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Soundtrack CD for "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" Movie

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by gfab333, Nov 25, 2002.

  1. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Bought this one over the weekend. As you may know the movie is about Motown's studio musicians who cranked out many hits in the 1960s but received absolutely no recognition (including none other than the great James Jamerson on bass). It's a nice rendition of a number of classic Motown tunes that the Funk brothers recorded on. Vocalists include Chaka Khan, Bootsey Collins, Meshell Ndegeocello, Joan Osborn, Tom Scott, etc. Musicians include Bob Babbit and the remaining Funk Bothers who are still alive.

    Sound quality is acceptable for a live performance.

    The highlight of the CD is the Bernadette track. They took the original master tape of an alternate instrumental mix of the Four Tops hit, cleaned it up, then isolated Jamerson's bass track and let it play by itself (with no other instruments or vocals - not even drums) for about a third of the song, then they did a slow fade-in of the other instruments. Listening to this track really makes you appreciate where Jamerson was coming from; you'll hear his how his innovative and individual bass-style fits into the framework of the music. His playing was way ahead of its time. His dead flatwounds and his P Bass sound great!

    The Bernadette track and Chaka's version of "What's Going On" makes it a worthwhile addition to your collection.
  2. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I dig Bob Babbit's playing too........always did! He came closest to Jamerson's feel of anybody at the Motown studio stable;)
  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    "Scorpio", baby!
  4. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    'Midnight Train To Georgia';)

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