Motown: The Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Opening in April of 2013, Motown: The Musical is the Broadway adaptation of Motown founder Berry Gordy's autobiography, one stuffed with over 50 song segments from the legendary label's towering '60s glory days. Trying to contain the various vivid stories, personalities, and characters of Motown's early history in one compact musical would be hard enough, let alone trying to get into any of the music. Thusly, the original Broadway cast recording of Motown: The Musical is mostly a long string of medleys, grabbing truncated versions or seconds of hooks from classic Motown hits by everyone from the Supremes to the Jackson 5. In between the dizzyingly speedy mash-ups there are ...
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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Opening in April of 2013, Motown: The Musical is the Broadway adaptation of Motown founder Berry Gordy's autobiography, one stuffed with over 50 song segments from the legendary label's towering '60s glory days. Trying to contain the various vivid stories, personalities, and characters of Motown's early history in one compact musical would be hard enough, let alone trying to get into any of the music. Thusly, the original Broadway cast recording of Motown: The Musical is mostly a long string of medleys, grabbing truncated versions or seconds of hooks from classic Motown hits by everyone from the Supremes to the Jackson 5. In between the dizzyingly speedy mash-ups there are equally short snippets of dialogue alluding to the civil rights movement happening concurrently with Motown's rise to worldwide acclaim and the occasional banter between the star players before they break into song. Studio musicians and cast members offer surprisingly faithful renditions of ubiquitous hits like the Temptations' "My Girl," the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," and the rousing album-closing version of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." The serviceable Broadway medley versions are fine, but they play so closely to the originals that they end up reinforcing how truly magical and unique the original sessions were. Trying to re-create the impossibly rare beauty of early Motown is a fool's errand, and while the musical isn't aiming to do that, Motown: The Musical can't help but fall flat as an album when compared to any of the innumerable Motown hits collections that have come before it. As a souvenir for those particularly moved by the musical, or Motown fanatics, this is a great production and a document of an enormously entertaining show. For anyone turned on to the sound of young Detroit for the first time by the musical, investigating the real artifacts isn't just the best place to start, but the only place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2013
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602537395071
  • Catalog Number: 001854102
  • Sales rank: 534

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marva Hicks Vocals
Jack Bashkow Reeds
Bruce Eidem Trombone
Joseph Joubert Conductor
Roger Squitero Percussion
Maurice Murphy Vocals
John Chudoba Trumpet
Milton Craig Nealy Vocals
Jason Webb Keyboards
Kenny Brescia Guitar
Jason Jackson Bass Trombone
Jamal Story Vocals
Jesse Nager Vocals
Grasan Kingsberry Vocals
Sean Carney Violin
Todd Groves Reeds
Alden Banta Reeds
Brian Pareschi Trumpet
Eric LaJuan Summers Vocals
N'Kenge Vocals
Gary Seligson Percussion
Bobby Baxmeyer Guitar
Ryan Shaw Vocals
Valisia LeKae Vocals
Daniel J. Watts Vocals
Charl Brown Vocals
Luico Hopper Bass
Andrea Dora Vocals
Saycon Sengbloh Vocals
Amy Ralske Cello
Orlando Wells Violin, Viola
Brandon Victor Dixon Vocals
Julius Thomas Iii Vocals
Jawan Jackson Vocals
Bryan Terrell Clark Vocals
Ephraim Sykes Vocals
Ariana Debose Vocals
Tiffany Janeane Howard Vocals
Sydney Morton Vocals
Sasha Hutchings Vocals
Rebecca E. Covington Vocals
Raymond Luke Jr. Vocals
Nicholas Christopher Vocals
Motown: The Musical Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Marielys Molina Vocals
Donald Webber Jr. Vocals
Alvin Hough Keyboards
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Songwriter
Michael Lovesmith Songwriter
Barrett Strong Songwriter
Lee Garrett Songwriter
Renaldo Benson Songwriter
Lamont Dozier Songwriter
Frank Filipetti Producer, Engineering
Berry Gordy Jr. Songwriter, Liner Notes
Cornelius Grant Songwriter
Eddie Holland Songwriter
Brian Holland Songwriter
Ivy Jo Hunter Songwriter
Zane Mark Dance Arrangement
Alphonso Mizell Songwriter
Freddie Perren Songwriter
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Deke Richards Songwriter
Valerie Simpson Songwriter
Harry Weinger Executive Producer
Norman Whitfield Songwriter
Stevie Wonder Songwriter
Syreeta Wright Songwriter
William Robinson Songwriter
Georgia Dobbins Songwriter
Ronald White Songwriter
Bruce Resnikoff Executive Producer
William Garrett Songwriter
Robert Bateman Songwriter
Lula Mae Hardaway Songwriter
Freddie Gorman Songwriter
Ethan Popp Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Derik Lee Pro-Tools
William Stevenson Songwriter
Alfred Cleveland Songwriter
Nickolas Ashford Songwriter
Fred Sladkey Pro-Tools
Bryan Crook Arranger, Orchestration
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