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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.

 

 

 

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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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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Liz Lands RIP

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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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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.co.uk/category/artists/liz-lands/

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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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Oh my god........."ill-judged hollering"? I am shocked :ohmy:

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

Great track and so underestimated (IMO)

Liz Lands RIP

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R.I.P. Liz

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

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R.I.P. Liz

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

Fantastic :thumbsup:

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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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One of the first 45s I bought when I started collecting ... still a favourite.. RIP Ms Lands <3

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sad news RIP LIZ LANDS

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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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R.I.P Liz Lands....

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

Bazza :hatsoff2:

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More sad news.......R.I.P.

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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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RIP Liz Lands."Don't shut me out",, classic.

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Another legand lost, RIP Liz

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Very Sad News

R.I.P. Liz Lands

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rip liz lands

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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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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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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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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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liz lands r.i.p,, , sad sad news, ,loved "dont shut me out" great track ,

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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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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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when would you say that got released?

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

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

R.I.P.

Sean

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'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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Cant open it mate

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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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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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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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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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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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Thanks Pete ...I like the alt Version

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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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