Here Comes...Shorty Long: The Complete Motown Stereo Masters Import
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Unfortunately Shorty died in a boating accident in 1969, just as he was beginning to move into the commercial mainstream. and shortly before his second album was due to be released. His catalogue has not been too well served in the CD era, but Kent aims to rectify that with the latest release in our ongoing series of Motown projects.
Here Comes...Shorty Long presents all the masters that were mixed to stereo by Motown's engineers in the 60s, and includes the world premiere of a very different take of his great version of the Big Bopper's Chantilly Lace, as well as many of his eternally popular hits such as Function At the Junction, Devil In The Blue Dress and Here Come The Judge.
With typically copious illustrations and an annotation that includes a personal memoir of Shorty by his frequent Motown collaborator Sylvia Moy, this is a package that every vintage Motown fan will want.
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Like the previous volume, this one does not include any sides from the three singles cut for Tri-Phi Records (see Comments below), owned by Harvey Fuqua of Harvey & The Moonglows fame and his wife Gwen Gordy, sister of Motown's Berry Gordy. But while that's understandable given the title of the album, they proceed to leave out too much of the Soul output, a label he joined in 1964 when Harvey and Gwen sold their entire operation to the Motown empire.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama on May 20, 1940, Shorty came by his nickname honestly as he stood barely over 5 feet, but when you heard his booming voice on record or radio it conjured up visions of a much larger individual. He was also skilled on a wide array of instruments, including the harmonica, guitar, trumpet/coronet, drums, and piano/organ.
His first release with his new label was the self-penned (along with William Stevenson) Devil With The Blue Dress On b/w Wind It Up (omitted here) on Soul 35001, but it could only reach # 125 on the Billboard Pop Hot 100 Bubble Under charts in the spring of 1964, a time when the British Invasion was keeping many North American artists off the charts.Read more ›