Labels

“Motown” wasn’t just one label; the Motown Record Corporation was home to over a dozen imprints, each of which had its own roster of artists and its own distinctive house style (and colour scheme). Below are all the labels of the Motown family, arranged in roughly chronological order of their foundation. Click the label logo box to find out more about each one, and to access a list of all the singles released on that label that have been reviewed so far.

(If you just want a complete list of all the singles reviewed to date, you might prefer the Master Index instead).

 

Tamla
TAMLA RECORDS

The first one.

 

Motown
MOTOWN RECORDS

The famous one.

 

Miracle
MIRACLE RECORDS

The forgotten one.

 

Gordy
GORDY RECORDS

The purple one.

 

Mel-o-dy
MEL-O-DY RECORDS

The (mostly) country one.

 

Divinity
DIVINITY RECORDS

The gospel one.

 

Workshop Jazz
WORKSHOP JAZZ RECORDS

The jazz one.

 

VIP
VIP RECORDS

The neglected one.

 

Soul
SOUL RECORDS

The soulful one.

 

Inferno
INFERNO RECORDS

The obscure one.

 

Chisa
CHISA RECORDS

The world music one.

 

Rare Earth
RARE EARTH RECORDS

The white rock one.

 

MoWest
MoWEST RECORDS

The California one.

 

Britain
PRODIGAL RECORDS

The Seventies one.

 

Britain
MELODYLAND / HITSVILLE RECORDS

The (second) country one.

 

Britain
MANTICORE RECORDS

The dubiously included one.

 

Misc
MISCELLANEOUS

One-offs, special releases and other Motown flotsam and jetsam not covered by the above labels.

 

Britain
BRITAIN

All Motown singles released in the United Kingdom, via Tamla Motown and other British licensees.

 

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