Sunday, November 28, 2010

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Motown Records made international inroads in the mid-1960s, with hits in the United Kingdom and a fan base spreading across Europe. The company wanted to do more, and the vision was this: By the end of the decade Motown superstars, from Stevie Wonder to the Temptations, the Supremes to the Four Tops, Edwin Starr to Martha & the Vandellas, would record and release Italian, German and Spanish language versions of several of their classic hits, as well as five new songs created especially for the local market. Those singles - and a promotion-only album of the Italian recordings - became instant collector's items.

Now, for the first time, all of Motown's classic-era foreign language singles are collected on Motown Around The World: The Classic Singles, a 38-track, 2-CD set from -including four French recordings by the Velvelettes, discovered in the vault for their 2004 U.K. Anthology. As another bonus, Motown Around The World includes two Spanish cuts from the late `70s-early `80s: Spanish versions of "Being With You" by Smokey Robinson and "Let Get Serious" by Jermaine Jackson, the latter in a super-rare long version.
It's refreshing - and an exceptional treat - to hear the hits "My Girl," "You Can't Hurry Love," "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted," "For Once In My Life," "I Can't Help Myself" and so many more sung by their originators in Italian, or German, or Spanish. (Stevie Wonder has 11 songs in Italian and Spanish by himself.) All of the artists, in a setting much like a special Artist Development class, learned the lyrics phonetically from special instructors flown in from their respective countries.'s Motown Around The World: The Classic Singles finally restores to print this great and hardly-heard moment in Motown history.
(While this collection borrows its title from a short-lived single CD compilation of selected Motown foreign language tracks, that late 1980s release did not include the original single versions of the songs; this 2-CD edition features the original single mixes for all but a small handful of the German tracks.)
Motown Around The World: The Classic Singles is presented in an attractive package with a 24-page booklet designed to look like an international passport. Inside are rare photos of Motown stars in settings around the world, reproductions of the original single sleeves, a 9.5" x 14" sticker sheet, detailed annotations and an essay by Dr. Andrew Flory. As the Supremes sing in the opening cut: "L'Amore Verrà."

Cd one (Italian):

01. The Suprems – L'Amore verrà (You Can't Hurry Love) (2:51)
02. The Suprems – Se il Filo Spezzerai (You Keep Me Hangin' On) (2:45)
03. The Four Tops – Piangono gli uomini (I Can't Help Myself) (2:42)
04. The Temptations – Solamente Lei (My Girl) 2:47)
05. The Temptations - Sei Solo Tu ((The Way You Do The Thing You Do) (2:37)
06. Stevie Wonder - Il Sole E'Di Tutti (A Place In The Sun) (3:02)
07. Stevie Wonder - Passo Le Mie Notti Qui da Solo (Music Talk) (2:57)
08. The Miracles - Non Sono Quello Che Vuoi Tu (Come Round Here I'm The One You Need) (2:33)
09. Jimmy Ruffin - Se Decidi Così (What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted) (2:55)
10. Four Tops - Gira Gira (Reach Out I'll Be There) (2:58)
11. Four Tops – L'Arcobaleno (Walk Away, Renee) (2:44)
12. Stevie Wonder – Dove Vai? (Travlin' Man) (2:53)
13. Stevie Wonder – Non Sono Un Angelo (I'm Wondering) (3:07)
14. Stevie Wonder – Se Tu Ragazza Mia (3:51)
15. Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amor (My Cherie Amour) (2:55)
16. Stevie Wonder – Solo Te Solo Me Solo Noi (Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday) (3:02)
17. Edwin Starr – Che Forza (Soul Master) (3:23)
18. Edwin Starr – Dolce Amore (Oh How Happy) (3:28)

Cd Two (German/French/Spanish):

01. The Supremes – Moonlight And Kisses (2:45)
02. The Supremes – Baby, Baby, Wo Ist Unsere Liebe (Where Did Our Love Go) (2:40)
03. The Supremes – Thank You Darling (2:45)
04. The Supremes – Jonny Und Joe (Come See About Me) (2:38)
05. The Tempations – Mein Girl (My Girl) (2:58)
06. The Temptations – Blue Bird (2:19)
07. Marvin Gaye – Wie Schön Das Ist (How Sweet It Is) 3:05)
08. Marvin Gaye – Sympatica (2:30)
09. The Velvelettes – Puisque Je Sais Qu'il Est À Moi (As Long As I Know He's Mine) (2:42)
10. The Velvelettes – Tu Perds Le Plus Merveilleux Garcon Du Monde (You Lost The Sweetest Boy) (2:49)
11. The Velvelettes – Le Hoky Poky (Monkey Hoky Poky) (2:49)
12. The Velvelettes – Je Veux Crier (My Foolish Heart Keeps Hanging On To A Memory) (2:06)
13. Martha Reeves & the Vandellas – Yo Necesito De Tu Amor (I'm Ready For Love) (3:02)
14. Martha Reeves & the Vandellas – Jimmy Mack (2:43)
15. Stevie Wonder – Mi Ayer Tu Ayer El Ayer (Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday) (3:01)
16. Stevie Wonder – Mi Querido Amor (My Cherie Amour) (2:56)
17. Stevie Wonder – Un Lugar En El Sol (A Place In The Sun) (3:15)
18. Stevie Wonder – Por Primera Vez (For Once In My Life) (2:55)
19. Bonus Track: 1. Jermaine Jackson – Seamos Serios (Let's Get Serious) (8:09)
20. Bonus Track: 2. Smokey Robinson – Aqui Con Tigo (Being With You) (3:56)

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