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Today 08:10 AM

The Four Tops STILL WATER: First 45 Ever With 2 Versions Of The Same Song?

Intriguing release charting exactly 50 years ago in the fall of 1970:

STILL WATER
Side One (LOVE)
Side Two (PEACE)

Written by Smokey Robinson and Frank Wilson. Have either discussed this composition? I'm wondering if the two versions reflect two different concepts by each of its two authors? Or what is the recording and releasing of the two versions reflecting ?


Side One:



Side Two:




How did this come about ? These two versions? (Why?)

I find this part of The PEACE version:

[VERSE 2]
P is for privilege of loving and the privilege of being loved.
E is for the ease it gives the soul and the mind.
A is for the absence in your search to find yourself.
C is the calm feeling if you like what you find
E is everlasting. Let this love never cease.

most moving.


I'm curious as to why it wasn't chosen as the "A" side , or at the very minimum, why this 45 wasn't worked by Motown as a split hit with each side sharing air play?
(Did DJs drop the ball on this one by ignoring the b side?)



As for the original inquiry.... these two versions of a song on one 45 ....very unusual to say the least.....are there previous examples (beyond an instrumental version, or a live version)?? From Motown? From any label/ artist? :confused:

Further more , why was it that the album's title SILL WATERS RUN DEEP does not match the single's title (or vise versa) ::confused:

(Also as an aside,
I hear Marvin Gaye's stylizing in his future songs, WHATS GOING ON etc in STILL WATER --- ... does anyone else ?)
Today 07:45 AM

New Motown compilation CD due from Ace Records

If it hasn't been mentioned elsewhere, Ace are reporting a new CD to be released on 25 September: The Sound of the R&B Hits by Various Artists.

It is a re-release of the first UK compilation of Motown tracks up until 1964, plus additional tracks.

https://acerecords.co.uk/the-sound-of-the-rb-hits

The track listing is:

Shop Around - Mary Wells
Way Over There - The Marvelettes
Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues - The Miracles
Mockingbird - Martha & The Vandellas
Bye Bye Baby - Mary Wells
I'll Try Something New - The Miracles
Dream Baby - The Marvelettes
Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong
What's So Good About Goodbye - The Miracles
Let Me Go The Right Way - The Supremes
I Don't Want To Take A Chance - Mary Wells
Broken Hearted - The Miracles
The One Who Really Loves You - The Marvelettes
Do You Love Me - The Miracles
Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye
Please Mr Postman - The Marvelettes
You've Really Got A Hold On Me - The Miracles
You Beat Me To The Punch - Mary Wells
Pride And Joy - Marvin Gaye
Oh I Apologize - Barrett Strong
I Found A Girl - The Valadiers
I Want A Guy - The Marvelettes
Hitch Hike - Marvin Gaye
I've Been Good To You - The Miracles
Two Lovers - Mary Wells
I Found Myself A Brand New Baby - Mike & The Modifiers
Shake Sherry - The Contours
Heat Wave - Martha & The Vandellas
Yesterday 04:06 PM

Four or More Motown Versions???

On my TV music channel the other day, I heard that familiar little tinkle telling me that "Put Yourself in My Place" was coming on. While waiting for the vocal to begin, I realized it was not the Supremes' version so I assumed it was going to be the Elgins. Well it turned out to be the Isley Brothers version.

After that it occurred to me that Chris Clark also covered the song, which leads me to this question.......Are there any other Motown songs that were covered by as many as four of their artists? Any songs that were done five or more times?
10-16-2020 08:04 AM
Yesterday 03:10 PM

Valerie on the Tammi vocals question----At last!!!!!!!

http://soulfuldetroit.com/showthread...pson-Interview

Q. There are some Motown people who contend that near the end of Tammi Terrell's life (she died in 1970 at age 24 of cancer), you had to step in and do some of her vocal parts on the albums with Marvin Gaye because she was too ill to perform. Is that true?

A. Tammi was very ill. We would have everything ready, the track and Marvin's vocal, and then I'd get her alone in the studio and we'd go line by line. There were a couple things that were tweaked, but not a lot. I couldn't just sing like Tammi. People give me the credit of thinking I could be Tammi Terrell, but it's just not true. We did some production edits to fix things, but that's about it.

"There were a couple things that were tweaked, but not a lot. We did some production edits to fix things, but that's about it."
" I'd get her alone in the studio and we'd go line by line."

I take that as she is saying in fact it was both of them. At some points Val was "punched in" , she may have emulated Tammis diction as close as possible and then they may have EQ' d and proccessed for tone.

"I couldn't just sing like Tammi. People give me the credit of thinking I could be Tammi Terrell, but it's just not true."

Words of admiration from one artist regarding anothers gift. Delivered with class and grace.
If the truth is the light ,as the saying goes, then Ms Valerie has indeed just flicked the light switch on.

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