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Today 03:46 PM

'Gritty' and 'Grungy' HDH productions

Maybe my adjectives, 'gritty' and 'grungy', are not the best, however, imo, most of HDH's productions had a certain type of polished sophistication about them. Four come to my mind; however, as being not so sophisticated but actually funky:

"Nowhere to Run"-Martha & the Vandellas
"Love is Like an Itching in My Heart-the Supremes
"Something About You"- Four Tops
"Road Runner"-Jr. Walker & the All Stars

Get my drift?

Are there others that come to your mind?
Today 05:00 PM

Linda Ronstadt Confronts Mike Pompeo, Says He Should “Stop Enabling Donald Trump”

https://www.spin.com/2019/12/linda-ronstadt-confronts-mike-pompeo-stop-enabling-donald-trump-at-kennedy-honors-dinner/?fbclid=IwAR0w3KSG_jLQbIRlvUS52YstCROXR18YGB5i4BEd xMXMVZ9UKi5pIs1wyBI

Linda Ronstadt is set to receive one of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, and in the hours before the ceremony Sunday night—which also airs on CBS on December 15— the vocalist had some strong words for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Ronstadt confronted Pompeo at a State Department reception for Kennedy Center Honorees on Saturday night, asking when he plans to “stop enabling Donald Trump,” as Variety reports.
Pompeo started the night with a pre-dinner welcoming address, where in an attempted homage to Ronstadt, he quoted her 1975 cover of the Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved.” “As I travel the world, I wonder when I will be loved,” he told the crowd.
After the dinner, Ronstadt approached the microphone to make her optional address, where she chided Pompeo for his support for the current sitting president. “I’d like to say to Mr. Pompeo, who wonders when he’ll be loved, it’s when he stops enabling Donald Trump,” she said, returning to her seat. Attendees reportedly gasped, applauded, and eventually cheered for Ronstadt following the remark.
The Kennedy Center Honors take place Sunday night at the building of their namesake in Washington, D.C. Ronstadt is one of a number of renowned entertainers set to receive awards that night including Sally Field, Earth, Wind, and Fire, conductor Michael Wilson Thomas, and the creators of the long-running TV show Sesame Street. President Donald Trump will reportedly not be in attendance, and also skipped the last two iterations of the annual ceremony.


Today 03:42 PM

Phil Spector's Influence On Motown

Philles/Motown Gary's Part J of his series about Phil Spector features a Three Volume collection of selected non-Spector records that sound to be strikingly under his influence.

Among the 74 songs that were chosen are a few from Motown and for fun I thought I'd single them out here in a thread of their own.:)

First up: from Volume One -"Phil's Spectre (1): A Wall Of Soundalikes" (ACE CDCHD 978)-

The Supremes RUN RUN RUN :

2) THE SUPREMES:
"Run, Run, Run"
(Brian Holland - Lamont Dozier - Eddie Holland)
Producer: H-D-H
Label: Motown (1964)
https://youtu.be/ml30nOkXipQ



Any thoughts?
Today 05:01 PM

Dionne Warwick: Déjà Vu – The Arista Recordings (1979-1994)

Dionne Warwick: Déjà Vu – The Arista Recordings (1979-1994)
12CD Boxset
Soul Music Records SMCR5189BX
Released February 28, 2020.

https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/...4-12cd-boxset/

It's just over 40 years since global music icon Dionne Warwick signed with Arista Records marking a defining fifteen-year chapter in the star-studded career of the Lifetime Achievement and multi-Grammy-winning songstress, celebrated here with this first-of-its-kind box set of her 159 recordings for the label. Included are 29 bonus tracks, with nine of the twelve albums as expanded editions of the original Arista LPs, with remastering by Nick Robbins. The deluxe 64-page booklet, with artwork by Roger Williams, includes detailed essays on each album by Soul Music Records' founder David Nathan. Also included are quotes from Dionne, Clive Davis and producer Steve Buckingham.


• Disc 1, Dionne (1979): An expanded edition with three bonus tracks left over from the early 1979 sessions.


• Disc 2, No Night So Long (1980): An expanded edition with nine bonus tracks (two of which were originally released on Dionne’s third Arista set and a number of which were planned for inclusion on that LP but shelved) as well as the rare b-side, "This Time Is Ours."


• Disc 3, Hot! Live & Otherwise (1981): Expanded edition with two bonus live tracks ("Touch Me In The Morning" and "Welcome To My World") along with CD debut of the live version of "We Never Said Goodbye."


• Disc 4, Friends In Love (1982).


• Disc 5, Heartbreaker (1982): Expanded edition with a demo duet with Barry Gibb of "Let It Be Me."


• Disc 6, How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye (1983), released in Europe as So Amazing: Expanded edition with a dance mix of "Got A Date."


• Disc 7, Finder Of Lost Loves (1985): An expanded edition with five bonus tracks including the original Dionne & Luther duet from the US television series of the same name (a musical reunion with Burt Bacharach).


• Disc 8, Friends (1985).


• Disc 9, Reservations For Two (1987), with three bonus tracks including "Take Good Care Of You And Me" with Jeffrey Osborne and "Who’s Counting Heartaches" with Johnny Mathis.


• Disc 10, Dionne Warwick Sings Cole Porter (1990).


• Disc 11, Friends Can Be Lovers (1993): An expanded edition with three bonus tracks including the 1989 charted single "I Don't Need Another Love," duet with The Spinners, and "A True Love," Dionne's duet with French music legend Sacha Distel.


• Disc 12, Aquarela Do Brasil (1994): An expanded edition with five bonus tracks not included on the original critically-acclaimed album.
DISC ONE
DIONNE: EXPANDED EDITION

1. Who, What, When, Where, Why
2. After You
3. The Letter
4. I’ll Never Love This Way Again
5. Déjà Vu6. Feeling Old Feelings
7. In Your Eyes
8. My Everlasting Love
9. Out Of My Hands
10. All The Time

BONUS TRACKS
11. Never Gonna Let You Get Away (Solo)
12. The Last One To Be Loved
13. Never Gonna Let You Get Away (Duet with Barry Manilow)


DISC TWO
NO NIGHT SO LONG: EXPANDED EDITION

1. Easy Love
2. No Night So Long
3. It's The Falling In Love
4. When The World Runs Out Of Love
5. We Never Said Goodbye
6. How You Once Loved Me
7. Reaching For The Sky
8. Sweetie Pie
9. Somebody's Angel
10. We Had This Time

BONUS TRACKS
11. Even A Fool Would Let Go
12. Dedicate This Heart
13. Now That The Feeling's Gone
14. Starting Tomorrow
15. This Time Is Ours
16. Only Heaven Can Wait For Love
17. Right Back
18. When The Good Times Come Again
19. This Is What I've Wanted All My Life


DISC THREE
HOT! LIVE & OTHERWISE: EXPANDED EDITION

1. What Your Won't Do For Love/In The Stone
2. Don't Make Me Over
3. Alfie
4. One In a Million You
5. Touch Me In The Morning (Live) BONUS TRACK
6. Welcome To My World (Live) BONUS TRACK
7. Hit Records Medley: Walk On By/Anyone Who Had a Heart/You'll Never Get To Heaven/A House Is Not A Home/Message To Michael/Trains And Boats And Planes/The Look Of Love/Close To You/Do You Know The Way To San Jose?/Valley Of The Dolls/There's Always Something There To Remind Me/Make It Easy On Yourself/Promises, Promises/What The World Needs Now Is Love/Then Came You
8. Déjà Vu
9. Easy Love
10. No Night So Long
11. We Never Said Goodbye
12. I'll Never Love This Way Again
13. There's A Long Road Ahead Of Us
14. Some Changes Are For Good
15. Now We're Starting Over Again


DISC FOUR
FRIENDS IN LOVE

1. For You
2. Friends In Love – Dionne Warwick & Johnny Mathis
3. Never Gonna Let You Go
4. Can't Hide Love
5. Betcha By Golly Wow
6. More Than Fascination
7. Got You Where I Want You – Dionne Warwick & Johnny Mathis
8. With A Touch
9. What Is This
10. A Love So Right

DISC FIVE
HEARTBREAKER: EXPANDED EDITION

1. Heartbreaker
2. It Makes No Difference
3. Yours
4. Take The Short Way Home
5. Misunderstood
6. All The Love In The World
7. I Can't See Anything (But You)
8. Just One More Night
9. You Are My Love
10. Our Day Will Come

BONUS TRACK
11. Let It Be Me (Demo) [Duet with Barry Gibb]


DISC SIX
HOW MANY TIMES CAN WE SAY GOODBYE: EXPANDED EDITION

1. Got A Date
2. So Amazing
3. I Do It 'Cause I Like It
4. How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye – Dionne Warwick & Luther Vandross
5. What Can A Miracle Do
6. Two Ships Passing In The Night
7. I Can Let Go Now
8. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

BONUS TRACK
9. Got A Date (Special Remix)


DISC SEVEN
FINDER OF LOST LOVES: EXPANDED EDITION

1. No One In The World
2. Without Your Love
3. Run To Me (Duet with Barry Manilow)
4. Finder Of Lost Loves – Dionne Warwick & Glenn Jones
5. Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore
6. It's You (Duet with Stevie Wonder)
7. It's Love
8. Bedroom Eyes
9. Weakness (Duet with Stevie Wonder)
10. You Made Me Want To Love Again

BONUS TRACKS
11. Broken Bottles
12. Dangerous
13. No One In The World (Alternative Version)
14. Bedroom Eyes (Alternative Version)
15. Finder Of Lost Loves – Dionne Warwick & Luther Vandross


DISC EIGHT
FRIENDS

1. That's What Friends Are For – Dionne & Friends (Featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder)
2. Whisper In The Dark
3. Remember Your Heart
4. Love At Second Sight
5. Moments Aren't Moments
6. Stronger Than Before
7. Stay Devoted
8. No One There (To Sing Me A Love Song)
9. How Long?
10. Extravagant Gestures


DISC NINE
RESERVATIONS FOR TWO: EXPANDED EDITION

1. Love Power – Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne
2. Close Enough
3. You're My Hero (Duet with Smokey Robinson)
4. In A World Such As This
5. Another Chance To Love – Dionne Warwick and Howard Hewett
6. Reservations For Two – Dionne & Kashif
7. Cry On Me
8. Heartbreak Of Love – Dionne Warwick & June Pointer
9. For Everything You Are
10. No One In The World

BONUS TRACKS
11. Walk Away
12. Take Good Care Of You And Me – Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne
13. Two Strong Hearts – Johnny Mathis with Dionne Warwick


DISC TEN
DIONNE WARWICK SINGS COLE PORTER

1. Night And Day
2. I Love Paris
3. I Get A Kick Out Of You
4. What Is This Thing Called Love/So In Love (Medley)
5. You're The Top
6. I've Got You Under My Skin
7. Begin The Beguine
8. It's Alright With Me
9. Anything Goes
10. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
11. All Of You
12. I Concentrate On You
13. Just One Of Those Things
14. Night And Day (Jazz Version)


DISC ELEVEN
FRIENDS CAN BE LOVERS: EXPANDED EDITION

1. Sunny Weather Love
2. Age Of Miracles
3. Where My Lips Have Been
4. Friends Can Be Lovers
5. Love Will Find A Way (with Whitney Houston)
6. Much Too Much
7. Til The End Of Time
8. The Woman That I Am
9. Fragile
10. I Sing At Dawn

BONUS TRACKS
11. A True Love (Duet with Sacha Distel)
12. Who's Counting Heartaches (Duet with Johnny Mathis)
13. I Don't Need Another Love (with The Spinners)


DISC TWELVE
AQUARELA DO BRASIL: EXPANDED EDITION

1. Jobim Medley: Retrato Em Branco E Preto (Variation)/How Insensitive/Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars/Wave/Waters Of March
2. Virou Areia
3. Oh Bahia
4. Piano Na Mangueira
5. Captives Of The Heart
6. Samba Dobrado
7. Heart Of Brazil
8. N’Kosi Sikelel'i – Afrika/So Bashiya Bahlala Ekhaya
9. Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil)
10. Caravan
11. Flower Of Bahia
12. 10,000 Words

BONUS TRACKS
13. To Say Goodbye (with Edu Lobo)
14. Love Me
15. Lullaby
16. Bridges (Travessia)
17. Rainy Day Girl (with Ivan Lins)
Today 02:28 PM

Missed Opportunities with the Marvelettes

I especially love Gladys' voice. and i like Wanda's a lot too, aside from when she gets too much into her head voice.

the Pink Album is just an amazing collection. really not a bad track on it. Here I Am is also very strong.

what do you think are some of the missed opportunities with the group?

I think Strange I Know was a little too "strange" to be a hit single. After Beechwood they should have issued Locking Up My Heart and NOT done a double sided single. Forever should have been saved as an A side to follow up Locking

And after Magician, they probably should have gone with Destination Anywhere. I like Here I Am - it's funky cool. But that smokey sound was getting a bit old

What others songs should have been released? or what other missteps?

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