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  1. Not a good career move. Shows that Marvin was a...

    Not a good career move. Shows that Marvin was a guy with serious issues.

    Is that the way for a lot of great artists, however?

    Are the personality characteristics that allow such open-minded...
  2. A personal perspective..... For me, Marvin’s...

    A personal perspective.....

    For me, Marvin’s greatest strengths are in what he did with material rather than as a songwriter per se. This is what brought him success in the 60s, and a lot of his...
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    And he got it right. :)

    And he got it right. :)
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    Back in the mid-80s, I met the BBC’s - apparently...

    Back in the mid-80s, I met the BBC’s - apparently legendary - Angela Bond and one of her acolytes for a job interview, which was part of a vain attempt by me to find a proper job associated with...
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    My 13 year-old granddaughter and eight year-old...

    My 13 year-old granddaughter and eight year-old grandson use th-fronting because it's widely present in their peer groups, plus their father and their paternal grandmother use it.

    I'm guessing...
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    The BBC also seems to make a point of using...

    The BBC also seems to make a point of using voice-over people who can't pronounce "th" correctly, or who have the faux-Jamaican accent that seems to have permeated through some of the youth of the...
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    Pronounciation? Isn't it pronunciation?

    Pronounciation? Isn't it pronunciation?
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    And we all did. :) Language does evolve, but I...

    And we all did. :)

    Language does evolve, but I will probably never accept Vee Undispu'ed Troof, or "You're Ver First, Ver Last, My Everyfing", or "Fink" by Areefa Franklin.

    Great fred, viss!
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    He certainly did. Lol. :)

    He certainly did. Lol. :)
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    Decades is right. Even back in the 1960s,...

    Decades is right.

    Even back in the 1960s, English school teachers were starting to favour self-expression over proper spelling and grammar.

    I appear to have some aptitude for languages,...
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    That 12" package sounds like something that we...

    That 12" package sounds like something that we might well have seen in Star Trek.

    They always tried to make things look futuristic but in a contemporary and accessible way such that people would...
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    Ouch! I remember when everyone went out and...

    Ouch!

    I remember when everyone went out and bought CD copies of albums that they already owned on vinyl, and then gave the vinyl editions away to charity shops, where guys like me bought them for...
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    Your comment about the transition from from the...

    Your comment about the transition from from the album to compact disk interested me. Are you saying that the change of physical medium was, of itself, a problem, or are you saying that the way that...
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    For me, the thing that defined Motown was its...

    For me, the thing that defined Motown was its seminal output. It truly set musical trends from around 1963 until the early 70s, starting with people like Smokey, Mickey Stevenson, and H-D-H, and...
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    Now, that's a fresh perspective showing the...

    Now, that's a fresh perspective showing the bigger picture.

    It suggests that Motown in Detroit would have died a death from a thousand little bites had it stayed.

    In some ways, it's a shame -...
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    Having listened to the single and album mixes, I...

    Having listened to the single and album mixes, I think that it is both Uriel and Pistol.

    Uriel's heavy-hitting style on the snare and toms is there right up front, along with his "Rat-tat-a-tat"...
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    When Junior played the Hammersmith Odeon in 1973...

    When Junior played the Hammersmith Odeon in 1973 and opened for The Temptations, his son was the drummer.
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    Actually, all anyone is doing is sharing their...

    Actually, all anyone is doing is sharing their opinion of a 1981 single by Diana Ross.

    Given that most people in the world didn't buy it, there will be some who like it, some who don't like it,...
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    Lol. Agreed. There's a great old Bo Diddley...

    Lol. Agreed.

    There's a great old Bo Diddley song called "Who Do You Love?" but, happily, I've not come across one called "Who Do You Hate?", which is a sentiment that I can't empathise with.
    ...
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    This certainly wasn't what I expected after the...

    This certainly wasn't what I expected after the Chic album or any of the Michael Masser ballads that came out sounding like old, previously unreleased recordings.

    Instead, it's a great and...
  21. I agree with you and me. :)

    I agree with you and me. :)
  22. He's actually being pushed to the very top of his...

    He's actually being pushed to the very top of his register in a slightly less-appealing-than-normal way.

    If I have a slight criticism of Motown it's that they tended to push Levi's vocals to the...
  23. The production on the "Yesterday's Dreams" album...

    The production on the "Yesterday's Dreams" album is very different to earlier Tops albums and, I suspect, reflects changes in the studio technology combined with the end of dedicated mono album...
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    I say old chap, it's a jolly good song, what? ...

    I say old chap, it's a jolly good song, what?

    Valerie Simpson's left hand is definitely working very hard, and doing much more than just tickling the old ivories.

    Tally ho for now.
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    For me, the big difference between '[[You're My)...

    For me, the big difference between '[[You're My) Soul And Inspiration' and genuine Phil Spector productions is the sound of the drums.

    On Spector productions, they're thunderingly deep-sounding...
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