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The 144-track CD set will feature 25 new stereo mixes of classics from artists including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye.
Back in 1983, music icons including Michael Jackson , Marvin Gaye , Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross came together for Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, a live NBC television special that celebrated the 25th year of the legendary music label.
Updated version of the programme is set to air on Saturday, February 28 in the U.S. Motown 25 featured a number of monumental pop culture moments, including reunions from the Jackson 5, Diana Ross and the Supremes and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.
The special is to be celebrated with Motown: Big Hits & More, a new seven-CD box set of classic Motown hits, album tracks and rarities. The 144-track release will feature "25 new stereo mixes of classic songs," including the Temptations' ‘Get Ready,’ Stevie Wonder's ‘Uptight (Everything's Alright),’ Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' ‘I Second That Emotion’ and Martha and the Vandellas ' ‘Heatwave.’
The new versions were assembled by executive producer TJ Lubinsky, who said
"Most often the songs went much longer than the fades we are used to hearing.
"And sometimes even extra verses were uncovered, like Smokey Robinson and the Miracles ad-libbing the line, 'the tracks of my tears, I've been crying for years,' which has never been heard before because it was on the original session tapes past the fade-out on the 45."
The release will be available to members who pledge to public television stations during the February 28th broadcast of Motown 25 and at treasurycollection.com .