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Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by cronker, Mar 15, 2014.

  1. cronker


    Feb 13, 2007


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

  2. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    I enjoyed it mostly, but I felt that the vocal performances were uniformly inferior to the originals. JMHO.
  3. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    it's really great, but i liked creation records: upside down equally
  4. Savage_Dreams


    Jan 8, 2007
    its tied as my favorite doc along with New York Doll
  5. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
  6. Savage_Dreams


    Jan 8, 2007
    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!
  7. Shedua511


    Apr 6, 2013
    Oslo, Norway
    Agent for Scandinavian countries: Stick Enterprises Inc.
    I also thought Ben Harper was great. Loved the documentary!
  8. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I'm glad you discovered it.

    I loved it.
  9. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    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.
  10. MixBass


    Feb 23, 2006
    L.A. Harbor
    Co-founder. GrabAxe
    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!
  11. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I thought Bootsy killed it on Cool Jerk.
  12. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    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.
  13. DrayMiles

    DrayMiles Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    East Coast
    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. :(
  14. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    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.
  15. Savage_Dreams


    Jan 8, 2007
    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.
  16. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    Joan Osborne's rendition of the tune was and is stunning.
  17. braud357

    braud357 Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2010
    Gonzales, LA
    +1 AGREE !
  18. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    Yeah, give me a break on the vocals. JO was awesome.
  19. pkstone

    pkstone Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2011
    Completely agree.
  20. ghostfather


    Oct 26, 2013
    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