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Happy birthday to the best record company the world has ever seen.

Which Motown Classics would be on the playlists if Jon Anderson found them today?

I'd go for :

  • Uptight
  • Back in My Arms Again
  • I Can't Help Myself
  • Going to a Go Go
  • Heatwave.

I've left hundreds out, which pays testament to just how right Berry got it.

Brian B

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Happy birthday to the best record company the world has ever seen.

Which Motown Classics would be on the playlists if Jon Anderson found them today?

I'd go for :

  • Uptight
  • Back in My Arms Again
  • I Can't Help Myself
  • Going to a Go Go
  • Heatwave.

I've left hundreds out, which pays testament to just how right Berry got it.

Ditto

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Hard to pick as there are tons to go at - but here's one.

"Tell Me It's Just A Rumour Baby" - The Isley Brothers

Forget Frank Wilson & all the hype that goes with it, "Rumour" IMO is THE biggest Motown record ever played on the Northern scene.

If it was discovered today anything else that had been played before it would merely be an "also ran"

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JIMMY RUFFIN, WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED... i HEARD THIS ON THE RADIO THE OTHER DAY, AND WAS BLOWN AWAY BY THE PRODUCTION...LIKE YOU, WONDERED HOW BIG THAT WOULD BE, IF JUST DISCOVERED TODAY.

A GOOD ENDER? unsure.gif

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Happy birthday to the best record company the world has ever seen.

Which Motown Classics would be on the playlists if Jon Anderson found them today?

I'd go for :

  • Uptight
  • Back in My Arms Again
  • I Can't Help Myself
  • Going to a Go Go
  • Heatwave.

I've left hundreds out, which pays testament to just how right Berry got it.

Brian B

Depends on what field of classic you mean, but I would go for J J Barnes - 'Please let me in' now what a classic that is

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JIMMY RUFFIN, WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED... i HEARD THIS ON THE RADIO THE OTHER DAY, AND WAS BLOWN AWAY BY THE PRODUCTION...LIKE YOU, WONDERED HOW BIG THAT WOULD BE, IF JUST DISCOVERED TODAY.

A GOOD ENDER? unsure.gif

Never get tired of playing Motown. If you haven't heard it for a while check out Mr Ruffin on 'Farewell is a Lonely Sound'. It's also a true gem IMO.

Kev

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biggrin.gif an absolute motown classic that has great vocals and a stunning accompaniment and again by the great

JIMMY RUFFIN - GOING TO GIVE YOU ALL THE LOVE I GOT

BRILLIANT !!

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Happy birthday to the best record company the world has ever seen.

Which Motown Classics would be on the playlists if Jon Anderson found them today?

I'd go for :

  • Uptight
  • Back in My Arms Again
  • I Can't Help Myself
  • Going to a Go Go
  • Heatwave.

I've left hundreds out, which pays testament to just how right Berry got it.

Brian B

The Temptations " Girl Why Do You Wanna Make Me Blue "

It has everything that a classic record should have : sheer magic from start to finish .

Malc Burton

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Thinking about it the two most influencial Motown records if undiscovered now would have to be:

Barrett Strong 'Money(That's What I Want)'

and

The Miracles 'Get a Job'

Funny how Britain 2009 could be echoing Detroit 1959. Whoops is that the Bank Manager................

Kev :thumbsup::lol::thumbup:

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Hard to pick as there are tons to go at - but here's one.

"Tell Me It's Just A Rumour Baby" - The Isley Brothers

Forget Frank Wilson & all the hype that goes with it, "Rumour" IMO is THE biggest Motown record ever played on the Northern scene.

If it was discovered today anything else that had been played before it would merely be an "also ran"

Very true and the same could be said of many others, including "Baby Hit And Run" etc.

If rarity wasn't such an important consideration, Frank Wilson would be way down the list.

Paul

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Never get tired of playing Motown. If you haven't heard it for a while check out Mr Ruffin on 'Farewell is a Lonely Sound'. It's also a true gem IMO.

Kev

Hi Kev,

I agree, but I think it is just edged by Its Wonderful to be Loved by You!

A beautiful record and would sound brilliant today.

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Never get tired of playing Motown. If you haven't heard it for a while check out Mr Ruffin on 'Farewell is a Lonely Sound'. It's also a true gem IMO.

Kev

jimmy ruffin at the top rank hanley stoke on trent baby ive got it what a night

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"I'm Here Now That You Need Me" by JJ Barnes is a good example of a recently-discovered Motown track which deserves far more attention than it has received so far.

If it had been discovered on rare vinyl instead of an unissued master tape or a CD album I think it would have been a very different story.

Paul

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:unsure: an absolute motown classic that has great vocals and a stunning accompaniment and again by the great

JIMMY RUFFIN - GOING TO GIVE YOU ALL THE LOVE I GOT

BRILLIANT !!

have you heard the 2 cd anthology jimmy Ruffin get it cos it will blow you away

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have you heard the 2 cd anthology jimmy Ruffin get it cos it will blow you away

:lol: not heard this anthology any more details please ??

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Happy birthday to the best record company the world has ever seen.

Which Motown Classics would be on the playlists if Jon Anderson found them today?

I'd go for :

  • Uptight
  • Back in My Arms Again
  • I Can't Help Myself
  • Going to a Go Go
  • Heatwave.

I've left hundreds out, which pays testament to just how right Berry got it.

Brian B

For me i think if the elgins was discovered to day it would be 5 times bigger than Frank Wilson but the record that does it for me is Get ready and i know we hear 1000's of tune at venues but that record always imho apitermises the fantastic sounds of young black america but we must all agree without the Funk Brothers i dont think Motown would be what it is today in the northern soul rooms around the uk. ps sorry about the spelling and hope to see you all at the motown weekender at prestatyn in october.Yocky Edited by soulcrew

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The Temptations " Girl Why Do You Wanna Make Me Blue "

It has everything that a classic record should have : sheer magic from start to finish .

Malc Burton

Couldn't agree more. My favourite song by my favourite male group. The production it's just perfect, and the voices, and the lyrics.

Other ones: Nowhere to Run, Two Can Have A Party, Destination Anywhere and loads of others...

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:lol: not heard this anthology any more details please ??

The Motown Anthology by Jimmy Ruffin look on amazon came out in2004 if you like mr ruffin it will knock your socks off even the tracks like ill say forever and what becomes to listen to them again is great ,Shake hands with a stranger is the dogs ,you wont turn it off soooo good

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Hi Kev,

I agree, but I think it is just edged by Its Wonderful to be Loved by You!

A beautiful record and would sound brilliant today.

mr ruffins,everybody needs love,is class imo rolleyes.gif

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i heard recently that a dee-jay played "Jimmy Mac" out at a venue in the east mids... for me this is one classic motown track that should never, ever be even within a hundred miles of the decks at a northern event..... just opinionating!

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i heard recently that a dee-jay played "Jimmy Mac" out at a venue in the east mids... for me this is one classic motown track that should never, ever be even within a hundred miles of the decks at a northern event..... just opinionating!

this thread's about "Classic Motown ,big on the scene".

Please keep East Mids out of it,or maybe it was a Motown/Northern nite? ..........just saying.....!!!

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Motown production values were to such a high standard and the songwriting so good its almost impossible to say but I think just for sheer impact Uptight . smile.gif

I agree, but would go with Nancy Wilson's version.

Suz :thumbsup:

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Never get tired of playing Motown. If you haven't heard it for a while check out Mr Ruffin on 'Farewell is a Lonely Sound'. It's also a true gem IMO.

Kev

Kev...............flip it over and take a listern......................Never let you get away... wink.gif

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Happy birthday to the best record company the world has ever seen.

Which Motown Classics would be on the playlists if Jon Anderson found them today?

I'd go for :

  • Uptight
  • Back in My Arms Again
  • I Can't Help Myself
  • Going to a Go Go
  • Heatwave.

I've left hundreds out, which pays testament to just how right Berry got it.

Brian B

I'll stick to one, as the thread title suggests, and having heard it played "out" last weekend, just reminded me of how good it was loud.....

Whole lot of shakin' in my heart (since I met you)- The Miracles..... :thumbsup:

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My one choice (out of many many others) has to be "Shake me, wake me" by the 4 Tops, as I listen to Levi singing "As the tears roll down my face, I cant believe ive been replaced" it sends shivers down me spine!

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