7/17/2007 Dig Up The Roots

 

The Motown sound makes me think of my early childhood, growing up outside Chicago and discovering radios. There is an optimism in these sounds for a world that could have/should have, but didn't happen.

We hit some of the hits but featured a lot of previously unrealsed material from the literal basement vault of the early studio in Detroit. Stevie Wonder when he was 13, unissued tracks by the likes of The Velvelettes, Temptations, and on and on. Around the same time, across the pond, something similar was going on. Northern Soul and Blue Eyed Soul were driving scooters and parka clad Mods to a frenzy with the likes of Cyril Davis, Chris Farlowe and Chris Clark. Sometimes it's hard to tell which side of the ocean each recording came from, but in a way, that's the point.

Playlist Tracks: 
The Velvelettes - Ain't No Place Like Motown
Album: a cellerful OF MOWTOWN: The Rarest Detroit Grooves; Label: Tamla Motown
Diana Ross The Supremes - When The Lovelight Starts Shining Thru' His Eyes
Album: 20 Mod Classics; Label: Tamla Motown
Martha Reeves The Vandellas - Quicksand
Album: 20 Mod Classics; Label: Tamla Motown
Frank Wilson - My Sugar Baby
Album: a cellerful OF MOWTOWN: The Rarest Detroit Grooves; Label: Tamla Motown
Chris Clark - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
Album: a cellerful OF MOWTOWN: The Rarest Detroit Grooves; Label: Tamla Motown
The Just Brothers - Sliced Tomatoes
Album: A Treasury of Northeren Soul; Label: Castle Pulse
Barbara McNair - Baby A Go-Go
Album: a cellerful OF MOWTOWN: The Rarest Detroit Grooves; Label: Tamla Motown
Brenda Holloway - All Your Love / Who You Gonna Run To
Album: A a cellerful OF MOWTOWN: The Rarest Detroit Grooves; Label: Tamla Motown
The Velvelettes - He Was Really Saying Something
Album: 20 Mod Classics; Label: Tamla Motown
Earl Van Dyke - He Was Really Saying Something
Album: a cellerful OF MOWTOWN: The Rarest Detroit Grooves; Label: Tamla Motown
Father's Angels - Bok To Bach
Album: A Treasury of Northeren Soul; Label: Castle Pulse
Chris Farlowe - Moanin (Sitar version)
Album: Immediate Mod Box Set; Label: Immediate
Cyril Davis His RB All Stars - Someday Baby
Album: Immediate Mod Box Set; Label: Immediate
Stevie Wonder - Hey Harmonica Man
Album: 20 Mod Classics; Label: Tamla Motown
Stevie Wonder - Are You Sure Love Is The Name Of This Game
Album: a cellerful OF MOWTOWN: The Rarest Detroit Grooves; Label: Tamla Motown
Temptations - Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)
Album: 20 Mod Classics; Label: Tamla Motown
Smokey Robinson The Miracles - That's What Love Is Made Of
Album: 20 Mod Classics; Label: Tamla Motown
Gladys Knight The Pips - Here Are The Pieces Of My Broken Heart
Album: TOWN: The Rarest Detroit Grooves; Label: Tamla Motown
The Golden Apples Of The Sun - The Monkey Time
Album: Immediate Mod Box Set; Label: Immediate
The Velvelettes - Needle In A Haystack
Album: 20 Mod Classics; Label: Tamla Motown
Marvelettes - Too Many Fish In The Sea
Album: 20 Mod Classics; Label: Tamla Motown
The Funk Brothers - Tell Me It's Just A Rumor Baby
Album: a cellerful OF MOWTOWN: The Rarest Detroit Grooves; Label: Tamla Motown
Marvin Gaye - Can I Get A Witness
Album: 20 Mod Classics; Label: Tamla Motown
Martha Reeves The Vandellas - Heatwave
Album: 20 Mod Classics; Label: Tamla Motown
Kim Weston - Don't Let Me Down
Album: TOWN: The Rarest Detroit Grooves; Label: Tamla Motown
The Monitors - Don't Put Off Till Tomorrow What You Can Do Today
Album: a cellerful OF MOWTOWN: The Rarest Detroit Grooves; Label: Tamla Motown
Sammy Ward - Until You Came Along / Before It's Over
Album: a cellerful OF MOWTOWN: The Rarest Detroit Grooves; Label: Tamla Motown
Air Date: 
July 17, 2007

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