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Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye): Final “The Complete Motown Singles” Volume Bows

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The Complete Motown Singles Volume 12BThey did it.

Nearly nine years after the first volume in Hip-O Select’s The Complete Motown Singles box set series was released, the 14th and final entry in the series, Volume 12B: 1972, will be released on December 10, just in time for the holidays.

The year 1972 marks, for many, the end of the “classic Motown” period. Label founder Berry Gordy moved label operations from Detroit to Los Angeles, and many of his most treasured acts were in periods of transition. Diana Ross was long a solo artist away from The Supremes, while Smokey Robinson would part ways with The Miracles in 1972 – the same year both The Four Tops and Gladys Knight & The Pips would break off from the label. At the same time, though, several of the label’s acts were coming in to their own, from The Temptations’ psychedelic soul styles, the increasing independence and experimentation of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye and even the shine of the spotlight on solo members of The Jackson 5, namely frontmen Michael and Jermaine.

Included in the 100 tracks across five discs are some choice rarities, including Marvin Gaye’s beautiful (but long-lost) holiday single, “I Want to Come Home for Christmas” b/w “Christmas in the City,” an unissued solo single from longtime label songwriter Valerie Simpson, a duet by G.C. Cameron and Willie Hutch that never made it to an album with Hutch’s vocal, and even rare sides by several pop acts who made their name away from the Motown roster, including Lesley Gore, Bobby Darin and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

Packed, as always, with a bonus replica 7″ single (The Temptations’ classic “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”), The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 12B is loaded with notes and essays from Abdul “Duke” Fakir of The Four Tops, Susan Whitall of The Detroit News, journalist Bill Dahl and compilation producers Keith Hughes and Harry Weinger, who “contribute series postscripts that offer back stories of the Motown tape vault, session logs and tape cards.”

The Second Disc has, of course, spent most of its existence lightly prodding Harry, UMe’s vice-president of A&R, for information on the TCMS series; when we set up shop in 2010, the series had seemingly stalled at Vol. 11 the year before. Vols. 12A and 12B would not materialize until this year, though I certainly speak for both Joe and myself (not to mention countless readers and fans around the world) that the work has been well worth the wait.

On December 10, that wait is finally over. After the jump, you can pre-order your own copy of the set.

The Complete Motown Singles Volume 12B: 1972 (Hip-O Select/Motown B0019213-02, 2013)

Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Disc 1

  1. Your Wonderful Sweet Sweet Love – The Supremes
  2. The Wisdom of Time – The Supremes
  3. Green Grow the Lilacs – The Festivals
  4. So in Love – The Festivals
  5. Green Grow the Lilacs (Stereo Promo Version) – The Festivals
  6. What is Black – Billy Proctor
  7. I Can Take It All – Billy Proctor
  8. What is Black (Stereo Promo Version) – Billy Proctor
  9. Ben – Michael Jackson
  10. You Can Cry on My Shoulder – Michael Jackson
  11. That’s How Love Goes – Jermaine Jackson
  12. I Lost My Love in the Big City – Jermaine Jackson
  13. Duck You Sucker – Jerry Ross Symposium
  14. It Happened on a Sunday Morning – Jerry Ross Symposium
  15. (It’s the Way) Nature Planned It – Four Tops
  16. I’ll Never Change – Four Tops
  17. Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love – Odyssey
  18. Broken Road – Odyssey
  19. The Night – The Four Seasons
  20. Sun Country – The Four Seasons
  21. Daddy Could Swear, I Declare – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  22. Can’t Give It Up No More – Gladys Knight & The Pips

Disc 2

  1. Keep On Running – Stevie Wonder
  2. Evil – Stevie Wonder
  3. The Morning After – Michelle Aller
  4. Spend Some Time Together – Michelle Aller
  5. Just Not Gonna Make It – Michelle Aller
  6. Walk On, Don’t Look Back – Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  7. Who is the Leader of the People – Edwin Starr
  8. Don’t Tell Me I’m Crazy – Edwin Starr
  9. Who is the Leader of the People (Stereo Promo Version) – Edwin Starr
  10. Gospel Truth – Bob Babbitt
  11. Running Like a Rabbit – Bob Babbitt
  12. If You Let Me – Eddie Kendricks
  13. Just Memories – Eddie Kendricks
  14. I Guess I’ll Miss the Man – The Supremes
  15. Over and Over – The Supremes
  16. The Good Things (Where Was I When Love Came By) – The Naturals
  17. Me and My Brother – The Naturals
  18. The Good Things (Where Was I When Love Came By) (Stereo Promo Version) – The Naturals
  19. I Love Every Little Thing About You – Syreeta
  20. Black Maybe – Syreeta

Disc 3

  1. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone (Vocal) – The Temptations
  2. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone (Instrumental) – The Temptations
  3. Corner of the Sky – The Jackson 5
  4. To Know – The Jackson 5
  5. Good Time Sally – Rare Earth
  6. Love Shines Down – Rare Earth
  7. Genius – Valerie Simpson
  8. Silly Wasn’t I – Valerie Simpson
  9. I Believe I’m Gonna Take This Ride – Valerie Simpson
  10. What If – Thelma Houston
  11. There is a God – Thelma Houston
  12. Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don’t Say No) – The Undisputed Truth
  13. With a Little Help from My Friends – The Undisputed Truth
  14. Girl You’re Alright – The Undisputed Truth
  15. Girl You’re Alright (Stereo Promo Version) – The Undisputed Truth
  16. She Said That – Lesley Gore
  17. The Road I Walk – Lesley Gore
  18. Spanish Harlem – The Crusaders
  19. Papa Hooper’s Barrelhouse Groove – The Crusaders

Disc 4

  1. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  2. You’ve Got It Bad Girl – Stevie Wonder
  3. You’ve Got My Mind – Sisters Love
  4. Try It You’ll Like It – Sisters Love
  5. Songwriter – Repairs
  6. Fiddler – Repairs
  7. Average People – Bobby Darin
  8. Something in Her Love – Bobby Darin
  9. Since I Met You There’s No Magic – Celebration
  10. The Circle Again – Celebration
  11. Come Get This Thang – G.C. Cameron & Willie Hutch
  12. My Woman – G.C. Cameron & Willie Hutch
  13. Daddy’s Home – Jermaine Jackson
  14. Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) – Jermaine Jackson
  15. I Can’t Stand to See You Cry – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  16. With Your Love Came – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  17. I Can’t Stand to See You Cry (Stereo Promo Version) – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  18. Happy (Love Theme from Lady Sings the Blues) – Bobby Darin

Disc 5

  1. Trouble Man – Marvin Gaye
  2. Don’t Mess with Mr. T – Marvin Gaye
  3. Robot Man – Jay & The Techniques
  4. I’ll Be Here – Jay & The Techniques
  5. Long Life and Success to the Farmer – Martin & Finley
  6. Half Crazed – Martin & Finley
  7. Take It Out on Me – Jerry Ross Symposium
  8. It’s the Same Old Love – Jerry Ross Symposium
  9. Love Ain’t Love (Till You Give It to Somebody) – The Courtships
  10. Oops, It Just Slipped Out – The Courtships
  11. We’re Gonna Have a Good Time – Rare Earth
  12. Would You Like to Come Along – Rare Earth
  13. Ballad of the Unloved – Wolfe
  14. Tale of Two Cities – Wolfe
  15. It’s Not the Last Time – Puzzle
  16. On with the Show – Puzzle
  17. Good Morning Heartache – Diana Ross
  18. God Bless the Child – Diana Ross
  19. I Want to Come Home for Christmas – Marvin Gaye
  20. Christmas in the City – Marvin Gaye
  21. Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) – Gladys Knight & The Pips
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  1. I am really really jazzed about both of the 1972 collections that have come out this year. These sets are outstanding from start to finish. Yes, they are expensive, but very much worth it. Once the funds become available (and I find them for a better price), I’ll be picking up both of these.

    mackdaddyg

    November 13, 2013 at 12:44

  2. It’s been about nine years since the Who’s “1st Singles Box”. Think we’ll ever see number two in that series?

    Hank

    November 13, 2013 at 13:30

  3. The Hip-O price isn’t bad at around $75-wish they would have priced them all at this point

    Tyler

    November 13, 2013 at 13:31

  4. With tax and shipping to my part of the country, Hip-O’s price comes out to $88.00. I’ll likely wait to see if it comes down on Amazon or is cheaper elsewhere. But I’m SERIOUSLY psyched about this last chapter!

    Chief Brody

    November 13, 2013 at 14:43

  5. I sure wish these were all reissued on vinyl 45’s and not CD’s. Maybe next time around

    45spin

    November 13, 2013 at 15:36


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