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Today 03:23 PM

Our Motown Top 60

Hey everyone, keeping with Motown's 60th Anniversary I think it would be great if we post a favorite Motown recording here until we reach 60 of our favorites. If someone post one that you were thinking of posting, pick a different one (God knows there are a lot to choose from).
I will start things off with this one:

1).

Today 03:45 PM

Alternate takes question

Over the years we have been fortunate to have heard many alternate takes on the expanded albums by Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and The Supremes. Also some have also appeared on L&F albums.

My question is that is there any reason to doubt the existence of alternate takes of the songs on the other major artist album releases like, for example, Reach Out, With A Lot O' Soul, Going To A Go-Go?

What do you all think please?

(Foolishly imagining the potential for Expanded albums)
Today 03:24 PM

Velvelettes LIVE! Last WeeK

These ladies are truly timeless. What a performance of their classic Needle in a Haystack last week at the Don Was Concert of Colours in Detroit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH9J3SEfoMo
Fab-yew-less!
Today 01:40 PM

"This Is It! More From The Van McCoy Songbook 1962-1977" (Kent UK) 6/28/2019

Description
Some years have passed since “The Sweetest Feeling”, Kent’s first dip into the catalogue of the late Van McCoy, was issued to acclaim from soul fans all over the world. Back then we made a promise that, should sales warrant a second volume, we would release one. Well, it’s taken a while for it to come together – nine years, in fact – but we are delighted to finally bring you that long-promised follow-up, “This Is It!”

As we promised in the notes to the previous set, the accent this time is predominantly on the upbeat. “This Is It!” collects a significant number of Van’s biggest and rarest 60s/Northern Soul favourites, multiple modern-crossover treats from the 70s and, for balance, a few slower opportunities to get their breath back for those who mostly like to dance but occasionally like to listen. Although the inevitable licensing issues prevented us from securing a couple of tracks we would like to have included, we feel certain that everyone who loves the work of Van McCoy will be more than happy with the contents.

As well as Northern and modern rarities by the likes of Sandi Sheldon, Kenny Carlton, the Vonettes and Bill Harris, among others, “This Is It!” also contains several of Van’s most commercially successful songs and productions, including Melba Moore’s title track and Gladys Knight and the Pips’ UK chart monster ‘Baby Don’t Change Your Mind’. Several artists featured here, including the Spellbinders, Chris Bartley, the Ad Libs and Brenda and the Tabulations, are indelibly associated with Van, having spent most of their careers working with him.

It’s been 40 years this summer since Van succumbed to a fatal heart attack, at the age of just 39. Van may have left us a long time ago but his timeless music never will, and here are 24 more of the very best examples of “Van McCoy Magic”.

Tracklist
1. Lost And Found - Kenny Carlton
2. The Sweetest Thing This Side Of Heaven - Chris Bartley
3. You're Gonna Make Me Love You - Sandi Sheldon
4. Hard Way To Go - The Exciters
5. I Wanna Love You So Bad - Bobby Reed
6. Gonna Be Ready - Betty Everett
7. We're In This Thing Together - Peaches & Herb
8. Baby, I Miss You - The Spellbinders
9. Abracadabra - Erma Franklin
10. Wait Till I Get You In My Arms - Major Lance
11. Just In The Nick Of Time - Toni Lamarr
12. Touch My Heart - The Vonettes
13. Mister DJ - Francine Barker
14. Ain't It Funny What Love Can Do - Kenny Young
15. Show A Little Appreciation - The Ad Libs
16. Where Did You Learn To Make Love The Way You Do (Album Version) - Sharon Ridley
17. Little Bit Of Love - Brenda & The Tabulations
18. If I Don't Love You - The Choice Four
19. Memories And Souvenirs - Laura Greene
20. You're My Peace Of Mind - Faith Hope & Charity
21. Baby Don't Change Your Mind - Gladys Knight & The Pips
22. Am I Cold, Am I Hot - Bill Harris
23. Everything's Coming Up Love - David Ruffin
24. This Is It - Melba Moore
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https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RQ3V1HG/?tag=imwan-21
Today 03:56 PM

Shalamar "Gold" budget 3CD compilation (Crimson UK) - 7/19/2019

Shalamar broke onto the disco scene in 1977, but 2019 marks the 40th Anniversary of the classic line-up formation of Howard Hewett, Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel, who set the UK charts alight throughout the early 80's with hits like 'Dead Giveaway' and 'There It Is.' From their debut discofied Motown medley, 'Uptown Festival,' Shalamar became constant hit-makers on both the US R&B charts and the UK pop charts, scoring with the dance-floor classics 'Take That To The Bank,' 'The Second Time Around' and 'Make That Move.' While promoting 'A Night To Remember' on 'Top of the Pops' in 1982, Jeffrey Daniel introduced UK audiences to the moon walk and started a body popping craze across the country. Their top ten album 'Friends' subsequently spent over a year on the chart and achieved platinum sales. Shalamar's current line-up of Howard, Jeffrey and Carolyn Griffey still tour regularly in the UK and have closed every year since 2010 with a sell-out show at London's O2 Arena. This 'Gold' 3CD collection, features all 24 of Shalamar's US and UK top 40 chart singles, all of which are included here in for the first time in their full-length versions and 12" disco mixes on this 42-track set.

Tracklist
TBA
Amazon USA
Available for pre-order soon:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SQMZKFM/?tag=imwan-20

Amazon UK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07SQMZKFM/?tag=imwan-21

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