Kiki Dee – Love Makes The World Go Round: The Motown Years (2005)

Artist: Kiki Dee
Title: Love Makes The World Go Round: The Motown Years
Year Of Release: 2005-08-15
Label: Universal Music Operations/Spectrum Music
Genre: R&B, Pop/Rock
Quality: FLAC (img.+.cue+.log) | MP3 320kbps
Total Time: 53:09
Total Size: 427,22 | 137,50 Mb (Full Scans)
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This 18-track compilation includes everything from Kiki Dee’s early-’70s Motown album Great Expectations, as well as two additional tracks from her time with the Label that surfaced on the rare budget Kiki Dee album in the mid-’70s, along with four previously unreleased 1969-1970 outtakes. While it’s good to have this fairly rare material thoughtfully combined into one package, it reinforces the sense that neither Motown nor Dee realized the potential from their unusual association. Part of the problem is that there are too many undistinguished cover versions that can’t help but suffer in comparison with the classic hit interpretations — not only of songs made famous by fellow Motown Artists like Stevie Wonder and the Miracles, but also hits by Dionne Warwick, Jackie DeShannon, Dusty Springfield, and Deon Jackson. Also, however, Dee’s voice just isn’t as powerful or imbued with character as those of Motown’s top talents, and there’s sometimes a sense of listening to an understudy for Dusty Springfield, albeit a competent one. So it’s more pleasant than it is essential, though it’s certainly pleasing enough if you’re looking for enjoyable generic examples of the late-’60s Motown sound, albeit with a white British singer rather than a black Detroit one. Occasionally, too, she gets a chance to sink her teeth into some more satisfyingly adventurous material, like the luscious “Oh Be My Love” (co-written by Smokey Robinson) and the uncommonly stark (for Motown) ballad “Jimmy.”
~Review by Richie Unterberger~
Release of this CD: 2005, August, 15 [CD Universal Music Operations / Spectrum Music (UK), Cat.# 983 179-5 / UPC: 602498317952]
This compilation p 2005 Universal Music Operations Ltd.
The copyright in these sounds is owned by Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc. and is licensed to Universal Music Operations Ltd.
A product of Universal Music Operations Ltd.
Marketed and distributed in the UK by Universal Music Operations Ltd. Made in the EU
Other [Liner Notes] – Paul Nixon
Other [Motown Uk Catalogue Direction] – Daryl Easlea
Other [Project Co-ordinated By] – Lisa McErlain And Andy Griffin
Photography [Original Cover Art Photograph By] – Allan Willmoth
01. Day Will Come Between Sunday and Monday (02:49)
02. Johnny Raven (03:19)
03. Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing (02:26)
04. Jimmy (03:32)
05. I Can’t Give Back the Love I Feel for You (02:33)
06. More Today Than Yesterday (03:18)
07. Oh Be My Love (02:49)
08. Love Makes the World Go Round (03:29)
09. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (02:29)
10. Love Is a Warm Kind of Sorrow (03:11)
11. For Once in My Life (03:18)
12. My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) (03:31)
13. I Second That Emotion (02:21)
14. I’ll Try Something New (02:17)
15. Walk on By (03:16)
16. Mr. Loneliness (02:40)
17. I’ll Have You, You’ll Have Me (03:08)
18. Put a Little Love in Your Heart (02:44)

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