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Motown sound

The Motown Sound is a style of soul music with distinctive characteristics, including the use of tambourine along with drums, bass instrumentation, a distinctive melodical and chord structure, and a "call and response" singing style originating in gospel music. Among the most important architects of The Motown Sound were the members of Motown's in-house team of songwriters and record producers, including Gordy, William "Smokey" Robinson, Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong, and the team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland, Jr., collectively known as Holland-Dozier-Holland. Also instrumental to the sound was the work of Motown's in-house band, The Funk Brothers, who performed the instrumentation on nearly every Motown hit from 1959 to 1971. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motown_Sound [Apr 2005]

Northern Soul

Northern Soul is a style of music with associated dance styles and fashions that developed in the north of England in the late 1960s.

The music originally consisted of obscure American soul recordings with an uptempo beat, very similar to and including Tamla Motown, plus more obscure labels (e.g. Okeh) from cities like Detroit and Chicago. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Soul [Apr 2005]

Cloud Nine (1969) - The Temptations

Cloud Nine (1969) - The Temptations [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

When this album was originally released in early '69, it was a gamble. Could the Temptations, known as smooth melodic crooners of love songs, successfully reinvent themselves as contemporaries of Sly and the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Parliament, and the Chambers Brothers, with their psychedelic rock and soul sounds? The answer was YES. CLOUD NINE, this masterpiece by produced by Norman Whitfield, the most soulful producer to ever come out of Motown, is one of my favorite CDs by the Temptations. --blackprincess via amazon.com

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