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  1. For what its worth, I get the feeling the fans in...

    For what its worth, I get the feeling the fans in the UK were growing tired of what they heard as one sound-alike after another, all modeled off "I Can't Help Myself". I may be wrong as this is based...
  2. Good point!

    Good point!
  3. Wow. One of the best posts I've ever enjoyed on...

    Wow. One of the best posts I've ever enjoyed on this site, because it's factual. It's the nature of the business. As I got older and read more and more books, I came to realize pretty much all record...
  4. I thought this thread was kinda treading old...

    I thought this thread was kinda treading old ground yet again, but there's something in this comment that IS kinda new, at least to me. For years, all I'd hear and read was the perception that the...
  5. I'm going to have to check out that compilation....

    I'm going to have to check out that compilation. Only recently have I started really paying attention to Shirley Ellis. From what I've read, she was a very accomplished musically. Definitely more to...
  6. Ha, ha, yeah. Sometimes a little bit of the...

    Ha, ha, yeah. Sometimes a little bit of the "street" crept into some of her performances. I like that a lot though!
  7. I could hear Gladys performing "Where." H-D-H had...

    I could hear Gladys performing "Where." H-D-H had already done a couple slower numbers where they were having Gladys sing in a much lower, refined style not unlike "Where." "Tie A String Around Your...
  8. Ok, just the make the waters even murkier, I...

    Ok, just the make the waters even murkier, I recall reading that the song was for an upcoming Marvelettes album. THAT really sparked my interest as I read that in the 80s when I was a teen an didn't...
  9. "Likeable" is the whole key to why I enjoy this...

    "Likeable" is the whole key to why I enjoy this version. True, it isn't a Grammy-Award winning tune or performance, but it's just so fun and likeable.
  10. Yes, another reason I enjoy this: it's not overly...

    Yes, another reason I enjoy this: it's not overly produced. You can hear the vocals, including the backing vocals, loud and clear, upfront. To me, everyone conveys that they were having fun recording...
  11. My feeling is that Norman probably knew there was...

    My feeling is that Norman probably knew there was no way he was going to get gutbucket soul from Diana so he just tried a different approach, let the music provide the fire and Diana could provide a...
  12. I'd have gone with the first version of Honey...

    I'd have gone with the first version of Honey Bee. It has a much harder kick...just my 2 cents.
  13. I'm enjoying all the replies to this one and this...

    I'm enjoying all the replies to this one and this is one where I can see everyone's point of view, those who like the song and those who don't really.

    I feel as you said, Diana seems to like the...
  14. The Supremes version of The Nitty Gritty

    Curious about everyone's opinion of Diana Ross's performance of "The Nitty Gritty." I had heard Gladys Knight's version first of all, of course. Then I bought a Motown multi-CD collection and The...
  15. thanks for that! sometimes you don't trust your...

    thanks for that! sometimes you don't trust your own ears...
  16. And that's the shame of it. A lot of those B...

    And that's the shame of it. A lot of those B groups did some pretty good tunes at Motown, but with nobody out there to call attention to those records and sell them, nobody ever knew about them. Adam...
  17. Funny- there was an episode of the old tv show...

    Funny- there was an episode of the old tv show Columbo with a scene in a restaurant. There was one of those lounge singers performing a schmaltzy song and he makes a similar mistake with a line: "I...
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    The Lonesome Road- Stevie Wonder It's Your...

    The Lonesome Road- Stevie Wonder
    It's Your Wedding Day- Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me- Jimmy Ruffin
    Cold As Usual- Dorsey Burnette
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    Wow! That is an EXCELLENT summary of the...

    Wow! That is an EXCELLENT summary of the strengths and weaknesses of the various possible pairings.
  20. It's an incredible song. It veers dangerously...

    It's an incredible song. It veers dangerously close to being overproduced, but Fuqua and Bristol knew how to reign all those multiple elements in to craft an record that kicks you in your gut from...
  21. I've thought the same thing often. That the...

    I've thought the same thing often. That the Temptations could garner enough hits in such a short, compressed time speaks VOLUMES for the Motown machinery. Really, like you said, it has as much to do...
  22. I always had the feeling Ric Tic was hoping for a...

    I always had the feeling Ric Tic was hoping for a Diana Ross-type artist in Rose Batiste. Maybe it's just me...
    https://youtu.be/tSQKlgJ9eyM
  23. It's a good cover and would have made a nice...

    It's a good cover and would have made a nice album cut. It wasn't given that full-blown treatment an A-side would have gotten.
    The background vocals have a nice sort of "casual" and relaxed feel to...
  24. That's another one that baffles me: why that one...

    That's another one that baffles me: why that one isn't regarded as much a classic as something like "Reach Out". As much as I love "I Can't Help Myself", years of constant play on "oldies" stations...
  25. There was an old fan magazine from the U.K. I had...

    There was an old fan magazine from the U.K. I had and there was a section where teens could rant or rave about their fave artists. I think this was after "Shake Me, Wake Me" had been released and a...
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