Today 09:39 AM

A Cellarful Of Motown Vol 5

FINALLY ten years on from the last volume and coming in the first two weeks of September the much awaited latest volume of Cellarful Of Motown. I make no excuses for the fact that unusually it has tracks that have been released previously. Most of these have appeared in downloads or on other compilations but luckily in most of those cases I am bringing you new mixes. This is being released by Caroline Records part of the Universal Group and all I can ask (for it is looking unlikely) that if you want to see more releases like this that you support it and if possible drop the record company a line telling them how much you appreciate it - I should be able to supply a track list later this morning.Attachment 18038
Today 08:30 AM

Loleatta Holloway "Loleatta/Cry To Me" expanded twofer remaster (Kent UK) 10/30/2020

Loleatta Holloway was a tremendous soul singer who came naturally to the genre following her years with the famed gospel group the Caravans in her home city of Chicago. She was persuaded to move into R&B by local jazz guitarist, songwriter and producer Floyd Smith, who she would go on to marry. Though her first two 45s were cut in that city, it was her signing to the newly formed Aware label, by gangster owner Michael Thevis, which started her career in earnest.

With excess ready cash from his nefarious activities, Thevis took the pair and Detroit executive Marlin McNichols to his home base of Atlanta and proceeded to work the music business wholeheartedly. In July 1973, aided by a generous advertising budget, their second Aware 45, ‘Mother Of Shame’, charted and they were quickly into the studios to cut the debut LP “Loleatta”. Showcasing her vocal talents, they kicked off the album with ‘The Man I Love’, a Gershwin standard that Loleatta handled well. The rest of the record was soul music, a mixture of covers such as ‘Can I Change My Mind’ but mainly new songs from Floyd, Sam Dees and other respected writers.

With only the one lesser R&B hit 45, and being a debut artist, the LP did not sell in any quantity. However, in early 1975 the exquisite Sam Dees-penned love ballad ‘Cry To Me’ went to number 10 in the R&B chart, thereby giving the second LP a title to hang its hat on. Four other top-notch Sam Dees songs were featured and there were two Chicago reworkings of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Just Be True’ and a scintillating cover of Ruby Andrews’ hit ‘Casanova’.

Loleatta was developing her own writing and the excellent ‘I’ll Be Gone’ was included. She also cut several of her own songs that did not come out at the time; maybe they were lined up for the next stage of her career which was interrupted when Thevis’ finances faltered and the law caught up with him. We have included three of the best of these songs, which were previously dotted around different Kent CDs, as well as ‘For Sentimental Reasons’ from her first solo single.

1. The Man I Love
2. We Did It
3. Our Love
4. Can I Change My Mind
5. Part Time Lover, Full Time Fool
6. So Can I
7. Only A Fool
8. Love Woke Me Up
9. Mother Of Shame
10. Remember Me
Cry To Me:
11. Cry To Me
12. I Know Where You're Coming From
13. The Show Must Go On
14. The World Don't Owe You Nothing
15. Just Be True To Me
16. Something About The Way I Feel
17. I'll Be Gone
18. I Can't Help Myself
19. Casanova
20. Help Me My Lord
Bonus Tracks:
21. Merrily
22. What Are You Gonna Do About Tomorrow
23. For Sentimental Reasons
24. This Man's Arms

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Today 07:20 AM

Emotions Pam Hutchinson dies

Just heard. Met her when I interviewed the sisters in 1977, all were such sweet ladies. They did one Motown lp but Pam is not on it
Today 03:20 AM

German Unofficial Motown Related CDs

There have been a few discussions on this topic in the past, and there's currently a thread on the Vandellas Live albums which mentions these releases. Thought it might be useful to bring things together a bit. The guy who used to sell these on ebay is no longer registered there (not as dj-valentin-ny anyway). Also, trading of these CDs has been bannded on Discogs.

Nonetheless, Discogs has information on some (but not all) of the unofficial CDs. I do know that he also made most of the Vandellas albums in expanded format including "Dance Party", "Watchout", "Ridin' High" plus the "Live" and "At The Copa" sets.

Also made a few "Lost & Founds"by The 70s Supremes and Diana Ross. Then there was "TCB", Disney and "A Bit Of Liverpool" expandeds and also a Brenda Holloway "Every Little Bit Hurts" expanded (this list is far from exhaustive) ...

DRATS & Temptations "On Broadway"

Supremes "We Remember Sam Cooke" Expanded

Supremes "Sing Ballads & Blues" Expanded

DRATS "Funny Girl" Expanded

Diana Ross "Live At The Royal Albert Hall"

Diana Ross "Baby It's Me" expanded

Mary Wilson "Mary Wilson" Expanded

Diana Ross "Ross" Expanded

Diana Ross "Sings Songs From The Wiz"

Supremes "Sing Country Western & Pop" Expanded

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas "Natural Resources" Expanded

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas "Black Magic" Expanded

What else do you know about / have?
09-15-2020 03:29 PM


Ralph Terrana

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