Standing in the Shadows of Motown: Deluxe Edition

Standing in the Shadows of Motown: Deluxe Edition


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 filmSee more details below


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 NdegéOcello, 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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Hip-O Records


Disc 1

  1. (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave
  2. You've Really Got a Hold on Me
  3. Do You Love Me
  4. Bernadette
  5. Reach Out (I'll Be There)
  6. Ain't Too Proud to Beg  - Ben Harper
  7. Shotgun  - Tom Scott
  8. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
  9. I Heard It Through the Grapevine  - Ben Harper
  10. (You Keep Me) Hangin' On
  11. Cool Jerk
  12. Cloud Nine
  13. What's Going On
  14. Band Introduction/Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  15. The Flick
  16. Boom Boom
  17. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher  - Jackie Wilson
  18. Scorpio

Disc 2

  1. Funk Brothers in the House
  2. Standing in the Shadow of Love
  3. Dialogue: Joe Hunter -- In the Beginning
  4. The One Who Really Loves You
  5. Pride and Joy
  6. Dialogue: Robert White -- Robert White Invents a Classic
  7. My Girl
  8. Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart [Instrume
  9. Don't Mess With Bill
  10. The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game [Instrumenta
  11. Dialogue: Eddie Willis, Uriel Jones & Jack Ashford -- Eddie Takes ...
  12. I Second That Emotion
  13. I Was Made to Love Her
  14. Dialogue: Richard "Pistol" Allen
  15. I Heard It Through the Grapevine [Instrumenta
  16. Home Cookin'
  17. For Once in My Life
  18. Dialogue: Jack Ashford -- Jack in the Club Groove
  19. I Can't Get Next to You
  20. It's a Shame
  21. Ain't No Mountain High Enough [Instrumenta
  22. Dialogue: Eddie Willis -- Eddie Takes It to the Bridge
  23. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) [Instrumental
  24. Dialogue: Lamont Dozier
  25. You're My Everything

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Tom Scott   Flute,Saxophone,Soloist
Johnny Griffith   Keyboards,Group Member
Mike Pedicin   Saxophone
Larry Abramovitz   Violin
Richard "Pistol" Allen   Drums,Group Member
Jack Ashford   Percussion,Vibes,Group Member
Bob Babbitt   Bass,Group Member
Davis A. Barnett   Viola
Carla Benson   Background Vocals
Eddie "Bongo" Brown   Conga,Group Member
Joe Buono   French Horn
Edward Gooch   Trombone
Ted Greenberg   French Horn,Hand Clapping
John Ingram   Vocals,Background Vocals
James Jamerson   Bass,Soloist,Group Member
Uriel Jones   Drums,Group Member
Seth Justman   Hand Clapping
Ron Kerber   Saxophone
Kasuku Mafia   Saxophone,Soloist
Joe Messina   Guitar,Group Member
Martha Reeves   Group Member
Rudy Robinson   Keyboards
Florence Rosenweig   Violin
Evan Solot   Trumpet
Annette Sterling   Group Member
Levi Stubbs   Voices
David Van De Pitte   Conductor
Earl Van Dyke   Organ,Keyboards,Soloist,Group Member
Eddie Willis   Guitar,Soloist,Group Member
William Zaccagni   Saxophone
Keith Benson   Background Vocals
Orest Artymiw   Violin
Olga Konopelsky   Violin
Anthony Pirollo   Celli
Richard Hotchkiss   Celli
Robert White   Guitar,Group Member
Steve Jordan   Musical Direction
Joe Hunter   Keyboards,Group Member
Ron Kischuk   Trombone
Misty Love   Background Vocals
Luigi Mazzocchi   Violin
Maurice Davis   Trumpet

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Carl Smith   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer,Producer
Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer
Tom Scott   Horn Arrangements
Dennis Coffey   Composer,Producer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Wade Marcus   Arranger
James Dean   Composer
Lee Garrett   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer,Producer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Cleveland   Composer
Henry Cosby   Composer,Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Berry Gordy   Composer,Producer
Cornelius Grant   Composer
Ted Greenberg   Pro-Tools
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Lawrence Horn   Producer
Gary Jackson   Composer
James Jamerson   Composer
Kooster McAllister   Engineer
Kevin Reeves   Mastering
Paul Riser   Arranger,Composer
Sonny Sanders   Arranger
David Scott   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Willie Shorter   Arranger
Valerie Simpson   Composer,Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Earl Van Dyke   Composer
William Weatherspoon   Composer
Harry Weinger   Producer,Liner Notes
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer
Eddie Willis   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer,Producer
Syreeta Wright   Composer
Ellen Fitton   Mastering
Mickey Stevenson   Producer
Mike Tarsia   Engineer
Raynard Miner   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Donald Storball   Composer
Ronald White   Composer
Alan Warner   Interviewer
Paul Justman   Director,Producer
Autry DeWalt   Composer
Orlando Murden   Composer
Ritchie Rome   Arranger
Chris Zurzolo   Pro-Tools
Robert White   Composer,Producer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer,Soundtrack Executive Producer
Roger Penzabene   Composer
Robin Schwartz   Licensing
Michele Horie   Artwork
Andrew Skurow   Studio Consultant
Paul Elliott   Soundtrack Executive Producer

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