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Diana Ross: The Boss
Diana Ross: The Boss

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Diana Ross

This 1999 reissue includes two bonus tracks not on the original release.

Personnel: Diana Ross (vocals); Eric Gale (guitar); Michael Brecker (saxophone); Valerie Simpson (piano, background voca...continue...
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PID 1127480
Jimmy Ruffin: Jimmy Ruffin Sings Top Ten
Jimmy Ruffin: Jimmy Ruffin Sings Top Ten

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Jimmy Ruffin

Includes original release liner notes by Scott St. James.

Much of Ruffin's best work can be found in this set. In addition to the hits, there is a near-miss in the Smokey Robinson-produced "As ...continue...
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Diana Ross: Diana
Diana Ross: Diana

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Diana Ross

Personnel: Diana Ross (vocals); Nile Rodgers (guitar); Eddie Daniels (saxophone); Bob Milliken (trumpet); Meco Monardo (trombone); Raymond Jones, Andy Schwartz (keyboards); Bernard Edwards (bass); Ton...continue...
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The Temptations (R&B): Reunion
The Temptations (R&B): Reunion

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: The Temptations (R&B)

Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot & Dan Hersch (DigiPrep).

"Like A Diamond In The Sky" and "Don't Hold It In" did not appear on the original version of REUNION.

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The Temptations (R&B): With a Lot o' Soul
The Temptations (R&B): With a Lot o' Soul

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: The Temptations (R&B)

The Temptations: David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams (vocals).

Producers include: William "Smokey" Robinson, Norman Whitfield, Frank Wilson, Brian Holla...continue...
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Edwin Starr: War & Peace
Edwin Starr: War & Peace

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Edwin Starr

Edwin Starr went from run-of-the-mill second-level act to hitmaker with this 1970 album, without question his finest. Norman Whitfield gave Starr the chance to cut a song that had been intended for Th...continue...
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PID 1127501
Leon Ware: Musical Massage
Leon Ware: Musical Massage

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Leon Ware

Personnel: Leon Ware, Minnie Ripperton (vocals); David T. Walker, Ray Parker, Jr. (guitar); Sonny Burke, John Barnes, Jerry Peters (keyboards); Chuck Rainey (bass); James Gadson (drums); Bobbye T. Hal...continue...
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Marvin Gaye/Diana Ross: Diana & Marvin
Marvin Gaye/Diana Ross: Diana & Marvin

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Marvin Gaye/Diana Ross

Personnel includes: Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye (vocals).

Producers include: Hal Davis, Berry Gordy, Bob Gaudio, Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson.

Reissue producer: Harry Weinger.

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PID 1127476
Teena Marie: It Must Be Magic
Teena Marie: It Must Be Magic

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Teena Marie

Originally released May 22, 1981.

All songs written by Teena Marie except "Square Biz" (T. Marie/A. McGrier) and "The Ballad Of Cradle Rob And Me" (T. Marie/J.D. Jones).

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PID 1127518
Smokey Robinson: A Quiet Storm
Smokey Robinson: A Quiet Storm

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Smokey Robinson

Personnel: Smokey Robinson (vocals); Marv Tarplin (guitar); Michael Jacobsen (electric cello); Fred Smith (winds, horns); Russ Turner (keyboards); Joseph A. Brown, Jr., Gene Pello (drums); James "Alib...continue...
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Diana Ross & the Supremes: Reflections
Diana Ross & the Supremes: Reflections

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Diana Ross & the Supremes

Includes liner notes by Diana Ross.

Their last album with Holland-Doizer-Holland at the creative helm, it was apparent that both parties were battling creative fatigue and were exhibiting the a...continue...
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Gladys Knight & the Pips: If I Were Your Woman
Gladys Knight & the Pips: If I Were Your Woman

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Gladys Knight & the Pips

Two of Gladys Knight & the Pips' most dramatic recordings, "If I Were Your Woman" and "I Don't Want to Do Wrong," provided the juice to send this LP all the way to #35 on Billboard's album chart. The ...continue...
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Edwin Starr: 25 Miles
Edwin Starr: 25 Miles

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Edwin Starr

Edwin Starr's second album is an embarrassment of riches, soaring lyricism mated to a pounding, emphatic beat that won't let the listener go. Released in April 1969, 25 Miles was actually comprised, i...continue...
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Gladys Knight & the Pips: Standing Ovation
Gladys Knight & the Pips: Standing Ovation

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Gladys Knight & the Pips

A precusor of the direction they'd later take at Buddah when glossy pop ballads supplanted the raucous soul shouting that was characteristic of their early Motown work. Aside from the minor pop hit "M...continue...
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Switch: Reaching for Tomorrow
Switch: Reaching for Tomorrow

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Switch
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The Temptations (R&B): Truly for You
The Temptations (R&B): Truly for You

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: The Temptations (R&B)

The album that preceded this one (Back to Basics) introduced the group's new falsetto lead, Ron Tyson, who is also a remarkable tenor. To fill the departure of Dennis Edwards, this release introduces ...continue...
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Syreeta: One to One
Syreeta: One to One

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Syreeta

As Rita Wright she released one of Motown's best underrated singles, Ashford and Simpson's "I Can't Give Back the Love That You Feel for Me." By the early '70s she married Stevie Wonder and wrote the ...continue...
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PID 1127504
Chuck Jackson: Goin' Back to Chuck Jackson
Chuck Jackson: Goin' Back to Chuck Jackson

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Tracks: Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever; You Keep Running Away; Honey Come Back; Are You Lonely for Me, Baby?; Can You Feel It, Babe; Cry Like a Baby; Day My World Stood Still; No More Water in the Well; I'd...
Artists: Chuck Jackson

Personnel: Chuck Jackson (vocals).

Yet another nice Chuck Jackson album that didn't generate anywhere near the reaction it merited. Jackson was prevented in the '60s from being in the spotlight...continue...
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Rare Earth: Get Ready
Rare Earth: Get Ready

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Rare Earth

Includes liner notes by John Small.

Rare Earth's Motown debut is as well-oiled as a new V-8, and so are its liner notes: "In this age of ego-tripping freak bands, Rare Earth has stood pretty mu...continue...
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PID 1127507
Bloodstone: Don't Stop
Bloodstone: Don't Stop

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Bloodstone
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The Dynamic Superiors: The Dynamic Superiors
The Dynamic Superiors: The Dynamic Superiors

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: The Dynamic Superiors

The Dynamic Superiors plus Nicolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson equals some stupendous sounds. The two groups brought out the best in each other. No doubt the late Sylvester, who surfaced later, copied...continue...
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PID 1127505
Junior Walker & the All-Stars: Shotgun
Junior Walker & the All-Stars: Shotgun

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Junior Walker & the All-Stars

Personnel includes: Junior Walker (vocals, saxophone); Willie Woods (guitar); Vic Thomas (keyboards); James Graves (drums).

While Motown became the pioneering soul crossover label of all time, ...continue...
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Commodores: Nightshift
Commodores: Nightshift

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Commodores

With strong production by Dennis Lambert, the Marvin Gaye-tribute title track was the band's only hit after Lionel Richie left the group. ~ Rick A. Bueche...continue...
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The Four Tops: The Four Tops
The Four Tops: The Four Tops

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: The Four Tops

Four Tops: Levi Stubbs, Renaldo Benson, Lawrence Payton, Abdul Fakir.

Producers: Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, William Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter, Marv Johnson.

Formerly available with "Se...continue...
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The Jackson 5: Maybe Tomorrow
The Jackson 5: Maybe Tomorrow

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: The Jackson 5

Maybe Tomorrow (1971) was the Jackson Five's fourth long-player in less than two years, actually their fifth if you count the excellent holiday offering Jackson 5 Christmas Album (1970). Tito, Jermain...continue...
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PID 1127483
Marvin Gaye: How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You
Marvin Gaye: How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Marvin Gaye
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Smokey Robinson: Where There's Smoke...
Smokey Robinson: Where There's Smoke...

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Smokey Robinson

This album was a considerable return to form, Smokey Robinson's most commercially successful solo LP up to this point (and highest-charting record in 11 years), entirely due to the single "Cruisin'" (...continue...
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Diana Ross & the Supremes: Love Child
Diana Ross & the Supremes: Love Child

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: Diana Ross & the Supremes

Personnel: Diana Ross, Cindy Birdsong, Mary Wilson (vocals).

Through 1964 to 1967 the Supremes were Motown's biggest act. Singles like "Where Did Our Love Go," "Back in My Arms Again," and "You...continue...
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The Fantastic Four: Best of the Fantastic Four
The Fantastic Four: Best of the Fantastic Four

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: The Fantastic Four

The Fantastic Four: James Epps, Ralph Pruitt, Joseph Pruitt, Wallace Childs (vocals).

An overdue compilation of the Fantastic Four's Ric Tic Record releases; strangely, only one Motown release ...continue...
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The Mary Jane Girls: Only Four You
The Mary Jane Girls: Only Four You

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-12-03

Artists: The Mary Jane Girls

Outstanding club music produced by Rick James, it includes the Top Ten hits "In My House" and "Wild & Crazy Love." ~ Rick A. Bueche...continue...
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Stevie Wonder: Innervisions [Limited Edition]
Stevie Wonder: Innervisions [Limited Edition]

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-11-12

Artists: Stevie Wonder

After breaking away from the Motown singles mode, Wonder began creating albums that were visionary in concept, sound, and construction. The greatest of these is 1973's INNERVISIONS (1976's SONG IN THE...continue...
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Stevie Wonder: Innervisions [Remastered]
Stevie Wonder: Innervisions [Remastered]

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-11-12

Artists: Stevie Wonder

After breaking away from the Motown singles mode, Wonder began creating albums that were visionary in concept, sound, and construction. The greatest of these is 1973's INNERVISIONS (1976's SONG IN THE...continue...
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The Temptations (R&B): All Directions
The Temptations (R&B): All Directions

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: The Temptations (R&B)

A monster album, the one that put them back in the spotlight and signaled that Norman Whitfield had saved the day. Damon Harris had replaced Eddie Kendricks, and there were many doubters convinced the...continue...
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PID 1127442
Finis Henderson: Finis
Finis Henderson: Finis

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: Finis Henderson

Within a refined setting of easy listening pop ballads and lightly funky up-tempo selections produced by Al McKay, Henderson proves himself an assured vocalist with mastery of clarity and phrasing. Th...continue...
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The Originals: Baby I'm for Real [1969]
The Originals: Baby I'm for Real [1969]

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: The Originals
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PID 1127458
The Jackson 5: ABC
The Jackson 5: ABC

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: The Jackson 5

The Jackson 5: Michael Jackson (vocals), Jermaine Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Marlon Jackson.

Not even six months after the Jackson 5 -- Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael, and Tito -...continue...
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PID 1127435
Gladys Knight & the Pips: Neither One of Us
Gladys Knight & the Pips: Neither One of Us

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: Gladys Knight & the Pips

Gladys Knight & The Pips: Gladys Knight, Merald Knight, William Guest, Edward Patten.

Producers: Joe Porter, Johnny Bristol, Clay MacMurray, Nick Zesses, Dino Fekaris, Hal Davis.

Althoug...continue...
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PID 1127453
Commodores: Natural High
Commodores: Natural High

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: Commodores

The Commodores' sixth studio album, Natural High, is best known for the ballad "Three Times a Lady," which became a staple of adult contemporary radio and reached number one on both the pop and R&B ch...continue...
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The Spinners (US): 2nd Time Around
The Spinners (US): 2nd Time Around

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: The Spinners (US)

The Spinners' 2nd Time Around (1970) was actually their debut long-player for the short-lived V.I.P. subsidiary of Motown Records. The "Second Time" referred to in the title indicates the quintet's ne...continue...
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The Isley Brothers: This Old Heart of Mine
The Isley Brothers: This Old Heart of Mine

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: The Isley Brothers

2 LPs on 1 CD. Both are available separately on CD and cassette.

A powerful set by the Isley Brothers, who tasted success with "Shout" and "Twist & Shout" before joining Motown. Brian Holland a...continue...
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Jermaine Jackson: Jermaine
Jermaine Jackson: Jermaine

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: Jermaine Jackson

One listen to Jermaine and it's clear whose voice was responsible for the jumpy energy of the Jackson 5 -- one hint: it wasn't the Afroed Jackson on the cover of this album. It's not so much that Jerm...continue...
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PID 1127438
Rick James (Bass): Street Songs
Rick James (Bass): Street Songs

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: Rick James (Bass)

Street Songs: Deluxe Edition includes four 12 inch mixes and a live bonus disc.

Personnel includes: Rick James (vocals, arranger, guitar, bass, drums, timbales, timpani, percussion); Teena Mari...continue...
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The Spinners (US): The Original Spinners
The Spinners (US): The Original Spinners

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: The Spinners (US)

This was the Spinners' first album. They previously recorded for Harvey & Gwen Fuqua's Tri-Phi label but only released a handful of singles, and no LPs, from May 1961 to December 1962. The confusing t...continue...
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PID 1127454
The Four Tops: Reach Out
The Four Tops: Reach Out

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: The Four Tops

The Four Tops: Levi Stubbs, Renaldo Benson, Lawrence Payton, Abdul Fakir.

Producers: Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Clarence Paul, William "Smokey" Robinson.

Though it's one of the best F...continue...
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Lionel Richie: Can't Slow Down
Lionel Richie: Can't Slow Down

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: Lionel Richie

Personnel includes: Lionel Richie (vocals, piano, synthesizer); David Cochrane (guitar, synthesizers, vocoder, programming); Darrell Jones, Carlos Rios (guitars, background vocals); Steve Lukather, Lo...continue...
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The Temptations (R&B): Sky's the Limit
The Temptations (R&B): Sky's the Limit

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: The Temptations (R&B)

Eddie Kendricks said so long to The Temptations on this early-'70s album, with the glorious "Just My Imagination" being his swan song. The song that everyone missed was their lengthy, imaginative vers...continue...
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Gladys Knight & the Pips: Everybody Needs Love
Gladys Knight & the Pips: Everybody Needs Love

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: Gladys Knight & the Pips

A decent debut album that didn't quite establish a musical idenity for the group, despite the inclusion of the classic "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and the wonderful, definitive version of the t...continue...
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Switch: Switch
Switch: Switch

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: Switch

The successful debut album from the self-contained sextet introduced the R&B community to an exciting, soulful sound. This album consisted of quality uptempo and midtempo tunes. Their first release, "...continue...
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The Temptations (R&B): The Temptations Sing Smokey
The Temptations (R&B): The Temptations Sing Smokey

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: The Temptations (R&B)

The Temptations: David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams (vocals).

Producers: William "Smokey" Robinson, Ronnie White.

Originally released on Gordy #...continue...
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Smokey Robinson: Being with You
Smokey Robinson: Being with You

1 CD / Universal Japan / 2013-10-29

Artists: Smokey Robinson

Compilation producer: Diana Reid Haig.

Digitally remastered by Lee Hershberg.

Smokey Robinson's compositions blended pop and R&B conventions, infusing the combination with a highly liter...continue...
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