Yesterday 11:16 PM

Motown songs that make you literally get up and dance!

You know you wanna dance,hehe...s.o.s[edwin starr]...the love you save[jackson 5]...hitch hike[marvin gaye]...my daddy knows best[the marvelettes]...mickey's monkee[the miracles]...ain't too proud to beg[temptations]...i can't help myself[four tops]...shotgun[jr.walker]...got to give it up[marvin gaye]...what's hard for one[mary wells]...uptight[stevie wonder]...heatwave[martha an the vandellas]...come on do the jerk[the miracles]...where did our love go[the supremes]...glasshouse[temptations]...floy joy[supremes]...boogie down[eddie kendricks]...pucker up buttercup[jr.walker]...you haven't done nothing[stevie wonder]...function at the junction[shorty long]...body and soul[the four tops]...i'll be in trouble[temptations]...jimmy mack[martha and the vandellas]...whole lotta shakin[the miracles]...well,get up and dance!!
Yesterday 09:58 PM

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.
Yesterday 02:51 PM

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

Hi everyone,

I’m a big Motown fan (Especially Diana Ross and the Supremes - and especially after 1966) but like most of other fans I’m a bit upset with Universal who releases less and less of Motown Rarities and if, mostly only digitally.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m 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 „original LP“ 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 don’t like that most of the tracks are distributed on different CDs on the sets. That’s 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 haven’t 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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Yesterday 10:19 PM

Diana Ross' Playlists on YouTube

Quarantine has been ideal for me to create playlists on YouTube. I recently compiled four with Diana Ross' recordings, that you can listen to. I enjoy very much doing these lists, in some cases trying to select a few tracks that usually are not included in the artists' "best of" compilations. I would have loved to work doing those compilations at Motown, lol!

• Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)
• Surrender
• And If You See Him
• Ain't No Mountain High Enough
• Something on My Mind
• I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You
• Remember Me
• Just Say, Just Say / With Marvin Gaye
• It's My House
• No One Gets the Prize
• I Ain't Been Licked
• The Boss

• Why Do Fools Fall in Love
• Selfish One
• Behind Closed Doors
• Blame It on the Sun
• Little Girl Blue
• Turn Around
• There Goes My Baby
• Rescue Me
• Imagine
• Did You Read the Morning Paper?
• Smile
• I Will Survive

• Swept Away
• Shine
• It's Your Move
• Love or Loneliness
• Summertime
• I Am Me
• Touch by Touch
• So Close
• Chain Reaction
• Missing You
• Eaten Alive
• Pieces of Ice

• Touch Me in the Morning
• You Got It
• Battlefield
• I'm Still Waiting
• Sleepin'
• I Thought It Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)
• Upside Down
• Tenderness
• My Baby (My Baby, My Own)
• Change of Heart
• Keep It Right There
• Love Hangover

Hope you enjoy them too. Here's the link to all my playlists:
Yesterday 08:52 PM

Motown Performers FIRST Television Appearances

I was just reading the following in Robin Seymour's new book just published.

Johnny Carson asked his guest Smokey Robinson "Your first appearance on television was on American Bandstand, right?" "No," Smokey replied. "My first television appearance was 1965 in Detroit on a local dance show called Swingin' Time, hosted by Robin Seymour."

First I ever heard this about Smokey.

Now, let's try to see if we can have a running tabulation of the other Motown artists and where their first television appearance was. Let's try to cover as many as we can. This should be interesting.

Thanks for any input you can provide on this question.
Today 12:38 AM

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."


Ralph Terrana

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