AnalogPlanet Radio's "Motown From Original Stereo Vinyl" WFDU HD2 Radio Show Streams Now

Today's show is all-Motown sourced almost exclusively from original stereo pressings. Well, there's one curve-ball: The Clash's "Hitsville U.K.", which is sort of a Motown tribute song. And the Marvin Gaye Anthology versions of "Hitch Hike" and "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" sounded better so I used those.

Cartridge: Lyra Atlas SL. TT: Continuum Caliburn. Tonearm: Swedish Analog Technologies. Phono preamp: Zesto Andros Téserra. A/D converter: Lynx HiLo.


1) The Miracles: Got a Job
2) Barrett Strong: Money
3) The Miracles: You Really Got a Hold On Me
4) The Contours: Do You Love Me?
5) The Miracles: What’s So Good About Goodbye
6) The Supremes: Baby Love
7) The Temptations: The Way You Do The Things You Do
8) The Supremes: Where Did Our Love Go?
9) The Miracles: Mickey’s Monkey
10) The Four Tops: Baby I Need Your Loving
11) The Miracles: Shop Around
12) The Supremes: Stop In the Name of Love!
13) The Temptations: My Girl
14) The Temptations: Don’t Look Back
15) The Four Tops: I Can’t Help Myself
16) Marvin Gaye: Hitch-Hike
17) The Supremes: Come See About Me
18) The Clash: Hitsville U.K.
19) The Temptations: Since I Lost My Baby
20) Martha Reeves and the Vandellas: Heatwave
21) The Four Tops: Standing in the Shadow of Love
22) The Miracles: That’s What Love Is Made Of
23) The Temptations: Losing You
24) The Supremes: You Keep Me Hanging on
25) Martha Reeves and the Vandellas: Dancing in the Street
26) Stevie Wonder: Uptight
27) The Temptations: Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
28) Stevie Wonder: Signed, Sealed, Delivered
29) Marvin Gaye: I Heard It Through the Grapevine
30) Smokey Robinson and The Miracles: Tracks of My Tears

Ortofan's picture

... and it's a miracle that you just managed to squeeze in that last Smokey Robinson song.

gbougard's picture

Not bad at all Michael, not bad at all.
thanks a lot

thomoz's picture

Your buddy was right, the vocal in the stereo version is VERY different than the single. Even before you described this anomaly I had already done a double-take (presumably I have never heard it in stereo until now).

I have a mono Motown rarity you would find really interesting.
Everyone thinks the Beatles knocked off the Barrett Strong recording of "Money" but there's a version on the second Miracles album, virtually indistinguishable from the Beatles' remake. I think they heard Smokey sing it and not Barrett. Oddly the Miracles recording was not a 45 and is tough to locate on YouTube or anywhere else.

Michael Fremer's picture
For that info!
JoeESP9's picture

Very good! I have all the selections except for the Clash. Many of them are on the original vinyl releases.

starman1573's picture

the greatest song of the 20th century is saying a lot. our emotional connection to music is what it is all about. this set brought back a lot of memories but you are a little older than i am. mine is over the hills and far away. I guess it says a lot about who we are and what we have gone through. glad I found you and the work that you do. it allows me to release and reset and reestablish my core. It's all good. thanks for being there for all of us still searching through music for the truth of it all.

phung's picture

Great! I have all the selections except for the Clash. Many of them are on the original vinyl releases.

Lincoln Matt's picture

Great that you mentioned The Funk Brothers. If anyone hasn't seen it I highly recommend "Standing in the Shadows of Motown". I just re-watched it with my daughter and her husband this weekend. They hadn't seen it and since she was born three blocks from Hitsville USA, I figured they should know the story!

my new username's picture

But I have to! I can't look forward because after Track 14 the audio stutters like a skipping CD and then is essentially "dead air" afterwards.

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