Standing in the Shadows of Motown

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  1. cronker

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    Um

    Wow.

    Perhaps, in fact no, THE GREATEST music documentary I have ever seen.
    And I'm a collector of music docs.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Bassist4Eris

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    I enjoyed it mostly, but I felt that the vocal performances were uniformly inferior to the originals. JMHO.
     
  3. mpdd

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    it's really great, but i liked creation records: upside down equally
     
  4. Savage_Dreams

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    its tied as my favorite doc along with New York Doll
     
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  6. Kmonk

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    +1
     
  7. Savage_Dreams

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    well sure, none of the singers in the doc are as legendary as a marvin gaye or smokey robinson, etc. but the point was to spotlight the band really, so i dont think they wanted superstars that were going to detract from that.

    although having said that, joan osbornes what becomes of the brokenhearted was hardly inferior. and bootsy, love him even if he doesnt have a bass on!
     
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    I also thought Ben Harper was great. Loved the documentary!
     
  9. SBassman

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    I'm glad you discovered it.

    I loved it.
     
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    I saw them when the Funk Brothers toured a few (10 - 12) years back at Lisner Auditorium at GWU. Joan Osborne was seriously impressive (as were the Funk Brothers, of course). I did not expect to hear what I heard from her. All I'd heard from her previously was "One of Us" which was a pretty good song IMO.
     
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    A must have for any rhy sec into soul.
    There are some tunes I hold as sacred and untouchable, such as What's goin on.
    Chaka delivers a version on this that for me is every bit as funky as the original.
    Babbit also drills it!
     
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    I thought Bootsy killed it on Cool Jerk.
     
  13. JimK

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    I agree...and Joan Osborne is a legit R&B singer. Check out her cover of "Smiling Faces".

    I read Dennis Coffey' s book a couple years back; hard to believe he wasn't asked/wanted(?) for the SITSOM project.
     
  14. DrayMiles

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    I agree about Bootsy doing a great job on Cool Jerk.. but, I also agree that the vocal performances couldn't touch the originals..

    I personally prefer Calle 54 and the Buena Vista Social Club...

    But I am thankful that the guys finally got some props, because they've been dropping like flies ever since. :(
     
  15. jeff7bass

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    I went to my Dominicks grocery store, before they went belly up, and they had a bin of videos on sale for 4 bucks. IT was in there. Being the only person in the store who even remotely recognized the brilliance of it, I grabbed it.
    The original stories are great and the history is beyond great. The new performances are good, some great. It's a must have for bassplayers.
     
  16. Savage_Dreams

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    he was in it. i just dont think he was considered as much of a main member as the others to have been part of the band throughout the whole project.
     
  17. Bunk McNulty

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    Joan Osborne's rendition of the tune was and is stunning.
     
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    +1 AGREE !
     
  19. bucephylus

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    Yeah, give me a break on the vocals. JO was awesome.
     
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    Completely agree.
     
  21. ghostfather

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    the whole point of the doc was that it didn't matter who was fronting the band - it was THE BAND that was the vessel for that motown sound
     

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