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Morales Preps the (Dance) Sound of Young America on “Club Motown”

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Club MotownCalling all ’80s Motown fans! Universal’s U.K. arm has issued a double disc set of 20 classic club mixes from the label, curated by noted remixer John Morales.

Motown of course crafted the sound of young America throughout the ’60s and created some deeply affecting funk and soul in the ’70s, but the ’80s was still a prolific time, thanks to popular R&B/dance acts including Rick James and DeBarge as well as established acts like The Temptations and Commodores frontman Lionel Richie. Morales and partner Sergio Munzibal, the “M+M” mixing team, turned many of those tracks into club hits, and Club Motown features some familiar hits as well as some mixes that were only ever released in Europe, for the likes of Michael Lovesmith or Bobby Nunn.

In addition to the classic vintage dance sides on Club Motown, Morales has completed work on six new “throwback” club mixes of tracks by Teena Marie, Diana Ross, Thelma Houston and more! A double 12″ single set, John Morales Presents Motown Divas, features some of these new mixes plus instrumentals in a vintage-style sleeve.

After the jump, you can check out the track lists for both sets and place your orders!

John Morales Presents Club Motown (UMC CLUBMOCD001 (U.K.), 2014)

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Disc 1

  1. Don’t Look Any Further (12″ Version) – Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett (12″ A-side – Gordy TMGT 1334 (U.K.), 1984)
  2. Ain’t Nothing Like It (Extended M+M Mix) – Michael Lovesmith (12″ A-side – Motown ZT 40370 (U.K.), 1985)
  3. In My House (12″ Version) – Mary Jane Girls (12″ A-side – Motown 4529MG, 1985)
  4. Standing on the Top (Long Version) – The Temptations feat. Rick James (12″ promo A-side – Motown PR-96, 1982)
  5. All Night Long (All Night) (12″ Version) – Lionel Richie (12″ A-side – Motown 4514MG, 1983)
  6. Under the Influence (M+M Mid-Day Mix) – Vanity (12″ A-side – Motown 4558MG, 1986)
  7. Night Shift (M+M Club Mix) – Commodores (12″ A-side – Motown 4533MG, 1985)
  8. Rhythm of the Night (Long M+M Version) – DeBarge (12″ A-side – Motown 4532MG, 1985)
  9. Candlelight Afternoon (12″ Version) – Phyllis St. James (12″ A-side – Motown TMGT 1358 (U.K.), 1984)
  10. Don’t Knock It (Until You Try It) – Bobby Nunn (12″ A-side – Motown TMGT 1323 (U.K.), 1983)
  11. Let’s Get Serious – Jermaine Jackson (from Let’s Get Serious – Motown M7-928R1, 1980)

Disc 2

  1. Treat Her Like a Lady (M+M Club Mix) – The Temptations (12″ promo A-side – Motown PR-163, 1984)
  2. Somebody’s Watching Me (12″ Version) – Rockwell (12″ A-side – Motown 4515MG, 1983)
  3. Super Freak (12″ Mix) – Rick James (12″ A-side – Motown M35002V1, 1981)
  4. Jump Into My Life (Dance Mix) – Stacy Lattislaw (12″ A-side – Motown 4574MG, 1986)
  5. I Need Your Lovin’ (M+M Club Mix) – Teena Marie *
  6. If You Should Ever Be Lonely (M+M Club Mix) – Val Young *
  7. The Boss (M+M Club Mix) – Diana Ross *
  8. Saturday Night Sunday Morning (M+M Club Mix) – Thelma Houston *
  9. Get It Up for Love (M+M Club Mix) – Tata Vega *

Motown DivasJohn Morales Presents Motown Divas (UMC CLUBMO001 (U.K.), 2014)

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LP 1

  1. I Need Your Lovin’ (M+M Club Mix) – Teena Marie
  2. I Need Your Lovin’ (M+M Instrumental Mix) – Teena Marie
  3. The Boss (M+M Club Mix) – Diana Ross

LP 2

  1. Get It Up for Love (M+M Club Mix) – Tata Vega
  2. Get It Up for Love (M+M Instrumental Mix) – Tata Vega
  3. If You Should Ever Be Lonely (M+M Club Mix) – Val Young

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  1. A really great set if you enjoy the ’70 and ’80s Motown eras. The new mixes are also well done.


    August 4, 2014 at 21:29

  2. I want this. End of subject.

    J Matthew Cobb

    August 5, 2014 at 04:34

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