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Today 01:47 PM

Philadelphia International Records Marks 50th Anniversary With Yearlong Celebration

Billboard Magazine:
Philadelphia International Records (PIR) is bringing home the gold once more — this time in celebration of the legendary label’s 50th anniversary. Legacy Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog division, and Warner Chappell Music, Warner Music Group’s global publishing division, are announcing the launch of a yearlong salute today (Jan. 25).

In addition to highlighting the label’s storied songs and artists, the celebration will involve exclusive partnerships, product and content releases and various artist initiatives.

Crafting one of the most significant chapters in music history, visionary songwriter-producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff co-founded PIR in 1971. The O’Jays, Patti LaBelle, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, Billy Paul, Lou Rawls and McFadden & Whitehead are just some of the stars who took the duo’s sumptuous Philly Soul, aka “The Sound of Philadelphia,” to the top of the charts.
Just as pivotal were the producers, songwriters, musicians and engineers that Gamble & Huff brought into the PIR family, among them Thom Bell, Dexter Wansel, Bobby Martin, Bunny Sigler Phil Hurtt, Joe Tarsia and house band MFSB. PIR’s 50-year history of R&B, soul, funk and disco is featured on this highlight reel.

Read More & See Highlight Reel Here:
Philadelphia International Records Marks 50th Anniversary With Yearlong Celebration | Billboard
Today 01:44 PM

What's the oddest motown record that you own?

What's the oddest Motown record that you own? It can be be something silly or serious. Why did you have to have it? Is there a Motown collectible you have been wanting for years and finally got it?
Today 09:57 AM

John Morales Presents Teena Marie – Love Songs & Funky Beats LP 2CD

The 3LP & 2CD will be available on March 26th, 2021
https://www.bbemusic.com/downloads/t...s-funky-beats/

Producer extraordinaire John Morales returns to BBE Music, celebrating the life and work of R&B / soul legend Teena Marie with a double album full of brand new remixes, lovingly crafted from the original studio tapes, entitled ‘Love Songs & Funky Beats’.
“Teena is somewhat underrated, and people don’t really know much about her.” Says Morales. “I set out to immerse people in her music and represent what she really did. That meant for me a dive into more than her R&B hits, to dig into her ballads and dance cuts. People know she was talented. I don’t really think they really knew the depth of her abilities, her complete confidence to take it upon herself to do everything – singing, producing, arranging, songwriting. Teena Marie was the total package.”
John Morales had the pleasure of mixing many of Teena Marie’s original records over the years, so it felt natural to dig into the archives and select his favourite cuts to rework, extend and subtly update in his own distinctive style. While by no means a definitive collection of Lady Tee’s expansive musical catalogue, ‘Love Songs & Funky Beats’ represents a fitting tribute to a multifaceted and important voice in popular music, by one of the most storied mix engineers and remixers of our age.
Jumping into the music industry deep end in 1979 with a three-year mentorship from Berry Gordy & Rick James at Motown, Teena Marie then spent seven fertile years with Epic, which yielded her greatest commercial successes (including the classic album ‘Starchild’). After founding an independent label ‘Sarai’, Marie took a ten-year hiatus which ended in 2004 in a deal with hip hop label Cash Money Records; a less unlikely partnership than some might assume, given that Teena was one of the first ‘mainstream’ artists to perform a rap verse, on 1981’s ‘Square Biz’.
Teena Marie Brockert forged a unique path through the industry, an artist in-charge of her own destiny, influencing (and heavily sampled by) both the hip hop and R&B sounds of the 90’s and early 2000’s. Her 1982 lawsuit against Motown records resulted in “The Brockert Initiative”, which has benefitted literally thousands of other artists by making it illegal for record companies to ‘shelve’ artists by keeping them under contract without releasing their material. She continued to tour regularly and deliver commercially successful, expertly sculpted music, right up until her untimely passing in 2010.

Tracklist
1 – I Need Your Lovin’ (John Morales M+M Mix)
2 – It Must Be Magic (John Morales M+M Mix)
3 – Aladdin’s Lamp (John Morales M+M Mix)
4 – First Class Love (John Morales M+M Mix)
5 – Now That I Have You (John Morales M+M Mix)
6 – I’m a Sucker for Your Love (Live in Long Beach, Ca 1981: Alternate Mix / John Morales M+M Mix)
7 – Behind the Groove (John Morales M+M Mix)
8 – Love Just Wouldn’t Be Right (John Morales M+M Mix)
9 – Portuguese Love (John Morales M+M Mix)
10 – Chains (John Morales M+M Mix)
11 – 365 (John Morales M+M Mix)
12 – Wasn’t I Good to You (John Morales M+M Mix)
13 – Square Biz (John Morales M+M Mix)
14 – More Love (John Morales M+M Mix)
15 – You Got Away (John Morales M+M Mix)
16 – You’re All the Boogie I Need (John Morales M+ M Mix)
17 – Lonely Desire (John Morales M+ M Mix)
18 – Fire and Desire (John Morales M+M Mix)

01-16-2021 07:55 AM

Songs with dances in the title

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

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 04:42 AM

Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ Gets 50th Anniversary Digital Reissue

Motown/UMe has marked the 50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s single release for “What’s Going On” — the title track from Rolling Stone’s Greatest Album of All Time — with an all-encompassing digital reissue of the 1971 LP out now on streaming services.
“What’s Going On” was released on January 20th, 1971, four months before the LP arrived. Over the past 20 years, the album has been reissued every decade, with early mixes, instrumentals and other rarities culled from the era added to each release.

What’s Going On: Deluxe Edition/50th Anniversary Track List
Set 1: Original Album
1. What’s Going On
2. What’s Happening Brother
3. Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky)
4. Save The Children
5. God Is Love
6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
7. Right On
8. Wholy Holy
9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

Set 2: Bonus Tracks
1. What’s Going On (Mono Single Version)
2. God Is Love (Single Version)
3. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (Mono Single Version)
4. Sad Tomorrows (Mono Single Version)
5. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Mono Single Version)
6. Wholy Holy (Mono Single Version)
7. What’s Going On (mix 1/no horns or strings)
8. What’s Going On (rhythm & strings mix)
9. What’s Going On (Coffeehouse Mix by Russ Elevado)
10. What’s Going On (duet with B.J. the Chicago Kid)
11. Symphony (Demo Version)
12. I Love the Ground You Walk On (instrumental)

What’s Going On: The Detroit Mix
1. What’s Going On
2. What’s Happening Brother
3. Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky)
4. Save The Children
5. God Is Love
6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
7. Right On
8. Wholy Holy
9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

Funky Nation: The Detroit Instrumentals
1. Checking Out (Double Clutch)
2. Chained
3. Country Stud
4. Help the People
5. Running from Love (Version 1)
6. Daybreak
7. Doing My Thing
8. “T” Stands For Time
9. Jesus Is Our Love Song
10. Funky Nation
11. Infinity
12. Mandota
13. Struttin’ the Blues
14. Running from Love (Version 2 with Strings)


Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' Gets 50th Anniversary Digital Reissue - Rolling Stone
Yesterday 12:20 PM

Norman Whitfield Unreleased

I’d like to firstly say Hello to you all. I have just joined having been a lurker for years so I recognise your names but obviously you won’t recognise mine.

As my first post I’d like to ask if anybody knows if there are unreleased tracks in the Motown Vaults produced by Norman Whitfield? With the 1970 Unreleased tracks hopefully making an appearance later this year, we are getting into Norman Whitfield”s most productive period and I’m hoping to hear something new from him.

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