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Standing in the Shadows of Motown by Original Soundtrack (CD, Sep-2002, Hip-O)

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Album Features
Artist:Original Soundtrack
Release Year:2002
Record Label:Hip-O
Genre:Motown, R&B

Track Listing
1. (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave
2. You've Really Got a Hold on Me
3. Do You Love Me
4. TRUE instrumental) Bernadette - (previously unreleased
5. Reach Out (I'll Be There)
6. Ain't Too Proud to Beg
7. Shotgun
8. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
9. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
10. TRUE instrumental) You Keep Me Hangin' On - (previously unreleased
11. Cool Jerk
12. Cloud Nine
13. What's Going On
14. Ain't No Mountain High Enough
15. The - (previously unreleased, original Motown recording) Flick

Playing Time:55 min.
Producer:Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Harry Weinger, Lawrence Horn, Ted Greenberg, Al Slutsky (Compilation), Jr. Berry Gordy
Distributor:Universal Distribution
Recording Type:Mixed
Recording Mode:Stereo
SPAR Code:n/a

Album Notes
STANDING IN THE SHADOWS contains new live versions of classic hits sung by today's stars and backed by Motown's house band, the Funk Brothers. Included are three original, previously unreleased tracks from Motown's vaults.STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Album For A Motion Picture Or Television."What's Going On" (Chaka Khan) won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.Personnel: Levi Stubbs, Me'Shell Ndeg‚ocello, Bootsy Collins (vocals); Eddie Willis, Robert White , Joe Messina (guitar); Luigi Mazzocchi, Florence Rosenweig, Larry Abramovitz, Orest Artymiw, Olga Konopelsky (violin); Davis A. Barnett (viola); Tom Scott (flute, saxophone); Danny Turner , Mike Pedicin, Ernie Rodgers, Kasuku Mafia, William Zaccagni, Ron Kerber (saxophone); Evan Solot, Maurice Davis , Marcus Belgrave (trumpet); Ted Greenberg (French horn, hand claps); Ron Kischuk, Edward Gooch (trombone); Eddie "Bongo" Brown (organ, congas); Earl Van Dyke, Demetrios Pappas, Rudy Robinson, Joe Hunter , Johnny Griffith (keyboards); Jack Ashford (vibraphone, percussion); Richard "Pistol" Allen, Uriel Jones (drums); Seth Justman (hand claps); Carla Benson, Keith Benson, Misty Love, John Ingram (background vocals).Audio Mixer: Ted Greenberg.Recording information: Hitsville Basement Studio "The Snakepit", Detroit, MI (12/06/2000-12/??/2000); Royal Oak Music Theater, Royal Oak, MI (12/06/2000-12/??/2000).Unknown Contributor Role: Benny Benjamin.Arrangers: Willie Shorter; Ritchie Rome; Paul Riser; Seth Justman; Wade Marcus; David Van De Pitte.During Paul Justman's film documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown, based on Al Slutsky's book of the same name about the session musicians who played on Motown recordings in Detroit from the late '50s to the early '70s, one of the interviewees is heard to comment that once those musicians, who dubbed themselves the Funk Brothers, finished cutting a backing track, it almost didn't matter who sang over it. It is no criticism of the singers who appear on this soundtrack album, which consists mainly of the new performances of Motown hits that punctuate the film, to say that the music heard here bears that observation out. The singers have been well chosen for the songs. Me'Shell Ndeg‚Ocello, for example, offers a contemporary gloss on Smokey Robinson's "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" and channels Eddie Kendricks on the Temptations' "Cloud Nine," while Gerald Levert makes like Levi Stubbs on the Four Tops' "Reach out I'll Be There," Joan Osborne lives up to Martha Reeves on the Vandellas' "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave," and Bootsy Collins brings humor and outrageousness to the Contours' "Do You Love Me" and the Capitols' "Cool Jerk." But the legend on the back of the disc, "Starring the Funk Brothers on all tracks" is well put. This is a cohesive group, not just some studio professionals. The band is mixed louder and much more clearly than they were in the 1960s, when their sound was compressed, toned down behind the vocalists, and presented (at least on the AM radios on which it was most frequently heard) in mono. While the Motown sound was the product of its singers, songwriters, arrangers, and producers as well as the musicians who played the instruments, their contribution has been undervalued, and this recording demonstrates that amply. ~ William Ruhlmann

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Created: 05/21/07


Excellent music, great Motown sound with some of the greatest musicians and the greatest band members no one really knew, the Funk Brothers, sure brings back memories of good music from the 60's & 70's. Music like this will last forever, very unlike the crap that is out there these days.

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Created: 01/02/09

For Motown Lovers everywhere.

Loved the DVD. Needed to have the soundtrack in my car. If you don't know, this is the story of the musicians who made the "Motown" sound. It features various artists singing the hits with the original "Funk Brothers".Great music,Great fun!

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Created: 07/19/11

Don, miss this one!

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

Saw this miovie on the Sundance channel last year sometime and was immediately enthralled with the story of the Funk Brothers. Caught the show again about a month ago still loving every minute of it. Just on chance I searched EBay & Amazon for a possible soundtrack and lo and behold there is one. Seller on Ebay offered best deal. CD is now in my car and is played every day. The performers are superb and just maybe even better than the original artists! Catch the show and buy the CD. Fantastic!!

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Created: 12/10/13

Terrific music from the greatest hit machine in the history of Soul and R&B

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

Saw the actual show bearing the same title on television. Great music from the The Funk Brothers, who are the original musicians backing of all the Motown recording label singing groups since the 1960's. These include Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Jackson 5, The Marvelettes, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles and many more.

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Created: 03/18/08

standing in the shadows

Several Funk Brothers originals not previously released make this a must have for any discerning Tamla motown collector

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