Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA

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Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA
Studio album by Boyz II Men
Released November 13, 2007 (USA)
Recorded 2007
Genre R&B
Length 54:56
Label Decca, UMTV
Boyz II Men chronology
The Remedy
(2006)
Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA
(2007)
Love
(2009)
Singles from Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA
  1. "The Tracks of My Tears"
    Released: 2007
  2. "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)"
    Released: 2008
  3. "War"
    Released: 2008
  4. "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"
    Released: 2008

Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA is an album by Boyz II Men. It was released on November 13, 2007 by Decca Records. The album was produced by American Idol's Randy Jackson and Boyz II Men. David Simone and Winston Simone were Executive Producers for the album. The album is a tribute to some of Motown's classic songs, including "Just My Imagination" by The Temptations, "The Tracks of My Tears" by The Miracles and "Reach Out I'll Be There" by The Four Tops. The first single off the album is "The Tracks of My Tears".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (59/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Billboard (favorable)[3]
Boston.com (favorable)[4]
Entertainment Weekly C−[5]
Vibe 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Village Voice (unfavorable)[6]

The album debuted at #8 in the UK Albums Chart. On the US Billboard 200 chart, it debuted at #27, selling about 42,000 copies in its first week.[7] The album received two nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards (Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for 'Ribbon In The Sky'.)

Vibe (p. 112) - "The trio's confident take on DeBarge's timeless 'All This Love' proves the song deserves a place next to its more celebrated counterparts... Their lush signature harmonies remain intact."[8]

Track listing[edit]

International edition[edit]

  1. "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" (The Temptations)
  2. "It's the Same Old Song/Reach Out I'll Be There" (The Four Tops)
  3. "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" (Marvin Gaye)
  4. "The Tracks of My Tears" (The Miracles)
  5. "Money (That's What I Want)" (Barrett Strong)
  6. "Easy" (The Commodores)
  7. "I Was Made to Love Her" (Stevie Wonder)
  8. "All This Love" (DeBarge)
  9. "Ribbon in the Sky" (Acapella) (Stevie Wonder)
  10. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (featuring Patti LaBelle) (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell)
  11. "Got to Be There" (Michael Jackson)
  12. "War" (Edwin Starr)
  13. "End of the Road" (Acapella) (featuring Brian McKnight) (Boyz II Men)
  14. "There'll Never Be" (International Bonus Track) (Switch)

2008 Japan tour edition[edit]

  1. "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" (The Temptations)
  2. "It's the Same Old Song/Reach Out I'll Be There" (The Four Tops)
  3. "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" (Marvin Gaye)
  4. "The Tracks of My Tears" (The Miracles)
  5. "Money (That's What I Want)" (Barrett Strong)
  6. "Easy" (The Commodores)
  7. "I Was Made to Love Her" (Stevie Wonder)
  8. "All This Love" (DeBarge)
  9. "Ribbon in the Sky" (Acapella) (Stevie Wonder)
  10. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (featuring Patti LaBelle) (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell)
  11. "There'll Never Be"
  12. "Got To Be There"
  13. "War"
  14. "End of the Road" (Acapella) (featuring Brian McKnight)
  15. "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" (Acoustic)
  16. "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" (Acoustic)
  17. "Easy" (Acoustic)

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  2. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA - Boyz II Men". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  3. ^ Hope, Clover G. "Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2007-11-11. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  4. ^ Rodman, Sarah (2007-11-20). "Raising the Standards of Motown". Boston.com. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  5. ^ Bernstein, Jonathan (2007-11-16). "Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  6. ^ Benaim, Lex (2007-11-06). "Boyz II Men's Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  7. ^ Jonathan Cohen, "Keys Storms Chart With Mega-Selling 'As I Am'", Billboard.com, November 21, 2007.
  8. ^ "Boyz II Men - Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA CD Album". Cduniverse.com. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  9. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/154394/ranking/cd_album/
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Boyz II Men – Motown:A Journey Through Hitsville". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  Enter Motown:A Journey Through Hitsville in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

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