Wednesday, July 27, 2016

100 BEST ALBUM COVERS: #60. Continues twice daily.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE 100 BEST
ALBUM COVERS
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THE MISEDUCATION OF
LAURYN HILL (1998)
100 UNDERRATED MOTOWN SONGS FROM THE ARCHIVES YOU SHOULD HEAR: #90-81. Another 10 songs added next week.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
100 UNDERRATED TRACKS FROM THE
MOTOWN
ARCHIVES
 
YOU GOTTA HEAR!
Each week, ten obscure or rare Motown recordings will be highlighted. You can hear the added songs on spotify. The playlist will be updated weekly.
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HIP CITY Part 2
Junior Walker & The All Stars
File:Junior Walker And The All Stars - Home Cookin'.jpgJunior Walker & The All Stars stand out from the rest of the Motown stable. Their discs were grittier and infused with brilliant musicianship. "Hip City" was a 1968 chart entry with Parts 1 & 2 on the single's 2 sides. It was included on the group's album 'Home Cookin'".
89
BAD WEATHER
The Supremes

Stevie Wonder produced and co-wrote The Supremes' 1973 single "Bad Weather". This was the trio's last chart single with Jean Terrell. She quit the group shortly after, followed by Linda Laurence. The latter left to raise a family.
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COME TO ME
Marv Johnson
Notable for being the 1st Motown release, "Come To Me" was distributed nationally on the United Artists label. Issued in 1959, Marv Johnson co-wrote the song with Berry Gordy Jr., who also handled production. This disc ushered Motown onto the national singles chart (through subsidiary label Tamla).
87
BLAME IT ON THE SUN
Stevie Wonder
"Blame It On The Sun" was a ballad included on Wonder's 1972 album 'Talking Book'. He co-wrote the song with Syreeta Wright. Diana Ross covered it for her 1991 release 'The Force Behind The Power'.  
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SWEET THING
The Spinners
The Spinners languished in oblivion for most of the group's time at Motown. "Sweet Thing" was issued in 1964 and failed to chart. They enjoyed a string of hits once they signed with Atlantic Records.
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HARMOUR LOVE
Syreeta Wright
Included on Syreeta Wright's 3rd studio album 'One To One', "Harmour Love" was written and produced by her ex-husband Stevie Wonder. The 1975 single fared better in Britain than in the U.S.
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SOMETHING ON MY MIND
Diana Ross
A track from Diana Ross' 1970 solo debut LP, "Something On My Mind" was penned by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson.
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FLOWER CHILD
David Ruffin
David Ruffin dropped his solo debut album in 1969. The former member of the Temptations' 'My Whole World Ended' reached #1 on the R&B Albums chart. "Flower Child" was a highlight track co-written by Johnny Bristol.
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aCTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
Note the mis-spelling of 'Mable'. Scan kindly provided by Robb Klein, reproduced by arrangement.  All label scans come from visitor contributions - if you'd like to send me a scan I don't have, please e-mail it to me at fosse8@gmail.com!Mable John
Blues singer Mable John was one of the first artists to sign with Motown's Tamla label. The 1961 single "Actions Speak Louder Than Words" was composed & produced by Berry Gordy Jr.
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FUNCTION AT THE JUNCTION
Shorty Long
Here Comes Shorty Long - The Complete Motown Stereo MastersShorty Long's recorded output was unlike the lush and polished pop of his label mates such as the Supremes and The Temptations. The singer wrote "Function At the Junction" with Eddie Holland. Lamont Dozier produced the cut with Brian Holland. On paper, this augured well for Long. The single struggled when it was released in 1966. Long's biggest hit was "Here Comes The Judge" which made #8 Pop  and 4 R&B 2 years later.
100 BEST ALBUM COVERS: #61. Continues twice daily.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE 100 BEST
ALBUM COVERS
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BLOOD SEX SUGAR MAGIK
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS (1991)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CL Mixtape2 on spotify.SPOTIFY CL Mixtape II
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This week, it’s the second in a continuing series featuring a potpourri of genres: 
CL Mixtape II
Pump It
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100 BEST ALBUM COVERS: #62. Continues twice daily.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE 100 BEST
ALBUM COVERS
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LIVE AND MORE
DONNA SUMMER (1978)
100 BEST ALBUM COVERS: #63. Continues twice daily.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE 100 BEST
ALBUM COVERS
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OUT OF THE BLUE
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA (1977)

Monday, July 25, 2016

200 MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS : #50. Continues next week.
THE CAFFE` LATTE`
200
MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS
Some are the best selling, while others may be obscure, but the albums listed here are all worthy of a listen. No compilation/ best of sets. Only exceptional live albums included. This is a personal listing of the albums I enjoy the most to this day.
#50
RUBBER SOUL: THE BEATLES
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Of all the albums found in this Top 50, 'Rubber Soul' will arguably always be the most studied. Its place in rock and pop culture is undiminished decades later. The track listing reveals a group that has finely tuned its songcraft and musicianship. John Lennon and Paul McCartney contribute the album's greatest treasures, but George Harrison demonstrates his emerging skill at composition with his 2 offerings: "Think For Yourself" and "If I Needed Someone". Ringo Starr also has a co-writing credit on "What Goes On" which features him on lead vocals. The album has adventurous tracks, with new instruments introduced into the rock arsenal, most notably the sitar in "Norwegian Wood". Lyrically, the most moving songs are "Nowhere Man" and "In My Life". The album boasts 2 memorable ballads: "Michelle" and "Girl". There is truly something for everyone on this classic release from the most influential rock group in history.
Highiight tracks: Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown); In My Life; Michelle & Nowhere Man.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

200 MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS : #51. Continues tomorrow.
THE CAFFE` LATTE`
200
MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS
Some are the best selling, while others may be obscure, but the albums listed here are all worthy of a listen. No compilation/ best of sets. Only exceptional live albums included. This is a personal listing of the albums I enjoy the most to this day.
#51
I LOOK TO YOU: WHITNEY HOUSTON
From left to right, the background fades from white to teal. In the foreground, slightly off-center stands an Afro-American woman in a white over-one shoulder dress. She is smiling and her long hair is flowing. In the right hand corner is her the name of the artist, Whitney Houston followed by the title of the album, I Look to You in a simple white font.
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At the time of its release, 'I Look To You' was a return for superstar vocalist Whitney Houston. This was a woman whose life had become a tragic soap opera. Her marriage was in the tabloids. There were reports of domestic abuse and drug use. Houston paid a hefty cost, including the damage to her vocal power. The new album was not just a statement from the singer, but it was pitched at the fan base that had missed her. Other claimants to the throne had emerged. Previously, Houston had no peer; her skilful reading of "I Will Always Love You" had proven that. Clive Davis' guidance on this project was an astute asset. The song selections revealed a woman with deeper experience, emerging victorious and reclaiming her throne. There were the big ballads, upbeat dance songs and a nod to her R&B roots. It had been 7 long years since her last studio album, the disappointing 'Just Whitney'. 'I Look To You' was a return to form. Houston recruited contemporary pop talents, including Alicia Keys, Stargate, R. Kelly, Diane Warren, Akon and David Foster. Her upbeat cover of Leon Russell's classic "A Song For You" is ingenious. R. Kelly contributed 3 songs, the best being the powerful title track. Houston co-wrote the album's mighty autobiographical "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" with Warren. This album augured well for the singer's recovery. Its #1 success in both the USA and Britain returned Houston to the top. Sadly, this was to be her final studio album as Houston passed away in 2012.
Highiight tracks: I Look To You; A Song For You & I Didn't Know My Own Strength.
200 MOST ESSENTIAL MOTOWN SONGS. This update: #170-161. The countdown continues next week.
Hear the 10 songs added today on spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/alanrosscaffelatte
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Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE 200
MOST ESSENTIAL
MOTOWN
Motown Productions
SONGS
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I AIN'T GONNA STAND FOR IT
Stevie Wonder
One of the standout tracks on Wonder's 1980 album 'Hotter Than July' was its 2nd single "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It" which rose to #11 in America and 10 in Britain. Wonder wrote & produced the song.  
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QUIET STORM
Smokey Robinson
Motown boasted some of the most creative songwriters. Smokey Robinson was a principal composer at the label. "Quiet Storm", issued in 1975, lent is name to a music genre that proved popular on radio.
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SMILING FACES SOMETIMES
The Undisputed Truth
"Smiling Faces Sometimes" is a cautionary song about duplicitous persons that are best avoided. Originally recorded by The Temptations, the dark cut was written by Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong. The Undisputed Truth's remake reached #3 Pop in 1971.



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YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Married couple Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson penned a string of gems for Motown acts such as Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye. The latter recorded several duets with Tammi Terrell. Their original recording of the pair's "Your Precious Love" peaked at #5 Pop & 2 R&B in 1967.
 
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AS
Stevie Wonder
The funky soul track "As" was lifted off Wonder's 1976 album 'Songs in the Key of Life'. It charted as a single in the following year. In 1999, George Michael and Mary J. Blige's remake reached #4 in the UK.


165
NIGHTSHIFT
The Commodores
"Nightshift" was the 1st and biggest for The Commodores after the departure of Lionel Richie. The song is a tribute to 2 soul vocalists: Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson. Both had an impact on the Motown story. Gaye was 1 of the label's greatest stars while Wilson recorded some Berry Gordy songs before the company was launched. Both singers died in 1984. A year later, the single made the Top 3 on the Pop, R&B and AC charts.
 
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I'M STILL WAITING
Diana Ross
While "I'm Still Waiting" struggled on the US chart, it climbed to #1 in the UK, reigning there for 4 weeks in 1971.
 
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TWENTY-FIVE MILES
Edwin Starr
Edwin Starr is best remembered for the Motown classic "War". That hit was preceded by his 1st Top 10 single, "Twenty-Five Miles". Starr co-wrote it. The song peaked at #5 in 1969.



162
SEND ONE YOUR LOVE
Stevie Wonder
"Send One Your Love" was the only noteworthy track on Wonder's soundtrack for the documentary 'The Secret Life Of Plants'. In 1979, the gentle love song reached #5 R&B, 4 Pop and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
 
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LADY (YOU BRING ME UP)
The Commodores
"Lady (You Bring Me Up)" was one of the last Commodores hits to feature Lionel Richie in the band's line-up. In 1981, the single peaked at #8. Richie, meanwhile was tentatively testing the solo waters scoring hits in his own right.
 

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Motown History: Berry Gordy
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THE 200
MOST ESSENTIAL
MOTOWN
 SONGS
Motown President Barry GordyMOTOWN HISTORY
Origins: Berry Gordy Jr.
 Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. in front of 'Hitsville' in 1962 (Click image for larger view)
  Berry Gordy Jr. was born in Detroit in 1929. Years later, he dropped out of school and first pursued a career as a boxer. He turned pro and it was at this time that he met fighter Jackie Wilson. After a stint in the US army, he worked for his father before opening up a record store. His Record Mart sold jazz discs and this venture failed. Gordy, now bankrupt, found work at Ford.
Jackie Wilson 1961.jpgAround this time, he offered the song "Reet Petite", a song he co-wrote with Billy Davis (who used the pseudonym 'Tyran Carlo'), for his old acquaintance Wilson.  The song became the first of many chart hits Gordy helped pen for the singer.
https://cbscwdetroit2.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/marv-jonshon-musicstack.jpgWith sisters Anna & Gwen Gordy, Berry set up a record company. He recruited some budding talent that included Lamont Dozier, Marvin Gaye and David Ruffin. As the label was distributed by Chess, royalties trickled in slowly. Another songwriter, Smokey Robinson, urged him to set up his own record company. Gordy did so, founding a label and a publishing company. 
Tamla was the first Motown label. Marv Johnson's "Come To Me" became its first release in early 1959. The early discs were issued to other companies, but distributed nationally by Motown by 1960 with a single by Robinson & his group (managed by Gordy) The Miracles.
Motown scored its first big single with "Shop Around" by the group that same year. The record label was on its way, attracting an unprecedented roster of artists, songwriters and musicians to the Hitsville office at 2648 West Grand Boulevard. The house was also a recording studio.
Berry's sister Anna married Marvin Gaye in 1963, but their relationship ended in 1977. She contributed songs to her then husband's landmark album 'What's Going On'. Anna died in 2014 aged 92.
http://tothesublime.typepad.com/.a/6a010536c49f05970c0133f2226d2c970b-800wi{{{image_size}}} Sister Gwen had co-written hits for Wilson with her brother and friend Davis. In 1961 she married singer/ songwriter Harvey Fuqua (who had been in The Moonglows with Gaye). She co-wrote for Gaye and had a key role in Motown's evolution, particularly through the groups The Spinners and High Inergy. Gwen passed away in 1999, aged 72.
Berry was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1988. He wrote the book for the outstanding stage show "Motown - The Musical" which opened on Broadway in 2013 and enjoyed a 2-year run before touring the U.S. International versions followed with a West End premiere in 2016.
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Have a listen to the Introduction To Motown playlist on spotify. It includes many of the greats from the legendary record label, including: Diana Ross, The Jackson 5, The Marvelettes, The Four Tops, Lionel Richie, Martha & The Vandellas, Mary Wells and The Miracles.
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