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Motown Meets the Beatles
 : Motown Meets the Beatles

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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0731453041028
Edition: Imported ed.
Feature: Universal I.S.
Format: Import
Item Dimensions: 4550020575
Label: Universal I.S.
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Universal I.S.
MPN: 731453041028
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: August 08, 1995
Publisher: Universal I.S.
Release Date: February 18, 2002
Studio: Universal I.S.

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  • Universal I.S.



Disc 1:
  1. A Hard Day's Night - The Supremes
  2. Eleanor Rigby - The Four Tops
  3. We Can Work It Out - Stevie Wonder
  4. Hey Jude - The Temptations
  5. Yesterday - Marvin Gaye
  6. The Long and Winding Road - Diana Ross
  7. Come Together - The Supremes
  8. She's Leaving Home - Syreeta
  9. You Can't Do That - The Supremes
  10. Fool On The Hill - The Four Tops
  11. Michelle - The Four Tops
  12. And I Love Her - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  13. Something - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  14. Let It Be - Gladys Knight & The Pips
  15. Imagine - Diana Ross
  16. My Love - Jr. Walker
  17. My Sweet Lord - Edwinn Starr
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
UK compilation containing legendary Motown artists' interpretations of the Beatles' classics. When the Fab Four first got together, their sets consisted of American Rock and Soul covers. Once they began writing their own music, they still continued to cover these songs that influenced them, including some early Motown favorites. Ironically enough, Motown's brightest stars began covering the Beatles once they became household names. This collection features 17 fine examples of these Soul drenched reinterpretations of Beatles tracks including cuts performed by Diana Ross & the Supremes, the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Jr.. Walker & the All-Stars, Syreeta and others. Spectrum.

Amazon.com:
You'd think with the stable of great tunesmiths Motown employed in the '60s that there would be no need to go outside the family for songs. There was no denying the might of the Beatles catalog, however. So it makes sense that Berry Gordy, a man who wanted his brand of black music to be suitable for everyone, would marry his all-star roster to the music of Lennon and McCartney. Great songs, great singers--what could go wrong? Well, sometimes plenty. Listen to the Supremes gamely tackling "A Hard Day's Night," their harmonies trapped in a leaden arrangement that can't switch gears from Liverpool to Detroit. Or cringe as Diana Ross massacres Lennon's solo anthem "Imagine." Sometimes the singers overpower the material, as when the rough-and-ready Four Tops turn the understated "Eleanor Rigby" into a stomp. But sometimes it's sublime, as when Marvin Gaye envisions "Yesterday" as a hushed hymn, or Stevie Wonder revitalizes the already feisty "We Can Work It Out" by giving the tune a soul-drenched swagger. As an artifact of pop culture, this collection is fascinating. As a musical statement? Well, utilize your CD programmer. --Amy Linden



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