Eddie Kendricks, “Girl You Need a Change of Mind (Part 1)” (1972): A dance-floor filler to this day, “Girl You Need a Change of Mind” builds for several minutes before reaching an wordless peak.
The Velvelettes, “He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin'” (1964): Formed at Western Michigan University, the Velvelettes never found the success of the Marvelettes.
Rick James and Teena Marie, “Fire and Desire” (1981): Rick James wrote this ballad about a torrid affair with an Ethiopian princess.
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, “Shop Around” (1960): If you want to hear how Berry Gordy fine-tuned Detroit R&B for wider (and whiter) pop appeal without watering it down.
Rare Earth, “I Just Want to Celebrate” (1971): In search of rock cred at the end of the Sixties, Motown started a subsidiary label, Rare Earth, named after one of its first signings, a Detroit band.