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We Want The Funk

Review Time!

Standing In The Shadows Of Motown: A documentary about the Motown years, but it's a hell of a lot more than just that. I'm gonna let the films intro speak for itself here: "In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on every hit from Motown's Detroit era. By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined - which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. They called themselves the Funk Brothers."

You hear that? More than those 'greats' COMBINED. And, until recently, no one knew who they were, because they were the studio musicians at Studio A, Hitsville USA, in Detroit. But, without them, there may not have EVER been a 'Motown Sound'. Think about that, and think about how much music was influenced by Motown. These guys, unsung and unknown, are GODS of music history.

If you've ever liked Motown, or blues, or soul, or funk, or, frankly, MUSIC, you should see this flick. Hell, you NEED to. Go and give it up for the legendary Funk Brothers.

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