Motown 25 Special To Air On PBS, Seven-Disc Set To Follow
February 23, 2015 at 6:06 AM (PT)
"MOTOWN 25: Yesterday – Today – Forever," an updated version of the legendary TV special which featured a moonwalking MICHAEL JACKSON, will premiere on most public television stations on FEBRUARY 28th at 8p (ET), then will repeat immediately following.
TJ LUBINSKY, executive producer and co-host of public television’s “My Music” series, has created a seven-CD set of original MOTOWN hits, classic album tracks and rarities to accompany the airing of this classic special.
"MOTOWN: Big Hits & More," the boxed set, includes rare regional hits and flip side favorites from the GORDY, SOUL and TAMLA/MOTOWN labels.
“I had the chance to grow up from NEW JERSEY to south FLORIDA to PENNSYLVANIA, so I heard MOTOWN on the radio not only in the GARDEN STATE, but also in NEW YORK and especially in PHILADELPHIA,” says LUBINSKY. “This gave me a special taste for different flavors of classic MOTOWN that each region of the country loved to hear on the radio.
"In putting together this unique seven-CD set, I wanted to create a unique package that featured all these great songs, including 25 new stereo mixes of classic songs. We had the extraordinary opportunity to go through the MOTOWN archives and have access to the original tapes and sessions, going back to the original stages and pre-mixed stages of recording sessions done at HITSVILLE gave us so many amazing surprises. 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 entire CD collection will be available to members that pledge to PBS stations during the FEBRUARY 28th national broadcast of and at www.treasurycollection.com. "MOTOWN 25" is under license from BERRY GORDY’s WEST GRAND MEDIA and jointly distributed by STARVISTA ENTERTAINMENT and TJL for public television stations.