“Motown 50”

05.20.09 9 years ago 17 Comments

Words By Jason Hortillas

There’s a clear distinction between a mix and a mixtape.

Where the term mixtape is usually reserved for a DJ, a mix is when civilians, such as myself, put together a playlist of selected favorites.

Now that we got that in order, I wanted to give a proper example of a “mix.” Darien Victor Birks is a pal of mine that runs the website Flwrpt. Blogging on old school classics, he suggests his recent vinyl pickups as a part of his normal routine. His latest mix called “Motwon Fifty” is 50 selected tracks from Berry Gordy’s legendary label put together for your enjoyment.

So if you wanted to get your Motown knowledge up or just needed a refresher course, DVB got the mix you’re looking for.


Yvonne Fair – Funky Music Sho’ Nuff Turns Me On f/ Marvin Gaye
Willie Hutch – Foxy Brown Theme
Jackson 5 – Sing A Simple Song (Live)
Undisputed Truth – UFO’s
The Temptations – You’ve Got My Soul on Fire
Jackson 5 – Dance & Hum Along
Stevie Wonder – Everytime I See You I Go Wild
Ivy Joe Hunter – Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
The Supremes – Come Into My Life
Willie Hutch – Get Ready For The Get Down
Gladys Knight & The Pips – Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Again)
The Four Tops – Reflections
Yvonne Fair – Tell Me Something Good
The Temptations – I Need You
Rick James – Fool On The Street
The Temptations – Ain’t No Sunshine
The Miracles – Poor Charlotte
Mandre – Maxymus Lyte (Opus III)
Mandre – Third World Calling (Opus II)
Wes Henderson – Reality
Jackson 5 – Take You Higher (Live)
Diana Ross & The Supremes – Nitty Gritty
Stevie Wonder – Light My Fire
The Supremes – Oh Be My Love
Jackson 5 – I’ll Bet You
The Temptations – What It Is
G.C. Cameron – No Matter Where
Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations – Sweet Inspiration
Diana Ross – Surrender
Jackson 5 – Dancing Machine
Yvonne Fair – Stay A Little Longer
The Spinners – Message From A Black Man
Tom Clay – What The World Needs Now Is Love
Undisputed Truth – Ungena Za Ulimwengu
Eddie Kendricks – Diamond Girl
Smokey Robinson – Just Passing Through
Jr. Walker & The All-Stars – Love Hangover
Diana Ross & Jackson 5 – Feelin’ Alright
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Tears Of A Clown
The Supremes – Sweet Dream Machine
The Miracles – Smog
Undisputed Truth – What’s Going On
Gordon Staples & The Motown Strings – Sounds Of The Zodiac
Berry Gordy (Sound bite over the Gordon Staples track)
Marvin Gaye – Intro Theme Live
Marvin Gaye – Too Busy Thinking Bout My Baby/How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You (Live)
Marvin Gaye – Cloud Nine
Marvin Gaye – I Wanna Be Where You Are (Outro)


Download — Motown Fifty (Mixed by Darien Victor Birks for Flwrpt)

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