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  • Audio CD (14 Oct. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00006JCGI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Heat Wave (From "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" Soundtrack / Live From Royal Oak Music Theater/2000)Joan Osborne and The Funk Brothers 3:01Album Only
Listen  2. You've Really Got A Hold On Me (From "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" Soundtrack / Live From The Snakepit/2000)Me'Shell Ndegeocello and The Funk Brothers 3:28Album Only
Listen  3. Do You Love Me (From "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" Soundtrack / Live From Royal Oak Music Theater/2000)Bootsy Collins and The Funk Brothers 3:21Album Only
Listen  4. Bernadette (Bass Line)James Jamerson 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Reach Out I'll Be There (From "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" Soundtrack / Live From Royal Oak Music Theater/2000)Gerald Levert and The Funk Brothers 3:15Album Only
Listen  6. Ain't Too Proud To Beg (From "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" Soundtrack / Live From Royal Oak Music Theater/2000)Ben Harper and The Funk Brothers 3:00Album Only
Listen  7. Shotgun (From "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" Soundtrack / Live From Royal Oak Music Theater/2000)Gerald Levert and The Funk Brothers 3:09Album Only
Listen  8. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted (From "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" Soundtrack / Live From Royal Oak Music Theater/2000)Joan Osborne and The Funk Brothers 4:22Album Only
Listen  9. I Heard It Through The Grapevine (From "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" Soundtrack / Live From Royal Oak Music Theater/2000)Ben Harper and The Funk Brothers 3:49Album Only
Listen10. You Keep Me Hanging OnThe Funk Brothers 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Cool Jerk (From "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" Soundtrack / Live From Royal Oak Music Theater/2000)Bootsy Collins and The Funk Brothers 2:59Album Only
Listen12. Cloud Nine (From "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" Soundtrack / Live From Royal Oak Music Theater/2000)Me'Shell Ndegeocello and The Funk Brothers 4:41Album Only
Listen13. What's Going On (From "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" Soundtrack / Live From Royal Oak Music Theater/2000)Chaka Khan and The Funk Brothers 4:00Album Only
Listen14. Band Introduction / Ain't No Mountain High Enough (From "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" Soundtrack / Live From Royal Oak Music Theater/2000)Chaka Khan and Montell Jordan and The Funk Brothers 4:57Album Only
Listen15. The Flick (Live At Ben's Hi Chapparal Club, Detroit/1970)Earl Van Dyke 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Product Description

(2003/MOTOWN) 15 tracks - 20 page bookletMedium 1
  1. Heat Wave - OSBORNE, Joan
  2. You've Really Got A Hold On Me - NDEGEOCELLO, Meshell
  3. Do You Love Me - COLLINS, Bootsy
  4. Bernadette (instrumental)
  5. Reach Out I'll Be There - LEVERT, Gerald
  6. Ain't Too Proud To Beg - HARPER, Ben
  7. Shotgun - LEVERT, Gerald feat. Tom SCOTT
  8. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted - OSBORNE, Joan
  9. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - HARPER, Ben
  10. You Keep Me Hangin' On (instrumental)
  11. Cool Jerk - COLLINS, Bootsy
  12. Cloud Nine - NDEGEOCELLO, Meshell
  13. Waht's Going On - KHAN, Chaka
  14. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - KHAN, Chaka & Monell Jordan
  15. The Flick - VAN DYKE, Earl

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The phenomenal story of Motown has been told many times--so many times in fact that the notion of an untold part of its legacy seems far-fetched. But as the documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown demonstrates, there was more to the success of the Detroit-based label than singing babes in gowns and founder Berry Gordy's business acumen. There were also the self-named Funk Brothers: the session players putting the unforgettable guitar sounds into "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and the creeping bass line behind "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." These guys were a crucial piece of the puzzle but have remained largely anonymous.

While the Standing documentary tells the Funk Brothers' story via interviews, stock footage and still photos, the accompanying soundtrack takes liberties, pairing the surviving musicians with contemporary pop, R&B and funk artists. Together, they faithfully recast Motown hits. What could have been a disaster--would you want to muck with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"?--works beautifully, thanks both to the Brothers' chops and the thoughtful artist selection. While enlisting a soul brother like Ben Harper was a no-brainer, the inclusion of Joan Osborne was especially astute. After all, Osborne's deep connection to R&B is why her production of the Holmes Brothers' Speaking in Tongues disc was genius, and she acquits herself beautifully on "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" and "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted." Similarly, bass boss Meshell Ndegeocello gives Chaka Khan competition in the gospel diva department. Bootsy Collins, Gerald Levert and Montell Jordan also contribute. Motown purists may baulk at this concept, but they'd have to agree these readings are smart, respectful and very, very soulful. --Kim Hughes

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "andysmarty" on 7 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This 2cd Deluxe Edition of SITSOM (soundtrack), an award winning film about the unsung heroes of Motown known as the Funk Brothers-the group of musicians behind all the hits is an incredible tribute. Disc 1 consists mainly of newly recorded live versions of Motown hits by the surviving members of the Funks with a variety of guest vocal artists which recreates the magic and atmosphere of over 30 years ago. Also included are original Motown recordings stripped of the vocals, allowing the listener to concentrate on the sheer musicianship of all involved. Three bonus tracks complete this disk with recordings by the Funks made with non-Motown artists. Disk 2 is packed full of 'new' material, that is to say, you know these recordings but not like this! Continuing the idea on Disk 1 of removing the vocals we are treated to some amazing and clear musicianship alot of which gets lost in the mix when heard with vocal harmonies etc.
All the Funks get the long awaited praises, notably bass player James Jamerson (his biography was the seed that resulted in the film). Anyone who likes or is interested in Motown should buy this cd. Anyone interested in the history of pop or soul should buy this cd.....this is where it all started.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Gardener on 16 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Congraulations Motown for allowing a deluxe edition of the film soundtrack, also for giving and holding back as I will explain later. First of all is the original soundtrack of the film which although mentioned in an earlier review, the uninspiring vocal performance of Meshell Ndegeocello doesnt seem to do justice to the project. The vocals of Joan Osborne and Ben Harper more then make up for these small short comings. Just to hear that original period organ used on the classic "I Heard Through The Grapevine" in the film concert will make any hardened soul fan's hair stand on end. Also included is the Funk Brothers anthem "The Flick" which see's it's first outing on a genuine Motown CD. At the end of the first disk we are treated to three bonus tracks. The main one being the rare outing of a track by Dennis Coffey intitled "Scorpio" this heavily sampled piece of funk has been a rare groove fave for many years.
Now CD2 - yes, they are billing it as a naked instrumental remixes of the original hits but there is a lot more here then meets the eye. With Motown holding back, many of these tracks are not the originally released backing tracks. Instead they are alternate takes which really show the talents of everybody involved and would please any hardend Motown collector or any soul fan. For example the Supremes track "Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart" features a fantastic lead piano by Earl Van Dyke, but to Motown and Northern Soul fans you can detect the beginnings of the Northern Soul classic by The Contours "Just A Little Misunderstanding". On the track "For Once In My Life" you can sense that the band are really holding themselves back, knowing this is a vocal backing track, despite this you can feel a sense of soul and jazz fusing together - it's just happening. Thus to the trained and seasoned ear, here is a refreshing slant on the Motown Sound. So don't get hung up on what seems to be a same ole tracklisting belive me there are gems within the gems.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Rees on 2 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
I was an out and out Motown afficionado when I was younger and when in 'cool' circles it was deeply unfashionable to be so (I kept fairly quiet about it!!). At the time, this was what my children might today call 'chav' music; working class stuff that was considered (by those supposedly 'in the know')to be pap.

This CD (and the breathtaking film of the same name) starts to put all of that in a stunningly different perspective. It also explains a few reactions I had at the time.

Reactions first. I remember thinking back then 'what an incredible bass line'. Now I understand I was listening to Jamerson. I also remember thinking, round about 1971, 'this has all gone off'. That must have coincided with the move to Los Angeles and the unceremonious 'dumping' of the Funk Brothers.

Now a bit of socio-political comment. In Britain in the late 60s/early 70s being 'cool' was about aping the working class. Yet Motown was a no-go area in this 'coolness'. The odd thing is that the Funk Brothers (and others in the Motown team) clearly had dragged themselves up. These were guys who had worked in the car factories, who carried guns (see the film), and (per Smokey Robinson)had sung as a way out of slipping into the Detroit gang culture.

But these musicians were, by any standards, virtuosos. I can see this must have infuriated and frustrated the (presumably largely white) US music establishment. Here were guys who quite obviously could outplay anybody and who were succeeding in spite of things like the 10% TV time quotas that were imposed on black acts.

Although even around 1970/1 I wonder how Motown was really viewed in the US. On YouTube there is a clip of the Marvin Gaye 'What's Going On' concert (also showing Jamerson playing).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Heal on 16 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
Listen to this cd just to hear the fidelity of the live sound capture. This is up there with Live Bob Marley.
Then listen to the performances. If you dont have a mirror or ability to feel for a pulse and are concerned if someone is actually dead - it is not a problem now. Play Heatwave, or indeed any of the tracks and if the body doesnt display rhythmic twitching - they are dead (or not worth keeping alive)
To say the band is tight is a huge understatement. Collective playing at its best dozens of players acting in funk unison.
The rhythm section is foregrounded to splendid effect - but then they bring in guest artists which I suspect their history will say gave some of the best perfmorances of their life. My friend said he would hold a party just to hear this CD at it.
Bought the book the film was based on (sic) and am searching for the concert DVD. A lot of the players were dying of cancers, heart problems and plain ol age but my goodness all you hear is life on this CD. Dont waste precious time get it now. I am 53 and never got into Motown the first time round .
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