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Dec 8, 2005 @ 10:47 PM What are you listening to right now?    
MotownManiax


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Great song, Tainq!!! "Since I Don't Have You" is another classic by them.

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Dec 8, 2005 @ 11:39 PM What are you listening to right now?    
TAINQ


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Yea, Motown, I'm floating amist of oldies, Drifters next.
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Dec 9, 2005 @ 2:08 AM What are you listening to right now?    
ExacerbatedTaboo


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I'm floating amist of oldies


Are you sure that's why you're floating?
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Dec 9, 2005 @ 6:56 AM What are you listening to right now?    
MotownManiax


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I love smooth harmony singing and Doo Wop, Tainq.

Have you got anything by The Flamingos, Five Royales, Del Vikings, Impressions, and Moonglows? I've got a ton of other groups so too many to list here.

I need to make an mp3 CD...can fit 180 songs on one disk! Talk about being in Harmony Heaven.

Peace

[Edited on 12/9/2005 6:56 AM]
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Dec 9, 2005 @ 5:19 PM What are you listening to right now?    
danae74


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Motown, I just found this thread...excellent reviews!! If you're not already getting paid to do this, you should, seriously. There are several artists you've described that I simply must go out and try, just from your descriptions.
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Dec 9, 2005 @ 5:35 PM What are you listening to right now?    
MotownManiax


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Awwww, thanks danae!!

I can't take credit for the little "bio's". I got most of them from a web site called allmusic dot com. I recommend checking it out; it's super cool. It's free to join (you'll need a user ID and password) but you can look up virtually any music and hear song samples. That way you can listen and decide if you like the artist or not.

In case you may not have noticed -- I LOVE MUSIC!!!!!!



[Edited on 12/9/2005 5:36 PM]
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Dec 9, 2005 @ 6:24 PM What are you listening to right now?    
danae74


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And the old Motown is good stuff...without getting too identifying here, my ex played rhythm guitar in his day with the Young Rascals, and did some of the studio cuts with Wild Cherry (yes, he was significantly older than myself.) He was a Motown fanatic, so I'm familiar with all the good stuff. Smoky's my favorite, because I'm more of a blues/jazz person; his voice is just the most incredible thing!
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Dec 9, 2005 @ 7:08 PM What are you listening to right now?    
MotownManiax


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Cool connection, danae!! I love all the (Young) Rascals music.

Of course, growing up in Metro Detroit I got to hear all the great Motown singles on the local AM radio before they went national. I was just a tyke in the 60’s so I don’t have total recall (lol), but I remember groovin’ to the sounds in the back seat.

If you ever get a chance, rent or buy a DVD documentary about the Motown studio band, The Funk Brothers, called “Standing In The Shadows of Motown”. I own a copy. It’s excellent as timeless history and contains some great music, too!


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Dec 9, 2005 @ 7:18 PM What are you listening to right now?    
MotownManiax


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Now on my 'puter.... Swag's "Catchall" album

Swag were conceived as a fun side project by various musicians known primarily for their roles in other bands (particularly Ken Coomer of Wilco, Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick, and Robert Reynolds of the Mavericks). And, unlike some such ideas, they do actually sound like they're having fun on this pastiche of/homage to vintage '60s and '70s pop/rock styles. It's a diverse program of originals in that mold, sometimes taking cues from straight-ahead guitar power pop with ringing guitars, sometimes from fey McCartney-esque late-'60s acoustic pop-psych ("Near Perfect Smile" and "Different Girl"), sometimes from Remains-like mid-'60s organ rock guitar crunch ("Please Don't Tell"), sometimes from early Elvis Costello ("Eight"), and even from Cheap Trick themselves ("Ride," which even has a Cheap Trick reference in the lyrics). It's not the type of thing which is bound to impress listeners with wallfuls of original '60s pop/rock and '70s power pop to serve as comparisons, but it's better than the norm for such things, and well-executed. Four of the 12 songs on the band's debut full-length disc were previously released, but eight make their first appearance here.

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Dec 9, 2005 @ 10:55 PM What are you listening to right now?    
MotownManiax


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The Dandy Warhols "Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia"

Though they still tend towards pastiche, the Dandy Warhols' third full-length, Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia, presents a bakers' dozen of their most focused and cohesive songs. Where their earlier albums were eclectic to the point of being scattershot, this release manages to limit the band's style-switching to dreamy, sweeping epics like "Godless" and "Nietzsche," sussed, sleazy power pop like "Horse Pills" and "Cool Scene," and country and gospel ventures like "Country Leaver" and "The Gospel." The group's increasingly strong songwriting makes most of these experiments successful and distinctive, though the Dandys fall into their old habit of appropriating sounds they like wholesale with "Shakin'," a "tribute" to Elastica's uptight yet sexy riffs and rhythms. Not surprisingly, the most successful songs on Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia are the least derivative ones, such as anxious pop songs like "Solid," "Get Off," and the delicate, lovelorn ballad "Sleep." On those tracks, as well as the satirical single "Bohemian Like You" — this year's model of their hit "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth" — the Dandys reveal themselves as a savvy pop band with a voice of their own. Though they're not all the way there yet, Tales From Urban Bohemia is a worthwhile step in their developing creativity.

Btw, "Welcome to the Monkey House" is another great Warhols album.
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Dec 10, 2005 @ 7:36 PM What are you listening to right now?    
MotownManiax


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Now Playing....

Bruce Springsteen "Born To Run" album -- seminal record at a pivotal time in Rock's history.

"Bruce Springsteen's make-or-break third album represented a sonic leap from his first two, which had been made for modest sums at a suburban studio; Born to Run was cut on a superstar budget, mostly at the Record Plant in New York. Springsteen's backup band had changed, with his two virtuoso players, keyboardist David Sancious and drummer Vini Lopez, replaced by the professional but less flashy Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg. The result was a full, highly produced sound that contained elements of Phil Spector's melodramatic work of the 1960s. Layers of guitar, layers of echo on the vocals, lots of keyboards, thunderous drums — Born to Run had a big sound, and Springsteen wrote big songs to match it. The overall theme of the album was similar to that of The E Street Shuffle; Springsteen was describing, and saying farewell to, a romanticized teenage street life. But where he had been affectionate, even humorous before, he was becoming increasingly bitter. If Springsteen had celebrated his dead-end kids on his first album and viewed them nostalgically on his second, on his third he seemed to despise their failure, perhaps because he was beginning to fear he was trapped himself. Nevertheless, he now felt removed, composing an updated West Side Story with spectacular music that owed more to Bernstein than to Berry. To call Born to Run overblown is to miss the point; Springsteen's precise intention is to blow things up, both in the sense of expanding them to gargantuan size and of exploding them. If The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle was an accidental miracle, Born to Run was an intentional masterpiece. It declared its own greatness with songs and a sound that lived up to Springsteen's promise, and though some thought it took itself too seriously, many found that exalting."

EVERYONE that professes to enjoy rock should own this record!!!!
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Dec 11, 2005 @ 2:43 AM What are you listening to right now?    
MotownManiax


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My Bloody Valentine "Loveless" album

"...As shoegazing reached its peak in 1991, My Bloody Valentine released Loveless, which broke new sonic ground and was hailed as a masterpiece....it was greeted with uniformly excellent reviews and it became a hit within the U.K., reaching number 24 on the charts. In America, the group made significant inroads, particularly by supporting Dinosaur Jr. Despite the band's acclaim and growing audience, Loveless didn't sell in numbers to recoup its reported 500,000 dollar recording cost and Creation dropped the band from their label roster; Creation wouldn't fully recover until 1994, when they signed Oasis..."

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Dec 11, 2005 @ 10:28 AM What are you listening to right now?    
MotownManiax


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Fenton Robinson's "Somebody Loan Me a Dime" LP

One of the most subtly satisfying electric blues albums of the 1970s. Robinson never did quite fit the "Genuine Houserocking Music" image of Alligator Records — his deep, rich baritone sounds more like a magic carpet than a piece of barbed wire, and he speaks in jazz-inflected tongues, full of complex surprises. The title track hits with amazing power, as do the chugging "The Getaway," a hard-swinging "You Say You're Leaving," and the minor-key "You Don't Know What Love Is." In every case, Robinson had recorded them before, but thanks to Bruce Iglauer's superb production, a terrific band, and Robinson's musicianship, these versions reign supreme.

If you love the Blues, get this album, Pronto!!
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Dec 11, 2005 @ 7:01 PM What are you listening to right now?    
MotownManiax


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Holly Dunn "Getting It Dunn" CD

"One of the most popular female country singers of the late '80s, Holly Dunn was born in San Antonio in 1957 and was the sister of future country songwriting pro Chris Waters. In high school, she performed with a group called the Freedom Folk, which toured the south and performed at the White House bicentennial celebration. While attending Abilene Christian University, she sang with the school's Hilltop Singers touring choir, and also co-wrote a song with her brother called "Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind." It was recorded by Cristy Lane, which convinced Dunn to try her luck in Nashville after graduation. She worked as a demo singer for a time before joining her brother as a staff songwriter at CBS. In 1984, she moved over to MTM and penned material for several different singers, including Louise Mandrell, who made "I'm Not Through Loving You Yet" a Top Ten hit. In the wake of its success, Dunn landed a record contract in her own right, and released her first single in 1985. Her self-titled debut album appeared the following year and produced her first Top Ten hit, "Daddy's Hands." 1987's Cornerstone contained two Top Five singles in "Love Someone Like Me" and "Only When I Love," and Dunn produced the 1988 follow-up, Across the Rio Grande, herself, resulting in the hits "Strangers Again" and "(It's Always Gonna Be) Someday..." ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide


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Dec 11, 2005 @ 9:10 PM What are you listening to right now?    
TAINQ


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Yea Taboo, I'm a HOPELESS ROMANTIC and float to the sounds of four part harmony and Doo Wop. Throw in some Mathis and Coltrane and the company of a lovely lady, and I feel complete.

Motown, What's Doo Wop without the Moonglows' "Sincerely", The Flamingos' "I Only have Eyes For You", and of Course there're the Drifters.

"Til Then" peace and easy listening
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Dec 11, 2005 @ 9:31 PM What are you listening to right now?    
Heaveninawildflower


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Well, I'd pass on the lovely lady, but the playlist sounds great...of course, I'd want to add Mac Arthur Park by the Four Tops.

Meanwhile I'll be Standing in the shadows...

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Dec 11, 2005 @ 10:11 PM What are you listening to right now?    
MotownManiax


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Happy Feet!!!!....so glad I have music peeps that appreciate all the varied styles that make pop music so great.

Tainq and Heaven, you may also want to check out a recently released box set of great, classic girl group songs called "One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found".

Partial review....

"The importance of the girl group sound of the early '60s is often overlooked in the traditional telling of the history of rock & roll. In most accounts, after the first wave of rockers either died (Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran), quit (Little Richard), went into the army (Elvis), or married a cousin (Jerry Lee Lewis), hordes of one-named teen idols (Fabian, Frankie, Dion) and smoothies (Bobby Rydell, Paul Anka) took over and rock music withered away until the Beatles rescued it. This narrow-minded opinion leaves out so much amazing music (Del Shannon, Jackie Wilson, the Everly Brothers, Lou Christie, the start of Motown, the Beach Boys, and the surf sound as well as so much classic R&B) that it makes your head hurt. Add to that list of amazing music the girl group sound. Add the Ronettes, the Shirelles, the Chiffons, Little Eva, and the Cookies. Add a style of music that when it's happy is just about the most exuberant sound on earth and when it's sad can completely rip your heart out. The sheer amount of girl group collections that have been released are a testament to the power of the sound, and with the release of Rhino's One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found, maybe even the rock snobs will get over themselves and get on board...." ~ Tim Sendra, All Music Guide

As always, Enjoy!!
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Dec 13, 2005 @ 7:35 PM What are you listening to right now?    
MotownManiax


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James Blunt "Back To Bedlam" album

Soulful British crooner James Blunt's wistful debut infuses the listener — in order — with rainy-day hope, the wistful comfort of unattainable love, and finally, world-weary resignation. While his parched and effeminate falsetto recalls Gasoline Alley-era Rod Stewart with a healthy dose of Antony and the Johnsons, it's the late Elliott Smith who casts the largest shadow on Back to Bedlam. Predictable but effective four-chord guitar motifs are the chosen vehicle for the ex-Royal Armed Forces soldier, and when they connect ("Wiseman," "Goodbye My Lover," "You Are Beautiful"), it's like a "Dear John" letter from a lover who you know will remain a close but ultimately guarded friend. Opening track "High" sets a determined midtempo pace that rarely wanes — it's like an acoustic version of "Drive" by the Cars with a Coldplay chorus. It's a pace that would sink some records, but Bedlam's perfectly rendered, under 40-minute run time ensures that the listener doesn't suffer from a melancholy overdose. Blunt recounts his harrowing experiences as part of the NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo on the closer, "No Bravery," and it's a shock to hear all of the romantic lyricism that informed Bedlam up to this point reduced to "Old men kneel and accept their fate/Wives and daughters cut and raped/A generation drenched in hate", but it's damn effective — as is the majority of this fine debut. ~ James Christopher Monger, All Music Guide
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Dec 13, 2005 @ 7:53 PM What are you listening to right now?    
tahoma


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Mrs. Robinson - Simon and Garfunkle

I think I'll hit the college after work

[Edited on 12/13/2005 7:54 PM]
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Dec 13, 2005 @ 8:08 PM What are you listening to right now?    
MotownManiax


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GREAT song, Tahoma!!!! I get goosebumps every time I hear it.
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