Today 09:37 AM

My self-made Mock-Up-Albums and Expanded Editions

Hi everyone,

Iím a big Motown fan (Especially Diana Ross and the Supremes - and especially after 1966) but like most of other fans Iím a bit upset with Universal who releases less and less of Motown Rarities and if, mostly only digitally.
Donít get me wrong, Iím happy with everything we get, but I wish it would be a bit more.
But anyway, instead of waiting for something that will never come, I thought I made some designs for myself.

Though I love to have all music from one timeline on one or two CDs I created also some Kim Weston Fantasy albums as well as the two unreleased Brenda LPs with my favorite songs as Ąoriginal LPď and the rest from the timeline as bonus tracks. Like a real expanded edition.
I also created lots of Diana Ross/Supremes designs and started with doing expanded edition for the Marvelettes Albums. I love the the two sets, but I donít like that most of the tracks are distributed on different CDs on the sets. Thatís why I have doing my own Expanded editions with all tracks that belongs to the album.
Today I wanted to show you some of the designs I have done.

All of them are made in beautiful digipacks - I found a printer that also printed small editions - so I created them for printing. BUT I havenít print them yet.

Maybe you also have some dream albums you loved to have as physical CDs and you always would loved to have :-)

If anyone is interested I can also post the tracklists I have done for these albums :-)

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Today 09:24 AM

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 09:43 AM

Groups Using Their Names in Their Song

A friend of mine posed this query in another forum: Artists use their names in songs all the time now, but did they back then? The first two lines of Martha & the Vandellas' song, "Dance Party" from the album of the same name are, "Vandellas dance party." Are there other songs from the Motown 60's that includes the group's name? I believe my friend was referring to regular studio recordings and not from any live albums. I do know of several where individual names are mentioned; however, not the group name.
Yesterday 08:14 PM

Four Tops - I'll Never Change

Another great, wonderful lesser-known song by the Four Tops. Written by Leonard Caston and Kathleen Wakefield.
Produced by Frank Wilson.
Recorded and released in 1971 on Motown Records.

Today 05:02 AM

Tamla Motown revue European tour bus photo

Apologies if this is old news but I've just come across this photo of what looks like the '65 Tamla Motown revue on board a tour bus in Paris:


I thought it may be of interest to some members. There are some notable individuals not captured in this image, and Betty Kelly doesn't look particularly happy. Can anyone add more information about this pic?


Ralph Terrana

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