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Je n’ai rien appris, Part 2 – More foreign language fun

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2011 by 30daysout

The Beach Boys in Japan, 1966.

More versions of English/American hits done in other languages by the original artists. Now, there are TONS of hit songs that were remade for European and Japanese music fans – the Beatles’ remakes alone could fill a large warehouse – but we thought we’d focus here on the versions cut by the people who made the hits. I would give anything to see how long it took Johnny Cash to lay down German versions of his songs.

Full disclosure: “Santo Domingo” by Wanda Jackson, was actually originally recorded only in German in 1965. She cut a handful of German-language songs that were eventually collected on an album, Made In Germany.

MP3: “Le Temps des Fleurs” (Those Were The Days) by Mary Hopkin (French)

MP3: “Lowdown” (live, sung in Japanese) by Chicago

MP3: “Santo Domingo” by Wanda Jackson (German)

MP3: “My Cherie Amor” (Italian version) by Stevie Wonder

MP3: “Wer kennt den Weg” (I Walk The Line) by Johnny Cash (German)

MP3: “Sie Liebt Dich” (She Loves You) by the Beatles (German)

MP3: “L’amore Verrà” (You Can’t Hurry Love) by the Supremes (Italian)

MP3: “Call Me” (Spanish version) by Blondie

MP3: “96 Tears” (en Español) by ? and the Mysterians

MP3: “Waterloo” (French version) by ABBA

MP3: “Wie Schön Das Ist” (How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You) by Marvin Gaye (German)

MP3: “Green Circles” (Italian version) by the Small Faces

MP3: “Downtown” (German version) by Petula Clark

MP3: “Gira Gira” (Reach Out I’ll Be There) by the Four Tops (Italian)

Motown 50th anniversary: The 1970s Supremes

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2009 by 30daysout
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Still Supreme, 1970: From left, Cindy Birdsong, Mary Wilson, Jean Terrell

Reader Steve Weaver pointed out last week that the 1970’s era Supremes – after Diana Ross’ departure – are often unfairly ignored.  And he’s right: although the Supremes had an evolving lineup between 1970 and 1977, the group still managed to put out quality music and even get to the upper reaches of the pop charts.

Even as the Supremes’ final No. 1 single, “Someday We’ll Be Together,” echoed on the nation’s radios, Diana Ross stepped aside and was replaced most ably by Jean Terrell.  Where Ross had a good “pop” voice, Terrell was more appropriately a soul belter – listen to her vocal on the “River Deep, Mountain High” team-up with the Four Tops (1970) and you can see where Terrell’s rougher approach may have been more fitting for the direction that soul music, and popular music in general, was moving in those days.

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Motown 50th anniversary: Grab Bag

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , on July 23, 2009 by 30daysout

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It’s still Motown’s 50th anniversary year, and although the celebration has been subdued quite a bit by the death of Michael Jackson, we still want to commemorate the great artists who have recorded for this Great American record label over the years.  So, here’s a grab bag of some of Motown’s best artists.

MP3: “Come And Get These Memories” by Martha Reeves & the Vandellas

MP3: “Your Love Can Save Me” by the Marvelettes

MP3: “I Found That Girl” by the Jackson Five

MP3:  “Baby Don’t You Go” by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

MP3: “Still Water (Love)” by the Four Tops

MP3: “Lonely Lover” by Marvin Gaye

MP3: “Run, Run, Run” by the Supremes

MP3: “I’ll Be There” by the Jackson Five

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Motown Turns 50: The Supremes

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2009 by 30daysout

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We have neglected this feature of late, but Motown is celebrating its 50th year as a record label throughout 2009.  Today we take a look at two albums from a group that wasn’t really known for its long-players:  The Supremes.

The Supremes, of course, were Motown’s most commercially successful act, charting an incredible twelve No. 1 singles in the Billboard pop charts between 1964-69.  The classic trio of Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard hit the radio consciousness with their second album, Where Did Our Love Go (1964).  This album was the linchpin of the Supremes’ success, as it featured four songs that would storm the Top 40 (all written by Holland-Dozier-Holland) and temporarily hold back the British Invasion.

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30 Days Out (from Christmas): Motown, Part 1

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2008 by 30daysout

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Day Two – Nobody in the music industry is above a little holiday exploitation, and Berry Gordy’s Motown label was certainly no exception.  Gordy often put his star roster to work in the early summer recording finger poppin’ versions of holiday classics and a few originals, in hopes that he’d find a gold record under the Christmas tree.  Some of these are classics – Stevie Wonder’s “Ave Maria” is one of the better holiday records ever made – while others have justifiably faded into the mists of time.  There are so many Motown holiday songs, we’ll visit Detroit again on our 30-day Christmas odyssey.