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Standing in the Shadows of Motown [Soundtrack, Deluxe Edition]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 11, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B00021LPLA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,871 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Heat Wave
2. You've Really Got A Hold On Me
3. Do You Love Me
4. Bernadette
5. Reach Out I'll Be There
6. Ain't Too Proud To Beg
7. Shotgun
8. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
9. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
10. You Keep Me Hanging On
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Funk Brothers In The House
2. Standing In The Shadows Of Love
3. Dialogue: Joe Hunter
4. The One Who Really Loves You
5. Pride And Joy
6. Dialogue: Robert White
7. My Girl
8. Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
9. Don't Mess With Bill
10. The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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The Grammy-winning soundtrack to the documentary that finally introduced the world to the Motown house band known as the Funk Brothers-plus three bonus tracks and an entire disc of instrumental remixes of original Motown hits!

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213 of 216 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth behind "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" October 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Well, well. A very interesting review we have here in "An Insult To The Funk Brothers," so if I may be permitted, I'd like to explore it a bit. I'm not the producer of the film or soundtrack but I did work on the project and know all the "behind the scenes" details.
First let's look at the concept of "untarnished live performances." Where in the film or related PR material have the producers stated that these were live performances? This was not a concert. It was six straight days-one artist per day-of recording and filming. Each song was taken five or six times with an invited audience watching and understanding that we would be stopping and starting, just like in any film. These were individual scenes-not parts of a continuous live concert. These performances were no different than a studio session. The only difference was that they happened to be on a stage in front of an audience. The Royal Oak Theater was treated as a soundstage for a film shoot-not a concert.
Secondly, even if it was a "live" concert performance, with the exception of James Brown's `Live At The Apollo' and a few other early live albums, all live albums are edited and corrected when possible. The desired result is good sounding music that moves you-not rigid authenticity to a concept of "untarnished live performances." Most of the most celebrated live albums of all time have been doctored to death. By comparison, `Standing In The Shadows Of Motown' has very few added parts (other than strings) when compared to other live albums. As for the added vocal parts you claimed are "slathered on" to the live tracks of "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted," you're dead wrong.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motown... the house that FUNK built! December 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I almost crapped myself when i spotted this!

I had the one disc version and the DVD, both of which I enjoyed immensly. This, however, is the iceing on the cake! The 'snakepit' instrumentals is a joy to behold, and shows you that without the dynamics and unison of this band, Most of Motown acts would have scrubbed up no better or worse than Tom Jones or Dusty! The basswork of James Jamerson is self explanitory. Melodies that groove don't really sound this great, but James defined what that singing bass was alllll about. There's as much lyricism in his lines as in the vocal versions themselves!

The bonus tracks on disc one include 'Boom Boom Boom,' and the evergreen 'Higher' by Jackie Wilson, a perfect piece of pop, with Jamerson Sitting on the groove all the way. Dennis Coffey's 'Scorpio' is a breaks classic, the bongo break has long been a staple of Hip Hop sampling. I never knew it was the Funk Brothers on the groove!

The version of 'Heard it Through the Grapevine' kicks like a mule and hook you right in from the off. 'Don't Mess With Bill' is the instrumental side of the Motown revue, with very Jazzy guitar work and Jamerson's bass way out in front. This would be annoying if it weren't for his awesome melodic lines, dem lines!

The final track on disc 2 is Jamerson solo with the Temptations, real history...

If you play bass, start your melodic life here! If you don't, just dance!!!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great show! September 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I wish I could've been there that day in Detroit when the Funk Brothers took the stage as a headlining act for the first time ever. Since I wasn't there, this CD will have to suffice. At least until the movie and DVD come out.
In addition to 12 live performances of classic Motown songs, there are 3 original Motown songs. "The Flick" was the song the Funk Brothers used to introduce themselves on stage. This tune swings like nobody's business, and really highlights how great the Funk Brothers were.
The "You Keep Me Hanging On (instrumental)" is pretty much just the song without vocals. I had no idea how much stuff was going on in that song. This is a fascinating insight into how the Funk Brothers themselves heard the songs. They would play on songs and not know the names, or lyrics or melodies which were always added later.
"Bernadette (Instrumental)" is presented in a format closer to the Standing in the Shadows of Motown book. For most of the song, the bass is solo'd left with the rhythm tracks in the right channel allowing you to hear Jamerson's playing in it's full glory. The other instruements fade in and out allowing you to hear all of the contributions by the various Funk Brothers. Again, there's a lot more going on in this song than I ever suspected.
It's interesting how 'low fi' the bass sound was on those songs. Any producer today would've thrown those sounds out. When put in the mix, however, they work.
Highlights from the live performance include "Do You Love Me" by Bootsy Collins. If you don't know, Bootsy was the bass player from Parliament. I can't help but laugh when I think of Patrick Swayze dancing to Bootsy's rendition of this song. I can't wait to see this live.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of "The Shadows" and into the spotlight December 18, 2002
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Probably one of the last great untold stories in the history popular music, is of the group of musicians that played on nearly every hit record that Motown Records released from 1959 to 1971. The Funk Brothers were the engine that helped made this little Detroit record label into a cultural icon. Recorded and filmed in December of 2000, this soundtrack features the surviving members playing several Motown classics backing such guest vocalists as Gerald Levert, Joan Osborne, and Chaka Khan. Gerald Levert delivers gritty performances on "Reach Out I'll Be There" and "Shotgun", while Joan Osborne delivers one of the shows emotional high points with her interpretation of "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted". The only artist who seems a bit out of place is Ben Harper with his performance of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", sounding tentative and lacking the urgency and fire of Marvin Gaye's version. The band themselves are excellent. These guys are all in their 60's and 70's, and still play with the same energy they did all those years ago. One of the other highlights of the album are the instrumental mixes of the Four Tops "Bernadette" and the Supremes "You Keep Me Hangin' On". Hearing these tracks without the vocals gives you an entirely different picture and appreciation for the Funk Brothers musicianship. This project was obviously done with a great deal of love and respect for the creators of this amazing music, so Dr. Licks and the other people involved with making this happen should be applauded for their efforts. This album and the film come highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
I sent this CD to my grandson because I love it so much. It's so bouncy and fun to sing along with when in the car. Just a very happy, joyful bit of music.
Published 11 days ago by Sonja O. Schoenleber
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Motown
If you like Motown, this is some good ole songs. I like the various artists.
Published 27 days ago by Tritt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I play this album all the time. It is lively and gets my moving.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I was pleased with my purchase.
Published 1 month ago by Chris D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Just what I expected
Published 1 month ago by larry d
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great CD!!
Published 2 months ago by Mary Fitzgerald
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Motown all aways the best.Very well done-"LOVE IT."
Published 2 months ago by JW
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
This disc is the most played in my collection. Every lover of the Motown sound must have it. Songs are better than the original versions in every way, and the Funk Brothers are at... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Denise Hale
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing in the Shadows of Motown
Amazing album that will zoom you right back to those wonderful days in the 60's. These guys were the back bone of everything and they still rock. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Allan Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not entirely great.
Saw the documentary for the 2nd time recently. Good renditions of classic songs--Joan Osborne is great--but can't beat the originals. Love the Funk Brothers instrumentals as well. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amy Russell
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