Album review: The Motown 7s: Various Artists, Rare and Unreleased, Motown


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What it says on the box … a square cardboard container enclosing seven 7-inch singles of impeccable obscurity and desirability, most of which never met with release – the sound of young America as antique treasure.

And to be fair, there is nothing here which exceeds in quality the work we did get to hear in the mid/late 1960s; but equally, such is the quality of Motown manufacture that nothing falls dramatically short either, least of all a rather lovely Stevie Wonder hipsnake from 1968. Such are the mysteries …

So, who do we get? Marvin, the Supremes, the Spinners, the Tops, the Isleys, the Temps, Tammi Terrell, David Ruffin etc. And, of course, the legend that is Frank Wilson’s “Do I Love You”. A box of bomp.