-bite, or by memory. I was aware of this album when it came out, yet never really felt it. But like all classics, a few hours of serious attention show places and spaces in the music that I didn't know existed. A great, great album from one of the all-time greats.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another One of Stevie's Essential Albums
Released in 1973, Stevie Wonder's album "Talking Book" became the first of many albums released in the seventies that would all be classic albums for Stevie--"Songs in the Key of Life," "Innervisions." "Talking Book" contained his huge hit "Superstition," a song that shows his good use of funky chops. Another hit off the album, "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," showcases his slow romantic side. I love "I Believe," which is a happy uplifting anthem about being in love. 4-0 out of 5 stars Great, though not superlative Wonder album
Umm, folks?I think the Cranky Reviewer was joking.Granted, that's some dry humor, but bravo for almost having me fooled.Talking Book is a good album.Superstition is a fine song, but for my money, You've Got It Bad Girl and I Believe are the real highlights of this album.By itself, Talking Book is a great album, but when you put it up against Music of My Mind, Innervisions and Fulfillingness' First Finale, it has to take a backseat.Of course, in Wonder's world, the backseat is actually the backseat of a Ferarri (one in which he is not driving, of course). ... Read more

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13. A Time To Love
by Motown
Audio CD (18 October, 2005)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars not really
Glad that stevie made a new recording with new material and its nice but not a standout it's more of a less than stevie wonder great record. it'sworth a listen but if you can find it in the bargin bin get it. it's not worth full price not really worth it.

3-0 out of 5 stars A few steps from a 4 star album
If one knows anything about music, they have heard the name Stevie Wonder. He was one of the original singers in the legendary "Motown Sound." He is the Grammy-award winning artist who has released a plethora of albums in his long spanning career. His record, "Songs in the Key of Life" is often described as the best album of all time. Stevie Wonder has mastered the art of music.
5-0 out of 5 stars At His Best
Stevie Wonder has produced some fantastic albums over the years, and this is just one more to add to the list.After waiting so long, one wondered what could he possibly do.Well he did it.The cd has 15 tracks, which he really could have produced two separate cd's.Every cut is great and the title track, "A Time to Love," should become our new national anthem.The song simply says, we have time to create destruction, construction, and deduction, but when will we have time to love.Buy it....you won't be sorry! ... Read more

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14. Stevie Wonder - Song Review: Greatest Hits
by Motown
Audio CD (10 December, 1996)
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Asin: B000001ABD
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Thirty or so of Stevie Wonder's biggest hits--many of themenduring classics--make up this double disc. That's the good news. Thebad news is that they're sequenced here about as well (or maybe not) asyour CD player's "random" function might do it. Leading off with"Part-Time Lover"--a major chart record, no doubt, but hardly therouser you'd expect for an opener--is puzzling enough. It's when theprogramming starts veering from highlights of his self-produced period("Sir Duke") to Motown assembly-line pieces ("My Cherie Amour") thatthe head-scratching really begins. And don't try to count the greatmoments that are missing. This will do in a pinch, but if you own noStevie, be advised that better overviews of Wonder's career (the finestby far being the four-CD box Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits is the Greatest Ever !!!
These songs are timeless. They take you back to that place in time when things were REALLY hap'ning. I can't stop listening to it. All my friends wanted to know how I could find so many of Stevie's songs that were THAT good all in one collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!
I highly reccomend this CD of Stevie Wonder. I love all the songs on this CD.One of his best!

4-0 out of 5 stars Music you can enjoy.
I enjoyed listening to this CD.The music is so up beat and fun to dance to. ... Read more

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15. The Ultimate Collection
by Motown
Audio CD (23 January, 1996)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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It's hard to think of a more quintessential pre-disco-era supergroup, and this really is the ultimate collection of the Jackson 5's finest. From the super-sweet "I'll Be There" (which went on to become one of the most-covered songs in recent history) to the peppy pop of "I Want You Back," the period's essence is in every single high note. The Afros, the bell-bottoms, Michael pre-identity crisis, it's all there and so much more fun than anything any of the clan has done since. This is a great party album: classics like "ABC," "Never Can Say Goodbye," and "Rockin' Robin" sit alongside more jazz-influenced tracks like a cover of the Isleys' "It's Your Thing," and are guaranteed to keep all feet on the dance floor. Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars What Happend to the Jermaine Vocals
I Want You Back is one of my favorite songs and Jermaine was my favorite Jackson.On this CD his vocals are missing from the song, major disapointment for me.But overall CD is excellent!

5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless ...
B2K took notes ... and ran
1-0 out of 5 stars Pure Bubble Gum Pop
The Jackson 5 were bubble gum teenie-bopper pop just like The Osmonds, The Partridge Family, The Monkees, New Kids on the Block, 'N Sync, Backstreet Boys, Hanson, and The Moffetts . The Jackson 5 were no better than the The Osmonds or The Partridge Family and just as bad as the the monkees. The vocals are teenie-bopper, the lyrics are tennie-bopper, the music is tennie-bopper. This is bubble gum teenie-bopper pop at its worst. If you like the monkees, the partridge family, the osmond then your sure to like this dated bubble bum pop junk. ... Read more

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16. Fulfillingness' First Finale
by Motown
Audio CD (21 March, 2000)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Stevie Wonder was in the middle of a multi-album roll when he put out this funk and soul collection, clunky title and all, in 1974. As usual, he adds depth and unexpected touches to even the most straightforward love song--the moving piano ballad "Too Shy to Say" has a spooky feeling, as if "I want to fly away with you, until there's nothing more to do" is the saddest line he ever sang. The harder songs, such as the fuzzy funk of "Boogie On Reggae Woman" and the angry "doo-de-wop" attack on Richard Nixon in "You Haven't Done Nothin'," add urgency without sacrificing the album's cohesiveness. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It Will Never Get Better Than This
Musical genius to the limit. It Ain't No Use it the most beautiful song ever written - I have listened to this over and over and over again for years, and will continue to do so.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Follow up to Innervisions!!!!!
This album manages to sound slightly different from it's predecessor and yet still remain great... the music is great on the entire album.. the music is awesome.... "Ain't No Use" is the best Wonder you're going to hear.. it's got a classic beat and a great build up and a great climax... you know it's Stevie Wonder... and "Please Don't Go" is in my mind, a better conclusion then "He's Mister Know-It-All"..
5-0 out of 5 stars Bird of Beauty

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17. Here, My Dear
by Motown
Audio CD (05 April, 1994)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Ordered by a judge to turn over the profits from two albums to the first wife he'd left, Marvin Gaye produced this bitter, sad, bewildered masterwork. Over sprawling funk tracks, he questions her, himself, love, family, and, of course, asks, "Why do I have to pay attorney fees?" Both incomparably smooth and incontrovertibly twisted, Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Soothing for the bewildered & broken-hearted
I came across this excellent gem last summer, during the final court proceedings etc. of the ugly break-up of a relationship. My ex kept suing and suing relentlessly, until she had exhausted all possibilities. She had been the greatest love of my life and... Well, don't wanna bore you with all the details.
4-0 out of 5 stars Tell it like it is Marvin
Marvin, in "Here My Dear," is both telling Anna Gordy how he feels about their pending divorce settlement and also letting the listeners on "inside" information.He was a master of the suite (singing one song and going directly into another song with a new tempo). Since he had to pay Anna with his royalties of the album, he would truly do it "Marvin's way."This album, in my opinion, truly has some classic songs.

4-0 out of 5 stars Underrated and overlooked
Finally picked this one up and I'm very glad I did! This is a great album that is generally overlooked by all but Marvin Gaye fanatics, but it ranks up there with his best. Very much a concept album, Here My Dear chronicles Gaye's turbulent marriage to Anna Gordy, who received the album's profits as part of the couple's divorce settlement. Emotionally raw but beautifully sung, this one's a lost classic. ... Read more

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18. Let's Get It on
by Motown
Audio CD (14 January, 2003)
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Sales Rank: 5577
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Legendary sensual grooves from a music icon revisited. (3.5 stars)
There are certain things that I really appreciate about Marvin Gaye-mainly the fact he is a stellar vocalist with a unique gift that often makes his interpretations of material especially moving.Also, at times he can be an absolutely brilliant composer (if you haven't heard "Trouble Man", it is nothing short of pure genius).But this album, I must say, is highly overrated-even by most "music" critics.Which is actually a pretty impressive feat for an R&B album-most "music" critics have a blatant, strong, obvious, no shame and no qualms about it rock bias.The brilliant title track shows the potential for what this album could have been, but unfortunately, much of this album amounts to little more than pedestrian, insipid R&B.I will grant that its singular focus provides a cohesive force of sorts that makes the album work well as a concept, but in this case, it unfortunately also seems to contribute to the major problems with some of the material.This album is quite smooth and many consider it the epitome of quiet storm R&B, but it can also be pretty bland and it has very little in the way of musical invention.It's obvious by the time that you get to the second (well, maybe third) song that the funk brothers did not participate in this project, but I'll go into detail about why that's so significant in a minute.Marvin's voice is amazing throughout this album, but almost every song is in the same key, at the same tempo, with the same slick and professional but totally devoid of any heart or character playing by the musicians.The musicians probably bare some responsibility for this, but I must say after listening to this album, that several of the compositions are so banal that I don't know that much else could have been done with them.The most obvious exception here is the title track, which really is a masterpiece.Some of the other material is also really good with some really interesting things going on musically ("come get to this" with its bass drum and tambourine playing perfectly off of one another to form the backbone of the rhythm section).But unfortunately, most of the other material does not live up to the same standard, and some of it is so insanely bland that it's a painful chore to actually listen to.I sometimes see this album compared to "What's Going On" which is a pretty absurd comparison as far as I'm concerned."What's Going On" is one of the greatest albums that I've ever heard, and that can be largely credited to the involvement of the funk brothers, who are probably the single most influential group of musicians of all time.The mind-blowingly brilliant bassist James Jamerson in particular is just as much the star of that album as Marvin.Their stellar musicianship, musical invention, and rich, passionate, and distinct playing are truly missed here on this project.Some of the material here is still really good, and part of my criticism is due to the fact that I hold Marvin Gaye to a higher standard than your average artist, just to put things into perspective.But still, too much of this album is way too mediocre for it to be considered great as a whole.But, the album is still worth at least one spin and the title track and a few others still make it worth buying if you can find it for a decent price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Soul Supreme
Let's Get It On is only a notch below What's Going on making it among the essential Soul recordings of all-time. Often heralded as the quintessential bedroom record Let's Get It On is much more than that. The suite is inspired by his dying love for his wife Anna and his starting passion for Janis, his new flame. If I Should Die Tonight alledgedly only got his convincing take after Marvin laid eyes on Janis for the very first time. Marvin was in his thirties at the time, Janis not yet of legal age.
5-0 out of 5 stars One of the top 5 albums of all time
Music critics always cite "What's Going On?" as Marvin's best album. It's a great album, for sure, but this one is better. I don't know if those critics read one stellar review of "What's Going On?" as kids, and it just stayed with them, or what, but "Let's Get It On" ranks higher. It was Marvin's biggest selling Motown album, it went triple platinum within a year back when the US has about a hundred million fewer inhabitants than it does now.
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19. The Wiz: Original Soundtrack (1978 Film)
Audio CD (29 July, 1997)
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Sales Rank: 5440
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful!
Your ipod won't be complete without the ability to jam to Ease On Down or Brand New Day - just do it!

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVED THE WIZ AND SOUNDTRACK BUT
I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED "THE WIZ" MOVIE AND I WAS SAD TO FIND OUT THAT THE LAST BIG SONG ON THE SOUNDTRACK HOME WAS NOT THE SAME AS THE MOVIE VERSION OF THE SONG.THE MOVIE VERSION WAS AMAZING WITH DIANA ACTUALLY SHEDDING A TEAR OR TWO ( OH MY) YES TEARS AND GREAT SINGING TOO.BUT ANYWAY I LOVE THE SOUNDTRACKIN SPITE OF IT ALL.ALL THE SONGS ARE GEMS JUST THE SAME.ESPECIALLY MISS ONE, M JACKSON,DIANA AND MABEL KING!! MY HAT TO LENA HORNE ALWAYS!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars There is a lot to love in here
The Wiz should be a classic in every musical home collection.Michael Jackson is awesome.It feels slow in some places but the music makes up for it.
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20. The Very Best of Marvin Gaye
by Motown
Audio CD (17 July, 2001)
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Asin: B00005LZT9
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Another Marvin Gaye overview/introduction? Why not? Pullingtogether the usual hits from "I'll Be Doggone" to "Grapevine," "What'sGoing On" to "Let's Get It On" to "Sexual Healing"--all musts for anyR&B or pop fan--this two-CD set also offers treats for the Marvinconnoisseur. Foremost are the previously unreleased "Where Are WeGoing?" which marries Nixon-era (and beyond) social concerns to alilting groove that brings to mind Spinners records ofthe period, and an alternate mix of Gaye's rare version of "His Eye Ison the Sparrow." Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Marvin
The name Marvin Gaye says it all.They don't call him Marvelous Marvin for nothing.Truly one of the most gifted vocalists-performers of all time - an excellent compilation.
5-0 out of 5 stars a cd collection item
I Love this cd. Since im only 21 I don't really know anything about marvin gaye but from what people and parents tell me, until now. I brought this cd and WOW this has shown me a lot about Marvin Gaye and though out his life. I think that this is my favorite cd I have in my collection.I Love every song on here. I can't say which songs its missing to have it even more complete but its fine the way it is.I would recommend this cd to my age so they can learn about real soul music. For me it wasnt just about buying it to listen to, it was about myhistory. I feel that not only can you go to the library, watch the history channel, buti also can just push play on my stereo. I really listen to this cd and envy all the people that witness his performance when he was alive. my favorite song on here to me is the where are we going. I won't break down every song cause i believe that if a person like marvin gaye then they would like it anyway. listening to this cd he is my favorite artist, not rkelly, and not usher. I think this cd should be in everyone randb collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars Uneven...could've been one disc.
This comp features soaring highs and really low lows. Take the first disc: Stubborn Kind of Fella, Hitch Hike, How Sweet It Is, I'll Be Doggone, Ain't That Peculiar, It Takes Two, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing, Ain't No Duet Without Ain't In It's Name (Okay, I made that up), I Heard It Through the Grapevine and Too Busy Thinking 'Bout My Baby are all very strong numbers. However, they are countered by What Were They Thinking?-type songs. For all practical purposes (I love saying that!), Pride and Joy and Wonderful One are the same song. A couple of the duets do nothing for me, and a few of the orchestrated songs are just blah. The second disc is the same way...classics What's Going On, Mercy Mercy Me, Inner City Blues (my favorite track), Trouble Man, Let's Get It On and Got to Give It Up are met with...You're the Man? Ego Tripping Out? Come Get to This? I Want You? PRAISE??? In spite of this lack of balance, it's still a good comp, it just could've been made into one disc. ... Read more

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