There is no question about the power of Motown Records these past 50 years. It really has brought out of the best of what great R&B and Soul have been of the changing times. It has shown the essence of greats we would not have imagined to see in what feels like eons. Since it debuted back in the 50's, with Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Barry Gordy's legacy has shown just what the essence os great songs that have shown us the changes of our times, from Marvin gaye's What's Going On for the 70's, to the rises of fun & R&B in the 80's from the late Rick James with his Super Freak days. Now, it is just a gracious time for the company, as it certifies itself gold, and this mega boxed set is the best way to celebrate with it.
The 2008 Complete Motown #1's Box Set, celebrates the best and brightest hits that Motown records has done, throughout its 50 year legacy. This 10 disc package is a definitive and well-planned dedication to all of the acts that have made Motown records one of the signature landmark cornerstones of our music industry. The songs have all been remastered noblely, and the package on the outside, which mainly displays a beautiful replica of their original headquaters in Detroit, Michigan, feels like a great trip back through time. The boxed set itself includes a lot of great #1 songs from the cream of the crop of the Motown Standards from the greats like Stevie Wonder with his classics like Part-Time Lover and Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours, to the elegant 60's from greats like Marvin Gaye & Tammi Tarell, and Diana Ross & The Supremes with Baby Love and You Can't Hurry Love, all the way to the 80's and 90's gems like Lionel Richie and his elegance of Hello and his smashing hits like All Night Long and Hello, to the lingerings of the Hip Hop & Soul with the 90's from dynamos like Johnny Gill from New Edition with Rub Me The Right Way, all the way to the conquering heroes of 90's R&B with Boyz II Men and their mega-hits The End Of The Road and I'll Make Love To You. It feels like with each album, there is a story to tell, and a great to be re-discovered.
All in all, while there are absolutely very few boxed sets I really recommend, The Complete Motown #1's Box Set is absolutely one of the most captivating ones I've known in recent memory. The collection is absolutely a pure delight for any hard core fan of the classics, or for anyone who has missed out on gems of R&B that are just awaiting to be rediscovered. I love the conccept of the collection, and if you're in the mood for a great package of old-fashioned soul, than The Complete Motown #1's is the collection for your music library just for you.