17 Track compilation CD featuring Gladys Knight & The Pips, Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Temptations & Marvin Gaye
The Japan cardboard sleeve reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players) and the 2009 latest remastering. Announced for pre-sale on June 12, 2009 and lovingly compiled and completed well before MJ’s shocking death on June 25, Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection is a lavish 3-CD set that features every Michael Jackson solo recording released from 1971 to 1975, plus the Motown-era songs that were released after he left the company. Hello World now pays tribute to the first solo recordings of one of pop music’s greatest entertainers.
Motown’s music was crafted with an ear towards pop appeal. The company specialized in a type of soul music it referred to with the trademark "The Motown Sound". The Motown Sound was typified by a number of characteristics: the use of tambourines to accent the back beat, prominent and often melodic electric bass guitar lines, distinctive melodic and chord structures, and a call and response singing style that originated in gospel music. In addition, pop production techniques such as the use of orchestral string sections, charted horn sections, and carefully arranged background vocals were also used. Complex arrangements and elaborate, melismatic vocal riffs were avoided; Motown producers believed steadfastly in the "KISS principle" ("keep it simple, stupid"). This set reflects the top years of the Motown label from the start until 1985. Released before on vinyl in 1985 as 'Motown Chartbusters' and after the MCA takeover in 1988 re-released on CD.
A San Francisco nightclub launched one of the most exciting bands to come out the Northwest. Tommy Chong and Bobby Taylor formed Four Niggers & a Chink from Little Daddie & the Bachelors, who originated from the Shades, a Calgary/Edmonton based group. Little Daddie & the Bachelor's recorded a couple singles, including "Too Much Monkey Business" out of Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Four Tops' story is one of longevity and togetherness: these Motown legends teamed up in high school and spent over four decades without a single personnel change. In between, they became one of the top-tier acts on a label with no shortage of talent, ranking with the Temptations and the Supremes as Motown's most consistent hitmakers. Where many other R&B vocal groups spotlighted a tenor-range lead singer, The Four Tops were fronted by deep-voiced Levi Stubbs, who never cut a solo record outside of the group.
Pairing the ever-reliable Gold compilation series with the Motown catalogue is a sure-fire recipe for glorious success. The Gold series standard for selection, sequencing, sound, and packaging applies here, and the material covers all the essential Motown artists of the 1960s, including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, the Four Tops, and Marvin Gaye. With stone-cold-classic singles ranging from Martha & the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street" to the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," it's impossible to go wrong with more Motown Classics Gold. This beautiful, first-rate set serves to remind us why these pop masterpieces sound as vital and fresh now as they did on their release.
Cardboard sleeve (mini LP) reissue from Diana Ross & The Supremes featuring the high-fidelity SHM-CD format. Part of a ten-album Diana Ross & The Supremes SHM-CD cardboard sleeve reissue series featuring albums "Where Did Our Love Go", "More Hits By The Supremes", "I Hear A Symphony", "The Supremes A Go Go", "Sing Holland Dozier Holland", "Reflections", "Join The Temptaions", "Love Child", "Let The Sunshine In", and "Cream Of The Crop".