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Motown Records Founding Publicist Al Abrams is Featured Essayist in The Complete Motown Singles Volume 5 (1965) CD Release

Al Abrams, first employee of Motown Record Corp. music empire, pens feature essay for The Complete Motown Singles Volume 5 (1965) CD release.

Detroit, MI, July 05, 2006 --( Motown fans around the world are in for a special treat with the release of the next installment in the acclaimed box set series, The Complete Motown Singles, Volume Five. The 6-CD, 166-track set, with great sound, elaborate packaging and detailed annotations, covers the pivotal year 1965, when the Detroit-based “Motown Sound” climbed the heights of success. The box set is scheduled for a July 21, 2006, release.

From more No. 1 hits, including The Supremes’ “Stop! In The Name Of Love” and the Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” to the emerging artistry and commercial sounds of Jr. Walker & The All Stars, young Tammi Terrell, Marvin Gaye, a revived Stevie Wonder, et al, this volume packs a serious wallop.

As with previous volumes, the extensive, 148-page booklet in Vol. 5 – the series’ largest yet – includes rare photographs, copious liner notes and scholarly overview, as well as many personal experiences shared by those who were there. This particular volume features an honest, celebratory and thoroughly entertaining memoir by Al Abrams, who served as Motown's publicity director during the era of Motown’s greatest commercial success.

Abrams was Motown Records’ first employee, having been hired by company founder Berry Gordy, Jr. on Memorial Day weekend of 1959. He began as the first director of local and then-national record promotion and subsequently became the founding publicist of Motown.

Today a journalist and author of 11 published books, Abrams shares some of the inside stories of life at Motown: his struggles with the national press, the fun of being ln the midst of the magic, the racial divide at the time, and the coming together that was fostered by the Motown Sound.

Sprinkled throughout the booklet are numerous photographs from Abrams' collection. He is currently working on his 12th book, Hype!, his Motown memoirs.

The Complete Motown Singles, Volume Five is available only at, a division of Universal Music Enterprises, and sells for $119.98. Previous volumes in the Complete Motown Singles series have met with critical success, including four stars from Rolling Stone magazine. Pitchfork Media calls the series “nothing short of amazing… truly essential.”

Ray Ellis, writing in Juke Blues, states, “These impressive and invaluable historical sets show, warts and all, the development of a black-owned independent company, as Berry Gordy together with his talented array of artists, musicians, song-writers, producers and back-room staff honed their craft, preparing to enter a period of unprecedented chart dominance and to finally achieve cross-over appeal.”

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