Yesterday 06:46 PM

Everything Under The Sun

Goy myself an early copy of this and cannot believe what a fabulous job Andy Skurow, Joe Marchese and Gordon Anderson of Real Gone Music have done. The booklet alone is worth the price of entry with plenty of unseen pictures of Meat and Stoney and a fascinating informative essay into the background of how Motown found but let this talented duo get away. With additional material from Ralph Terrana and Shaun Murphy [[Stoney) this is a set I never thought I would live to see on CD let alone in a stunning two disc expanded format. I've always loved It Takes All Kinds Of People and reading about their dislike of the 1978 remixes was a revelation. Mark my words if you haven't ordered it yet then you really need to - you'll kick yourslef if it goes out of print and you haven't.
Yesterday 07:02 PM
05-21-2022 11:39 AM

Fairytale: The Pointer Sisters' Family Story

I read all the show biz memoirs, even those about artists I'm not particularly into, and thanks to recommendations by several of you on this forum, I am now reading Fairytale: The Pointer Sisters' Family Story. I have to say this is one of the best memoirs I've ever read and that is saying something. I had no idea any of this stuff happened!! Spoiler alert: the girls got their first really momentous gig opening in Vegas for Paul Anka. The Pointers were already exploding in popularity at that time in the early 70's, having put out Yes We Can Can, which got them the dates with Anka. Unfortunately, Paul Anka's fans were not Pointer Sisters' fans. They hated the Pointer Sisters, which was crazy since at all their previous gigs they had gotten rave, ecstatic reviews--they were the "next big thing." To make things worse, June, who had suffered an extremely violent group rape when she was in her teens, had a nervous breakdown before the shows with Anka, and wouldn't speak to anybody nor would she come out of her hotel room. So on top of all the stress, the group had to perform most of the shows without June, they had to rearrange everything, shuffle vocals around, and even change what songs they performed. Ugh. I'll write more as I read more, but man keeping a group together through all this garbage must have been stressful as hell. Even the smaller stuff, like hiring roadies and other personnel was always volatile, especially when you're on a strict schedule with touring, recording dates etc. It is a miracle any group like the Pointers ever stayed together as long as they did.
05-17-2022 12:22 PM

MOTOWN's Rare Earth-Label LP Titles Available On CD

To no_place_like_motown: I want to personally thank you for the Rare Earth-label thread that you started a few weeks ago. I had no idea that so many Motown album titles on the Rare Earth label were available on CD. I checked them all out and bought every one that I could find on Amazon. Thanks to you, I was able to find a total of 11 [[not counting the group Rare Earth, whose albums I already have on CD). Not being a hard-rock fan, I was amazed at how many of these albums I actually like -- or, in some cases, I even LOVE! I would have to say that my favorites are Xit – the Native American group who Ralph Terrana raved about in his excellent autobiography, "The Road Through Motown". [[You were so right, Ralph – these guys are fantastic! Their sound is a unique combination of Indian, Motown, and at times, given the heavy use of shakers in two tracks, even 1965-era Phil Spector!) I was especially pleasantly surprised to discover how much I like the group Toe Fat! Those guys can really rock – but in a good way! The group Love Sculpture is a bluesy white group who I also found myself enjoying a lot. Crystal Mansion is a soft rock group which has some decent songs on their album. Other Rare Earth-label CD’s that I bought were by the Pretty Things, Power Of Zeus, and Sunday Funnies. Unfortunately, those groups/titles are out-of-my-league psychedelic rock which I can’t identify with to save me; nevertheless, it’s great to have all of these Motown/Rare Earth-label albums in my CD collection.

Here are the links in case anyone else is interested in making a purchase. If not, it’s still cool to see these album/CD covers for the first time, as I had never seen most of them before. Hope you enjoy!

XIT - "Plight Of The Red Man"

XIT - "Silent Warrior"

TOE FAT - "Toe Fat"

TOE FAT - "Two"

CRYSTAL MANSION - Crystal Mansion [[Golden Classics Edition)

LOVE SCULPTURE - "Blues Helping"

POWER OF ZEUS - "The Gospel According To Zeus"

R. DEAN TAYLOR - "Essential Collection" [[A collection – NOT a reissued album)

SUNDAY FUNNIES - "Sunday Funnies"


PRETTY THINGS - "Parachute"

There ya are! That pretty much covers all of them. As Motown fans, I hope you have as much fun discovering these as I have. - Gary

Yesterday 03:35 PM

R&B/Jazz Fusion Keyboardist/Vocalist Bernard Wright Dies at 58

Just in from Soultracks. His "Who Do You Love" will forever be one of the great bops of my teen years:



Ralph Terrana

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