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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Barrett Strong

Barrett Strong

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Album Review

Barrett Strong was there for the very early days of Berry Gordy's Motown empire, but his sound bears no resemblance to the later smooth soul stylings that dominated the label's output. He was a R&B rocker all the way. His most famous song is Gordy's first smash hit, "Money (That's What I Want)" from 1960 on the Anna label. The rest of the disc contains some solid R&B ballads like "Oh Yes I Apologize" and "Do the Very Best You Can" and Strong's strong suit, raw rockers like "You Knows What to Do," "Yes No Maybe So," and "Let's Rock." The collection's highlights are a couple of songs, the bitter and tough lament "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right" and the haunting Steve Mancha-penned "Misery." From the sound of these two songs, Strong had what it took to be a full-fledged Soul Man. Sadly, however, his career behind the mic stalled quickly and apart from "Money (That's What I Want)," he has been forgotten. It took until 2003 for a Strong compilation to be available in America. Too bad it is on the skimpy side, poorly packaged and liable to be overlooked by R&B and soul fans. Motown proper should have undertaken this project and made it a big deal. As it is, fans of R&B and early soul should make do with this collection until something better (hopefully) comes along.

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some gems you finally hear

Sometimes we only get to hear what's over played on the radio of one of America's greatest genre's. Which is all good. But Motown has a lot of hidden gems waiting to be discovered all over again. Barret Strong is case and point. Enjoy!!!!

Great Artist!

I love the first song on this album, and the fact that my first name is Barrett as well, is pretty freakin' awesome.

Strong Wrote this Song

Strong deserves credit for writing the music and words to this song.

See the New York Times' article "For a Classic Motown Song About Money, Credit Is What He Wants" of Aug. 31, 2013.

"Unbeknown to Mr. Strong, who also helped write many other Motown hits, his name was removed from the copyright registration for “Money” three years after the song was written, restored in 1987 when the copyright was renewed, then removed again the next year — his name literally crossed out."

Biography

Born: February 5, 1941 in Westpoint, MS

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

A pivotal figure in Motown's formative years, singer/composer Barrett Strong was a key associate and friend of Berry Gordy. It was his hit "Money (That's What I Want)" for Anna Records in 1960 that provided vital capital for Gordy to expand his operation. The song gave Strong his only major hit as a vocalist, reaching number two on the R&B charts and barely missing the pop Top 20. During the late '60s and early '70s, Strong collaborated with Norman Whitfield on some historic songs that included...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Rock, Soul, Motown
  • Released: Jan 28, 2003

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