The 'Motown' sound is commonly referred to as the Rhythm 'n' Blues - and Soul music, written and recorded between 1959 and 1972 in Detroit, Michigan. The term 'Motown' is made up of the words ‚motor‘ and 'town' and is an allusion to the car city of Detroit, where  companies such as 'Ford', 'Chrysler' and 'General Motors' had their production halls and offices and which have shaped Detroit to this day, both positively and negatively.

Musically speaking, the 'Motown' sound did not exist at all - it was coined by the press and most of all associated with Berry Gordy Jr. and the 'Tamla / Motown' labels. This "sound" was recorded almost 24 hours a day in the company's own  ‚Hitsville‘ studio, mostly under the direction of well-known production teams, such as Holland / Dozier / Holland, Whitfield / Strong or Ashford / Simpson, who in turn also influenced the Motown sound with their own compositions.

Furthermore, in the studio always the same accompanists were used, which were also referred to as the 'Funk Brothers'. The 'Funk Brothers' coined the' Motown 'sound, especially with their saxophone breaks, played by Mike Terry, Thomas, Beans' Bowles and Teddy Buckner, the bass lines of James Jamerson and the drums of Benny Benjamin.

Among the most popular artists of the 'Motown' song are u.a. Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Contours, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Martha Reevs & The Vandellas, Mary Wells, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Junior Walker & The All-Stars, The Temptations, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers just to name a few.

At Bear Family Records you'll find all the well-known and lesser known representatives of the 'Motown' sound

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The 'Motown' sound is commonly referred to as the Rhythm 'n' Blues - and Soul music, written and recorded between 1959 and 1972 in Detroit, Michigan. The term 'Motown' is made up of the words ‚motor‘ and 'town' and is an allusion to the car city of Detroit, where  companies such as 'Ford', 'Chrysler' and 'General Motors' had their production halls and offices and which have shaped Detroit to this day, both positively and negatively.

Musically speaking, the 'Motown' sound did not exist at all - it was coined by the press and most of all associated with Berry Gordy Jr. and the 'Tamla / Motown' labels. This "sound" was recorded almost 24 hours a day in the company's own  ‚Hitsville‘ studio, mostly under the direction of well-known production teams, such as Holland / Dozier / Holland, Whitfield / Strong or Ashford / Simpson, who in turn also influenced the Motown sound with their own compositions.

Furthermore, in the studio always the same accompanists were used, which were also referred to as the 'Funk Brothers'. The 'Funk Brothers' coined the' Motown 'sound, especially with their saxophone breaks, played by Mike Terry, Thomas, Beans' Bowles and Teddy Buckner, the bass lines of James Jamerson and the drums of Benny Benjamin.

Among the most popular artists of the 'Motown' song are u.a. Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Contours, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Martha Reevs & The Vandellas, Mary Wells, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Junior Walker & The All-Stars, The Temptations, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers just to name a few.

At Bear Family Records you'll find all the well-known and lesser known representatives of the 'Motown' sound

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All Turned On! Motown Instrumentals 1960-1972 (CD)
Various: All Turned On! Motown Instrumentals 1960-1972 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTOP1613

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(Ace Records) 24 tracks A stellar lineup takes the spotlight on this collection of soul, jazz, funk and other groovy Motown instrumentals, which includes six tracks otherwise available only as digital downloads and five masters...
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Essential (3-CD)
The Supremes: Essential (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CD5391382

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(Universal Music/Spectrum) 59 tracks 1964-1976 Gatefold Digisleeve In 1964 Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard had their big breakthrough. With a long string of hits they left the competition far behind and became the biggest...
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Good Good Feeling! More Motown Girls (CD)
Various: Good Good Feeling! More Motown Girls (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTOP1597

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(Ace Records) 25 Tracks - 20 page booklet
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The Sound Of R&B Hits (CD)
Various: The Sound Of R&B Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTOP1578

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(Ace Records) 28 tracks - digipack Re-issue of the legendary 64 UK compilation "The Sound Of The R&B Hits". Released on Stateside, at that time Motown was still an underground label without any hits or albums in the UK. The first of a...
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Tamla Motown - The Singles Collection Volume One (4-CD)
Various: Tamla Motown - The Singles Collection Volume... Art-Nr.: CD168726

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(Real Gone Music) 99 tracks
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Where Did Our Love Go - I Hear A Symphony (CD)
The Supremes: Where Did Our Love Go - I Hear A Symphony (CD) Art-Nr.: CD159509

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CD on MOTOWN RECORDS by The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go - I Hear A Symphony (CD)
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Four Tops On Top (CD, Limited Edition)
The Four Tops: Four Tops On Top (CD, Limited Edition) Art-Nr.: CD782099

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(Culture Factory) 12 Tracks - Digisleeve - Limited Edition - Original 1966 Motown Masters!
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War & Peace - Involved (CD)
Edwin Starr: War & Peace - Involved (CD) Art-Nr.: CD683428

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(Motown) 20 tracks
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Motown Around The World - Foreign Language Versions Of Motown Greatest Hits (CD)
Various: Motown Around The World - Foreign Language... Art-Nr.: CDMCD09073

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(Motown) 19 tracks
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A Tribute To Motown (4-CD)
Various: A Tribute To Motown (4-CD) Art-Nr.: CD400928

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(Going For A Song) 64 tracks
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The Most-Played Oldies On America's Jukeboxes - Motwon's Greatest Artitsts (CD)
Various: The Most-Played Oldies On America's Jukeboxes -... Art-Nr.: CD260124

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(Motown Record) 17 tracks
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Satisfaction Guaranteed - Motown Guys 1961-69 (CD)
Various: Satisfaction Guaranteed - Motown Guys 1961-69 (CD) Art-Nr.: CD242424

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(Ace Records) 24 tracks
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The Supremes 70's Greatest Hits And Rare Classics (CD)
The Supremes: The Supremes 70's Greatest Hits And Rare... Art-Nr.: CDMOT530050

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(Motown) 22 Tracks - Fantastic Motown compilation of The Supremes' best 1970s soul grooves!
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Merry Christmas (CD)
Diana Ross And The Supremes: Merry Christmas (CD) Art-Nr.: CD525220

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(Motown Records) 12 tracks
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The Two Sides Of Mary Wells (CD)
Mary Wells: The Two Sides Of Mary Wells (CD) Art-Nr.: CD050820

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(DBK Works) 12 tracks
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A' Go-Go - Expanded Edition (2-CD)
The Supremes: A' Go-Go - Expanded Edition (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDMOT48670

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(Motown) 53 Tracks - Deluxe Digipack - The first No. 1 record of the pop band, 'A' Go-Go' (1966), re-released as a 2-CD set for the 50th anniversary. Besides remastered original recordings of the album in mono and stereo versions, the...
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Greatest Hits Vol.2 (CD)
Stevie Wonder: Greatest Hits Vol.2 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMOT530213

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(Motown) 12 Tracks -
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Reach Out I'll Be There (CD)
The Four Tops: Reach Out I'll Be There (CD) Art-Nr.: CD079120

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(Motown Records) 20 tracks
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On The Detroit Beat - Motor City Soul UK Style 1963-67 (CD)
Various: On The Detroit Beat - Motor City Soul UK Style... Art-Nr.: CDTOP1539

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(Ace Records) 24 tracks It may seem unbelievable in 2019 but there was a time when Motown was not a household name in the UK. Around 40 Motown singles were released here between 1959 and 1964, not one making a dent in our charts until...
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Marvin Gaye - 3 Original CDs (3-CD)
Marvin Gaye: Marvin Gaye - 3 Original CDs (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CD089682

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(Spectrum) 56 tracks CD set from the late Soul great containing a trio of full-length releases housed together in one package: I Heard I Through The Grapevine, Marvin Gaye & Friends (a compilation of duets) and Tamla/Motown Early Classics.
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While The City Sleeps (CD)
The Spinners: While The City Sleeps (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTOP481

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(Ace Records) 25 tracks with 16 page booklet The Detroit vocal group’s “2nd Time Around” album, originally released in 1970, with 13 bonus tracks including 10 previously unissued masters from the Motown vaults. The majority of tracks...
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Call Me - Livin' For You (CD, Cut-Out)
Al Green: Call Me - Livin' For You (CD, Cut-Out) Art-Nr.: CD804023-C

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(Motown) 18 tracks
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Anthology (CD)
The Jackson 5: Anthology (CD) Art-Nr.: CD965025

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(Motown Records) 36 tracks
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Baby I've Got It!: More Motown Girls (CD)
Various: Baby I've Got It!: More Motown Girls (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTOP1524

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(Ace) 24 tracks. Many moons have passed since our last 'Motown Girls' project was released – but these things take time and a great deal of patience. We’re confident followers of the series will find this new volume well worth the wait....
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Let's Get It On (CD)
Marvin Gaye: Let's Get It On (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMOT64021

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​(Motown Records) 10 tracks
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