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reviewed Love Will Find Its Own Way: The Best .... February 17, 2011
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The Best of Gladys Knight and the Pips
They were a significant force in American popular music for nearly three decades. Over the course of their storied career Gladys Knight and the Pips would master a variety of genres and experience a remarkable …
posted a Quick Tip about Ball Of Confusion (That's What The Wo.... February 15, 2011
Ball Of Confusion
Without a doubt, this is my favorite song by The Temptations. Political and social commentary with a funky, soulful beat and some truly great vocals. Timeless!
reviewed Junior Walker and the All Stars: The .... February 15, 2011
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Junior Walker and the All Stars
I began my lifelong obsession of collecting records in the spring of 1965.   There were so many amazing sounds emanating out of our little transistor radios in those days.  There was folk, …
reviewed The Temptations: Ultimate Collection. January 30, 2011
Temptations Ultimate Collection
Stop trying to pull the wool over our eyes!  In this day of slick marketing and advertising gimmicks you can pretty much call any product anything you want to and make just about any claim you care …
posted a Quick Tip about Get Ready. September 26, 2010
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Get Ready
One of the few instances where a cover of a song was as good as the original. Different mind you, but just as good.
posted a Quick Tip about Jackson 5. September 01, 2010
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Jackson 5
Boy, do I remember watching the "Jackson Five" on TV growing up as a kid!!!  Michael was so talented, definitely carried the group!!!  Unfortunately, Michael's meteoric rise to …
reviewed Diana Ross and the Supremes: The #1's. August 31, 2010
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Diana Ross and the Supremes: The #1's
Say what you will about the many incarnations of Diana Ross - Motown Chanteuse, Auteur, Mannequin, Jacko Muse or (Nora) Desmond Diva - it is almost impossible to deny her enduring influence on popular …
posted a Quick Tip about My Girl. August 14, 2010
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My Girl
Another great Motown band with a very memorable song.
posted a Quick Tip about The Tears Of A Clown. August 14, 2010
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The Tears Of A Clown
Motown doesn't get any better than Smokey Robinson. I had a room mate while I was stationed in Korea in 86 that was a big Motown fan, that is where I learned to appreciate the sound.
posted a Quick Tip about Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Li.... July 06, 2010
Songs In The Key Of Life
This just may be the finest album in Stevie Wonder's long and outstanding career. An amazing recording!
reviewed Dreamgirl & Supreme Faith, Updated Ed.... May 02, 2010
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Here we have a two-in-one package deal.  Supreme Supreme Mary Wilson pours her heart out for the whole world to hear her sad song sung with utmost passion.  First a brief overview: The first …
reviewed Motown Records. April 14, 2010
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Motown Records
A half century ago, a young Detroit entrepreneur named Berry Gordy Jr. decided that he was going to start his own record company.  His idea was a simple one really.  He was going to make records …
reviewed Diana Ross: The Definitive Collection. December 29, 2009
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Diana Ross The Definitive Collection
During the years 1964 to 1986 few artists dominated the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart like Diana Ross.  As lead singer of The Supremes and later as a solo artist Diana placed more than 70 tunes …
reviewed Boyz II Men: Motown: A Journey Throug.... November 19, 2009
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Boyz II Men Motown A Journey Through Hitsville
Once upon a time four talented young students at Philadelphia's High School of Creative and Performing Arts formed an R & B vocal quartet. Before long Michael, Nathan, Wanya and Shawn would come to …
reviewed Martha & The Vandellas. October 27, 2009
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Martha & The Vandellas
As the story goes Martha Reeves went to work at Motown as a secretary sometime around 1962 for the paltry sum of $35.00 per week.   As Martha recalls "As part of my job I had to audition …
reviewed The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgi.... October 16, 2009
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It is a story that is all too familiar to those who have studied the early history of rock and roll.  Greedy record label owners and executives would conspire to cheat artists out of the royalties …
posted a Quick Tip about Mayer Hawthorne & The County - 'Just .... October 05, 2009
Mayer Hawthorne
I'm so obsessed with this music video, and Mayer Hawthorne's smooth vocals. Mayer Hawthorne & The County are the best band of 2009, IMO.
reviewed Stevie Wonder. September 25, 2009
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Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder is amazing!!!   In a career spanning nearly a half century at Motown records he has produced some of the finest pop, soul and R&B records of his day.  I cannot think …
posted a Quick Tip about Hitsville USA- Motown Records- Produc.... August 29, 2009
Hitsville USA- Motown Records- Producer- Barry Gordy
Hitsville USA, classic Motown, featuring Smokey Robinson, The Miracles, Diana Ross, today on PBS- fun soulful!
reviewed Motown 50 Fanthology. August 20, 2009
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Motown 50
A half century ago, a young Detroit entrepreneur named Berry Gordy Jr. decided that he was going to start his own record company.  His idea was a simple one really.  He was going to make records …
reviewed Now That's What I Call Motown. January 15, 2009
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Now That's What I Call Motown
I'm sure that many younger people wonder what the fuss was all about.  A half century ago, a young Detroit entreprenour named Berry Gordy Jr. decided that he was going to start his own record company.  …
reviewed The Four Tops: The Ultimate Collection. December 31, 2008
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The Four Tops Ultimate Collection
The Ultimate Collection , released by Polygram in 1997, contains all the great Motown hits of the Four Tops. The group, formed in Detroit in 1954 remained together for more than forty years until Lawrence …
reviewed Four Tops: 50th Anniversary Anthology. December 25, 2008
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Four Tops 50th Anniversary Anthology
I must say right off the bat that "Four Tops: 50th Anniversary Anthology" is without a doubt one of the best things I own.  Hip-O has done just about everything right in putting together …
reviewed Gladys Knight and the Pips: The Ultim.... December 21, 2008
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Gladys Knight & The Pips The Ultimate Collection
Pulled this one off the shelf the other night after hearing that Gladys Knight had performed in our town earlier in the week.  My wife and I had seen Gladys Knight and the Pips perform in the summer …
reviewed Motown Remixed. December 19, 2008
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Motown Remixed
That is the $64000 question!  I must say that I really did not expect very much when I gave this disc a listen.  It seems that remixing old hits is all the rage these days.  But I must …
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