Today 07:09 AM

A Cellarful Of Motown Vol 5

FINALLY ten years on from the last volume and coming in the first two weeks of September the much awaited latest volume of Cellarful Of Motown. I make no excuses for the fact that unusually it has tracks that have been released previously. Most of these have appeared in downloads or on other compilations but luckily in most of those cases I am bringing you new mixes. This is being released by Caroline Records part of the Universal Group and all I can ask (for it is looking unlikely) that if you want to see more releases like this that you support it and if possible drop the record company a line telling them how much you appreciate it - I should be able to supply a track list later this morning.Attachment 18038
Today 02:15 AM

Marv davis rip

I received the news from forum member Bill Staiger who was able to find the information. Some had a hard time with the guy and others, like myself, were quite fond of him. he was a major contributor to the forum and his offerings will be missed. When I had a book signing date at Motown, He flew in from New York to be there with me. I will miss you and your friendship Marv.
Today 04:24 AM

New Vaulted unreleased Gloria Williamson acetate-Version of "I've Got A Right To Cry"

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It is the same song that we thought The Velvelettes recorded, that I discovered in Motown's Vaults in 1976, and was sent to The UK in 1980, which was originally labeled as being by The Andantes (who, I had believed, sang in the background along with the non-lead Velvelettes. This version was recorded in mid 1963. But, I thought she left Motown when she quit The Vandellas, and Motown put The Vandellas on Melody Records, as "The Vells", because Gloria's leads sounded very different from Martha, and they knew that Gloria would not be with the group anymore, and people would expect to hear only Martha. She left the group in late 1962, if I remember correctly. I wonder if the story we heard as to why she left the group (to get married and have family) was not the real reason, and she left because she and Martha had differences, and she was still with Motown into mid 1963, recording solo, backed by The Andantes?

I don't like it much. It's WAY, WAY below her normal quality level of what she recorded before, as lead of The Del-Fi's for Fred Brown and Joe Hunter's Kable and Mickay's Records, and the Brown/Hunter recordings that ended up on Billy Davis' Check-Mate Records, as well as her leads on The Vells record and on the couple of Vandellas' unreleased Motown cuts. I liked her voice and singing every bit as much as Martha's. But, on THIS cut, she sounds strained, and not concentrating on doing a good job, as if something else was on her mind. I have no problem with Quality Control rejecting this one when it was considered for release. However, upon hearing it several times, I think the version I found was also Gloria, but a different vocal take, and a different mix of background tracks. The unique voice tones seem to be the same for both singers. The other vocal was smoother and warmer. But, even so, it also failed to get pressed up during 1963.
Yesterday 05:43 PM

Did any non-Motown acts guest on any Motown releases?

I'll use the word "guest " to leave it open , but I'm thinking really of signed recording 'artists', not so much outside musicians that were maybe brought in for a session for some reason of necessity.

Lots of collaborations within the Motown family , a common practice, but anybody from outside the hit factory ever join in ?

I'm having a hard time coming up with any ....
09-25-2020 03:14 PM
Yesterday 05:25 PM

For Motown original 45 collectors - what is your most prized possession?

For you who collect original Motown 45s...what are your most prized 45s in your collection? For the sake of this discussion, prized means precious to you for whatever reason.


Ralph Terrana

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