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MOTOWN MINES ITS VAULTS TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE BOX SET: 'HITSVILLE U.S.A. - THE MOTOWN SINGLES COLLECTION'

 MOTOWN MINES ITS VAULTS TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE BOX SET:
 'HITSVILLE U.S.A. - THE MOTOWN SINGLES COLLECTION' Nov. 3 Release To Be First From Motown Master Series Featuring 104


Songs by 36 Artists With a Booklet of Rare Photos and Memorabilia
 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Motown Records will release the ultimate box set of classic hits from the label's vaults on Nov. 3, titled "Hitsville U.S.A. - The Motown Singles Collection." The inaugural release from the Motown Master Series, "Hitsville U.S.A." will feature 36 artists and 104 songs from Motown's Detroit era 1959-71, including 20 No. 1 pop hits and 39 No. 1 R&B hits on four CDs or cassettes. The 68-page accompanying booklet will include rare photos and memorabilia from Motown's archives and the artists themselves, an introduction by Elvis Mitchell, a Motown Timeline by Paul Grein and a look at the musicians behind "the Motown Sound" by Alan "Dr. Licks" Slutsky.
 "Hitsville U.S.A." co-producer and Motown Senior Vice President Patti Drosins said, "'Hitsville U.S.A.' is the most comprehensive collection of hits ever released from Motown's vaults. The music, historical photos, memorabilia and thorough research create an exceptional collection which will be available just in time for the holidays."
 "Hitsville U.S.A." offers smash singles from The Jackson 5, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Martha & The Vandellas, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder and other Motown legends.
 Hits and noteworthy tracks from other Motown artists include Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)," The Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman," The Contours' "Do You Love Me," Eddie Holland's "Jamie," Shorty Long's "Devil With a Blue Dress," Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," Brenda Holloway's "When I'm Gone," Kim Weston's "Take Me In Your Arms," Isley Brothers' "This Old Heart Of Mine," Jr. Walker & The All Stars' "(I'm A) Roadrunner," The Elgins' "Heaven Must Have Sent You," Edwin Starr's "War," The Originals' "Baby I'm For Real," Rare Earth's "Get Ready," The Spinners' "It's A Shame" and The Undisputed Truth's "Smiling Faces Sometimes."
 "The strength of this boxed set is that it offers not only the hits, but also highlights overlooked artists and songs that are a significant part of Motown's Detroit era," said compiler and co- producer Cary E. Mansfield.
 Only the original single mono masters were used for the compilation, the same versions heard originally on AM radio, many of which are dramatically different from the versions heard on "oldies" stations today. The chart-topping songs and history-making tracks that make up "Hitsville U.S.A." were originally released on the Motown, Tamla, Gordy, Soul, Rare Earth, V.I.P. and Anna labels. Digital remastering was done by Bill Iglot (Stax/Volt box set) using a specially restored full-track tube playback deck for the analog to digital transfers.
 Of the 104 singles that make up "Hitsville U.S.A.," 18 were released with picture sleeves, which were used to create the stunning collage that covers the collectible booklet. The booklet itself, edited by Harry Weinger, is filled with insightful biographies which detail the rich history and tradition of Motown and its artists by such celebrated entertainment industry veterans as Janie Bradford (original Motown song writer/20-year employee), Larry Gabriel (Detroit Free Press), Gary Graff (Detroit Free Press), Paul Grein (Billboard), David Ritz (biographer of Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles and Smokey Robinson), Leo Sacks (producer, compiled album retrospective on The Spinners and Wilson Picket, and New York Times contributor), Weinger (Grammy winner for producing and annotating the James Brown boxed set "Star Time"), and Adam White (Billboard's international editor-in-chief, annotated Grammy- nominated boxed set, "The Motown Story: The First 25 Years").
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 /NOTE: Black & white art from "Hitsville U.S.A." available upon request./
 /CONTACT: Michael Mitchell of Motown Records, 213-468-3553/ CO: Motown Record Corp. ST: California IN: ENT SU: PDT


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