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Today 11:27 AM

Upcoming Dionne release........

Soul Tracks is hinting at a February release entitled The Warner Brothers Years. I am just betting that David Nathan will be behind it. So let's spill whatever we might know or may have heard about it.

Will it be a box set similar to the Arista release? Any previously unreleased material? And for heaven's sake, make it available on CD whatever it is!!!

Details details!!!!
Today 11:13 AM

Petula Clark, Blue Lady: The Nashville Sessions

I believe there is a big Petula fan on this forum.

Petula Clark, Blue Lady: The Nashville Sessions [[UMe) [[iTunes / Amazon)

On November 15 of this year, Petula Clark celebrated her milestone 90th birthday. The legendary performer was hardly sitting idle; she's still performing eight shows a week at London's Prince Edward Theatre as the Bird Woman in Mary Poppins, bringing down the house nightly with her impassioned plea to "Feed the Birds." Clark has always been an artist of enormous range and variety, and in 1975, she recorded one of her most special albums in Nashville with producer Chips Moman [[Elvis Presley, B.J. Thomas). Blue Lady was intended for release in 1976 on ABC Records with such songs as Bacharach and David's "Don't Make Me Over," Paul Francis Webster and Jerry Livingston's "The Twelfth of Never," Clark's own title track, and Bobby Emmons' "It's Midnight [[Do You Know Where Your Baby Is)." But despite being completed and assigned a catalogue number, ABC opted to leave the LP on the shelf. It remained there until 1995 when Varese Sarabande released it in full for the first time along with three single sides helmed by Tony Scotti and Phil Gernhard. Now, that expanded edition is itself getting expanded. This newly-remastered digital edition adds the previously unreleased Blue Lady outtake "Another Major Tragedy" written by Toni Wine [["A Groovy KInd of Love") who also wrote the album's single "Gimme a Smile." The only other major tragedy here would be if you don't give a listen to this remarkablealbum from the one and only Ms. Petula Clark.
Yesterday 03:07 PM

Prayers For Stephanie Campbell In The Loss Of Her Mother

I would like to ask each and everyone of you in joining me in sending my condolences Stephanie Campbell in the loss of a mother who died earlier this evening. As you can imagine this is an extremely difficult time for her and her family right now so let's support her in the best possible way.

R.I.P. Mrs. Gloria Campbell

T.L. Harris
Yesterday 01:59 PM

Motown Memories - School related

As the Christmas season is upon us I was thinking about my school years from long ago [[I'm 57 now). I tried to remember my earliest school memory that involved Motown music in some way, shape or form. I am in 1st or 2nd grade and we are having a Christmas party. Rosalyn Adkins brings the Jackson 5 Christmas album and the class has a listen while we celebrate and have fun.

What memories would you like to share?
12-02-2022 05:42 PM

Motown Graphic Design: The Motown Box Logo

I've always loved graphic design- all the elements including typeface, font, typography, logos and such. I honestly think when I started collecting Motown albums in junior high school, the interest intensified. I'd spend hours looking at the Motown album covers- the photography, typeface used for the titles and the various Motown label logos. One thing that stood out to me was how Motown seemed to keep tweaking the "MOTOWN" box logo. Not the early versions, but the one that began in 1965.

From the "Both Sides Now" site, it would seem the first album to feature the newly redesigned Motown Box logo was the eponymously-titled album, "Four Tops." But this gets tricky as Motown sometimes was withholding albums and not always releasing them sequentially. From everything I can tell, however, the Tops' LP, #622, would have come out in 1964, between the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go" and "The Supremes A Bit Of Liverpool" albums- both of which feature the horizontal, rectangular Motown logo. But being that it came out January 21, 1965, it would seem to make it the first LP to receive the new-look Motown box logo.

This Motown box logo, though, was a rather slim box, a vertical, rectangular box. Then, in 1966, there was yet another Motown box logo introduced, this time a square box. This one was unveiled with MT/MS-654, "Four Tops Live", released November 16, 1966. Again, this is a case where Motown wasn't always releasing their albums sequentially- for example, the album, "The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland" is MT/MS 650, which would have been immediately after "The Supremes A Go-Go", but in fact, wasn't released until the next year, 1967.

What's interesting about both of these versions of the Motown logo is that they feature the "MOTOWN" name with two horizontal bars, one above and one below the name. But then, suddenly, the horizontal bar above the "MOTOWN" was eliminated. This change happened between the "Four Tops Reach Out" album [[#660 July 17, 1967) and the "The Motown Sound A Collection Of 16 Big Hits Volume 7" [[#661 August 29, 1967) Seems like such a small change. Was it done for the sake of clarity, to make the "MOTOWN" text more easily readable? Or maybe for the sake of increased clarity when the logo was printed out in smaller formats.

None of this is really important, lol, but these are the types of things that really interest me about graphic design. [ I did this kind of quickly so some of the album covers aren't as clear as I'd like, but you can get the general idea of the changing logos) Attachment 20060Attachment 20061Attachment 20062Attachment 20062Attachment 20063Attachment 20064Attachment 20064Attachment 20065Attachment 20067Attachment 20068Attachment 20066
Yesterday 10:31 PM

The Other Kim Weston

In a Wikipedia rabbit hole this evening and stumbled upon this. Who knew?

Kim Weston [born May 30, 1953] is an American photographer known for his fine art nude studies.[1][2]
Weston is a third-generation member of one of the most well-recognized families in modern photography, which includes his grandfather Edward Weston, his uncle Brett Weston, and his father Cole Weston.[2][3][4]
Kim Weston's experience with the art of traditional black and white photography was cultivated assisting his father and his uncle in their respective darkrooms.

[sorry, the link has parentheses in it and won't work here.]

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