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Motown Rarities Uncovered on Vinyl Box, Digital Outtakes Set

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Motown 7sMotown aficionados have a lot of fun stuff to dig through on a number of formats, with the recent release of a box set collecting 14 rare cuts on vinyl and a new, copyright law-busting compilation of 52 previously unavailable outtakes from some of the label’s biggest names.

Recently issued in the U.K., The Motown 7s Box: Rare and Unreleased Vinyl seems to take more of a tack about “tracks unreleased to vinyl” than “never-before-released tracks on vinyl.” Everything here has been made available in some way, shape or form, including rare studio cuts from Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Four Tops and even David Ruffin, The Spinners and Kim Weston. But perhaps only one of them, Frank Wilson’s “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” ever made it to vinyl before CD. (That original single is, in fact, one of the rarest in the world.) Producer Richard Searling offers track-by-track liner notes on the box, though no official mastering information is supplied.

Motown Unreleased 1963Meanwhile, digital retailers have started carrying Motown Unreleased 1963 another copyright-savvy compilation of Motown outtakes from five decades past. (Outside the U.S., copyright law governs that recordings not issued within 50 years lapse into public domain, prompting rights holders to quickly issue collections from Bob Dylan to, this week, The Beatles and The Beach Boys. A similar volume from Motown cropped up last year, too.)

While it’s open to interpretation as to what, if any, true finds exist on the set, many of Motown’s best are featured herein on recordings you’ve never heard before, from The Miracles, The Supremes (a cover of “Funny How Time Slips Away”!), Stevie Wonder (alternate and early takes of “Fingertips” and “Blowin’ in the Wind”), The Temptations and even lesser-known acts on the roster, including Labrenda Ben and The Contours.

After the jump, you’ll find order links and full specs on each of these unique sets.

The Motown 7s Box: Rare and Unreleased Vinyl (Motown/UMC 534 542-5 (U.K.), 2013)

Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Disc 1

  1. This Love Starved Heart of Mine (It’s Killing Me) – Marvin Gaye (2:42) (from Love Starved Heart: Rare and Unreleased – Motown 314 530 319-2, 1994)
  2. What More Could a Boy Ask For – The Spinners (3:13) (from From the Vaults – Motown M5-190V1, 1979)

Disc 2

  1. Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – Frank Wilson (2:24) (single A-side – Soul S 35019, 1965)
  2. Suspicion – The Originals (3:07) (from This is Northern Soul! The Motown Sound Volume 2 – Motown/Debutante 530 814-2 (U.K.), 1998)

Disc 3

  1. Stormy – Diana Ross & The Supremes (3:06) (from The Never-Before Released Masters – Motown MCD09075MD, 1987)
  2. Just Enough to Ease the Pain – Stevie Wonder (3:05) (from The Complete Motown Anthology – Motown, 1997)

Disc 4

  1. Clip My Wings – Four Tops (2:38) (from Lost Without You: Motown Lost & Found 1963-1970 – Hip-O Select/Motown B0003626-02, 2005)
  2. All I Do is Think About You – Tammi Terrell (3:00) (from A Cellarful of Motown – Motown 544 619-2 (U.K.), 2002)

Disc 5

  1. It Happens Every Time – Barbara McNair (2:24) (from The Real Barbara McNair – Motown MS 680, 1969)
  2. I Can’t Be Hurt Anymore – David Ruffin (3:18) (from David – Motown MS 733 (cancelled), 1971 – released as Hip-O Select/Motown B0002509-02, 2004)

Disc 6

  1. Forever in My Heart – The Temptations (2:52)
  2. You Hit Me Where It Hurt Me – Kim Weston (2:57)

Both tracks from This is Northern Soul! The Motown Sound Volume 1 – Motown/Debutante 530 818-2 (U.K.) , 1997

Disc 7

  1. Something’s Wrong – Chris Clark (2:46) (from Chris Clark: The Motown Collection – Motown 981 956-4 (U.K.), 2005)
  2. My Love is Your Love (Forever) – The Isley Brothers (3:10) (from Greatest Motown Hits – Motown WL 72516 (U.K.), 1986)

Motown Unreleased: 1963 (Motown/UMe, 2013)

iTunes U.S. / Amazon U.S.

Disc 1

  1. Talking ‘Bout the Limbo – Marvin Gaye
  2. Mojo Hannah (Alternate) – Marvin Gaye
  3. In Case You Need Love (Alternate) – The Miracles
  4. I’m Checking Out – Stevie Wonder
  5. Nobody Fine As Dinah (Alternate) – The Contours
  6. I Couldn’t Dance – Freddie Gorman
  7. You Didn’t Care (Alternate) – The Supremes
  8. Nursery Rhyme Time – The Temptations
  9. Fingertips (Alternate Studio Version) – Stevie Wonder
  10. (You Can’t Let the Boy Overpower) The Man in You (Alternate) – The Miracles
  11. Lazybones (Alternate) – The Supremes
  12. Funny (How Time Slips Away) (Alternate) – The Supremes
  13. It’s Party Time (Alternate) – Marvin Gaye
  14. You’re Gonna Come to Me (Alternate) – The Supremes
  15. Forever – Stevie Wonder
  16. That Won’t Do – Sammy Ward
  17. Just My Speed – Stevie Wonder
  18. Keep It Up (Alternate) – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  19. Do You Wanna Go with Me – Marvin Gaye
  20. The Lying Kind of Girl – Mike & The Modifiers
  21. It Doesn’t Have to Be So – The Contours
  22. The Night We Called It a Day – The Four Tops
  23. I Don’t Want Your Promise – Labrenda Ben
  24. Bright Lights, Big City – Marvin Gaye
  25. I Ain’t Got Nobody – Stevie Wonder
  26. Shoo Doo – The Contours

Disc 2

  1. You’d Make a Fine Son-in-Law – The Contours
  2. When Two People Really Love – The Miracles
  3. I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby (Alternate) – Marvin Gaye
  4. Don’t Hesitate to Cry – Stevie Wonder
  5. I’m Gonna Make It to the Top – Freddie Gorman
  6. Congratulations – Labrenda Ben
  7. Even If You Don’t Mean It – Labrenda Ben
  8. Make a Woman for Me – Freddie Gorman
  9. Mockingbird (Alternate) -Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  10. Take This Hammer – Stevie Wonder
  11. Better Un-Said – Labrenda Ben
  12. I Won’t Have to Be the Fool – The Temptations
  13. Do The See Saw – The Contours
  14. No Longer a Rebel – R. Dean Taylor
  15. Respectable Distance Away – R. Dean Taylor
  16. My Oh My What a Groove – The Miracles
  17. In Twenty Words or Less – Labrenda Ben
  18. Each Little Teardrop – Brenda Holloway
  19. Let Them – Labrenda Ben
  20. He Who Picks a Rose (Early Version) – The Temptations
  21. They Didn’t Believe Me – Marvin Gaye
  22. Stevie’s Tune – Stevie Wonder
  23. Blowin’ in the Wind (Early Version) – Stevie Wonder
  24. I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You) – Marvin Gaye
  25. Deep Freeze – Brenda Holloway
  26. You’re Wonderful (Alternate) – Marvin Gaye

All tracks previously unreleased.

Written by Mike Duquette

December 18, 2013 at 17:19

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  1. The Supremes cover of “Funny How Time Slips Away” is not an entirely new “find”. The song was first issued on their album “The Supremes Sing Country, Western & Pop” in 1965 and on the CD rerelease in 1995 and is the opening track on the album. The song also appeared on at least three versions of their “Anthology” compilation. This seems to be an alternate take though and it should be interesting to see how it compares with what the fans have heard on previous releases of the song.

    Lulu Grandiron

    December 18, 2013 at 17:51

  2. Dear Mike,

    We have a truckload of new reissues we want to send to you. Raven Records has beeb reissuing great music since 1979. We are still going strong 34 years later.


    Best regards,

    Peter Shillito, Raven Records, Australia.

    Peter Shillito

    December 18, 2013 at 20:18

    • Hi Peter, we’ve just dropped you an email. Please let us know whether you’ve received it! You can reach us at theseconddisc-at-gmail-dot-com.


      Joe Marchese

      December 19, 2013 at 00:07

  3. HELP! What ever happened to the Hip-O-Select releases for Diana Ross’s ROSS and BABY IT’S ME??


    December 19, 2013 at 09:48

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