The most renowned label house for Great Black Music. Founded in the winter of 1959 by Berry Gordy in Detroit, the Motown (a retraction of ‘Motor Town’) label marked the world of music by becoming a focal point for immense talent and a factory for smash hit tracks. Gordy used the money that he had generated writing and producing music to found the ‘Tamla’ label, the first hit song being Money (That’s What I Want) by Barrett Strong.
The soul, rhythm and blues tracks produced by Gordy would all go on to great success. From Stevie Wonder to Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, via Michael Jackson, The Supremes, Commodores, The Temptations, and many more. The lineup speaks for itself. Some of the finest records in music history – period. Dive into the catalogue in superior sound quality on Qobuz.
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Soul - Released October 18, 2019 | Motown
Soul - Released March 29, 2019 | Motown
Funk - Released July 8, 2014 | Motown
With his hustler look, his stash of coke and his huge ego, Rick James was the free electron from planet funk. Pushing everything to the limits, both in his life and his music, he embodied the crazy side of America in the ‘80s. With more than 100 tracks, this box set brings together all his recordings for Motown, including B-sides and maxis. There are essentially nine albums: Come Get It! (1978), Bustin' Out of L Seven and Fire It Up (1979), Garden of Love (1980), Street Songs (1981), Throwin' Down (1982), Cold Blooded (1983), Glow (1985) and The Flag (1986).Of course, Street Songs is the masterpiece that stands out from the crowd. It’s like the missing link between the P-Funk universe and Prince's Purple Rain. Perfectly encapsulating the African-American music from the early eighties, Street Songs is a brilliant fusion of disco and funk. But Rick James injects only the most essential bone marrow of disco into his raw, wild funk. And while the aim is to fill the dancefloor, the lyrics are far from meaningless… Leave Prince alone for two minutes, and rediscover this 5-star funkster, the only musician to ever bring us such a sizzling style of funk and a brand-new sound to Motown in the ‘80s. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
Soul - Released January 1, 2014 | Motown
Soul - Released January 1, 2013 | Motown