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Various Artists: One-Track Mind! More Motown Guys

Track List

>I'll Be Satisfied - Frank Wilson (previously unreleased)
>Where Are You? - Ivy Jo Hunter (previously unreleased)
>One Track Mind - Marv Johnson (previously unreleased)
>Tell Me How to Forget a True Love - The Spinners (previously unreleased)
>Girl from Crosstown, The - Edwin Starr (previously unreleased)
>Think It Over (Before You Break My Heart) - Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brothers (previously unreleased)
>I'd Rather Forget - The Temptations (previously unreleased)
>Imagination Is Running Wild - The Spinners (previously unreleased)
>"In" Crowd, The - Jimmy Ruffin (previously unreleased)
>Wish I Didn't Love You So - The Monitors (previously unreleased)
>I'm Here Now That You Need Me - The Fantastic Four (previously unreleased)
>Can't Stop This Feelin' - The Four Tops (previously unreleased)
>My Oh My What a Groove - The Miracles
>I Got Heaven Right Here on Earth [Alternate Mix] - The Temptations
>Touch of Venus, The - Marvin Gaye
>Head Over Heels in Love with You Baby - Edwin Starr (previously unreleased)
>Heart to Heart - Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brothers
>Didn't I - Hit Pack
>Do You Wanna Go with Me - Marvin Gaye
>I've Gotta Find Myself (A True Love) - The Miracles (previously unreleased)
>It's All Right - Choker Campbell's Big Band
>Kissing in the Shadows - Johnny Bristol (previously unreleased)
>That Won't Do - Sammy Ward
>Goose Wobbling Time - Popcorn Wylie (previously unreleased)

Album Notes

Recording information: Hitsville USA Studio, Detroit.

A sequel to Satisfaction Guaranteed! Motown Guys 1961-1969, Ace's 2016 compilation One Track Mind! More Motown Guys rounds up 24 rarities recorded for the legendary Detroit label between 1961 and 1969 but not released until the 2010s. Most of the cuts here are previously unissued, with a third of the tracks first surfacing on the digital-download-only Motown Unreleased series. It's remarkable to realize that as late as 2016, the Motown vaults still contain so many unheard cuts and that so many of them are quite strong. One Track Mind! contains a distinctly uptempo danceable bent -- something underscored by Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brothers' "Think It Over (Before You Break My Heart)," the lone instrumental among a bunch of vocal harmony -- and, fittingly, most of the tracks date from Motown's mid-'60s peak, when they were cranking out 45 after 45. Many of these bright, joyous grooves provided the template for what was later called Northern Soul in Britain, and this compilation manages to play both sides of the fence: it's an excellent collection of rare Motown that also appeals to crate-diggers looking for rarities. And because this is Motown, One Track Mind! is better than a lot of garden-variety Northern Soul comps: the Funk Brothers and their ilk are dexterous, the harmonies rapturous, and the songs -- while lacking any real knockouts -- are all examples of the benefits of studied, purposeful craft. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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