Motown Around The World – The Classics Singles (2CD)

Motown Around The World – The Classics Singles (2CD)


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Motown Around The World – The Classics Singles

Motown Records made international inroads in the mid-1960s, with hits in the United Kingdom and a fan base spreading across Europe. The company wanted to do more, and the vision was this: By the end of the decade Motown superstars, from Stevie Wonder to the Temptations, the Supremes to the Four Tops, Edwin Starr to Martha & the Vandellas, would record and release Italian, German and Spanish language versions of several of their classic hits, as well as five new songs created especially for the local market. Those singles – and a promotion-only album of the Italian recordings – became instant collector’s items.

Now, for the first time, all of Motown’s classic-era foreign language singles are collected on Motown Around The World: The Classic Singles, a 38-track, 2-CD set from –including four French recordings by the Velvelettes, discovered in the vault for their 2004 U.K. Anthology. As another bonus, Motown Around The World includes two Spanish cuts from the late ‘70s-early ‘80s: Spanish versions of “Being With You” by Smokey Robinson and “Let Get Serious” by Jermaine Jackson, the latter in a super-rare long version.

It’s refreshing – and an exceptional treat – to hear the hits “My Girl,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted,” “For Once In My Life,” “I Can’t Help Myself” and so many more sung by their originators in Italian, or German, or Spanish. (Stevie Wonder has 11 songs in Italian and Spanish by himself.) All of the artists, in a setting much like a special Artist Development class, learned the lyrics phonetically from special instructors flown in from their respective countries.’s Motown Around The World: The Classic Singles finally restores to print this great and hardly-heard moment in Motown history.

(While this collection borrows its title from a short-lived single CD compilation of selected Motown foreign language tracks, that late 1980s release did not include the original single versions of the songs; this 2-CD edition features the original single mixes for all but a small handful of the German tracks.)

Motown Around The World: The Classic Singles is presented in an attractive package with a 24-page booklet designed to look like an international passport. Inside are rare photos of Motown stars in settings around the world, reproductions of the original single sleeves, a 9.5” x 14” sticker sheet, detailed annotations and an essay by Dr. Andrew Flory. As the Supremes sing in the opening cut: “L’Amore Verrà.”


01. The Supremes – L’Amore Verr? – You Can’t Hurry Love
02. The Supremes – Se Il Filo Spezzerai – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
03. Four Tops – Piangono Gli Uomini – I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
04. The Temptations – Solamente Lei – My Girl
05. The Temptations – Sei Solo Tu – The Way You Do The Things You Do
06. Stevie Wonder – Il Sole E’ Di Tutti – A Place In The Sun
07. Stevie Wonder – Passo Le Mie Notti Qui Da Solo – Music Talk
08. The Miracles – Non Sono Quello Che Tu Vuoi – (Come ‘Round Here) I’m The One You Need
09. Jimmy Ruffin – Se Decidi Cosi’ – What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
10. Four Tops – Gira, Gira – Reach Out I’ll Be There
11. Four Tops – L’Arcobaleno – Walk Away, Renee
12. Stevie Wonder – Dove Vai? – Travlin’ Man
13. Stevie Wonder – Non Sono Un Angelo – I’m Wondering
14. Stevie Wonder – Se Tu Ragazza Mia
15. Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amor – My Cherie Amour
16. Stevie Wonder – Solo Te Solo Me Solo Noi – Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday
17. Edwin Starr – Che Forza – Soul Master
18. Edwin Starr – Dolce Amore Oh How Happy


01. The Supremes – Moonlight And Kisses
02. The Supremes – Baby, Baby, Wo Ist Unsere Liebe – Where Did Our Love Go
03. The Supremes – Thank You Darling
04. The Supremes – Jonny Und Joe – Come See About Me
05. The Tempations – Mein Girl – My Girl
06. The Temptations – Blue Bird
07. Marvin Gaye – Wie Sch?n Das Ist – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
08. Marvin Gaye – Sympatica
09. The Velvelettes – Puisque Je Sais Qu’il Est ? Moi (As Long As I Know He’s Mine)
10. The Velvelettes – Tu Perds Le Plus Merveilleux Garcon Du Monde – You Lost The Sweetest Boy
11. The Velvelettes – Le Hoky Poky – (Monkey) Hoky Poky
12. The Velvelettes – Je Veux Crier – My Foolish Heart (Keeps Hanging On To A Memory)
13. Martha Reeves & the Vandellas – Yo Necesito De Tu Amor – I’m Ready For Love
14. Martha Reeves & the Vandellas – Jimmy Mack
15. Stevie Wonder – Mi Ayer Tu Ayer El Ayer – Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday
16. Stevie Wonder – Mi Querido Amor My Cherie Amour
17. Stevie Wonder – Un Lugar En El Sol – A Place In The Sun
18. Stevie Wonder – Por Primera Vez – For Once In My Life
19. Jermaine Jackson – Seamos Serios – Let’s Get Serious
20. Smokey Robinson – Aqui Con Tigo – Being With You

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