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  •  A short soul review, for you, & honoring Detroit: (4+ / 0-)

    Thanks, cfk - I'd never seen that.

    Motown was such an amazing achievement, and did a lot to lift up the hearts and heads of blacks, and of all of us, in the '60s especially. The powerful mini-symphonies, such original songs, voices tugging at our hearts, style and perfect dancing. I really enjoy the poetry in so many of the lyrics: Simple yet fresh, direct, true.

    It Takes Two is a video-montage of cutesy pictures. But it shows the lyrics below, and I put it in because it speaks to my earlier point, about how our best friends and lovers make our dreams more colorful and real.

    And here are the stars of Motown, showing us how to shine (& dance):

    Nowhere To Run: Martha & The Vandellas, dancing through a car factory.

    My Girl: The Temptations.

    "I've got so much honey, the bees envy me,
    I've got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees"

    The Tears of a Clown: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.

    What's Going On: Marvin live.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 10:34:49 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks!! (3+ / 0-)

      I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard My Girl when I was young.  :)  I was in college when it came out.

      I really liked The Temptations.

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      by cfk on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 11:05:02 PM PDT

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      •  The Temptations were the greatest Motown group (3+ / 0-)

        They had all those amazing voices, and Motown's top songwriters were always competing to write songs for them. They went through several different phases, with different composers shaping their sound: Youthful innocence, expanding psychedelia, through to the groundbreaking funk of Papa Was a Rolling Stone.

        I have a 3 LP anthology of theirs. Inside, there is a picture of 5 black apples. Motown was saying, "Here are our Beatles".

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 11:24:35 PM PDT

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