Following last year’s release of Volume 1 of the Motown 7s Box, the label once more reveals more of the undiscovered “Sound Of Young America” with the release of Volume 2 on June 30.
As with Volume 1, many of the tracks included here were never released at their time of recording, for a variety of reasons: some were pushed to one side as albums usually only contained 12 songs and a few more were usually cut at the session; sometimes other Motown artists were given the songs and other versions were released or it was simply a matter of the tracks being rejected at the weekly A&R meeting held with Berry Gordy and his team of songwriters and producers. What that means is that there is a source of brilliant recordings to release on highly desirable 7s.
For Volume 2 a few changes have been made to the box packaging. The label copy insert has been adapted into a more substantial four-page card leaflet and the vinyl has also been manufactured at Optimal to give the authentic push out centre hole of the time. Sleeves will be paper rather than gloss card. The selection of tracks again represent highly sought after vinyl releases compiled by journalist and DJ Richard Searling. Boxes will be limited edition and numbered and come complete with a download voucher.
Jimmy Ruffin – He Who Picks A Rose
Gladys Knight & The Pips – If You Ever Get Your Hands On Love
Stevie Wonder – I Want My Baby Back
The Contours – Take Him Back If It Makes You Happy
The Spinners – We’re Gonna Be More Than Friends
Kim Weston – You Can Do It
Brenda Holloway – We’ll Keep On Rolling
The Temptations – Angel Doll
Marvin Gaye – My Love For You
The Four Tops – I’m Grateful
The Isley Brothers – Sure Is A Whole Lotta Woman
Barbara McNair – I Know Better
The Velvelettes – That’s A Funny Way
The Originals – Don’t Stop Now