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Wednesday, January 28 2009

Yesterday’s Dreams: Motown in the 1980s

The music of Motown's third decade does not quite deserve the close attention that the label's first two decades warrant, but even a cursory look at the label in these years reveals that things weren't all bad.


What’s Going On: Marvin Gaye’s Liberation from the Motown Sound

When Obie Benson of the Four Tops brought him a song he had co-written with Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye found something that had reflected the way he had been feeling ever since Tammi Terrell's death -- anger, sadness, and disillusionment about his friend's death and the chaotic world around him.


Tuesday, January 27 2009

These Are the Breaks: The Motown Sound’s Influence on Hip-Hop Sampling

For any influential group in the hip-hop game, specifically in the early 1990s, Motown's stamp of approval and its variety of subsidiaries were undeniably influential.


Twirling the Dial: My Motown Memories

For those of us in tune with the sounds of the genre-redefining decade, a transistor radio was the seminal social sidekick. We loved listening to that little mono wonder, its tiny shrill speaker sparking a hundred journeys directly into the center of our mind.


Monday, January 26 2009

Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead

If "I've Gotta Dance to Keep from Crying" could work as a slogan for Motown, the song itself works as both a dance song and a tearjerker.


Manufacturing Motown

Like the nameplates on the auto industry's productive output, Motown's headline acts were brand identities under which cultural commodities were sold.


Sunday, January 25 2009

Dancing in the Street: Our 25 Favorite Motown Singles

From the Four Tops and the Temptations to the Marvelettes and the Velvelettes, we narrow down our favorite singles from the "Sound of Young America" era to 25 indisputable picks.


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Macy Gray: Big (Reviews) [12.Apr.07]
A Long Way from Wonderland (Features) [10.Apr.07]
In Memoriam: James Brown (Reviews) [22.Mar.07]
Lewis Taylor: The Lost Album (Reviews) [28.Feb.07]
Soul Power (Features) [2.Jan.07]
Gerald LeVert: Stroke of Genius (Reviews) [4.Dec.03]
Gerald Levert: Gerald’s World (Reviews) [17.Sep.01]
Macy Gray: The Id (Reviews) [17.Sep.01]
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