The Motown Anthology

The Motown Anthology

by Chuck JacksonChuck Jackson


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Everything from Chuck Jackson's three Motown albums is included on this two-CD compilation, along with 12 rare cuts covering his non-LP single "Pet Names," a couple tracks that didn't surface until after 2000 on Motown rarity anthologies, and nine songs that were released here for the first time. While it's good to have this rare material so thoroughly and conveniently collected into one place, it's neither among Jackson's best work nor among the better off the beaten track Motown sides. The Jackson-Motown combination should have worked better than it did, but for whatever reason, his 1967-1971 recordings for the label didn't click. In fact, to be blunt, this is some of the blander Motown material of the era, and Jackson's vocals are a little too brusque and overwrought to suit the songs. It's true that many of the songs were penned by top Motown writers like Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and Ivy Joe Hunter, but you get the feeling that the composers (and label) were holding back their best stuff for other performers. It bears a competent and representative late-'60s Motown sound; it's just mediocre by the label's (and, to a lesser degree, performer's) own high standards. At least the dozen rare cuts are not obvious rejects, though Smokey Robinson's "Pet Names" is an awkward "get hip with the psychedelic funk times" effort ("I got a love so I don't need smoke, coke or speed").

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2005
Label: Universal Uk
UPC: 0602498329313
catalogNumber: 9832931
Rank: 49997

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Jackson   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Chuck Jackson   Composer
Gladys Knight   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Edwin Starr   Composer,Producer
Charles Jackson   Composer
Tony Joe White   Composer
Joe Hinton   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Producer
Lew Brown   Composer
Vernon Bullock   Composer
Henry Cosby   Composer,Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer,Producer
Anna Gordy Gaye   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Cornelius Grant   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer
Eddie Kendricks   Composer
Marilyn McLeod   Composer
Clay McMurray   Composer,Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Richard Morris   Composer,Producer
Paul Nixon   Liner Notes
Deke Richards   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Roach   Composer,Producer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer
William Weatherspoon   Composer,Producer
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Duke Browner   Composer,Producer
Bobby Rogers   Composer
Allen Story   Composer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Carl Wolfolk   Composer
Beatrice Verdi   Composer
Martin Coleman   Composer
Barry Despenza   Composer
Cleveland   Producer
Thomas Kemp   Composer
Frank Beaty Wilson   Producer
Andrew Skurow   Vault Research,Annotation
Jack Goga   Composer
James Frank Dean   Producer
Freddie Gorman   Composer
Rosey Jones   Composer
Sherlie Matthews   Composer

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