Standing In The Shadows Of Motown (Bonus Tracks) CD (2004)

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Specifications

Label Universal Records
SKU 61004809
UPC 044006636528
UPC 14 00044006636528
Format CD
Release Date 5/11/2004
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Author Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work California Dreams
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
CatalogID 440066365
Lable Name Hip-O
Released 05/11/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00044006636528
Album Notes and Credits
This deluxe edition of 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 four original, previously unreleased tracks from Motown's vaults and a bonus disc containing instrumental versions of the original hits.
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: Eddie Willis, Robert White , Joe Messina (guitar); Earl Van Dyke, Joe Hunter , Johnny Griffith (keyboards); Uriel Jones (vibraphone, percussion); Bob Babbitt, James Jamerson (bass guitar); Benny Benjamin, Richard "Pistol" Allen (drums); Eddie Brown (congas); The Funk Brothers.
While there was certainly little to complain about on the original issue of the soundtrack for Standing in the Shadows of Motown, for those who truly sought the magic of the Funk Brothers, this deluxe edition is what they longed for all along. This two-disc collection contains the soundtrack of the Allan Slutsky/Harry Weinger film -- plus three bonus tracks -- from that historic night at the Royal Oak Music Theater just outside of Detroit. It pairs what was left of the original Motown session gang and their heirs with a host of vocalists, including Joan Osborne, Chaka Khan, Bootsy Collins, Montell Jordan, Me'Shell Ndeg?Ocello, Ben Harper, and Gerald LeVert interpreting the classics. The extra soundtrack cuts feature John Lee Hooker, Jackie Wilson, and Dennis Coffey with the Detroit Guitar Band. But on disc two, the entire grail becomes attainable. Here are 15 musical tracks, the original instrumental sides from "the Snakepit" of the Motown studios, with little or no vocal accompaniment, remixed from the ground up. The producers broke down and mapped out each verse, bridge, chorus, and vamp on paper first. Phone calls were made to the living members and then each tune was knotted together from the recorded evidence, using the input of the Funks and the added guitars of Dennis Coffey and Wah Wah Watson.
What comes across is the Brothers zeroing in on and stretching the groove with grit, grease, and soul from the floor of Studio A. Here are the popping rhythms of "Standing in the Shadows of Love," "The One Who Really Loves You," Norman Whitfield's "Pride and Joy," and Smokey's "My Girl," along with the dubs of "The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game," "I Was Made to Love Her," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," and more. Interspersed are dialogue tracks where the dwellers of the Snakepit speak, like Joe Hunter, Pistol Allen, Jack Ashford, et al. There is one cut that breaks the rules: the final selection on the disc, the version of "You're My Everything" with James Jamerson. Here are David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks singing, handing off the lead vocal on tape with Jamerson punched in as a way of balancing the rhythm. It's just the Temps and Jamerson's bass running over the vocal arrangement. In other words, it's a whole different aspect of the "rhythm" track and perhaps the most startling evidence of how truly unique the Funk Brothers were. Certainly, a lot of this will piss off purists, but it can't be helped. For everyone else, this is a beautiful and moving document that offers what the soundtrack tried to, and is the real reason to make this purchase. It could have been made available on its own, but corporate marketing strategies being what they are, this is as good as it's going to get and the only way to get this bit of groove history. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Q (p.127) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The hero is the late James Jamerson - his stunningly free basslines still affect brain and body like little else."
Uncut (9/03, p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The old dudes remain innately fluid..."
Disc 1
1 Heat Wave, (Love Is Like A),Funk Brothers In The House!
2 You've Really Got a Hold on Me,Standing in the Shadows of Love
3 Do You Love Me,Dialogue: Joe Hunter
4 Bernadette - (TRUE instrumental),One Who Really Loves You, The
5 Reach Out I'll Be There,Pride and Joy
6 Ain't Too Proud to Beg,Dialogue: Robert White
7 Shotgun,My Girl
8 What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart
9 I Heard It Through the Grapevine,Don't Mess With Bill
10 You Keep Me Hanging On - (TRUE instrumental),Hunter Gets Captured by the Game, The
11 Cool Jerk,Dialogue: Eddie Willis, Uriel Jones & Jack Ashford
12 Cloud Nine,I Second That Emotion
13 What's Going On,I Was Made to Love Her
14 Band Introduction / Ain't No Mountain High Enough,Dialogue: Richard "Pistol" Allen
15 Flick, The,I Heard It Through the Grapevine - (Gladys version)
16 Boom Boom - (Bonus Track),Home Cookin'
17 Higher and Higher, (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) - (Bonus Track),For Once in My Life
18 Scorpio - (Bonus Track),Dialogue: Jack Ashford
19 I Can't Get Next to You
20 It's a Shame
21 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - (Ross version)
22 Dialogue: Eddie Willis
23 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
24 Dialogue: Lamont Dozier
25 You're My Everything - (Bonus Track)
Disc 2
1 Heat Wave, (Love Is Like A),Funk Brothers In The House!
2 You've Really Got a Hold on Me,Standing in the Shadows of Love
3 Do You Love Me,Dialogue: Joe Hunter
4 Bernadette - (TRUE instrumental),One Who Really Loves You, The
5 Reach Out I'll Be There,Pride and Joy
6 Ain't Too Proud to Beg,Dialogue: Robert White
7 Shotgun,My Girl
8 What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart
9 I Heard It Through the Grapevine,Don't Mess With Bill
10 You Keep Me Hanging On - (TRUE instrumental),Hunter Gets Captured by the Game, The
11 Cool Jerk,Dialogue: Eddie Willis, Uriel Jones & Jack Ashford
12 Cloud Nine,I Second That Emotion
13 What's Going On,I Was Made to Love Her
14 Band Introduction / Ain't No Mountain High Enough,Dialogue: Richard "Pistol" Allen
15 Flick, The,I Heard It Through the Grapevine - (Gladys version)
16 Boom Boom - (Bonus Track),Home Cookin'
17 Higher and Higher, (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) - (Bonus Track),For Once in My Life
18 Scorpio - (Bonus Track),Dialogue: Jack Ashford
19 I Can't Get Next to You
20 It's a Shame
21 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - (Ross version)
22 Dialogue: Eddie Willis
23 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
24 Dialogue: Lamont Dozier
25 You're My Everything - (Bonus Track)
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