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Hip-O Select Brings DeBarge LPs Back in a Special Way

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Before “Who’s Johnny,” before the heartbreaking string of legal troubles and before last year’s subtle comeback album Second Chance, El DeBarge was the silver-tongued frontman of one of Motown’s last great pop acts: DeBarge. The family unit – Eldra, Mark, Bunny, Randy and James – struck gold on the charts with self-penned jams like “Time Will Reveal” and “I Like It,” plus gems from crack pop tunesmiths like David Foster (“Who’s Holding Donna Now?”) and Diane Warren (the smash “Rhythm of the Night”).

Now, for the first time on one set, Hip-o Select has collected all four DeBarge LPs – plus a disc of danceable mixes and vault cuts – in a three-disc package. Time Will Reveal: The Complete Motown Albums features all of the group’s records – The Debarges, All This LoveIn a Special Way and Rhythm of the Night – along with five vintage 12″ remixes and five more unreleased alternate and instrumental takes. There’s even some treasures within the album programs themselves: signature jam “Time Will Reveal” is presented in full for the first time anywhere, extended to its full stop rather than faded.

El may still be wrestling with his demons – he checked into rehab earlier this year – but this set is sure to remind fans just what a talented performer he really is. Order Time Will Reveal here and get the lowdown on the track list after the jump.

Time Will Reveal: The Complete Motown Albums (Hip-o Select/Motown B0015820-02, 2011)

Disc 1: The DeBarges / All This Love

  1. What’s Your Name
  2. Dance the Night Away
  3. You’re So Gentle, So Kind
  4. Queen of My Heart
  5. Hesitated
  6. Saving Up All My Love
  7. Share My World
  8. Strange Romance
  9. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
  10. Stop! Don’t Tease Me
  11. I Like It
  12. Can’t Stop
  13. All This Love
  14. It’s Getting Stronger
  15. Life Begins with You
  16. I’m in Love with You

Disc 2: In a Special Way / Rhythm of the Night

  1. Be My Lady
  2. Stay with Me
  3. Time Will Reveal (Long Version)
  4. Need Somebody
  5. Love Me in a Special Way
  6. Baby, Won’t Cha Come Quick?
  7. I Give Up on You
  8. A Dream
  9. Prime Time
  10. The Heart is Not So Smart
  11. Who’s Holding Donna Now
  12. Give It Up
  13. Single Heart
  14. You Wear It Well
  15. The Walls (Came Tumbling Down)
  16. Share My World
  17. Rhythm of the Night

Disc 3: Remixes and Rarities

  1. Rhythm of the Night (Long Version)
  2. You Wear It Well (Club Mix)
  3. You Wear It Well (Dub Mix)
  4. The Heart is Not So Smart (Club Mix)
  5. The Heart is Not So Smart (Dub Mix)
  6. All This Love (Alternate)
  7. Love Me in a Special Way (Instrumental)
  8. Stay with Me (Instrumental)
  9. A Dream (Instrumental)
  10. Be My Lady (Instrumental)

Disc 1, Tracks 1-8 released as Gordy LP G8-1003MI, 1981
Disc 1, Tracks 9-16 released as Gordy LP 6012-GL, 1982
Disc 2, Tracks 1-8 released as Gordy LP 6061-GL, 1983 (Note: Disc 2, Track 3 was faded earlier on the original album.)
Disc 2, Tracks 9-17 released as Gordy LP 6123-GL, 1985
Disc 3, Track 1 from Motown 12″ single 4532 MG, 1985
Disc 3, Tracks 2-3 from Gordy 12″ single 1804 GG, 1985
Disc 3, Tracks 4-5 from Gordy 12″ single 4552 GG, 1985
All other tracks previously unreleased.

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Written by Mike Duquette

August 22, 2011 at 12:32

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  1. Sounds like a great package, and it seems like Hip-O-Select are moving more towards the late ’70s and into the ’80s with their recent packages of Smokey Robinson, Stephanie Mills and now Debarge.

    Tom

    August 22, 2011 at 13:43

  2. wack wack wack!!!! i needed these as single discs not 2 2 for 1 one 2 seperate discs. urgh….

    i have the japan pressing of THE DEBARGES & ALL THIS LOVE and the USA pressing of IN A SPECIAL WAY… i need RHTYHM OF THE NIGHT as a stand alone cd.

    adam carrington

    August 22, 2011 at 14:59

    • easy to find at Amazon.com happy hunting.

      djtenn

      October 16, 2011 at 01:01


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