Standing in the Shadows of Motown [Original Soundtrack]

Standing in the Shadows of Motown [Original Soundtrack]


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Between 1959 and 1973, Motown's house musicians, the Funk Brothers, provided the musical blueprint for every song released by the label. By the end of this phenomenal era they'd played on more No. 1 hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, and Elvis Presley combined. Standing in the Shadows of Motown is the soundtrack to the same-named documentary and book, which recount the remarkable journey of phenomenal unknown greats like drummer Benny Benjamin. The songs here were recorded at a live concert by the surviving Funk Brothers -- including bandleader John Hunter, guitarist Joe Messina, and drummer Uriel Jones -- who reunited for the first time in almost three decades to play a set of Motown classics sung by current singers. Notable performances include Joan Osborne digging into "(Love Is like a) Heat Wave" and "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," P-Funk's Bootsy Collins bouncing through "Cool Jerk" and "Do You Love Me," and Gerald Levert getting gritty with saxophonist Tom Scott on a ripping rendition of "Shotgun." Elsewhere, Meshell Ndegeocello caresses "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" and delivers a tasty slice of psychedelia on "Cloud Nine," while Chaka Khan slips into a stellar "What's Going On" before playing Tammy Terrell to Montell Jordan's Marvin Gaye on a killer "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." The Funk Brothers showcase their formidable chops on instrumental versions of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Bernadette" as well as "The Flick," their theme song, which bubbles over with chugging rhythms, snappy guitar riffs, and ebullient organ runs. With Standing in the Shadows of Motown, the Funk Brothers finally get their props, penning an important, previously unwritten chapter of musical history.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2002
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0044006469126
catalogNumber: 064691
Rank: 3341


  1. (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave @@Joan Osborne
  2. You've Really Got a Hold on Me @@Meshell Ndegeocello
  3. Do You Love Me @@Bootsy Collins
  4. Bernadette @@Funk Brothers
  5. Reach Out I'll Be There @@Gerald Levert
  6. Ain't Too Proud to Beg @@Ben Harper
  7. Shotgun @@Tom Scott
  8. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted @@Joan Osborne
  9. I Heard It Through the Grapevine @@Ben Harper
  10. You Keep Me Hanging On @@Funk Brothers
  11. Cool Jerk @@Bootsy Collins
  12. Cloud Nine @@Meshell Ndegeocello
  13. What's Going On @@Chaka Khan
  14. Band Introduction/Ain't No Mountain High Enough @@Chaka Khan
  15. The Flick @@Earl VanDyke

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

Tom Scott   Horn Arrangements
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Jack Butler   Interviewer
Lamont Dozier   Producer
Berry Gordy   Composer,Producer
Ted Greenberg   Producer,Pro-Tools
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Producer
Lawrence Horn   Producer
Seth Justman   Arranger
Kooster McAllister   Engineer
Paul Riser   Arranger,Composer
David Scott   Executive Producer
Willie Shorter   Arranger
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
William Weatherspoon   Composer
Harry Weinger   Producer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Mike Tarsia   Engineer
Vartan   Art Direction
Ritchie Rome   Arranger
Chris Zurzolo   Pro-Tools
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Benny Benjamin   Contributor
Michele Horie   Artwork
James Dean   Composer
Paul Elliott   Executive Producer

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