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The Motown Anthology
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Album: The Motown Anthology
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted Single Version More Info... 3:02
2)    Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got Single Version More Info... 2:39
3)    I've Passed This Way Before Single Version More Info... 2:47
4)    Tomorrow's Tears Single Version More Info... 2:58
5)    It's Wonderful (To Be Loved By You) Album Version More Info... 2:42
6)    I'll Say Forever My Love Single Version More Info... 2:58
7)    Farewell Is A Lonely Sound Single Version More Info... 2:56
8)    Don't You Miss Me A Little Bit Baby More Info... 2:58
9)    Our Favorite Melody Album Version More Info... 3:16
10)    You Gave Me Love Album Version More Info... 3:00
11)    If You Will Let Me, I Know I Can Single Version More Info... 3:10
12)    Take A Letter Maria Album Version More Info... 2:48
13)    Just Before Love Ends Album Version More Info... 3:19
14)    On The Way Out (On The Way In) Album Version More Info... 2:44
15)    Maria (You Were The Only One) Single Version More Info... 3:07
16)    Gathering Memories Album Version More Info... 3:10
17)    Don't Take Away My Rose Colored Glasses More Info... 2:51
18)    Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head More Info... 3:02
19)    That's Me Lovin' You More Info... 2:48
20)    Kickin' Stones More Info... 2:59
21)    Thanks But No Thanks More Info... 2:54
22)    It's A Desperate Situation More Info... 2:55
23)    Born To Be Bad Album Version More Info... 2:48
24)    (I Never Loved) Nobody But You More Info... 3:16
25)    Do You Feel The Way You Make Me Feel More Info... 3:11
26)    I've Got You Girl More Info... 2:38
  Disc 2
1)    Don't Feel Sorry For Me Single Version More Info... 2:23
2)    Heart Single Version More Info... 2:45
3)    Se Decidi Cosi (What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted) Single Version More Info... 2:58
4)    Baby I've Got It Stereo Mix More Info... 2:33
5)    (Stop Leading Me On) I Know How To Love Her More Info... 2:45
6)    Too Busy Thinking About My Baby More Info... 2:45
7)    Gotta Let You Go More Info... 2:24
8)    He Who Picks A Rose More Info... 2:43
9)    Beauty Is Only Skin Deep More Info... 2:31
10)    Lucky Lucky Me More Info... 2:54
11)    Half Of Your Love More Info... 2:23
12)    In The Neighborhood 2003 Motown Anthology Version More Info... 2:45
13)    Love Is A Hurtin' Thing More Info... 2:11
14)    Shake Hands With A Dreamer More Info... 2:55
15)    I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) More Info... 3:42
16)    More Than A Heart Can Stand More Info... 3:28
17)    I Love The Way She Loves Me More Info... 2:11
18)    I Pray You Still Love Me More Info... 3:36
19)    East Side West Side More Info... 3:55
20)    That's You Girl More Info... 3:54
21)    Change Your Mind More Info... 3:12
22)    What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted Alternate Mix With Spoken Intro More Info... 3:16
 

Album: The Motown Anthology
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted Single Version More Info... 3:02
2)    Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got Single Version More Info... 2:39
3)    I've Passed This Way Before Single Version More Info... 2:47
4)    Tomorrow's Tears Single Version More Info... 2:58
5)    It's Wonderful (To Be Loved By You) Album Version More Info... 2:42
6)    I'll Say Forever My Love Single Version More Info... 2:58
7)    Farewell Is A Lonely Sound Single Version More Info... 2:56
8)    Don't You Miss Me A Little Bit Baby More Info... 2:58
9)    Our Favorite Melody Album Version More Info... 3:16
10)    You Gave Me Love Album Version More Info... 3:00
11)    If You Will Let Me, I Know I Can Single Version More Info... 3:10
12)    Take A Letter Maria Album Version More Info... 2:48
13)    Just Before Love Ends Album Version More Info... 3:19
14)    On The Way Out (On The Way In) Album Version More Info... 2:44
15)    Maria (You Were The Only One) Single Version More Info... 3:07
16)    Gathering Memories Album Version More Info... 3:10
17)    Don't Take Away My Rose Colored Glasses More Info... 2:51
18)    Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head More Info... 3:02
19)    That's Me Lovin' You More Info... 2:48
20)    Kickin' Stones More Info... 2:59
21)    Thanks But No Thanks More Info... 2:54
22)    It's A Desperate Situation More Info... 2:55
23)    Born To Be Bad Album Version More Info... 2:48
24)    (I Never Loved) Nobody But You More Info... 3:16
25)    Do You Feel The Way You Make Me Feel More Info... 3:11
26)    I've Got You Girl More Info... 2:38
  Disc 2
1)    Don't Feel Sorry For Me Single Version More Info... 2:23
2)    Heart Single Version More Info... 2:45
3)    Se Decidi Cosi (What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted) Single Version More Info... 2:58
4)    Baby I've Got It Stereo Mix More Info... 2:33
5)    (Stop Leading Me On) I Know How To Love Her More Info... 2:45
6)    Too Busy Thinking About My Baby More Info... 2:45
7)    Gotta Let You Go More Info... 2:24
8)    He Who Picks A Rose More Info... 2:43
9)    Beauty Is Only Skin Deep More Info... 2:31
10)    Lucky Lucky Me More Info... 2:54
11)    Half Of Your Love More Info... 2:23
12)    In The Neighborhood 2003 Motown Anthology Version More Info... 2:45
13)    Love Is A Hurtin' Thing More Info... 2:11
14)    Shake Hands With A Dreamer More Info... 2:55
15)    I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) More Info... 3:42
16)    More Than A Heart Can Stand More Info... 3:28
17)    I Love The Way She Loves Me More Info... 2:11
18)    I Pray You Still Love Me More Info... 3:36
19)    East Side West Side More Info... 3:55
20)    That's You Girl More Info... 3:54
21)    Change Your Mind More Info... 3:12
22)    What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted Alternate Mix With Spoken Intro More Info... 3:16
 
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Tracks

1. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted

2. Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got

3. I've Passed This Way Before

4. Tomorrow's Tears

5. It's Wonderful (To Be Loved By You)

6. I'll Say Forever My Love

7. Farewell Is A Lonely Sound

8. Don't You Miss Me A Little Bit Baby

9. Our Favorite Melody

10. You Gave Me Love

11. If You Will Let Me, I Know I Can

12. Take A Letter Maria

13. Just Before Love Ends

14. On The Way Out (On The Way In)

15. Maria (You Were The Only One)

16. Gathering Memories

17. Don't Take Away My Rose Colored Glasses

18. Raindrops Keeps Failling On My Head

19. That's Me Lovin' You

20. Kickin' Stones

21. Thanks But No Thanks

22. It's A Desperate Situation

23. Born To Be Bad (Album Version)

24. (I Never Loved) Nobody But You

25. Do You Feel The Way You Make Feel

26. I've Got You Girl

27. Don't Feel Sorry For Me

28. Heart

29. Se Decidi Cosi (What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted)

30. Baby I've Got It

31. (Stop Leading Me On) I Know How To Love

32. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby

33. Gotta Let You Go

34. He Who Picks A Rose

35. Beauty Is Only Sking Deep

36. Lucky Lucky Me

37. Half Of Your Love

38. In The Neighborhood

39. Love Is A Hurtin' Thing

40. Shake Hands With A Dreamer

41. I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)

42. Mora Than A Heart Can Stand

43. I Love The Way She Loves Me

44. I Pray You Still Love Me

45. East Side West Side

46. That's You Girl

47. Change Your Mind

48. Whatbecomes Of The Brokenhearted (Alternate Mix With Spoken

Performer Notes
  • This 48-track release features Motown soul singer Jimmy Ruffin and includes "What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted," "Gonna Give Her All The Love I Got," "I've Passed This Way Before," and "Just Before Love Ends."
  • Audio Mixers: Suha Gur; Ellen Fitton.
  • Liner Note Author: Paul Nixon.
  • Recording information: 08/14/1964-11/05/1971.
  • Arrangers: Gene Page; Paul Riser; Tom Baird; Wade Marcus; David Van De Pitte.
  • It might be titled "The Ultimate Motown Collection," and certainly it's the most comprehensive Jimmy Ruffin CD compilation to hit the market, with two discs and 48 tracks, a dozen of them previously unreleased. It still doesn't have everything he did for the label, and the absence of no less than four of the 11 tracks that appeared on the best previous Ruffin CD comp (20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Jimmy Ruffin) testifies to the variance of taste among those responsible for assembling these anthologies. Still, it'll satisfy both those looking for an overall Ruffin best-of and Motown collectors who want more depth and a higher concentration of rarities, though the 20th Century Masters comp is still the recommended first choice, especially if you're on a budget. Of course, Ruffin's only Top 20 pop hits, "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and the less celebrated "I've Passed This Way Before," are both here, as are his three 1970 U.K. Top Ten chart entries "Farewell Is a Lonely Sound," "It's Wonderful to Be Loved You," and "I'll Say Forever My Love."
  • Disc one has 26 tracks taken from his 1967-1974 albums, using the "45 Mix" versions of 11 cuts (including all of the aforementioned hits) and ten songs from his U.K.-only LPs Jimmy Ruffin...Forever (1970) and I've Passed This Way Before (1974, though the material on it that hadn't been previously issued was taken from the vaults). Decent as these are, taken together they do confirm Ruffin's standing as one of Motown's second-stringers, probably doomed to relative obscurity if not for the huge success of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted." They do show Ruffin's skill with some of Motown's more pop-oriented material -- he was certainly not as gritty as, say, fellow Motowner Edwin Starr -- and in its way, the disc is a reflection of the label's overall drift toward more sophisticated, slicker production in the late '60s and early '70s, though there aren't too many really outstanding songs (and listeners certainly don't need to hear his covers of "Take a Letter Maria" and "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head").
  • The real excitement for Motown fanatics lies in disc two, comprised of ten previously released "rarities" and a dozen previously unheard "unreleased masters." Among these are Ruffin's extremely Jackie Wilson-influenced debut Motown 1961 single, "Don't Feel Sorry for Me"/"Heart"; an Italian version of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"; a bunch of obscurities that have only shown up on Motown and soul compilations, some of them rather out of the way; and those dozen unreleased sides (one of them an alternative mix of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" with a spoken intro), spanning 1962-1971. These rare and unissued items aren't of such a high quality that you'll pound your head in frustration over their failure to gain official release at the time they were recorded. But they're solid enough mid-level vintage Motown music in a variety of uptempo and midtempo (and, less often, ballad) styles, often written by leading Motown composers like Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong, Janie Bradford, Mickey Stevenson, and Eddie Holland, though at times they bear a strong similarity to better-known Motown hits, as "Lucky Lucky Me" does to Marvin Gaye's "Pride and Joy." Though disc two is primarily of interest to Motown collectors, it shouldn't be dismissed as subpar, standing up pretty well with the body of work Ruffin did issue while he was with the label. ~ Richie Unterberger
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