There’s no doubt about Motown’s standing as one of the great record labels, but according to esteemed music writer Jon Savage, the label had a golden period that covered 20 singles and lasted from 1966-68 – and he’s compiled them on Shadows Of Love – Intense Tamla 1966-68.
Savage saw 1966 as the point where the Motown formula was set in stone and the acts on top of their game – making the timing perfect for the label to produce their finest sounds and their most emotive (or intense) output. After ’68, politics, the arrival of funk and internal feuds took Motown in a very different direction.
Is this really the peak of Motown? Check out the full review on our sister site, Modculture. And if you agree, you can pick up the compilation for around £6. And let’s be honest, everyone should have at least one Motown compilation in their collection.