FYI -The movie about The Funk Brothers premiered at the Apollo on Thurs. and is due for release this coming week, 11/15....(original Funk Brother, Bob Babbitt - bass, is in it). From "Billboard" (partially); The Funk Brothers were the house band for Motown Records, and were responsible for making the Motown sound an international brand, yet most people don't know their names or their importance in music history. By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined - which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. They called themselves the Funk Brothers. ....The remaining members of the Funk Brothers are reunited for an amazing all-star concert that is the true centerpiece of the film. While MTV has their "Icon" TV show in which fly-by-night acts like Train, Pink and Shakira cover tunes by their idols, "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" shows the crème de la crème of current soul singers sitting in with the Funk Brothers. People like Gerald Levert, Chaka Khan and Me'Shell NdegéOcello are amazing. Ben Harper does a quirky "Aint Too Proud to Beg" while the incredible Joan Osborne brings tears to ones eyes with her rendition of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted." She also flatly nails "Heat Wave." Even Bootsy Collins kitschy "Do You Love Me" comes off due to the amazing talents of The Funk Brothers. If you are a music fan, this is a great film to see and hear. Then again, youd be hard pressed to find anyone who can say they hate Motown music and the film truly swims in the glory of the songs. I also feel this film makes a strong comment on the "forces that be" in film and music and how they pick and choose what happens to artists. "They" decide who works and who doesnt. While its truly sad to see what becomes of the Funk Brothers, you leave this film feeling good knowing their music has moved us all.