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Where Were You When We Needed You: Latest Volume of “The Complete Motown Singles” Arrives in June

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Motown 12ALet’s dispense with the “Get Ready” puns: after a four-year wait, Hip-O Select’s Complete Motown Singles series inches closer toward the finish line with Volume 12A: 1972.

This five-disc set includes every single side released by Motown during the first half of 1972, a time of transition for the company. Berry Gordy had already moved his Detroit-based media empire westward to Los Angeles, leaving some of his flagship groups in a transitional period. The Jackson 5 still had their hits, but not with the blinding intensity of their earliest years (though Michael still enjoyed hits off of his solo debut Got to Be There). Marvin Gaye released a one-off single, “You’re the Man,” in between two masterpieces (1971’s What’s Going On and 1973’s Let’s Get It On), while Stevie Wonder began his journey as a fully in-control adult artist with “Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)” from Music of My Mind. Both Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and Martha & The Vandellas released their farewell singles in this era, while a new up-and-coming band named The Commodores released their first.

It was certainly a unique time there, and now, it’s coming home, The Complete Motown Singles-style. That means gorgeous book packaging with a bonus 45 (devoted MoWest’s The Blackberries, whose single “Somebody Up There” actually was never issued as a 45), multiple essays (including by Motown engineers Russ and Ralph Terrana, Susan Whitall of The Detroit News), and track-by-track notes by Bill Dahl and producers Keith Hughes and Harry Weinger.

The box ships from Select on May 31 and from all retailers June 11. Hit the jump for a full track list and Amazon pre-order link!

The Complete Motown Singles Volume 12A: 1972 (Hip-O Select/Motown B0012935, 2013)

Disc 1

  1. A Simple Game – Four Tops
  2. L.A. (My Town) – Four Tops
  3. Our Favorite Melody – Jimmy Ruffin
  4. You Gave Me Love – Jimmy Ruffin
  5. A Breath Taking Guy – The Marvelettes
  6. You’re the One for Me Bobby – The Marvelettes
  7. I’m Someone Who Cares – The Originals
  8. Once I Have You (I Will Never Let Go) – The Originals
  9. I’m Someone Who Cares (Promo Stereo Version) – The Originals
  10. Out in the Night – Blue Scepter
  11. Gypsy Eyes – Blue Scepter
  12. Out in the Night (Promo Stereo Version) – Blue Scepter
  13. What It Is? – The Undisputed Truth
  14. California Soul – The Undisputed Truth
  15. Feel Like Givin’ Up – Posse
  16. Take Somebody Like You – Posse
  17. Take a Look Around – The Temptations
  18. Smooth Sailing (From Now On) – The Temptations
  19. Take a Look Around (Promo Stereo Version) – The Temptations
  20. I Want to Be Humble – The Devastating Affair
  21. My Place – The Devastating Affair
  22. I Want to Be Humble (Promo Stereo Version) – The Devastating Affair
  23. Rockin’ Robin – Michael Jackson
  24. Love is Here and Now You’re Gone – Michael Jackson

Disc 2

  1. Can You Give Me Love with a Guarantee – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  2. If You Gonna Leave (Just Leave) – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  3. Can You Give Me Love with a Guarantee (Promo Stereo Version) – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  4. Love Isn’t Here (Like It Used to Be) – Frankie Valli
  5. Poor Fool – Frankie Valli
  6. Love Isn’t Here (Like It Used to Be) (Second Pressing) – Frankie Valli
  7. Poor Fool (Second Pressing) – Frankie Valli
  8. Walk in the Night – Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  9. I Don’t Want to Do Wrong – Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  10. Take Me Clear from Here – Edwin Starr
  11. Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World is Today) – Edwin Starr
  12. I’m Gonna Get You (Part II) – G.C. Cameron
  13. I’m Gonna Get You (Part I) – G.C. Cameron
  14. Help Me Make It Through the Night – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  15. Mr. Fix-It Man – The Sisters Love
  16. You’ve Got to Make the Choice – The Sisters Love
  17. Taos New Mexico – R. Dean Taylor
  18. Shadow – R. Dean Taylor
  19. The Zoo (The Human Zoo) – The Commodores
  20. I’m Looking for Love – The Commodores

Disc 3

  1. What’d I Say – Rare Earth
  2. Nice to Be with You  – Rare Earth
  3. What’d I Say (Promo Stereo Version) – Rare Earth
  4. Let Me Run Into Your Lonely Heart – Eddie Kendricks
  5. Eddie’s Love – Eddie Kendricks
  6. Eddie’s Love (Promo Version) – Eddie Kendricks
  7. Me and Bobby McGee – Thelma Houston
  8. No One’s Gonna Be a Fool Forever – Thelma Houston
  9. What It Is, What It Is – G.C. Cameron
  10. You Are That Special One – G.C. Cameron
  11. Little Bitty Pretty One – The Jackson 5
  12. If I Have to Move a Mountain – The Jackson 5
  13. Automatically Sunshine – The Supremes
  14. Precious Little Things – The Supremes
  15. It’s the Same Old Love – The Courtship
  16. Last Row, First Balcony – The Courtship
  17. It’s the Same Old Love (Promo Stereo Version) – The Courtship
  18. Nihaa Shil Hozho (I Am Happy About You) – Xit
  19. End? – Xit
  20. Nihaa Shil Hozho (I Am Happy About You) (Promo Stereo Version) – Xit
  21. I Can’t Quit Your Love – Four Tops
  22. Happy (is a Bumpy Road) – Four Tops
  23. I Can Make It Alone – Vincent DiMirco
  24. Come Clean – Vincent DiMirco

Disc 4

  1. Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You) – Stevie Wonder
  2. I Love Every Little Thing About You – Stevie Wonder
  3. It’s Too Much for Man to Take Too Long – Eric & The Vikings
  4. Time Don’t Wait – Eric & The Vikings
  5. It’s Too Much for Man to Take Too Long (Promo Stereo Version) – Eric & The Vikings
  6. Long Way from Home – Howl the Good
  7. Why Do You Cry – Howl the Good
  8. Long Way from Home (Promo Stereo Version) – Howl the Good
  9. You’re the Man (Part 1) – Marvin Gaye
  10. You’re the Man (Part 2) – Marvin Gaye
  11. I Wanna Be Where You Are – Michael Jackson
  12. We’ve Got a Good Thing Going – Michael Jackson
  13. We’ve Come Too Far to End It Now – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  14. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – The Undisputed Truth
  15. Friendship Train – The Undisputed Truth
  16. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone (Promo Stereo Version) – The Undisputed Truth
  17. Get Me Some Help – Chris Holland & T-Bone
  18. If Time Could Stand Still – Chris Holland & T-Bone
  19. Get Me Some Help (Promo Stereo Version) – Chris Holland & T-Bone
  20. Tear It On Down – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  21. I Want You Back – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  22. Label Me Love – Different Shades of Brown
  23. Life’s a Ball (While It Lasts) – Different Shades of Brown

Disc 5

  1. Mother Nature – The Temptations
  2. Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On – The Temptations
  3. Mother Nature (Promo Stereo Version) – The Temptations
  4. Sail Away – Bobby Darin
  5. Hard Headed Woman – Bobby Darin
  6. I Can’t Give Back the Love I Feel for You – Suzee Ikeda
  7. Mind, Body and Soul – Suzee Ikeda
  8. A Little More Trust – David Ruffin
  9. A Day in the Life, of a Working Man – David Ruffin
  10. A Little More Trust (Promo Stereo Version) – David Ruffin
  11. Money (That’s What I Want) – Blinky
  12. For Your Precious Love – Blinky
  13. Groove Than – Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  14. Me and My Family – Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  15. Lookin’ Through the Windows – The Jackson 5
  16. Love Song – The Jackson 5
  17. Somebody Up There – The Blackberries
  18. But I Love You More – The Blackberries
  19. To Know You is to Love You – Syreeta
  20. Happiness – Syreeta
  21. Somebody Oughta’ Turn Your Head Around – Crystal Mansion
  22. Earth People – Crystal Mansion

6 Responses

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  1. Holy Mackerel! This made my day! I will admit I gasped when I saw this on your page! Enough exclamation marks, I’m going now to pre-order!


    May 10, 2013 at 12:15

    • For those of you interested Amazon Canada is cheaper than US ($72.85 CDN vs $98.31 US) as of this post.


      May 10, 2013 at 12:19

  2. Thanks kudzu. Price is always important.


    May 10, 2013 at 12:34

  3. Just clicked link to Hip-0, $75.98, plus shipping.


    May 10, 2013 at 12:36

  4. Ordered mine last night, really exciting to finally see this.

    Robert Lett

    May 10, 2013 at 14:29

  5. Now all we need is 12B!!! Come on Hip-O Select…finish this!

    Steve Hansen

    June 22, 2013 at 10:42

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