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Today 04:45 PM

Kim Weston - He's Alright

I'm listening to the Motortown Revue Vol. 2 tonight. I'm enjoying He's Alright by Kim Weston and wonder if there was ever a studio version of the song.

I noticed that the song has a Jobete copyright. I also looked at her 2-CD anthology and don't see the song there.

I just thought it curious that such a great song wasn't recorded in the studio, but was performed on the tour.
Today 04:02 PM

Kim Weston MGM CD available on eBay

Does anyone have any knowledge whether this CD is a bootleg or an original? It is difficult to determine from the listing. The price is astronomical. Nothing in the listing leads me to believe it is legitimate, but I really do not know.

https://www.ebay.com/i/392962668015?ul_noapp=true
Today 01:16 PM

Happy 91st Birthday to Berry Gordy Jr.

Wishing Motown Founder Berry Gordy Jr. a Happy 91st Birthday! To paraphrase a Supremes Classic, "Our World Would Be Empty Without You".
Yesterday 01:20 PM

(come ‘round here) i’m the one you need question

i know 1966 was an extraordinarily busy year for holland/dozier/holland. they wrote a varietyof hits: reach out & standing in the shadows for the tops, my world is empty and you can’t hurry love for the supremes ... plus hits for the isley bros, jr. walker, the elgins, just to name the tip of the iceberg.
what i want to know is how they came about to write the rocker “(come ‘round here) i’m the one you need” for the miracles. the song sounds tailor made for levi and the tops and it seems as if they would have been screaming to record it! i can even imagine the supremes taking a stab at it. considering how few songs h/d/h wrote for smokey and how prolific smokey was on his own, i’ve always been perplexed how this collaboration came about. it is one damn fine tune and smokey and the miracles sing their hearts out ... but does anyone know the story about how these two powerhous teams got together? i’d love to know! thanks
Today 02:28 PM

String players on Motown songs. A question.....

I was listening to an NPR story a while back where they were talking about composing for Jazz orchestra. The composer commented that one problem with concert trained musicians is that they "don't swing, or don't know how to 'swing'". That brought to mind a concert band concert at Eastern Michigan I once saw. The band tried a "jazzy" piece and failed miserably. They didn't "swing".

Now, given that the string players on Motown recordings in the classic era were from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, was there any problem getting the players to "loosen up", and if so, how long did it take to get them to do so.
10-27-2020 07:49 AM

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