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    'Gritty' and 'Grungy' HDH productions

    Maybe my adjectives, 'gritty' and 'grungy', are not the best, however, imo, most of HDH's productions had a certain type of polished sophistication about them. Four come to my mind; however, as being not so sophisticated but actually funky:

    "Nowhere to Run"-Martha & the Vandellas
    "Love is Like an Itching in My Heart-the Supremes
    "Something About You"- Four Tops
    "Road Runner"-Jr. Walker & the All Stars

    Get my drift?

    Are there others that come to your mind?
    Last edited by jobucats; 12-13-2019 at 02:35 PM.

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    Yes; H-D-H's work with Shorty Long on "Function At The Junction", "Call On Me" & "Night 'Fo Last" comes to mind as some of their most Funky productions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motown Eddie View Post
    Yes; H-D-H's work with Shorty Long on "Function At The Junction", "Call On Me" & "Night 'Fo Last" comes to mind as some of their most Funky productions.
    Hey, Motown Eddie, I was not familiar with the last 2 Shorty Long outputs so I researched to listen to them. Definitely, I hear the funk in their production of "Night 'Fo Last." I was only familiar with "Call on Me" as done by the Four Tops; and this Shorty Long's version appeared to be similar. THANKS

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    I think Going Down For The Third Time falls into this category.

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    Chris Clark "Loves Gone Bad".....R Dean Taylor "Theres A Ghost In My House".

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    Quote Originally Posted by jobucats View Post
    Maybe my adjectives, 'gritty' and 'grungy', are not the best, however, imo, most of HDH's productions had a certain type of polished sophistication about them. Four come to my mind; however, as being not so sophisticated but actually funky:

    "Nowhere to Run"-Martha & the Vandellas
    "Love is Like an Itching in My Heart-the Supremes
    "Something About You"- Four Tops
    "Road Runner"-Jr. Walker & the All Stars

    Get my drift?

    Are there others that come to your mind?
    "Nowhere to Run" has sophistication and funkiness in equal measure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 144man View Post
    "Nowhere to Run" has sophistication and funkiness in equal measure.
    I love the instrumental introduction to this one!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jobucats View Post
    I love the instrumental introduction to this one!!!
    I love the way the chords played on the piano subtly change by the end of the song.

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    Have you noticed there are two mixes of "Road Runner"? In one of them, the piano is a lot more prominent than the other.

  10. #10
    2 of the best are "You Lost the Sweetest Boy" by Mary Wells & Mickeys' Monkey by the Miracles Funky, Gospel call & response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motony View Post
    2 of the best are "You Lost the Sweetest Boy" by Mary Wells & Mickeys' Monkey by the Miracles Funky, Gospel call & response.
    Thanks for the reminder about "You Lost the Sweetest Boy". It has been a long time since I've listened to it. Mary, the Funk Brothers, and those two vocal groups (who would one day have their time) are tearin' up this song. It also brought to mind Martha & the Vandellas' "Quicksand" and "Heat Wave" as 2 other funky productions by HDH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mowsville View Post
    Chris Clark "Loves Gone Bad".....R Dean Taylor "Theres A Ghost In My House".
    Where in the world was I back in the 1960s when "Love's Gone Bad" was released? Apparently I am the only one who had never heard this. Not only did I just listen to Chris Clark's version, but also listened to the Underdog's and young Michael Jackson's version. A killer song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jobucats View Post
    Where in the world was I back in the 1960s when "Love's Gone Bad" was released? Apparently I am the only one who had never heard this. Not only did I just listen to Chris Clark's version, but also listened to the Underdog's and young Michael Jackson's version. A killer song.
    Isnít it just?

    The single mix of Chris Clarkís recording is a track that I use when auditioning audio equipment.

    Itís no audiophile recording but it really puts a message across.

    If I get that message during an audition, then the gear that Iím listening to has some good qualities.

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    Let's Go Somewhere-R. Dean Taylor
    One Way Out-Martha
    Lovelight In His Eyes-Supremes
    Ask Any Girl-Supremes
    Love's Gone Bad-Chris Clark

  15. Marvin Gaye's "Baby Don't You Do It"

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    I'd have to go with 'Nowhere To Run' & 'Love Is Like An Itching in My Heart'.

    HDH and the Funks at their best!

    Cheers

    Paul

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    Leaving Here. Eddie Holland

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    I Got A Feeling - Four Tops, smacks you right in the face from the first few seconds!

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    Loveís gone bad - pure garage band!

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    "Too Many Fish in the Sea" by the Marvelettes was pretty funky for its time.

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    Nothing But Heartaches slams into you within the initial few seconds, strong drumming, immediate chorus and classic thumping Motown beat

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    "You're A Wonderful One" and as someone mentioned above "Baby Don't You Do It" by Marvin are driving and funky. Great tracks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKEW-UK View Post
    Leaving Here. Eddie Holland
    Stevie Wonder's version of "Baby Don't You Do It" has the same sort of feel.

  24. #24
    “Ain’t That Peculiar” and “One More Heartache” by Marvin.

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    I thought we were on HDH productions here marv and mowest, but hey itís Christmas!!

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    Roverab, "Nothing But Heartaches".....Ah, why didn't that one come to my mind? YES! Reminds me of the driving beat of the Four Tops, "Something About You."

  27. #27
    Miracles - It's A Good Good Feeling

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    Since You've Been Gone - Four Tops, another right at you song and production.

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