On June 28, Motown/UMe will release an expanded anniversary edition of Motown: The Complete No. 1’s, to mark Motown‘s 60th anniversary.
The set, which was originally released as a 10-CD set in 2008, but this new edition features a bevy of material not included on the original collection, and a 100-page commemorative book. Pre-order a copy now at this link.
From the news release:
Motown: The Complete No. 1’s features 208 chart-topping Motown hits in one must-have 11-CD box set and digital collection. Showcasing the iconic American label’s universal cultural significance, the collection includes classics that topped U.S. and international charts. The Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself,” Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” The Jackson 5’s “ABC,” Martha & the Vandellas’ “Dancing In The Street,” The Marvelettes’ “Please Mr. Postman,” Diana Ross’ “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ “I Second That Emotion,” The Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go,” The Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” and Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” are just a few of the timeless masterpieces featured in the essential collection.
The box set’s new edition peppers 10 bonus tracks across its first 10 discs – all Motown classics that had cover versions by other artists that went to No. 1, from David Bowie and Mick Jagger’s chart-topping turn on Martha & the Vandellas’ “Dancing In The Street” to Coolio feat. L.V.’s re-working of Stevie Wonder’s original “Pastime Paradise” for the smash hit “Gangsta’s Paradise.” The set’s newly-added Disc 11 adds six more Motown No. 1’s, including two that were not included in the set’s original release and two Diana Ross remixes that have more recently topped the Billboard Dance/Club chart: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (2017 Remix) and “ I’m Coming Out”/“Upside Down” (2018 Mix).
Housed in a lovely replica of Motown’s original Hitsville U.S.A. headquarters in Detroit, Michigan (now home to the Motown Museum), the box set also includes an exclusive 100-page book with rare and classic photos, detailed track annotations, and an introduction by Smokey Robinson, who is himself responsible for 20 Motown No. 1’s, both with his group The Miracles and as a solo artist.