Motown 40 Forever

Motown 40 Forever



Motown never tires of finding ways to repackage their history, but a 40th anniversary celebration is one of the better excuses they could have for releasing another multi-disc retrospective, such as the double-disc Motown 40 Forever. Unfortunately, devoting the first disc to classic '60s hits and isolating '80s and '90s singles works against the compilation -- it only illustrates that the first two decades of the label's history (particularly the very first decade) were much stronger creatively than the last two, especially since classic '70s singles are used on both discs. Taken individually, however, each disc is quite entertaining. The first contains such classics as "Shop Around," "Heat Wave," "My Guy," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," "What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted," "ABC," "My Cherie Amour," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "What's Going On," "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)," "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," "Tears of a Clown," and "Dancing in the Street." It would have been nice if the disc was sequenced in chronological order, but it's still a blast. The second disc has its moments, too -- "Superfreak," "Let It Whip," "War," "Three Times a Lady," "Superstition," and "Let's Get It On" are terrific, while songs like "Rub You the Right Way" and "Somebody's Watching Me" are nice period pieces. The remix of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" is unnecessary, but it does little to dilute a thoroughly entertaining, if redundant, collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/1998
Label: Polygram Uk
UPC: 0731453084926
catalogNumber: 530849

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boyz II Men   Track Performer
Commodores   Track Performer
DeBarge   Track Performer
Dennis Edwards   Track Performer
Four Tops   Track Performer
Siedah Garrett   Track Performer
Marvin Gaye   Track Performer
Johnny Gill   Track Performer
Jackson 5   Track Performer
Jermaine Jackson   Track Performer
Rick James   Track Performer
Teena Marie   Track Performer
Marvelettes   Track Performer
Originals   Track Performer
Lionel Richie   Track Performer
Rockwell   Track Performer
Diana Ross   Track Performer
Jimmy Ruffin   Track Performer
Edwin Starr   Track Performer
Temptations   Track Performer
Mary Wells   Track Performer
Today   Track Performer
Shanice   Track Performer
Dazz Band   Track Performer
Eddie Kendricks   Track Performer
Martha Reeves   Track Performer
Tammi Terrell   Track Performer
Stevie Wonder   Track Performer
Diana Ross & the Supremes   Track Performer
Gladys Knight & the Pips   Track Performer
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer
Marvin Gaye   Producer
Jermaine Jackson   Producer
Rick James   Arranger,Producer
Lionel Richie   Producer
Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer
Bernard Edwards   Producer
Nile Rodgers   Producer
Barrett Strong   Composer
George Jackson   Executive Producer
Reggie Andrews   Arranger,Producer
Peter Asher   Producer
Nick Ashford   Producer
Johnny Bristol   Producer
James Anthony Carmichael   Producer
Leonard Caston   Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Executive Producer
Henry Cosby   Producer
Hal Davis   Producer
DeBarge   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Berry Gordy   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Iris Gordy   Producer
Gene Griffin   Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
David Irvin   Art Direction,Illustrations
Paul Jackson   Arranger
Jimmy Jam   Producer
Dennis Lambert   Arranger,Producer
Terry Lewis   Producer
Narada Michael Walden   Arranger,Producer
Alphonso Mizell   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Richard Morris   Producer
Curtis Anthony Nolen   Arranger,Producer
Freddie Perren   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Joe Porter   Producer
Timmy Regisford   Remixing
Deke Richards   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Teddy Riley   Producer
Paul Riser   Arranger,Composer
Valerie Simpson   Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Producer
Ed Townsend   Producer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
William Weatherspoon   Composer,Producer
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer
Stevie Wonder   Arranger,Producer
Nelson George   Liner Notes
Frank Wilson   Producer
Ronald White   Composer
Clarence Avant   Executive Producer
David Harley   Art Direction
Dazz   Arranger
McDavid Henderson   Illustrations
Bob West   Arranger
Jarvis Baker   Composer
Sylvester Jackson   Composer
James Dean   Composer

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