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R&B - Released June 26, 2020 | UNI - MOTOWN

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Dance - Released May 29, 2020 | UNI - MOTOWN

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Dance - Released May 29, 2020 | UNI - MOTOWN

Supertonic: Mixes can be disregarded on principle as pointless, as yet another batch of contemporary club makeovers that couldn't possibly surpass the originals. On the contrary, there's at least an eager audience for such a project. When it was released, four of the nine tracks had already topped Billboard's club chart, claiming the kind of record that no one likely thought to look up or even think up beforehand (most are consecutive number one remixes of number one hits, touted by the Motown caretakers at Universal). In addition to providing the edits of those remixes -- "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "I'm Coming Out/Upside Down," "The Boss," and "Love Hangover" -- there are new versions of five other Ross classics, ranging chronologically from "Remember Me" (1970) to "It's My House" (1979). Each remix, dutiful and concise, is tasteful house that detracts only slightly from the rich musicality of the source material. The original multi-track master recordings are the foundation, modernized with minimal flash and drum programming that doesn't bludgeon. More importantly, Ross' voice is never removed from the spotlight, and Kupper even preserves Ashford & Simpson's background vocals. Issued with identical track lists for download/streaming, CD, and vinyl, this was no doubt put together with the last format in mind, as the duration is only 35 minutes, designed for front-to-back home listening. © Andy Kellman /TiVo
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R&B - Released April 17, 2020 | UNI - MOTOWN

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Soul - Released October 25, 2019 | UNI - MOTOWN

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Soul - Released October 25, 2019 | UNI - MOTOWN

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Soul - Released October 25, 2019 | UNI - MOTOWN

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Rock - Released October 4, 2019 | UNI - MOTOWN

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Rock - Released October 4, 2019 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released September 20, 2019 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released September 20, 2019 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released July 17, 2019 | UNI - MOTOWN

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Soul - Released July 17, 2019 | UNI - MOTOWN

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Soul - Released April 2, 2019 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released March 26, 2019 | UNI - MOTOWN

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Gospel - Released December 21, 2018 | UNI - MOTOWN

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Ambient/New Age - Released October 26, 2018 | UNI - MOTOWN

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Pop - Released August 24, 2018 | UNI - MOTOWN

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Disco - Released August 10, 2018 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released June 29, 2018 | UNI - MOTOWN

The Spinners' 2nd Time Around (1970) was actually their debut long-player for the short-lived V.I.P. subsidiary of Motown Records. The "Second Time" referred to in the title indicates the quintet's new direction, which was considerably funkier than the group's former R&B persona. The album likewise marked the final contributions of G.C. Cameron, who himself was the latest in a line of replacements that began when George W. Dixon made way for Edgar "Chico" Edwards in 1961. However, by the time the combo had become part of the Motown roster, Edwards' spot was filled by Cameron. The Stevie Wonder-penned "It's a Shame" became the Spinners' first Top 20 hit of the decade. It paved the way for the torrent of soul-pop crossovers that would follow with the arrival of Philippe Wynne in 1972 and the band's fortuitous collaborations with Thom Bell. There are definitely sounds and shapes of things to come throughout, including the effortlessly traded lead vocals on "It's a Shame," "(She's Gonna Love Me) At Sundown," and the testifying groove during "Souly Ghost." They also demonstrate their substantial harmonies on "Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music" and their particularly poignant blends on "Bad, Bad Weather (Till You Come Home)," "Pay Them No Mind," and especially the midtempo ballad "My Lady Love," which could be mistaken for the Temptations in their mid-'60s prime. "O-o-h Child" -- which the Windy City-based Five Stairsteps took to the Top Ten in June of '70 -- is given a distinctly Motown vibe, bearing the sonic earmarking of noted Hitsville U.S.A. arranger Paul Riser. "In My Diary" is a throwback to the Spinners of old, with a nod to their carefully crafted doo wop style and suitably matched string section. A further comparison to the vintage Temptations is inevitable as the Spinners' take of "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)" equals -- if not possibly surpasses -- David Ruffin's more familiar version, and students of the Motown sound should keep listening for Jack Ashford's propulsive percussion. 2nd Time Around closes with a medley of "Can Sing a Rainbow" and "Love Is Blue," a pairing that initially surfaced on the Dells' Love Is Blue LP, which they took into the Top 30 pop survey in June of 1969. © Lindsay Planer /TiVo