The second half of 1972 at Motown Records – a year so large, so productive for the label – the complete singles collection had to be cut in two! The sounds here really mark a special time for Motown – an increasing influence of the California sound on the soul of Detroit – moving forward in a push to even more sophisticated modes that really helps shake free of any overdone cliches of the 60s! The expanse of sounds here is really wonderful – still all very soulful at the core, but with new ideas, fresh arrangements, and a growing range of expression that really keeps things interesting. As with other excellent volumes in this series, the production level is amazing – a heavy 130 page book that's got a bonus 45 in the front cover, hardbound front and back, and loads of notes on the music and the label at the time. Features 100 tracks in all – including work by Jermaine Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Eddie Kendricks
, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and The Temptations – plus lesser-known gems from Sisters Love, GC Cameron & Willie Hutch
, Puzzle, Odyssey, Martin & Finley, Lesley Gore, Wolfe, Bob Babbitt, and others.