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  1. Mel Farr and Lem Barney of the Detroit Lions (both close friends of Marvin Gaye) sang backing vocals on What's Going On (the single). This was the same time that MG was considering (in his world at least) going into American Football. He managed to get a try out with the Lions but I'm pretty sure they were just humouring him.
  2. In my opinion the best way to learn about record collecting is to collect an artist (preferably one you like/admire). Your favourite artist might be a good start. Through starting off obtaining all the standard issues you'll learn about standard issues, variations, originals, reissues, demos, promos, foreign releases, picture sleeves, acetates demos etc etc.
  3. I knew/know ( i haven't seen him for a while) a guy who was collecting back in the 60s. He had the full set of all UK Tamla releases on demo I'm not sure when his cut off was but he had collected every 60s Tamla inc all pre-TM label releases on demo. He sold most of it off over the years. Obviously I was impressed but he made a point that it was somewhat easier than what it sounded. He worked as a semi-pro (I think ) dj and got sent lots of Tamla demos (not all of them obviously) . He said that if regular djing at reasonable club you'd get sent lots of stuff free. I asked what the ha
  4. It's easy to forget (for me anyway) just how unusual and new tracks such as Festival Time must have sounded at the time. Definitely fits in the jazz soul pocket.
  5. i don't know how you can class Ric Tic and Golden world as Motown? Both were established as the Motown sound was still developing. Speaking very generally I'd say that the main distinction is that RT and GW had a more jazzy sound. I'm pretty sure this was a deliberate move to create some distance from Motown. The instrumentals are all pretty jazzy . But it really shows on tracks like Stop Her On Sight and Headline News. You could actually imagine Frank Sinatra singing those tracks quite easily. A definite jazz influence/swing to the whole thing.
  6. Motown was label but it was also a sound - The Motown Sound".. That particular sound reached its apex in 66/67. It's this largely on the fours beat that became the bedrock of Northern soul. When Dave Godin first used the term I'm guessing he was mainly referring to Motown or influenced records. I once heard a well known oldies dj refer to Motown as the foundation of Northern Soul and I'd agree. and let's face it. many of it's biggest hits are much better than the obscure things that sometimes get raved about. Often the emperor has most definitely lost his clothes. The strange thin
  7. Interesting to see Procol Harum in the Cashbox R&B New Group list. Obviously on the back of the soulful Whiter Shade and also Homburg.
  8. The Underdogs Love's Gone Bad. Also various Sunliners stuff. I think Detroit gives a good microcosm. Out of interest: Imagine you'd never head Stewart Ames' "Angelina" before. How would you describe it on first hearing?
  9. The Seeds was played at Wigan in 1980 by RW. I didn't know what it was then and it sounded great played loud in the main room. It packed the floor and was one of his most popular sounds. Later I found out what it was. Played at home it sounds much more low key. Almost like a different record.
  10. I first came across the term "garage" in the early 70s when I used to get The Story of Pop magazine every week. There was a small chapter on it - where it was also referred to as "punk rock" about three years before the British version emerged. It's a pretty loose term or genre really, similar to "pub rock", and like all such sub-genres it has its good, bad and ugly. One of the best (imo) is The Wildweeds' No Good to Cry and probably one of the best example of garage with soul influence.
  11. Disdain? All's well at Snowflake Central. And btw, it'd be a little strange of you didn't post a self-opinionated reply wouldn't it? the alternative is to post other people opinions which I'm sure you'd agree is pretty f***** pointless even at Snowflake Central . Although it would probably result in lots of "up votes" . Really. was that the impression you got? Thanks for that.
  12. You could have done that without making reference to down votes. There was an explicit link there. Warning or not it gave rise to a comment from the mod. To me the down vote feature is meaningless. It's open to abuse and tit-for-tat. I've never used it nor would I ever do. if a view a posts as poor in some way I'll respond to it making my point or ignore it. what does "down voting achieve? Absolutely nothing. I can't see why a mod would need to make any reference to it.
  13. I've just seen the comment in Dogsbody's thread by moderator BabyBoyandMylass. In it he points out that the topic starter seems to be receiving a lot of "down votes" and then uses this to issue a rebuke/mild warning. Since when has the down vote feature been used as a moderating tool/signifier? This is absolutely ridiculous. In each case the number of down votes was four or five. so if anyone gets four down votes they receive a warning from the mods? this needs clarifying.
  14. And this is one of my favourite music clips regardless of genre - Billie Holiday - Fine and Mellow, with an ensemble of jazz legends (1957)
  15. It's difficult to choose just a few but here's three of my tops Bill Evans - My Man's Gone (Village Vanguard) Bassist Scott Lafaro was killed in a car crash just ten days after the recording aged just 25. John Coltrane - Equinox McCoy Tyner - African Village. The Real McCoy is one fo my top 60s jazz LPs but this is from Time For Tyner

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