Today 05:55 AM

VA-Stop The War-Vietnam Through The Eyes Of Black America 1965-1974 [Kent] 5/28/21

This month sees the release of the last in Kent’s trilogy spotlighting black America’s involvement in the Vietnam war. It’s been a long wait but we feel that the 23 tracks here more than uphold the high standard of its predecessors – “A Soldier’s Sad Story” [CDKEND 226] and “Does Anybody Know I’m Here” [CDKEND 245].

Presented in loosely chronological sequence, “Stop The War” contains many highly significant musical statements on various aspects of the conflict, from shipping out to coming home. Even though the Vietnam war has been over for almost half a century it’s still possible, through these songs, to feel the frustration, anger and sadness that many Americans felt towards a conflict that lasted far too long and claimed far too many lives on both sides.

Featured artists include major names such as Marvin Gaye, the Impressions, Dionne Warwick, William Bell, and the Staple Singers alongside lesser known but equally worthy contributors including Michael Lizzmore, the Pace Setters, Charles Smith & Jeff Cooper and Artie Golden, all of whom have something important to add to the story. The vast majority of these tracks have not previously appeared on Kent, and several make their CD debut here.

Annotated and illustrated as copiously as you would expect a prestige Kent project to be, “Stop The War” is a fitting and forthright finale to a trilogy that has been extremely gratifying to bring you. We are confident that demand and acclaim for this one will be as strong as it was for the previous two volumes.

1. Promise That You'll Wait - Michael Lizzmore
2. I Say A Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick
3. Lonely Soldier - William Bell
4. Letter To A Buddie - Joe Medwick
5. V.C. Blues - Allen Orange
6. Fighting For My Baby - Donald Jenkins
7. [Mama] My Soldier Boy Is Coming Home - The Shirelles
8. Uncle Sam - Jimmy Hughes
9. Going On Strike - The Emotions
10. Johnny - King Hannibal
11. My Ship Is Coming In [Tomorrow] - The Pace Setters
12. [The Two Wars Of] Old Black Joe - Dr William Truly Jr
13. Hymn No. 5 - The Mighty Hannibal
14. I'll Be Home - Artie Golden
15. Wish You Were Here With Me - The Fawns
16. Men Are Getting Scarce [Album version] - Chairmen Of The Board
17. I Want To Come Home For Christmas - Marvin Gaye
18. Stop The War - The Impressions
19. Leave Him Alone - Stu Gardner
20. Glad To Be Home - Charles Smith & Jeff Cooper
21. The War Is Over [My Brother] - The Sensational Saints
22. John Brown - The Staple Singers
23. Home To Stay - R.B. Greaves

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Today 05:43 AM

Neutralized the sound

I don't understand how Mr. Gordy allowed the "Motown sound" to become neutralized. He knew that the rhythm section was apart of his success...songwriters>rhythm section>singers.
Yesterday 11:46 AM

Motowniest Non Motown Song?

What non Motown label song do you think sounds most like a Motown Song?

Covers of Motown songs don’t count

I would say Cool Jerk by the Capitols but if I remember right wasn’t it all Funk Brothers playing on it? Which to me would disqualify it

I always thought that Karma Chameleon by Boy George had a Motownesque feel to it

When the Motown sound became a phenomenon a lot of labels and artists tried to emulate it

Who do you think did it the best?
03-02-2021 09:44 AM

Songs with dances in the title

Mickey's Monkey
Twistin' Postman
Come On Do the Jerk
Can You Jerk Like Me?

All of the above songs were original compositions released on various Motown labels, and all contain the names of dances.

I know there are more. Can you name more songs released by Motown that contain the names of dances that are NOT covers?
Today 05:05 AM

VA-"You Gave Me Reason To Live: Southern And Deep Soul From Louisiana" [Kent] 5/28/21

South-West Louisiana is famous for its homegrown music: the Cajun sound and its black cousin Zydeco. However, situated between New Orleans and Houston, the region’s music industry was ideally placed to also record local versions of soul, funk and blues. This compilation comprises high-quality Southern soul which, because of where it was recorded, tends to have been previously overlooked.

The music here spans the early 60s, with artists such as Sticks Herman performing a local version of embryonic soul, and the early 1970s, when the influence of Memphis soul could be heard in the voices of Johnny Truitt and Moody Scott. This is the sound of record men Eddie Shuler, Carol Rachou and J.D. Miller getting the best out of local talent and passing musicians and releasing timeless slices of pure musical emotion.

Shuler’s ANLA label is the main source, although the artist names are often hardly more than markers, with little known about some beyond the records they made. Terrie & Joy La Roy, Soul Shouting Tommy and Big Daddy Green, for example, all released thrilling singles, then disappeared back into obscurity. Others such as Camille “Lil” Bob carved out careers that lasted decades, whilst Bobby Charles moved from his pop hit ‘Later Alligator’ to Bearsville cult status via ‘Big Boys Cry’, a fine piece of emotional mid-60s soul.

“You Gave Me Reason To Live” is a celebration of the exceptional music that can occur in the most out of the way places.

1. Baby Oh Baby [How Far You Are From Me] - Charles Greene
2. If There's A Will There's A Way - Ike Porter & The Fabulations
3. Without Love What Would Life Be - Terrie & Joy La Roy with The Bill Parker Show Band
4. Groove Maker - Dynamic Adam & His Excitements
5. Soul Woman - Camille "Lil" Bob
6. For The Good Times - Johnny Truitt
7. One Man's Happiness - Moody
8. Sea Of Love - Freddie Love
9. Our Love Will Always Be - Lee Bernard
10. Trust - Count Rockin' Sidney with the Dukes
11. Why Did I Let You Go - Chester Randle's Soul Senders
12. You Gave Me Reason To Live - Big Daddy Green
13. Love For Love - Ike Porter & The Fabulations
14. To Be Loved By You - Soul Shouting Tommy
15. Lonely Feeling - Sticks Herman
16. Big Boys Cry - Bobby Charles
17. If You Love Me - Clifton White & His Royal Knights
18. On Bended Knees Begging - Big Daddy Green
19. Why I Shed So Many Tears - Terrie & Joy La Roy with the Bill Parker Show Band
20. She's Gone - Dynamic Adam
21. Don't Drive Me Deeper [Into The Ground] - Lee Bernard
22. Blues For Men - King Carl

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