A collector’s edition 11-CD box set created in honor of Motown’s 60th anniversary titled Motown: The Complete No. 1’s, now is available for preorder. It will be released June 28.
Offered by Motown/UMe in California, the set features 208 chart-topping Motown hits including The Jackson 5’s “ABC,” Diana Ross’ “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours).” The set is designed to look like Motown’s original Detroit headquarters, Hitsville U.S.A., which now is home to the Motown Museum.
The first 10 discs include 10 bonus tracks that are cover versions by other artists that became No. 1 hits. The 11th disc adds six more Motown No. 1 hits, including two that were not included in the set’s original release as well as two Diana Ross remixes that topped the Billboard Dance/Club chart: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (2017 remix) and “I’m Coming Out”/“Upside Down” (2018 mix).
A 100-page book showing rare and classic photos is also included.
Motown Records was founded in 1959 by Berry Gordy Jr. The company moved its headquarters to Los Angeles in 1972.
On April 13, the LBJ Presidential Library in Texas opened a new exhibition called “Motown: The Sound of Young America.” Curated by the GRAMMY Museum, it traces the evolution of the label and explores how the sound of Motown continues to influence pop artists.
The Motown Museum also is raising funds for an expansion that was announced in late 2016. The plan includes adding a 50,000-square-foot space to the museum that will feature interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, expanded retail space, and meeting spaces.