Dance With The Contours Import
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Dance With The Contours is an expansion of a planned but never-issued 1964 album by the all-singing, all-shouting, all-dancing sextet. Its original 12 tracks are augmented by a further 14 unissued dancers from the same period, with a couple of slower sides thrown in to give old timers a bit of breathing space. Of the 26 tracks featured, only two of them are previously released. All tracks are mastered from fresh 2011 transfers of the original Motown ¼ inch tapes (even the two previously issued) and all are presented exactly how you would have heard them almost half a century ago.
With notes by universally-acknowledged Motown expert Keith Hughes, who interviewed Contour Joe Billingslea in January 2011 specifically for the project, wrapped in a booklet featuring a wealth of previously unpublished and rare period photos of the group, this is a package that no collector of early 60s Detroit soul can afford to be without.
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It is understandable that Motown decided to shelve the project. As a Contours fan, I'm happy that they have been given the attention today. However, one listen to this cd may make avid fans wonder why their vocal talent was wasted on formulaic throwaways such as what's here. They deserved more than this. Hopefully, there are some more tracks in the vault that show their skills as balladeers. Overall, this cd is primarily for Motown collectors. It is not a fair introduction to the Contours for those unfamiliar with the group beyond "Do You Love Me." Musically, their first album, self-titled "The Contours" is a much better choice.