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    Understood. I'm just glad that it wasn't, say,...

    Understood.

    I'm just glad that it wasn't, say, Four Tops or The Temptations who were the artists associated with this sub-forum.
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    I thought that this was a forum about soul music...

    I thought that this was a forum about soul music in the context of Diana Ross and The Supremes.

    If someone posts stuff on this forum that causes distress or controversy then this is because...
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    It's worth noting that most original LPs are...

    It's worth noting that most original LPs are likely to be in mono, whereas all CD reissues have probably been in stereo.

    This will introduce an immediate perceived difference between original LP...
  4. I love this track. As with a number of UK Motown...

    I love this track. As with a number of UK Motown singles from that era, when they'd been pulled off albums we got the stereo mix. The same applied, for instance, to "Tears Of A Clown". (For TOAC,...
  5. Not only was it a charity single but from my own...

    Not only was it a charity single but from my own personal perspective I reckon that people bought it as an act of charity. I don't see any other reason why someone would buy it.

    YMMV. :)
  6. "Er, guys. That's great, but it'll never get...

    "Er, guys. That's great, but it'll never get airplay. Firstly, it's too long, and secondly, it goes off the boil a lot, and the kids will switch off and lose interest.

    "Do you guys think that you...
  7. These guys were a multiracial outfit doing great...

    These guys were a multiracial outfit doing great pop music.

    Strangely, I never considered them as an answer to the Motown sound. But, then again, I was only 13 in 1967. I just saw them as...
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    Age-related? The song was a smash hit twice in...

    Age-related?

    The song was a smash hit twice in the UK. Firstly for Steam and later for Bananarama. The Steam version can be found on several UK CD compilations.

    l just wish that they’d put the...
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    I wouldn’t have viewed “Someday We’ll Be...

    I wouldn’t have viewed “Someday We’ll Be Together” as obvious hit material, either. It’s mid-tempo and laid back with a downbeat and subtle melody. A far cry from normal Supremes singles material.
  10. "Then", which I believe Four Tops released first.

    "Then", which I believe Four Tops released first.
  11. I remember Union Square for compilations of dodgy...

    I remember Union Square for compilations of dodgy remakes by “the original artist”, but this looks really good, and it looks as though it’s been compiled by someone who knows their music, which isn’t...
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    For me, Steam nailed this song best. Their...

    For me, Steam nailed this song best. Their recording has a unique sound and feel.

    Bananarama also had an 80s hit with it. This shows the strength of the song.

    The question for me is what we...
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    I suspect that it was. In 1967, on the sleeve...

    I suspect that it was.

    In 1967, on the sleeve of British Motown Chartbusters (which later became known as volume one), Mike Raven referred to a sameyness that occurred around 1965-66 but that had...
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    Are you saying that Doctor Zachary Smith was once...

    Are you saying that Doctor Zachary Smith was once a member of The Drifters?
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    Agreed. It packs an exciting punch. Love it! ...

    Agreed. It packs an exciting punch. Love it!

    Great dance track but perhaps not hit single material. Shame, really.
  16. With most 60s and many 70s soul outfits, all we...

    With most 60s and many 70s soul outfits, all we are left with are effectively tribute bands.

    I saw Odyssey live last year and the only link to the original band was that the lead figure ( but not...
  17. To answer the original question, I didn't really...

    To answer the original question, I didn't really focus on whether or not they were replacing Mary and Cindy etc. I just enjoyed what I heard. As a teenage record buyer, contracts, morals, legalities...
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    Gladys' version needs to be heard in the mono...

    Gladys' version needs to be heard in the mono single mix or not at all. The stereo mix with its reverb kills the energy. A waste of tape.
    Funk and reverb just don't go together IMHO.
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    I was shocked and delighted when I first heard...

    I was shocked and delighted when I first heard "Simple Game."

    I already knew the song as "A Simple Game". I had it on the B-side of "Ride My Seesaw" by The Moody Blues and had listened to it a lot...
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    After the very strong "Can't Slow Down" it felt...

    After the very strong "Can't Slow Down" it felt as though Lionel tried to repeat the success but relied upon formula rather than inspiration.

    For me, the forced "Whoop" in the intro to "Dancing...
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    Good point! And we might not have got "Why...

    Good point!

    And we might not have got "Why Can't We Be Lovers?" either.

    I suspect that time was passing, artists were maturing and the world was changing.

    It might therefore be that the...
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    This is a wonderful track. I first acquired it as...

    This is a wonderful track. I first acquired it as a UK single when it was released as an A-side in its own right, with "If You Really Love Me" as the B-side. (TMG779)

    It totally bombed and,...
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    Lol. :) Any CD that has “I’ve Got The Music In...

    Lol. :)

    Any CD that has “I’ve Got The Music In Me” on it has to be worth a punt. That track is a tour de force.

    I first heard ”Amoureuse” as a teenager and it was an absorbing insight into a...
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    I found that at Lancaster University, in the...

    I found that at Lancaster University, in the north west of England, in 1973-6 soul wasn’t accepted except “Nutbush City Limits”, but, before that, it was widely accepted at my very middle class...
  25. Perhaps on the CD version of Motown Chartbusters...

    Perhaps on the CD version of Motown Chartbusters Volume 6, but not on the original vinyl LP.

    The mix on the the CD version has the same vocal overdub over the intro as the single mix, but I’d...
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