For This I Thank You LP

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 4 Disc
Release date: 14 Oct 2013

“What this set does really well is guide us through the embryonic Motown Sound intelligent mix of known hits and real obscurities” 4/5 Record Collector

“all these artists blend the elements of pop, blues and gospel which would soon be known as soul...a fine compendium of early Hitsville sounds, some familiar, others very uncommon” Echoes

"Mojo's Lois Wilson curates this three-CD exploration around the rawer edges of the early years of the Mowtown family of labels." Vintage Rock

"this comes close to being a definitive this one with confidence" Blues & Rhythm


CAT No: FVDV182UPC TEXT: 5055311071824

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Compiled and annotated by Mojo magazine’s Lois Wilson, who is also soul columnist for Record Collector, For This I Thank You contains 31 tracks from the formative years of the Motown family of labels. This 2LP vinyl collectors edition is a club-friendly selection from the 89-track 3CD set.

Here’s the other side of the Motown label started by Berry Gordy in 1959. It’s a more wild, raw and rough-edged side to the polished soulful pop one, later sculpted by Holland, Dozier and Holland for The Supremes and The Four Tops. This one captures the moment, with the intention to get you out on the floor. It is also historically important: it’s the foundations of what we call soul.

Comprising some of the most raucous R&B, rollicking rock ’n’ roll, heart-wrenching early soul and delicious popcorn, it includes the heavily bootlegged and current in-demand DJ spins Misery by Barrett Strong and Gino Parks’ title track plus artists ranging from the then little-known but soon-to-be household names Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, The Marvelettes and Stevie Wonder to the should-have-been-big-but-never-were: the aforesaid Gino Parks, Mable John, the first female to be signed to the label, The Twistin’ Kings and many, many more.



  1. For This I Thank You (Gino Parks)
  2. Oh Lover (Sherri Taylor and Singin’ Sammy Ward)
  3. Misery (Barrett Strong)
  4. Who Wouldn’t Love A Man Like That (Mable John)
  5. Come To Me (Marv Johnson)
  6. Shake Sherrie (The Contours)
  7. Buttered Popcorn (The Supremes)
  8. Congo (Part 1) (The Twistin’ Kings)


  1. Fire (Gino Parks)
  2. Money (That’s What I Want) (Barrett Strong)
  3. Don’t Feel Sorry For Me (Jimmy Ruffin)
  4. Bye Bye Baby (Mary Wells)
  5. Mix It Up (The Marvelettes)
  6. Hitch Hike (Marvin Gaye)
  7. Who’s The Fool (Singin’ Sammy Ward)


  1. Same Thing (Gino Parks)
  2. Let Me Go The Right Way (The Supremes)
  3. Mo Jo Hanna (Henry Lumpkin)
  4. Looking For A Man (Mable John)
  5. Stubborn Kind Of Fellow (Marvin Gaye)
  6. Mighty Good Lovin’ (The Miracles)
  7. Don’t Take It Away (Sammy Ward)
  8. Ich-I-Bon #1 (Nick and The Jaguars)


  1. Fingertips (The Jazz Soul Of Little Stevie LP version) (Little Stevie Wonder)
  2. Just For You (Freddie Gorman)
  3. You Knows What To Do (Barrett Strong)
  4. Ain’t It, Baby (The Miracles)
  5. Solid Sender (Chico Leverett)
  6. Someday Pretty Baby (Singin’ Sammy Ward)
  7. Actions Speak Louder Than Words (Mable John)
  8. Cool And Crazy (Nick and The Jaguars)