Liz Lands R.I.P

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Ian Levine asked me to pass on the following

Would you please post on Soul Source that Liz lands passed away this morning in Atlanta.


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Born Elizabeth Lands 1939 in The Georgia Sea Islands, grew up in New York City. Lands supposedly had a five octave vocal range started her Motown career before Gordy decided to make a name for her in the R&B/Pop market, sadly it wasn't to be. She had a brief career away from Motown before disappearing altogether until Ian Levine recorded her for his Motorcity label in the late 80's early 90's.

No more details are known at this time.

45 Liz Lands


Discography (Thanks to Dave Rimmer's SoulfulKinda Music)

Liz Lands (Born 1939 in The Georgia Sea Islands, grew up in New York City . Married Tommy Brown in the early 1950's)

Divinity 99008 - Trouble In The Land / We Shall Overcome - 1963 (This Was Issued On Motown's Short Lived Gospel Label)

Liz Lands / Rev. Martin Luther King

Gordy 7023 - We Shall Overcome / I Have A Dream - 1963
Gordy 7026 - May What He Lived For Live - 1963 (One-Sided Promo - White Label)
Gordy 7026 - May What He Lived For Live / He's Got The Whole World In His Hands – 1963

Liz Lands & The Temptations

Gordy 7030 - Midnight Johnny* / Keep Me - 1964
*Originally Titled "Midnight Lover." A slightly faster version with different lyrics in some places does exist on a Motown Acetate.

Liz Lands

One-Derful 4847 - One Man's Poison / Don't Shut Me Out – 1967
T & L 50 - Come In The Room / Someone Bigger Than You And I - ? (the T & L label was named after Liz and her husbands initials)

Liz Lands Paul Mitchell - Trio

T & L 201 - Silent Night (Part 1) / Silent Night (Part 2) (Instrumental) - 1967
Liz Lands
T & L 1001 - Echo In The Background (Of My Broken Heart) / Qualify For My Love - 1968
T & L 1002 - Cotton Fields / Let It Be Me – 1968

Ep's

T & L 118-68 - Let It Be Me / Cotton Fields /// Echo In The Background / Since I Met You Baby* - 1968 *duet with un-named vocalist.



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HaydnJan 11 2013 08:07 PM

Ironically, i was just restoring a beat up cop of Midnight Johnny this morning. As i listened to the disc after cleaning, I mentally agreed to myself of what a wonderful track it was, and how good Liz performed it.
Like all the artists.....they leave a legacy!
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grantJan 11 2013 08:19 PM

Liz Lands RIP
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Pete SJan 11 2013 08:20 PM

Ironically, i was just restoring a beat up cop of Midnight Johnny this morning. As i listened to the disc after cleaning, I mentally agreed to myself of what a wonderful track it was, and how good Liz performed it.
Like all the artists.....they leave a legacy!


It really is a stunning track, that note that she hits at the end is incredible. I had an alternate version on acetate and it was actually better than the released version.
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chalkyJan 11 2013 08:25 PM

It really is a stunning track, that note that she hits at the end is incredible. I had an alternate version on acetate and it was actually better than the released version.


If you read the Motown Junkies site, they don't have much good to say about Liz's releases.
http://motownjunkies...ists/liz-lands/
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HaydnJan 11 2013 08:32 PM

I have came across two or three people who have sworn blind that they don't like Midnight Johnny, but there wasn't many artists that could have hit those notes at the end.

It took me a while to grasp that it was the Temptations singing behind her :g:
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HaydnJan 11 2013 08:34 PM

Oh my god........."ill-judged hollering"? I am shocked :ohmy:
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theothertosspotJan 11 2013 08:38 PM

Not forgetting "Don't Shut Me Out" on One-derful

Great track and so underestimated (IMO)

Liz Lands RIP
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Hitsville ChalkyJan 11 2013 08:44 PM

Liz lands RIP
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shineheadJan 11 2013 09:02 PM

R.I.P. Liz

Liz also featured on this record by Mary Wells about 1.50 in .


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HaydnJan 11 2013 09:12 PM

R.I.P. Liz

Liz also featured on this record by Mary Wells about 1.50 in .


http://youtu.be/uO5ZdVxzlJ4




Fantastic :thumbsup:
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LENJan 11 2013 09:48 PM

I have came across two or three people who have sworn blind that they don't like Midnight Johnny, but there wasn't many artists that could have hit those notes at the end.

It took me a while to grasp that it was the Temptations singing behind her :g:


Midnight Johnny is awesome, coincidently I planned on playing this 'out' this weekend and now I wil make sure I will.

R.I.P Liz - We will be dancing to your memory.

Len.
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PhillyJan 12 2013 01:10 AM

One of the first 45s I bought when I started collecting ... still a favourite.. RIP Ms Lands <3
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giantJan 12 2013 01:44 AM

sad news RIP LIZ LANDS
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soul45sJan 12 2013 02:27 AM

Loved this for the best part of 35 years, deffo one of the best northern Motown 45s

RIP Liz and thanks for the music x
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wilxyJan 12 2013 03:50 AM

R.I.P Liz Lands....
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chasJan 12 2013 04:13 AM

Didn't Ian do a version of"hang on in there baby"with Johnny Bristol and Liz Lands a few years ago?
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BazzaJan 12 2013 09:50 AM

Very sad ,another one gone, :( Midnight Johnny was a classic and one of my faves

Bazza :hatsoff2:
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mrtagJan 12 2013 11:30 AM

More sad news.......R.I.P.
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soulfulmickJan 12 2013 11:47 AM

Not a good start to 2013.
Agree with previous comments MJ is awesome :thumbsup:
RIP Liz and thanks for the music
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KevHJan 12 2013 01:52 PM

RIP Liz Lands."Don't shut me out",, classic.
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hope i put the right side on..oops



tosspotJan 12 2013 06:31 PM

Another legand lost, RIP Liz
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45cellarJan 13 2013 01:37 AM

Very Sad News
R.I.P. Liz Lands
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Marc ForrestJan 13 2013 01:43 AM

rip liz lands
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chalkyJan 13 2013 10:13 AM

Not a good start to 2013.
Agree with previous comments MJ is awesome :thumbsup:
RIP Liz and thanks for the music


No not a good start, Lou Wilson of Mandrill also passed away.

http://www.eurweb.co...ill-dies-at-71/
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Mal CJan 13 2013 05:33 PM

Midnight Johnny got a later release, or re release on Gordy, same cat release number but deffo a decade or so later, I'll scan it and post up.

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Pete SJan 13 2013 07:03 PM

Midnight Johnny got a later release, or re release on Gordy, same cat release number but deffo a decade or so later, I'll scan it and post up.

M



It came out with a different design but I doubt if it would be more than a month later, why would they reissue a flop single like that a decade later?
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chalkyJan 13 2013 07:16 PM

Don't Forget The Motor City....


Midnight Johnny (Berry Gordy-Richard Street-Thelma Coleman Gordy) publ. Jobete
Connie Haines; recorded Hitsville, completed 26/07/1965 ; produced by Clyde Wilson
04-Jul-05; CD (S): Motown 982 9297 2 A Cellarful Of Motown Volume 2 [UK]
Liz Lands; recorded Hitsville, completed 07-Jan-64 ; produced by Berry Gordy ; [version 1]
[rel date unknown] [acetate]; 45 (M): Jobete
Liz Lands; recorded Hitsville, completed 17-Jan-64 ; produced by Berry Gordy ; accompaniment The Temptations ; [version 2]
11-Mar-64; 45 (M): Gordy G 7030 A
13-May-95; CD (M): Motown 530 504 2 Motown Year By Year / The Sound Of Young America 1964
05-Aug-02; CD (M): Motown 017 277 2 Soul Satisfaction 03 - Motown Delights - Soft Centred Soul [UK]
24-Feb-06; CD (M): Hip-O Select B0005946-02 The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 4 1964
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wigancasino1974Jan 13 2013 09:01 PM

liz lands r.i.p,, , sad sad news, ,loved "dont shut me out" great track ,
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Mal CJan 13 2013 09:06 PM

It came out with a different design but I doubt if it would be more than a month later, why would they reissue a flop single like that a decade later?


when I bought it, somebody dated it to early seventies, as the logo its on wasn't in use in 64, so it couldn't have been re issued a month later... I'll scan it and you can make your minds up, I've had this track twice, but never on this Logo, so think it's a pretty rare thing.
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Pete SJan 14 2013 09:37 AM

when I bought it, somebody dated it to early seventies, as the logo its on wasn't in use in 64, so it couldn't have been re issued a month later... I'll scan it and you can make your minds up, I've had this track twice, but never on this Logo, so think it's a pretty rare thing.


...no way is this a 70's release

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Mal CJan 14 2013 03:34 PM

when would you say that got released?

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Pete SJan 14 2013 03:36 PM

when would you say that got released?

M


I'd say 64-65 but it doesn't look that old! Still can find no reason for a repress though.
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SebastianJan 14 2013 03:45 PM

I'd say 64-65 but it doesn't look that old! Still can find no reason for a repress though.


According to the Seabear Studios website (http://www.seabear.se/Gordy1.html) which is usually pretty thorough in their research:

The first 45 that utilised the "arrow" logo was:

GORDY 7055 - Temptations - Beauty is Only Skin Deep / You're Not An Ordinary Girl

It was released in August 1966.

All earlier numbers utilising the "arrow" design are reissues/repressings done after August 1966.

Why Liz Lands got reissued? Who knows? Perhaps they just ordered a repress of the wrong cat#? :g:
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Pete SJan 14 2013 03:49 PM

According to the Seabear Studios website (http://www.seabear.se/Gordy1.html) which is usually pretty thorough in their research:

The first 45 that utilised the "arrow" logo was:

GORDY 7054 - Temptations - Beauty is Only Skin Deep / You'll Lose A Precious Love

It was released in August 1966.


Why Liz Lands got reissued? Who knows? Perhaps they just ordered a repress of the wrong cat#?


But other titles exist as arrows and badge logos so I reckon they just kept the titles on catalogue and when the old labels ran out, they used new ones?
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SebastianJan 14 2013 03:55 PM

But other titles exist as arrows and badge logos so I reckon they just kept the titles on catalogue and when the old labels ran out, they used new ones?


Yes that's probably exactly what happened.

But the arrow label was introduced in August 1966, so the "Midnight Johnny" arrow-labelled 45 must be from after August 1966.

It probably doesn't matter to most people, but I'd rather have the March 1964 release if I could choose.
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Gene-RJan 14 2013 03:59 PM

But other titles exist as arrows and badge logos so I reckon they just kept the titles on catalogue and when the old labels ran out, they used new ones?


I would concur with Pete on that. I have a copy of "Come & Get These Memories" by Martha & The Vandellas on the arrow-design label (originally released in 1962?), so records like this must have remained on catalogue for a few years after their initial release.

"Fingertips" by Little Stevie Wonder on the no-globes Tamla label also springs to mind.
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Mal CJan 17 2013 10:28 PM

Found a scan of the Midnight Johnny Acetate, I assume the unreleased version Pete mentioned..

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bobaJan 18 2013 10:25 AM

But other titles exist as arrows and badge logos so I reckon they just kept the titles on catalogue and when the old labels ran out, they used new ones?


it's clearly on the borderline of the label change and some of the presses got the new design (as everyone has said so far)
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Pete SJan 18 2013 11:10 AM

Found a scan of the Midnight Johnny Acetate, I assume the unreleased version Pete mentioned..


That's what it looked like - I think I might have bought it off Phil D
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Sean HampseyJan 18 2013 11:13 AM




Always loved this great Jo Armstead composition from Liz, an old 'Pitches' fave.

R.I.P.

Sean
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mrs norman maineFeb 03 2013 12:16 AM

'Don't shut me out' is heartbreakingly beautiful.

From time to time, it still amazes me that someone with such a wonderful voice can pretty much escape the mainstream attention and opportunities offered to many with far inferior talent in the music industry.

RIP Ms. Lands x
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Pete SFeb 03 2013 02:26 PM

I've found the unreleased acetate version of Midnight Johnny and have put it on divshare for anyone who wants to download it, it jumps in the middle "on purpose" as I wanted the buyer to have an exclusive when I sold it.

Click here to see it on Mixcloud



see what you think
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Hitsville ChalkyFeb 03 2013 02:31 PM

Cant open it mate
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Pete SFeb 03 2013 02:32 PM

Cant open it mate


Definitely works mate, you have to download it and it should open automatically in itunes.
I'll stick it on mixcloud instead, hang on a sec
changed the file above to mixcloud instead
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jumpinjoanFeb 03 2013 02:45 PM

I like Midnight Johnny, have to say I prefer the released version better than the unissued. Good to hear it though, thanks
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Pete SFeb 03 2013 02:46 PM

I like Midnight Johnny, have to say I prefer the released version better than the unissued. Good to hear it though, thanks


Yeah I think I do too, but I really like the other one too
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jumpinjoanFeb 03 2013 03:00 PM

Yeah I think I do too, but I really like the other one too


I agree it's good, just prefer the other especially the backing. Great stuff
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BazzaFeb 03 2013 03:07 PM

I've found the unreleased acetate version of Midnight Johnny and have put it on divshare for anyone who wants to download it, it jumps in the middle "on purpose" as I wanted the buyer to have an exclusive when I sold it.

http://www.mixcloud.com/mayfairmenthol/liz-lands-midnight-johnny-alt-version/

see what you think


Had a listen,don't like it :( also prefer the released version

Bazza :hatsoff2:
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Hitsville ChalkyFeb 03 2013 03:19 PM

Thanks Pete ...I like the alt Version
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Pete SFeb 03 2013 03:23 PM

Had a listen,don't like it :( also prefer the released version

Bazza :hatsoff2:


Only posted it to give people a chance to hear something they might not and probably won't have heard before, I wasn't attempting to start a popularity contest between two versions.
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