Yesterday 06:47 PM

Would things have been different for the Four Tops if H-D-H had stayed at Motown

I think this was discussed before, not sure; all these years we've read about how the departure of H-D-H from Motown really hurt the Four Tops and Supremes. The Four Tops have commented on how it hurt them chart-wise because H-D-H really knew them and wrote songs suited to them.

BUT- I wonder if H-D-H had remained at Motown, would it really have stopped the chart slide of both the Tops and Supremes? Looking at the songs that went out shortly before H-D-H departed, it seems the slide was already beginning.

"You Keep Running Away", "I'm In A Different Word", "Forever Came Today", "Keep Falling In And Out Of Love"; none of these really set the charts ablaze. Really though, after the absolutely stunning productions of "Reach Out", "Standing In The Shadows Of Love", "Bernadette" and even "Seven Rooms Of Gloom", where could you go? Likewise for songs like "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone" or "Reflections". Those productions were mammoth, broke new ground and new sounds. How do you top those?

Just a personal feeling here, but I also noticed the studio sound had changed after these hits. I don't know if Motown had changed over to newer recording equipment, but if you listen to the unreleased H-D-H tunes like "Lonely Lover" and "One Last Look", that Motown sound is quite a bit different from the '67 sound. To me, a song like "Different World" doesn't have the light, crisp sound of tunes like "I'll Turn To Stone" or "What Else Is There To Do (But Sit And Think About You)". When I heard "Different World", I just found that I couldn't get into it all that much. It had a rather heavy sound to it.

I'm not throwing "shade" as they say, but I've always thought that maybe, just maybe H-D-H had started to hit a sort of brick wall as far as where to go stylistically by this time. So, would things have been radically different for the Tops and Sups if H-D-H had stayed?
08-20-2018 04:16 AM

"Queen Of Soul" Aretha Franklin dies at age 76

I prayed for the best, prepared for the worst, so I'm not as devastated as I thought I would be. I'm just thanking the Lord that He let us have the Queen for as long as we did. One of my greatest musical inspirations and loves. I believe she is at peace and there's not much more I can ask for. But she sums up how I feel in the title of one of my fav cuts of hers, "It Hurts Like Hell". Today is going to be Queen Ree all day in the music I listen to.
Today 12:35 AM

Aretha's Final Detroit show

Aretha did her final Detroit concert downtown last summer. It was free to the public, a gift from her to her hometown:

Yesterday 06:07 PM

Barrett Strong - Misery

I am listening to this right now on CKWW 580 out of Windsor, Ontario, Canada and thought I'd share this great recording here:

Yesterday 08:10 PM

Small talk with bootsy collins

Haven't been on the page in a while. Just wanted to share these pictures from an event that I hosted at the Richland County Public Library in Columbia, South Carolina on June 15th, 2018. Over 600 people attended this fantastic event.

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Ralph Terrana

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