Today 04:59 PM

New Birth


I selfishly and un-apologetically want an Unsung on this group...
Today 03:48 PM

Putting Motown Into The Context Of Its Time

This is a little something I came across in a book I hadn't read in some time. Struck me as an excellent blueprint of how Berry Gordy may have developed his psychology concerning just what the Motown Sound had to be for success across the board.

"To achieve lasting success in the white market, with all its opportunities for wealth...it was not possible to achieve such fame upon the vocal talents of a black group in isolation. Their records required an extra sophistication. To reach the white market and remain successful in it neccessitated surrounding black groups with the customary trappings of the popular white singer. Harmony was saccrificed as a chorus of chanting girls, elaborate percussion, a string orchestra and a heavenly choir became the norm. For the casual listener, it became increasingly difficult to distinguish a record made by a group from one made by a solo performer. Apart from the lead singer, the remainder of the group were now content to mouth an unobtrusive drift of stereotyped "oohs" and "aahs." There was little point in doing anything else for, very soon, even this small contribution was drowned amidst a welter of instrumental combinations. Moreover, a female chours...allowed no room for the exquisite harmony for which black groups had previously been noted."
Today 04:57 PM

Favorite productions by artists for other artists

I was listening to the Originals' in my car yesterday ("The Bells" and "Baby, I'm For Real") and I so loved the production by Marvin Gaye.

So, naturally, I started to think about some more of my favorite productions by artists who also produced for other artists while at Motown. Stevie Wonder came to mind with "It's a Shame" by the Spinners.

What are some of yours?

I intentionally left off Smokey because he did so many productions for others that it would take a while for me to pick my favorites.
Today 04:46 PM
Today 04:43 PM

Marvin Gaye Biopic

Does anyone know, did Maxwell ever read for the staring role in a Marvin Gaye biopic?
Today 11:01 AM

Universal Music Special Markets [Reel Music] - Jimmy Ruffin

I went to play my Ruff'NReady by Jimmy Ruffin tonight and just discovered by reading the CD case that this was produced in 2009 by Universal Music Special Markets in conjunction with Reel Music. B0013185-02/66748-78015-2. Reissue supervision: Paul Williams. It is in stereo.

Does anyone know if this was the only one ever reissued by Reel Music or were there any others by any other Motown artists? I must admit the sound quality is exception on this CD. It really made Jimmy sound incredible.

Thanks for any help anyone can give.


Ralph Terrana

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