Standing in the Shadows of Motown: Deluxe Edition

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 044006636528
  • Catalog Number: 066365
  • Sales rank: 37,346

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave (3:01)
  2. 2 You've Really Got a Hold on Me (3:29)
  3. 3 Do You Love Me (3:21)
  4. 4 Bernadette (3:16)
  5. 5 Reach Out (I'll Be There) (3:16)
  6. 6 Ain't Too Proud to Beg - Ben Harper (3:00)
  7. 7 Shotgun - Tom Scott (3:11)
  8. 8 What Becomes of the Brokenhearted (4:23)
  9. 9 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Ben Harper (3:49)
  10. 10 (You Keep Me) Hangin' On (3:17)
  11. 11 Cool Jerk (3:00)
  12. 12 Cloud Nine (4:41)
  13. 13 What's Going On (4:00)
  14. 14 Band Introduction/Ain't No Mountain High Enough (4:59)
  15. 15 The Flick (4:12)
  16. 16 Boom Boom (2:32)
  17. 17 (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson (2:59)
  18. 18 Scorpio (4:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Funk Brothers in the House (0:13)
  2. 2 Standing in the Shadow of Love (3:20)
  3. 3 Dialogue: Joe Hunter -- In the Beginning (0:30)
  4. 4 The One Who Really Loves You (2:28)
  5. 5 Pride and Joy (2:12)
  6. 6 Dialogue: Robert White -- Robert White Invents a Classic (0:37)
  7. 7 My Girl (3:04)
  8. 8 Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart [Instrume (3:29)
  9. 9 Don't Mess With Bill (3:14)
  10. 10 The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game [Instrumenta (2:54)
  11. 11 Dialogue: Eddie Willis, Uriel Jones & Jack Ashford -- Eddie Takes ... (0:22)
  12. 12 I Second That Emotion (3:03)
  13. 13 I Was Made to Love Her (2:56)
  14. 14 Dialogue: Richard "Pistol" Allen (0:17)
  15. 15 I Heard It Through the Grapevine [Instrumenta (3:03)
  16. 16 Home Cookin' (3:25)
  17. 17 For Once in My Life (3:02)
  18. 18 Dialogue: Jack Ashford -- Jack in the Club Groove (0:29)
  19. 19 I Can't Get Next to You (2:44)
  20. 20 It's a Shame (3:28)
  21. 21 Ain't No Mountain High Enough [Instrumenta (6:37)
  22. 22 Dialogue: Eddie Willis -- Eddie Takes It to the Bridge (1:01)
  23. 23 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) [Instrumental (3:09)
  24. 24 Dialogue: Lamont Dozier (0:26)
  25. 25 You're My Everything (2:46)
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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
Al Cleveland Composer
Henry Cosby Composer, Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. 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 II 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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