Today 03:48 PM

Putting Motown Into The Context Of Its Time

This is a little something I came across in a book I hadn't read in some time. Struck me as an excellent blueprint of how Berry Gordy may have developed his psychology concerning just what the Motown Sound had to be for success across the board.

"To achieve lasting success in the white market, with all its opportunities for wealth...it was not possible to achieve such fame upon the vocal talents of a black group in isolation. Their records required an extra sophistication. To reach the white market and remain successful in it neccessitated surrounding black groups with the customary trappings of the popular white singer. Harmony was saccrificed as a chorus of chanting girls, elaborate percussion, a string orchestra and a heavenly choir became the norm. For the casual listener, it became increasingly difficult to distinguish a record made by a group from one made by a solo performer. Apart from the lead singer, the remainder of the group were now content to mouth an unobtrusive drift of stereotyped "oohs" and "aahs." There was little point in doing anything else for, very soon, even this small contribution was drowned amidst a welter of instrumental combinations. Moreover, a female chours...allowed no room for the exquisite harmony for which black groups had previously been noted."
Today 03:30 PM
Today 03:41 PM

New Birth


I selfishly and un-apologetically want an Unsung on this group...
Today 11:01 AM

Universal Music Special Markets [Reel Music] - Jimmy Ruffin

I went to play my Ruff'NReady by Jimmy Ruffin tonight and just discovered by reading the CD case that this was produced in 2009 by Universal Music Special Markets in conjunction with Reel Music. B0013185-02/66748-78015-2. Reissue supervision: Paul Williams. It is in stereo.

Does anyone know if this was the only one ever reissued by Reel Music or were there any others by any other Motown artists? I must admit the sound quality is exception on this CD. It really made Jimmy sound incredible.

Thanks for any help anyone can give.
Today 06:19 AM

Motown songs that make you literally get up and dance!

You know you wanna dance,hehe...s.o.s[edwin starr]...the love you save[jackson 5]...hitch hike[marvin gaye]...my daddy knows best[the marvelettes]...mickey's monkee[the miracles]...ain't too proud to beg[temptations]...i can't help myself[four tops]...shotgun[jr.walker]...got to give it up[marvin gaye]...what's hard for one[mary wells]...uptight[stevie wonder]...heatwave[martha an the vandellas]...come on do the jerk[the miracles]...where did our love go[the supremes]...glasshouse[temptations]...floy joy[supremes]...boogie down[eddie kendricks]...pucker up buttercup[jr.walker]...you haven't done nothing[stevie wonder]...function at the junction[shorty long]...body and soul[the four tops]...i'll be in trouble[temptations]...jimmy mack[martha and the vandellas]...whole lotta shakin[the miracles]...well,get up and dance!!
Today 12:30 PM

Four Tops - I'll Never Change

Another great, wonderful lesser-known song by the Four Tops. Written by Leonard Caston and Kathleen Wakefield.
Produced by Frank Wilson.
Recorded and released in 1971 on Motown Records.


Ralph Terrana

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