Various Artists – The Magic Of Motown

A 45th anniversary double-disc celebration of Berry's empire, featuring favourites and odd surprises

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There are countless Motown compilations on the market, but the ever-discerning Uncut readers’input helped to make this latest selection different.

While songs branded on the heart of any ’60s pop fan by Marvin, Stevie, The Isleys and The Temptations feature, the familiarity of these classics from the canon allows the spotlight to fall on more obscure, easily overlooked gems. Among those taking a bow are The Elgins, Caston & Majors, ’80s angelic soul faves De Barge, future Elton John collaborator Kiki Dee and incongruous moonlighting star of stage and screen Albert Finney. If nothing else, Big Al’s creepy “Those Other Men”proves that, at its most bizarre, Gordy’s crossover dream really had no limits.


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