Michael Jackson - Got To Be There 13. My Friends - Concrete And Clay 15. Chuck Jackson - Forgive My Jealousy 18. That year, slowly started to recede from the day-to-day operations of the label, choosing to pursue interests in film and television, but Motown hardly shut down in his absence: they churned out more 45s than ever, releasing so many singles in the course of a single year that when it came time for Hip-O Select to cover 1971 in their comprehensive series, they had to split the year into two multi-disc box sets. Suzee Ikeda - Bah-Bah-Bah 19. This, , covers the first six months of 1971, six months that had enough activity for a year -- a full six discs of material, to be precise.
This is Volume 11B of a 12-part box series. Often, these justly neglected 45s don't sound like singles buried in the back of some dusty record store but rather incidental soundtrack music for a forgotten television show. My Friends - I'm An Easy Rider 14. Sunday Funnies - Walk Down The Path Of Freedom 22. Or maybe it isn't quite so misleading to have this volume of open with such a sugary confection because it does indicate how thoroughly showbiz the label was in 1971, touching upon all manners of styles and trends.
Marvin Gaye - Inner City Blues Make Me Wanna Holler 2. Motown proudly presents the newest installment in the critically acclaimed, continuing series of every Motown single of the Detroit era, this time a 5-disc set, with a 124-page booklet. Diana Ross - I'm Still Waiting 16. Lodi - I Hope I See It In My Lifetime 7. Diana Ross - I'm A Winner 3.
Chuck Jackson - Who You Gonna Run To 17. David Ruffin - Dinah 14. Valerie Simpson - Can't It Wait Until Tomorrow 4. Richard 'Popcorn' Wylie - Funky Rubber Band Instrumental 12. Eddie Kendricks - I Did It All For You 21. Sunday Funnies - It's Just A Dream 23.
Supremes - It's So Hard For Me To Say Goodbye 5. The entirety of Motown's 1970 singles output fit onto a six-disc set for , so it stands to reason that 1971 either was an embarrassment of riches or found the label stretching itself a little thin. Four Tops - MacArthur Park Part 1 10. Tom Clay - Whatever Happened To Love 21. Rustix - Down Down 24. May 13, 2005 Oct 14, 2005 Feb 24, 2006 Aug 4, 2006 Nov 24, 2006 May 25, 2007 Oct 3, 2007 Dec 7, 2007 Jun 27, 2008 Nov 18, 2008 The Complete Motown Singles Vol.
Richard 'Popcorn' Wylie - Funky Rubber Band Vocal 11. Michael Jackson - Maria You Were The Only One 14. Originals - Keep Me 8. Rustix - My Piece Of Heaven 23. Cameron - Girl I Really Love You 20. The Complete Motown Singles Vol. Jack Hammer - Swim 11.
Valerie Simpson - Back To Nowhere 5. Genius is none too strong a word for the best music Motown produced in the first half of 1971, especially the album that defined the year for the label and much of pop music in general, 's. Jack Hammer - Color Combination 10. Suzee Ikeda - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah 18. Cameron - Act Like A Shotgun 19. Tom Clay - Baby I Need Your Loving 22.
Originals - A Man Without Love 9. Stevie Wonder - If You Really Love Me 18. Nevertheless, it's those singles that point out the gap between what Motown's artists were capable of achieving and the product that the label was cranking out. Marvin Gaye - Wholy Holy 3. Picking up in July 1971, precisely where its predecessor left off, runs through the back half of 1971, collecting all the singles released on Motown and its subsidiaries during these six months. Meanwhile, competition was getting hotter, as Philadelphia International would soon be a strong rival; Isaac Hayes was king; and even the fiercely independent James Brown would sign with Polydor, an international corporate label.
Diana Ross - A Simple Thing Like Cry 17. Messengers - That's The Way A Woman Is 2. . Eddie Kendricks gained ground as a solo act while his Temptation-gone-solo counterpart David Ruffin did not. This set runs 120 songs over the course of five discs, with its companion weighing in at 119 songs on six discs, and an 11-disc box set for a single year is simply too much to digest at once.