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R&B - Released January 1, 2008 | UNI - MOTOWN

While not as revered as Motown legends Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, or Marvin Gaye, vocalist/saxophonist Junior Walker recorded some of the label's grittiest R&B songs, while also delivering heartrending tracks like "What Does It Take to Win Your Love." The Definitive Collection delivers 18 essential tracks by Walker & His All-Stars, spanning six years on the Motown/Soul label. Though the songs aren't in chronological order, all of the hits from that era are represented, from the first chart entry, "Shotgun" in 1965, through the last "Do You See My Love (For You Growing)" in 1970. Also included are a few singles of equal quality that didn't get as much radio play upon initial release: "Home Cookin'," "Cleo's Mood," and "Way Back Home." While there are other, more exhaustive compilations, such as the 25-track set Ultimate Collection, this is the best concise overview of Junior Walker & the All-Stars' career, containing the most hits on a single disc. © Al Campbell /TiVo
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Soul - Released January 1, 1965 | Motown

Junior Walker's debut remains highly explosive decades after it first detonated. The seductive "Cleo's Mood" and the syncopated "Cleo's Back" reveal a musical, funky fascination with a fickle chick name Cleo. On "Shotgun" an opening gun blast grabs your attention. Junior's gritty vocal alternates leads with his torrid tenor sax play. He kicks it up another notch on "Shake and Fingerpop." The screeching sax and the opening lyrics are hookers: put on your wig, woman; we're going out to shake and fingerpop. The swaying "Do the Boomerang" finds Walker relaxed and shadowed by All Star Willie Woods on vocals. The biggest surprise: Holland-Dozier-Holland's "I'm a Road Runner"; on paper, the collaboration seems ridiculous, but in the studio the combo created industrial-strength soul. An uncredited baritone sax player plays soulful low riffs countering Junior's sharper, more emphatic sax squeals. With so much going on, "Shoot Your Shot" got overlooked by many, and that's too bad; it's a dancer, with instructions, featuring Walker's tenor blowing on top an organ flavored rhythm bed. Only his greatest-hits compilations and Road Runner reign supreme over this scorcher. © Andrew Hamilton /TiVo
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R&B - Released April 13, 1970 | UNI - MOTOWN

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Pop - Released January 1, 1966 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released January 1, 1973 | UNI - MOTOWN

This ranks as one of Junior Walker's poorest selling albums. "Gimme That Beat, " bubbly beat and all, only charted at #101 Pop and #50 R&B. However, it exceeded "I Don't Need No Reason, " and "Peace and Understanding" - both non charting singles. Motown wrings all it can from "I Don't Need No Reason, " done smooth and jazzy by Walker, it also reigns supreme on the Miracles underrated Renaissance album. "Peace and Understanding" has a weird off-the-beat bass drum hit that's up front in the mix. He does credible remakes of Carole King and Johnny Nash's "It's Too Late, " and "I Can See Clearly Now." The spirited "Soul Clappin'" appeared as the B-side on both "Peace and Understanding," and "I'm So Glad" from the Hot Shot album. © Andrew Hamilton /TiVo
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R&B - Released January 1, 2010 | Motown

The Millennium Collection: The Very Best of Jr. Walker & the All Stars gathers highlights from the classic soul group's body of work, including "Shotgun," "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)," "(I'm A) Road Runner," and "Shake and Fingerpop." Choice album tracks, radio favorites, and covers like the Guess Who's "These Eyes" and Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" make up the rest of this overview. While it's not as extensive as The Ultimate Collection, The Very Best of Jr. Walker & the All Stars is a concise, affordable hits collection from one of Motown's finest acts. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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R&B - Released January 1, 1994 | UNI - MOTOWN

Solid, mostly uptempo album, featuring some of his biggest late-'60s hits: "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)," "Come See About Me," and "Hip City." Among the other tracks, the bittersweet instrumental "Sweet Soul" is a highlight. As with many Motown albums, the most noteworthy tracks are featured on best-of compilations. © Richie Unterberger /TiVo
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R&B - Released January 1, 1971 | UNI - MOTOWN

"Take Me Girl I'm Ready" has Junior Walker singing more lyrics than he probably cared to remember, the midtempo jaunt didn't crack the Pop Top 40, but did scoot to number 18 on Billboard's R&B chart. A heavier, funkier groove rocks "Right on Brothers and Sisters" but Motown hid it on the back of "Take Me Girl," a waste of an obvious A-side. Walker sounds like a country preacher on the Crusaders' "Way Back Home" and does an adequate job delivering Johnny Bristol and Gladys Knight lyrics. "Psychedelic Shack" gets a blistering update, and he sounds sweet as sugar on a remake of the Velvelettes' "These Things Will Keep Me Loving You." A rare Walker LP in that he sings more than he plays. © Andrew Hamilton /TiVo
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R&B - Released January 1, 1970 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released January 1, 1971 | UNI - MOTOWN

A less intense Junior Walker still makes splendid music on a collection of updates salted with some new sides. The sax man remakes "Way Back Home," originally done by the Crusaders; Gladys Knight and Johnny Bristol wrote lyrics for Wilton Felder's composition: Walker's version did a respectable number 24 R&B, and number 52 Pop. "Walk in the Night," with its stalking beat and diverse rhythms, scaled to number ten R&B and number 46 Pop, his last substantial release on Motown. The psychedelic influenced "Groove Thang" went to number 46 R&B, but missed the bus to the Pop chart, despite a tight groove, and tough, rough-neck runs from Junior over a def track. Walker's sax measures up to the vocals on the original versions of "I Don't Want to Do Wrong," popularized by Gladys Knight & the Pips, and the Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye." © Andrew Hamilton /TiVo
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R&B - Released January 1, 2000 | Motown

The Millennium Collection: The Very Best of Jr. Walker & the All Stars gathers highlights from the classic soul group's body of work, including "Shotgun," "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)," "(I'm A) Road Runner," and "Shake and Fingerpop." Choice album tracks, radio favorites, and covers like the Guess Who's "These Eyes" and Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" make up the rest of this overview. While it's not as extensive as The Ultimate Collection, The Very Best of Jr. Walker & the All Stars is a concise, affordable hits collection from one of Motown's finest acts. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Pop - Released January 1, 1966 | UNI - MOTOWN

Released to ride "Shotgun"'s back Soul Session is uncut, polyunsaturated Junior Walker & the All-Stars waxed prior to Motown on Harvey Fuqua's Harvey label. The original line up consisted of Jr. Walker, Willie Woods (bass), Vic Thomas (organ), and Billy Nix (drums). Motown session players' don't play behind Jr. on these tracks like they do on his Motown recordings. Motown rarely used the All-Stars in the studio. And no vocals. Sorry! Junior didn't display his vocal prowess until "Shotgun." "Brainwasher" the groups' second Harvey single is an upbeat groove driven by Walker's tenor and Thomas' impressive organ, Junior excitedly shouts "wind it up" near the end. Jock's flipped it, however, for the seductive "Cleo's Mood." "Good Rockin'" their third and final Harvey single is aggressive, roadhouse R&B. Motown omitted their Harvey debut "Twist Lackawanna" but stuck it on another album. Soul Session's loaded with tight grooves composed mostly by Walker, with some collaboration with Willie Woods. Vic Thomas contributed "Hewbie Steps Out" and Fuqua provides "Three Four Three," and "Decidedly." © Andrew Hamilton /TiVo
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Soul - Released January 1, 1974 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released April 13, 1970 | UNI - MOTOWN

This features eight live cuts delivered with a soulful punch, good vocals, and sharp sound. © Roots & Rhythm Newsletter /TiVo
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Soul - Released January 1, 1976 | UNI - MOTOWN