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How Sweet It Is: Rock & Roll Tribute to Motown

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Generations of rockers rock to the Motown beat! Includes "Dancing in the Street" Kinks; "Roadrunner" Fleetwood Mac; "Heat Wave" Linda Ronstadt; "Where Did Our Love Go" J. Geils Band; "(I Know) I'm Losing You" Rod Stewart/Faces and more.

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Disc: 1

  1. Where Did Our Love Go
  2. Dancing in the Street
  3. (I Know) I'm Losing You
  4. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
  5. (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave
  6. (I'm A) Roadrunner
  7. The Tracks of My Tears
  8. My Girl
  9. He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'
  10. Easy
  11. Baby Love


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: American Beat
  • ASIN: B000FFJZAQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have commented separately in other reviews that Rhino was not doing its reputation of prior years any great favours by its current run of cover tributes. I feel sad that this latest being Rock & roll covers of Tamla hits while not as dire as some prior compilations, still leaves a lot to be desired.

The two best tracks are by Otis ("My girl") and Aretha ("The tracks of my tears") - hardly known as rock and roll singers! Of the rest a few are dire (the Kinks "Dancing in the street" cover reflecting the quick recording techniques used to fill out LPs in the early 1960s by many English beat groups and the Fleetwood Mac version of Roadrunner owes more to Bo Diddley that the excellent "club a go go" version that Jr. Walker created.

Thankfully the balance on this collection are a more listenable mix. From the 1970s J. Geils ("Where did our love go"), Rod Stewart (I'm losing you") and Jerry Garcia Band ("How sweet it is") while not beating out the originals at least showing due respect in their interpretations and Linda Rondstadt in "Heatwave" showing her early hits were the more spirited before MOR pastiche took over. The more recent acceptable covers by Bananarama and Faith No More prove that while Tamla originals may never be bettered, nor will they lose their attraction for cover interpretations by non-soul singers either.
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