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Edition limited to 8000 non-numbered limited edition copies.

Hip-O Select presents the next volume in its acclaimed continuing series of every Motown single (A- and B- side) of the Detroit era. The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 4: 1964, with 163 songs on six compact discs.

The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 4: 1964, focuses on the year the company becomes an international phenomenon: “My Guy,” “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” “Dancing In The Street,” “Every Little Bit Hurts,” “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” scale the charts… the Supremes, the Temptations, Martha & The Vandellas, Brenda Holloway and Marvin Gaye are everywhere… the Holland-Dozier-Holland writing and production team define “The Motown Sound”… Jr. Walker & The All Stars debut on the new Soul label; the veteran Four Tops get a hit; Miss Wells turns 21, and leaves. The Funk Brothers band is given a single release, with bandleader Earl Van Dyke’s name on the label.

This five-CD set captures the hits and the misses during the label’s fifth year of existence. It features the A-side and B-side of every single released by Motown and its subsidiaries during the high-growth phase of Detroit’s entertainment juggernaut. Over the course of the set’s 119 tracks, you can hear The Chuck-A-Lucks and Jack Haney & “Nikiter” Armstrong with a couple of Cold War novelties, Martha & The Vandellas following one hit natural disaster (“Heat Wave”) with another (“Quicksand”), and an outstanding Holland-Dozier-Holland production (The Marvelettes’ “Locking Up My Heart”) that should have been a much bigger hit than it was. Leaving the fold were the Workshop Jazz, Divinity and Miracle labels; new to the company was the V.I.P. imprint.


And yet… even as the Motown machine began to click founder Berry Gordy continued to hedge his bets: listen for odd novelties like the seasonal “Randy, The Newspaper Boy” by Ray Oddis, and “Set Me Free” by radio personality Lee Alan. Motown kept active its country label, Mel-O-Dy, from Gene Henslee’s weeper “Shambles” to Howard Crockett’s passable Johnny Cash impersonation on “My Lil’s Run Off.” There’s even Bruce Channel, hot from his smash pop hit, “Hey! Baby,” trying out a Snakepit groove on his R&B-country update of “Satisfied Mind.” Marvin Gaye is given a long leash to test his jazz sensibilities. Sammy Ward has a last shot at the blues.


Every detail is here, in a package keeping with the series that also boasts an expanded 132-page booklet. The Supremes’ first of three No. 1 hits that year, “Where Did Our Love Go” b/w “He Means The World To Me,” is the true vinyl single in the box set’s cover page. Inside, page after page features rare photographs. There are faithful reproductions of classic (and some not so classic) picture sleeves and record labels, some seen for the first time since they were first released.

This is Volume 4 of a 12-part box series.

The Complete Motown Singles: 1959-1961

Jan 14, 2005

The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962

May 13, 2005

The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 3: 1963

Oct 14, 2005

The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 4: 1964

Feb 24, 2006

The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 5: 1965

Aug 4, 2006

The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 6: 1966

Nov 24, 2006

The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 7: 1967

May 25, 2007

The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 8: 1968

Oct 3, 2007

The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 9: 1969

Dec 7, 2007

The Complete Motown Singles Vol.10: 1970

Jun 27, 2008

The Complete Motown Singles Vol.11A: 1971

Nov 18, 2008

The Complete Motown Singles Vol.11B: 1971

Jan 20, 2009

The Complete Motown Singles Vol.12A: 1972

May 31, 2013

The Complete Motown Singles Vol.12B: 1972

Dec 10, 2013

Janie Bradford, a Motown songwriter who was the company’s front desk receptionist that year, wrote an introductory essay for The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 4. Her observations from behind that desk are poetic and often funny; she offers an insider’s look at Motown climbing on a rocketship. Dr. Todd Boyd, a Detroit native and today the Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture at the USC School of Cinema-Television, is the author of this year’s overview; he places Motown and the music in a broiling historical context that includes Cassius Clay (Muhammed Ali), the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Malcolm X, Freedom Summer, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


CD 16
1. Castles In The Sand - Stevie Wonder
2. Thank You (For Loving Me All The Way) - Stevie Wonder
3. Live Wire - Martha & The Vandellas
4. Old Love (Let's Try It Again) - Martha & The Vandellas
5. Live Wire - Martha & The Vandellas
6. Shambles - Gene Henslee
7. Beautiful Women - Gene Henslee
8. The Way You Do The Things You Do - The Temptations
9. Just Let Me Know - The Temptations
10. If Your Heart Says Yes - The Serenaders
11. I'll Cry Tomorrow - The Serenaders
12. He's A Good Guy (Yes He Is) - The Marvelettes
13. Goddess Of Love - The Marvelettes
14. How Can We Tell Him - Bobby Breen
15. Better Late Than Never - Bobby Breen
16. Run, Run, Run - The Supremes
17. I'm Giving You Your Freedom - The Supremes
18. After The Showers Come Flowers - Joanne & The Triangles
19. Don't Be A Cry Baby - Joanne & The Triangles
20. The Man In You - The Miracles
21. Heartbreak Road - The Miracles
22. Only You - Sammy Turner
23. Right Now - Sammy Turner
24. Give Me A Kiss - The Hornets
25. She's My Baby - The Hornets
26. You're A Wonderful One - Marvin Gaye
27. When I'm Alone I Cry - Marvin Gaye

CD 17
1. Can You Do it - The Contours
2. I'll Stand By You - The Contours
3. Set Me Free - Lee Alan
4. My Lady Bug Stay Away From That Beatle - R. Dean Taylor
5. Poor Girl - R. Dean Taylor
6. (Like A) Nightmare - The Andantes
7. If You Were Mine - The Andantes
8. Midnight Johnny - Liz Lands
9. Keep Me - Liz Lands
10. My Guy - Mary Wells
11. Oh Little Boy (What Did You Do To Me) - Mary Wells
12. In My Lonely Room - Martha & The Vandellas
13. A Tear For The Girl - Martha & The Vandellas
14. Devil With The Blue Dress - Shorty Long
15. Wind It Up - Shorty Long
16. Every Little Bit Hurts - Brenda Holloway
17. Land Of A Thousand Boys - Brenda Holloway
18. Bringin' In The Gold - Howard Crockett
19. I've Been A Long Time Leaving - Howard Crockett
20. Satisfied Mind - Bruce Channel
21. That's What's Happenin' - Bruce Channel
22. Once Upon A Time - Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells
23. What's The Matter With You Baby - Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells
24. Just Ain't Enough Love - Eddie Holland
25. I'll Be In Trouble - The Temptations
26. The Girl's Alright With Me - The Temptations

CD 18
1. Hey Harmonica Man - Stevie Wonder
2. This Little Girl - Stevie Wonder
3. Little Acorn - Dorsey Burnette
4. Cold As Usual - Dorsey Burnette
5. You're Just Like You - Bobby Breen
6. Here Comes That Heartache - Bobby Breen
7. Try It Baby - Marvin Gaye
8. If My Heart Could Sing - Marvin Gaye
9. Hey Harmonica Man [Second Pressing] - Stevie Wonder
10. I Like It Like That - The Miracles
11. You're So Fine And Sweet - The Miracles
12. You're My Remedy - The Marvelettes
13. A Little Bit Of Sympathy, A Little Bit Of Love - The Marvelettes
14. Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
15. He Means The World To Me - The Supremes
16. Jimmy Brown - Dorsey Burnette
17. Everybody's Angel - Dorsey Burnette
18. I'll Always Love You - Brenda Holloway
19. Sad Song - Brenda Holloway
20. When I'm Gone - Mary Wells
21. Guarantee (For A Lifetime) - Mary Wells
22. Baby I Need Your Loving - Four Tops
23. Call On Me - Four Tops
24. Since I've Lost You - Jimmy Ruffin
25. I Want Her Love - Jimmy Ruffin
26. You Make Me Happy - Bruce Channel
27. You Never Looked Better - Bruce Channel
28. Candy To Me - Eddie Holland
29. If You Don't Want My Love - Eddie Holland

CD 1-6 are on The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 1
CD 7-10 are on The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 2

CD 11-15 are on The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 3

Thanks to associate producer Keith Hughes and author Bill Dahl, each track gets a story, with the usual songwriters and producers, now with recording dates where available, and extraordinary research that has uncovered long-lost – or never before revealed – insights about the music and the people who made it.

As with previous volumes, The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 4: 1964 is a limited-edition set. Several of the songs contained on it are unavailable anywhere else; many had never been re-released on vinyl, let alone on compact disc.

Motortown Revue bandleader Walter “Choker” Campbell, who has his lone Motown single in this volume, was also a recording artist in the fifties. He recorded for several labels including Atlantic Records, where he shared billing on a few singles with blues icon – and rock & roll godfather – Joe Turner.


CD 19
1. Dancing In The Street - Martha & the Vandellas
2. There He Is (At My Door) - Martha & the Vandellas
3. Baby I Miss You - Tommy Good
4. Leaving Here - Tommy Good
5. My Smile Is Just A Frown (Turned Upside Down) - Carolyn Crawford
6. I'll Come Running - Carolyn Crawford
7. Looking For The Right Guy - Kim Weston
8. Feel Alright Tonight - Kim Weston
9. Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue) - The Temptations
10. Baby, Baby I Need You - The Temptations
11. My Lil's Run Off - Howard Crockett
12. Spanish Lace And Memories - Howard Crockett
13. Satan's Blues - Junior Walker And The All Stars
14. Monkey Jump - Junior Walker And The All Stars
15. Bread Winner - Sammy Ward
16. You've Got To Change - Sammy Ward
17. It's A Crying Shame - Shorty Long
18. Out To Get You - Shorty Long
19. That's What Love Is Made Of - The Miracles
20. Would I Love You - The Miracles
21. Lifetime Man - Oma Heard
22. Mr. Lonely Heart - Oma Heard
23. Baby Don't You Do It - Marvin Gaye
24. Walk On The Wild Side - Marvin Gaye
25. Needle In A Haystack - The Velvelettes
26. Should I Tell Him - The Velvelettes
27. Happy Street - Stevie Wonder
28. Sad Boy - Stevie Wonder


CD 20
1. Baby Love - The Supremes
2. Ask Any Girl - The Supremes
3. Whisper You Love Me Boy - Mary Wells
4. I'll Be Available - Mary Wells
5. Soul Stomp - Earl Van Dyke
6. Hot 'N' Tot - Earl Van Dyke
7. What Good Am I Without You - Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
8. I Want You 'Round - Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
9. Who You Gonna Run To - Mickey McCullers
10. Same Old Story [Alternate Mix] - Mickey McCullers
11. Sweet Thing - The Spinners
12. How Can I - The Spinners
13. Hello Love - The Majestics
14. The Further You Look, The Less You See - The Majestics
15. Tonight's The Night - The Headliners
16. You're Bad News - The Headliners
17. Too Many Fish In The Sea - The Marvelettes
18. A Need For Love - The Marvelettes
19. Come See About Me - The Supremes
20. Always In My Heart - The Supremes
21. Pretty Little Angel - Stevie Wonder
22. Tears In Vain - Stevie Wonder
23. Pretty Little Angel [Alternate Mix]- Stevie Wonder
24. Without The One You Love - Four Tops
25. Love Has Gone - Four Tops
26. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - Marvin Gaye
27. Forever - Marvin Gaye
28. A Little More Love - Kim Weston
29. Go Ahead And Laugh - Kim Weston


CD 21
1. Wild One - Martha & The Vandellas
2. Dancing Slow - Martha & The Vandellas
3. When Someone's Good To You - Carolyn Crawford
4. My Heart - Carolyn Crawford
5. Can You Jerk Like Me - The Contours
6. That Day When She Needed Me - The Contours
7. Come On Do The Jerk - The Miracles
8. Baby Don’t You Go - The Miracles
9. Randy, The Newspaper Boy - Ray Oddis
10. Happy Ghoul Tide - Ray Oddis
11. Talkin’ To Your Picture - Tony Martin
12. Our Rhapsody - Tony Martin
13. Ever Since The World Began - Dorsey Burnette
14. Long Long Time Ago - Dorsey Burnette
15. This Is The Life - Marvin Gaye
16. My Way - Marvin Gaye
17. My Girl - The Temptations
18. (Talkin’ ’Bout) Nobody But My Baby - The Temptations
19. Come See About Me - Choker Campbell’s Big Band
20. Pride And Joy - Choker Campbell’s Big Band
21. Put Me In Your Pocket - Howard Crockett
22. The Miles - Howard Crockett
23. He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’ - The Velvelettes
24. Throw A Farewell Kiss - The Velvelettes



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