Community Chest - 'You've won second prize in a beauty contest. Move straight to frontman for The Commodores'
Motown has reached it's 50th birthday. It's officially middle- aged! So in celebration (or commiseration of the occasion), here's my hats off to Hitsville - where, rather than cracking out the usual classics, I'll roll out a few retreads of the Big Wheels of Motown..
Lee Moses thumps and thunders through, 'Reach Out' taking it to a new level of uptempo urgency
Lee Moses - Reach Out I'll Be There
Shirley Scott's higgledy-piggeldy-my-funky-keyboard cut of 'Want You Back'is a joy and a gem
Shirley Scott - I Want You Back
I'm guessing Ella was going through her 'mod' period (I've got a handful of her Beatles belters, and a Cream cover cut from the same swishery) when she cracked off this hipshaking take on 'Grapevine'
Ella Fitzgerald - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Perhaps I'll post some genuine Tamla treats next week..