Albums recorded at Hitsville U.S.A.

Posted Jan 17, 2012
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  1. Let's Get It On

    Let's Get It On (2003)


    Let's Get It On is the thirteenth studio album by American recording artist Marvin Gaye, released August 28, 1973, on Tamla Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during June 1970 to July 1973 at Hitsville U.S.A. and Golden World Studio in Detroit, and at Hitsville West in Los Angeles. Serving as Gaye's first venture into the funk genre and romance-themed music, Let's Get It On incorporates smooth soul, doo-wop, and quiet storm. It has been noted by critics for its sexually suggestive lyrics, and was cited by one writer as "one of the most sexually charged albums ever recorded".

  2. What's Going On

    What's Going On (2003)


    What's Going On is the eleventh studio album by soul musician Marvin Gaye, released May 21, 1971, on the Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in June 1970 and March–May 1971 at Hitsville U.S.A., Golden World and United Sound Studios in Detroit and at The Sound Factory in West Hollywood, California. What's Going On was the first album on which Motown Records' main studio band, the group of session musicians known as the Funk Brothers, received an official credit.

  3. Masterpiece

    Masterpiece (1973)


    Masterpiece is a 1973 album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label, produced and written by Norman Whitfield.

  4. How Sweet It Is to Be Loved By You

    How Sweet It Is to Be Loved By You (1965)


    How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You is the fifth studio album released by soul music artist Marvin Gaye, released in 1965. The album features a successful title track, which at the time was his best-selling single. Other hits include "Try It Baby" (which features The Temptations) and "Baby Don't You Do It" (with backing vocals provided by The Andantes).

  5. Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations

    Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations (1968)


    Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations is, as the title implies, a collaborative album combining Motown's two best selling groups, Diana Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations. Issued by Motown in late 1968 to coincide with the broadcast of the Supremes/Temptations TCB television special, the album was a success, reaching #2 on the Billboard 200. Originally the lead single was to have been "The Impossible Dream" as featured in the climax to the TV spectacular TCB. However, it was decided to release "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" as a single instead even though it wasn't featured on TCB. This became a number-two hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B charts, and the follow-up, "I'll Try Something New", was a Top 30 hit. A third single, "I Second That Emotion", was released exclusively in the United Kingdom, where it became a Top 20 hit.

  6. Still Waters Run Deep

    Still Waters Run Deep (1970)


    Still Waters Run Deep is a 1970 album American vocal group the Four Tops.

  7. With a Song in My Heart

    With a Song in My Heart (1963)


    With a Song In My Heart is Stevie Wonder's third album, released in 1963 on the Tamla (Motown) label. The album was the first to drop Wonder's Little nickname as the 13-year-old singer went the same route of his label mate Marvin Gaye and covered a set of standards. Like Gaye and other Motown acts, label president Berry Gordy wanted all of his artists to be established on a crossover basis. The album did not immediately spell success for Wonder on the adult contemporary set. Veteran jazz arranger Ernie Wilkins arranged and conducted the album.

  8. Playboy

    Playboy (2013)


    Playboy is the third album by Motown girl group, The Marvelettes, released to capitalize on their hit singles "Playboy" and "Beechwood 4-5789", in 1962. It also includes the single "Someday, Someway" and "Forever", a heartfelt standard that would be released the following year as the B-side of the single "Locking Up My Heart" and join the A-side on the charts. Other compositions include "Goddess of Love", "Cry Over You", and "Mix It Up". George Gordy, William "Mickey" Stevenson and Marvin Gaye, who had produced "Beechwood 4-5789" all did some work on the Playboy LP as well.

  9. Moods of Marvin Gaye

    Moods of Marvin Gaye (1966)


    Moods of Marvin Gaye is the seventh studio album by Marvin Gaye, released on the Tamla label in 1966.

  10. Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5

    Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 (1969)


    Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 is the debut studio album from Gary, Indiana-based soul family band the Jackson 5, released on the Motown label in December 1969. The Jackson 5's lead singer, a preteenage boy named Michael (who later became a universally-recognized pop star on his own and "The King of Pop"), and his older brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Tito, and Marlon, became pop successes within months of this album's release. Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5's only single, "I Want You Back", became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 within weeks of the album's release and eventually sold five million copies worldwide. The album reached #5 on the Pop Albums chart, and spent nine weeks at #1 on the R&B/Black Albums chart.

  11. Soul On The Rocks

    Soul On The Rocks (1967)


    Soul on the Rocks is the fifth album by The Isley Brothers. It was released on the Tamla (Motown) label on January 24, 1967. Their second and final album with the Detroit label, the brothers soon felt dischanted from their stay in Motown while established groups like The Temptations and The Four Tops, whose styles were more polished than the Isleys, got more promotion. Ironically, one of the album's tracks, "Behind a Painted Smile" found chart success and made them popular in England, as the Isleys found out on a tour of the country during this period. Motivated, they eventually left Motown and re-formed their T-Neck record label.

  12. Diana & Marvin

    Diana & Marvin (1973)


    Diana & Marvin is a duets album by American soul musicians Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye, released October 26, 1973 on Motown. Recording sessions for the album took place in 1972 and 1973 at Motown Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. Featuring vocal collaborations by Gaye and Ross, widely recognized at the time as two of the top soul and pop performers, respectively.

  13. Tribute To Uncle Ray

    Tribute To Uncle Ray (1962)


    Tribute to Uncle Ray is the second Stevie Wonder album to be released. Issued by Motown in October 1962 shortly after The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie, it had been recorded first, when Wonder was 11 years old. The album was an attempt by Berry Gordy and Motown to associate the young "Little Stevie Wonder" with the successful and popular Ray Charles who was also a blind African American musician. Like his debut, this album failed to generate hit singles as Motown struggled to find a sound to fit Wonder, who was 12 when this album was released.

  14. The Marvelettes

    The Marvelettes (2013)


    The Marvelettes a.k.a. The Pink Album is a 1967 album by American vocal group The Marvelettes, also their seventh LP.

  15. The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie

    The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie (1962)


    The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie is the 1962 debut album by Stevie Wonder (then billed as "Little Stevie Wonder") on the Tamla (Motown) label.

  16. Together

    Together (1964)


    Together was the first and only studio album released by the duo team of American Motown artists Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells. It was released on the Motown label on April 15, 1964. The album brought together the rising star Gaye with Wells, an established star with a number-one pop hit to her name (1964's "My Guy"), singing mostly standards and show tunes, in the hopes that Gaye would benefit from the exposure.

  17. That Stubborn Kinda Fellow

    That Stubborn Kinda Fellow (1962)


    That Stubborn Kinda Fellow is the second studio album by Marvin Gaye, released on the Tamla label in 1962. The second LP Gaye released on the label, it also produced his first batch of successful singles for the label and established Gaye as one of the label's first hitmaking acts in its early years.

  18. The Return Of The Marvelettes

    The Return Of The Marvelettes (2013)


    The Return of The Marvelettes was marketed as the last album by the group, although in reality their last had been 1969's In Full Bloom. It was originally recorded to launch the solo career of former Marvelette Wanda Young, and was produced by Smokey Robinson.

  19. Stevie At The Beach

    Stevie At The Beach (1964)


    Stevie at the Beach is the fourth album by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder released on the Tamla (Motown) label on June 23, 1964. With the exception of the mild hit, "Hey Harmonica Man", it was a concept album of sorts, focusing on beach and surfer anthems as an attempt to get Wonder to now sing surf tunes. However, much like the label's attempts to first make him the teenage version of Ray Charles and then for one album as a lounge singer, it failed to connect with audiences. Wonder would not have another hit until 1965 when he was finally allowed to showcase his musical talents more.

  20. Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas (2014)


    Merry Christmas is a Christmas album recorded by Motown girl group The Supremes, and released on Motown Records in November 1965 (see 1965 in music). The LP, produced by Harvey Fuqua, includes recordings of familiar Christmas songs such as "White Christmas", "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", and "Joy to the World". Two originals, "Children's Christmas Song" and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Me", were issued as the sides of a late 1965 Supremes holiday single.

  21. Mary Wells Sings My Guy

    Mary Wells Sings My Guy (1964)


    Mary Wells Sings My Guy is the fourth studio album and fifth overall album released by Motown vocalist Mary Wells. The album features "her signature hit of the same name" (which had already appeared on Greatest Hits earlier in the year) and the proposed singles "Whisper You Love Me Boy" and "He's the One I Love", the latter later re-recorded by Tammi Terrell during her own brief Motown tenure. It turned out to be the last studio effort Wells released for Motown as she left the label that year for 20th Century Fox Records.

  22. Easy

    Easy (1969)


    Easy is an album recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, and released by Motown Records on September 16, 1969 under the Tamla Records label. One song on the album, "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy To Come By", was a hit single and remains popular to this day. Terrell had been ill, suffering from complications caused by a brain tumor, since the fall of 1967. Marvin Gaye later claimed that as a result, most of the female vocals on this album were performed by Valerie Simpson, who served as co-songwriter and co-producer for the LP with her boyfriend and future husband Nickolas Ashford.

  23. Watchout!

    Watchout! (1966)


    Watchout! was the fourth studio album and fifth album overall by Martha and the Vandellas, released on the Gordy (Motown) label in 1966. The album featured the hit singles, "I'm Ready for Love" and "Jimmy Mack" and the ballad single, "What Am I Gonna Do Without Your Love?" This was one of the last albums by the girls to feature songs from Holland, Dozier, Holland, who the following year would leave Motown, as was with William "Mickey" Stevenson, the man who helped put the group on the musical map. The title of the album "Watchout!" was derived from a song featured on the flip-side of their hit single "My Baby Loves Me" (released earlier in 1966) entitled "Never Leave Your Baby's Side" (never released on an album). That song featured a chorus from the Vandellas which warned to "Watchout!" for "other girls" who could steal your man.

  24. This Old Heart Of Mine

    This Old Heart Of Mine (1966)


    This Old Heart of Mine is the fourth album released by The Isley Brothers in 1966, on the Tamla (Motown) label. The album, their first with the seminal Detroit-based music label, yielded the Isleys' biggest hit in their early period with the title track. Other charted singles including "Take Some Time Out for Love" and "I Guess I'll Always Love You". The album's cover was not controversial at the time, but was criticized years later by activists because it did not depict the three African American brothers, instead using a picture of two white teenage lovers on a beach. Defenders say this was/is totally irrelevant since it was an artistic choice only. The Isley Brothers are today considered another one of the seminal Detroit groups of their era.

  25. Please Mr. Postman

    Please Mr. Postman (1961)


    Please Mr. Postman is the 1961 studio debut LP from Motown girl group The Marvelettes and the sixth album ever released by the company. The focal track is the number-one hit single, "Please Mr. Postman". The album notably features cover versions of label mates The Miracles' "Way Over There and "I Want a Guy", which was the debut single for fellow Motown girl group The Supremes the same year, and their cover had served as the b-side to "Twistin' Postman" the less successful follow-up to "Please Mr. Postman." Although the original version by The Supremes flopped, The Marvelettes' cover became a regional hit.

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