Clark had her brief moment in the sun, then languished in near obscurity, save for the die-hard loyalists of the Northern soul scene, who relished every move she made from her Motown years and beyond. Thankfully, the folks over at the U.K. imprint of Motown had the good sense to include her in their recent onslaught of catalog reissues highlighting the minor players of Motown.
Barbara McNair is certainly not the only singer to get lost in the shuffle at Motown at the company's mid-'60s zenith, but her tenure there seemed particularly star-crossed – as this 48-track Ultimate Motown Collection illustrates, much of her finest material was inexplicably withheld from release (in particular the much-bootlegged Northern soul classic "Baby a Go-Go"), while official singles like "My World Is Empty Without You" were issued in the wake of existing hit renditions by other Motown artists. But McNair boasted a genuinely sophisticated, sexy style that was unique in the Motown canon, and her voice – though by no means a powerhouse – is nevertheless stronger and more affecting than Diana Ross, whose hand-me-downs she often received. Compiling her full-lengths Here I Am and The Real Barbara McNair, the unreleased Barbara McNair Sings Smokey, non-LP singles, and rare vault material, this two-disc set finally pays McNair the respect she's always deserved – complete with informative liner notes and excellent sound, it's tough to imagine a better representation of her music.
Import-only 2009 five CD box set, initially compiled to celebrate Michael Jackson's historic return to the stage in London. The Collection is a special set containing five mini LP sleeve editions of his incredible studio albums in one lift-off box: Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous and Invincible. Includes a booklet that contains album info, tracklistings, credits and more. Michael Jackson: The Collection now serves as a celebration of his life and the music he leaves behind.
The collection that Mary and Jackson Burke acquired in a period of only about ten years was truly a joint effort, and seldom has there been a couple who worked together so tirelessly and effectively to assemble a large group of important and beautiful works of art. …