Hitsville USA - The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971

Hitsville USA - The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971


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Instead of following Stax/Volt's pattern and delivering an exhaustive box set containing all of their singles, Motown decided to limit their singles box, Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971, to four discs that concentrated on the hits. There are a handful of wonderful lesser-known songs here, such as the Contours' "First I Look at the Purse," but the main strength of the 103-track box is that it features all of the biggest songs from Motown's golden era in one place. Collectors could have used a more comprehensive set, and the box itself could have been packaged with a little more care (there are no artists listed on the back of the individual discs, only songs), but Hitsville USA stands as a definitive overview and introduction to one of the most groundbreaking labels in pop music history.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/1992
Label: Motown
UPC: 0737463631228
catalogNumber: 6312
Rank: 10676


Disc 1

  1. Money (That's What I Want)
  2. Shop Around
  3. Please Mr. Postman
  4. Jamie
  5. The One Who Really Loves You
  6. Do You Love Me
  7. Beechwood 4-5789
  8. You Beat Me to the Punch
  9. Stubborn Kind of Fellow
  10. Two Lovers
  11. You've Really Got a Hold on Me
  12. Come and Get These Memories
  13. Pride and Joy
  14. Fingertips, Pt. 2
  15. (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave
  16. Mickey's Monkey
  17. Leaving Here
  18. The Way You Do the Things You Do
  19. My Guy
  20. Devil with a Blue Dress On
  21. Every Little Bit Hurts
  22. Baby I Need Your Loving
  23. Dancing in the Streets
  24. My Smile Is Just a Frown (Turned Upside Down)
  25. Needle in a Haystack
  26. Baby Love
  27. Come See About Me
  28. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)

Disc 2

  1. My Girl
  2. He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'
  3. Ask the Lonely
  4. Shotgun
  5. Nowhere to Run
  6. When I'm Gone
  7. Ooo Baby Baby
  8. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
  9. First I Look at the Purse
  10. The Tracks of My Tears
  11. It's the Same Old Song
  12. Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)
  13. Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)
  14. Uptight (Everything's Alright)
  15. Don't Mess with Bill
  16. Darling Baby
  17. This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)
  18. Greetings (This Is Uncle Sam)
  19. Shorty Long
  20. (I'm A) Road Runner
  21. Ain't Too Proud to Beg
  22. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
  23. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
  24. Love's Gone Bad
  25. You Can't Hurry Love
  26. Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
  27. Heaven Must Have Sent You

Disc 3

  1. Reach Out (I'll Be There)
  2. (I Know) I'm Losing You
  3. Standing in the Shadows of Love
  4. It Takes Two
  5. The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game
  6. Jimmy Mack
  7. Bernadette
  8. Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  9. More Love
  10. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  11. I Second That Emotion
  12. I Wish It Would Rain
  13. I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You
  14. Does Your Mama Know About Me
  15. Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
  16. Love Child
  17. For Once in My Life
  18. Cloud Nine
  19. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  20. Baby, Baby Don't Cry
  21. Twenty-Five Miles
  22. My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)
  23. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)
  24. I Can't Get Next to You
  25. Baby, I'm for Real
  26. Up the Ladder to the Roof

Disc 4

  1. I Want You Back
  2. The Bells
  3. Get Ready
  4. ABC
  5. Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)
  6. The Love You Save
  7. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
  8. War
  9. It's a Shame
  10. Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  11. Still Water (Love)
  12. I'll Be There
  13. The Tears of a Clown
  14. Stoned Love
  15. If I Were Your Woman
  16. Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)
  17. What's Going On
  18. Never Can Say Goodbye
  19. Nathan Jones
  20. I Don't Want to Do Wrong
  21. Smiling Faces Sometimes
  22. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
  23. I Just Want to Celebrate

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sandra Crouch   Percussion
Chris Clark   Track Performer
Contours   Track Performer
Elgins   Track Performer
Four Tops   Track Performer
Marvin Gaye   Track Performer
Isley Brothers   Track Performer
Jackson 5   Track Performer
Gladys Knight   Track Performer
Marvelettes   Track Performer
Monitors   Track Performer
Originals   Track Performer
Rare Earth   Track Performer
Smokey Robinson   Track Performer
Diana Ross   Track Performer
David Ruffin   Track Performer
Jimmy Ruffin   Track Performer
Spinners   Track Performer
Edwin Starr   Track Performer
Supremes   Track Performer
Syreeta   Track Performer
Temptations   Track Performer
Undisputed Truth   Track Performer
Junior Walker   Track Performer
Mary Wells   Track Performer
Kim Weston   Track Performer
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Jack Brokensha   Vibes
Larry Nozero   Saxophone
Don Randi   Keyboards
Joe Sample   Keyboards
King Errisson   Percussion
Paul Humphrey   Drums
Dennis Coffey   Guitar
Johnny Griffith   Keyboards
Dave Hamilton   Guitar,Vibes
Ed Jones   Trumpet
Herbie Williams   Trumpet
Barrett Strong   Track Performer
David T. Walker   Guitar
Martha & the Vandellas   Track Performer
Miracles   Track Performer
Louie Shelton   Guitar
Shorty Long   Track Performer
Frederick Waits   Drums
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Richard Allen   Drums
Richard "Pistol" Allen   Drums
Jack Ashford   Percussion,Vibes
Nick Ashford   Track Performer
Lanny Austin   Saxophone
Bob Babbitt   Bass,Guitar
George Bohannon   Trombone
Thomas "Beans" Bowles   Saxophone
Thomas Bowles   Saxophone
Eddie "Bongo" Brown   Percussion
Ron Brown   Bass
Angelo Carlisi   Saxophone
Joe Clayton   Percussion
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Russell Conway   Trumpet
Henry Cosby   Saxophone
Bob Cousar   Trombone
Carolyn Crawford   Track Performer
Lefty Edwards   Saxophone
Wilton Felder   Bass
Eli Fontaine   Saxophone
James Gittens   Keyboards,Vibes
Cornelius Grant   Guitar
Adolph Green   Guitar
Ed Greene   Drums
Danya Hartwick   Flute
Eddie Holland   Track Performer
Brenda Holloway   Track Performer
Billy Horner   Trumpet
Ivy Jo Hunter   Keyboards
Clarence Isabell   Bass
James Jamerson   Bass
Uriel Jones   Drums
Larry Knechtel   Keyboards
Patrick Lanier   Trombone
Clarence McDonald   Keyboards
Clifford Mack   Drums
Kasuku Mafia   Saxophone
George McGregor   Drums
Joe Messina   Guitar
Eugene BeeBee Moore   Saxophone
Tony Newton   Bass
Earl Palmer   Drums
Weldon Dean Parks   Guitar
Clarence Paul   Conductor
Bernie Peacock   Saxophone
Gene Pello   Drums
Bill Pitman   Bass
Carl Raetz   Trombone
Emil Richards   Percussion
Paul Riser   Trombone
Ernie Rodgers   Saxophone
Joe Rubini   Keyboards
Ted Sheely   Keyboards
Don Slaughter   Trumpet
Gordon Staples   Strings,Concert Master
Jerry Steinholtz   Percussion
Bobby Taylor   Track Performer
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Tammi Terrell   Track Performer
Andrew "Mike" Terry   Saxophone
Johnny Trudell   Trumpet
Danny Turner   Saxophone
Don Turner   Saxophone
Earl Van Dyke   Keyboards
Larry Veeder   Guitar
Ronnie Wakefield   Saxophone
Eddie Watkins   Bass
Wah Wah Watson   Guitar
Don White   Trombone
Jimmy Wilkins   Trombone
Eddie Willis   Guitar
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica,Bongos,Track Performer
Arthur Wright   Guitar
Popcorn Wylie   Keyboards
Wild Bill Moore   Saxophone
Marvin Tarplin   Guitar
Velvelettes   Track Performer
Gladys Knight & the Pips   Track Performer
Junior Walker & the All-Stars   Track Performer
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles   Track Performer
Rita Wright   Track Performer
Robert White   Guitar
John Wilson   Trumpet
Benny Benjamin   Drums
Ted Buckner   Alto Saxophone
Bill Johnson   Trombone
Floyd Jones   Trumpet
Andrew Smith   Drums
Maurice Davis   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Producer
Marvin Gaye   Producer
Gladys Knight   Composer
Rare Earth   Producer
Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer
Slide Hampton   Arranger
Gene Page   Arranger
Barrett Strong   Composer
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Clan   Producer
Johnny Allen   Arranger
Harry Anger   Producer,Executive Producer
Nick Ashford   Composer,Producer
Gil Askey   Arranger
Tom Baird   Producer
Hidle Brown Barnum   Arranger
Johnny Bristol   Composer,Producer
James Anthony Carmichael   Arranger
Cleveland   Producer
Henry Cosby   Arranger,Producer
Hal Davis   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Patti Drosins   Producer,Package Art Direction
Ronald Dunbar   Producer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Oscar Fields   Producer,Executive Producer
Harvey Fuqua   Producer
Marc Gordon   Producer
Berry Gordy   Arranger,Composer,Producer
George Gordy   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Lawrence Horn   Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer,Producer
Terry Johnson   Producer
Jerry Long   Arranger,Director,Orchestra Director
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer,Annotation
Clay McMurray   Producer
Alphonso Mizell   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Producer
Richard Morris   Producer
Clarence Paul   Arranger
Freddie Perren   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Deke Richards   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Paul Riser   Arranger,Composer
Jimmy Roach   Arranger
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Willie Shorter   Arranger
Valerie Simpson   Composer,Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
William Weatherspoon   Composer,Producer
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer
J. Frank Wilson   Producer
Stevie Wonder   Producer
Arthur Wright   Arranger
William Guest   Composer
Merald "Bubba" Knight   Composer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles   Producer
Robert Rogers   Composer
Shauna Woods   Package Art Direction
Jack Andersen   Cover Photo
Janie Bradford   Composer
Autry DeWalt   Composer
Fredrick Long   Composer
Robert Bateman   Producer
James Roach   Arranger
Catherine Schaffner   Composer
LaVerne Ware   Composer
Corporation   Composer
BrianBert   Producer
Roger Penzabene   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Frank Beaty Wilson   Producer
Pete Moore & His Orchestra   Producer
Bob West   Arranger
James Dean   Composer

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Hitsville USA, Vol. 1: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
bookiecookie More than 1 year ago
Anyone raised on early Motown will love this collection -- whoever compiled this collection of early hits didn't miss anything. It's all here in one nice-looking box -- every last hit and treasure of the era. I'm particularly enjoying this because it has been an easy way to introduce my grandchildren to an era of American R and B to which they might otherwise not be exposed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a real value for my Original Songs, Original Artists oldies collection. A few excess tracks that I've never heard or want to hear again, but to get so many great ones in 4 CD's is what I look for. Highly recommend this one if you like this genre.
bigtime More than 1 year ago
It just makes you feel better, every time you hear it. Imagine that, no profanity and lyrics you could actually understand. It spoke of real life, not the fantasy world of drugs, bling, sex and death. But it still delivers. "Aint that pecular"...
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
This is a great collection of Motown's most powerful (and fun) hits. There are a few songs that should have been added (and a few subtracted) but that does not hurt this collection at all. Be sure to hang on to the book that comes with the box because the songs are listed on each CD case without the artist's name beside it (so you will need the book to remember who did what).
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