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... SINGS MOTOWN - BBC TV MUSIC COMPILATION FILM (2015) - West Coast Buried Treasure


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Archive compilation celebrating the incredible body of work by Detroit's finest songwriting teams and artists for perhaps America's greatest ever record label, Motown.


This compilation of Motown covers spans the 1960s to the present day and features: Paul Weller and Amy Winehouse with I Heard It Through the Grapevine on Jools's Hootenanny, Roberta Flack's version of Stevie Wonder's Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer from an early edition of the OGWT, early adopter Dusty Springfield with Nowhere to Run on her 60s BBC TV show and The Flying Lizards with Barrett Strong's Money (That's What I Want) from Top of the Pops in 1979.

Of course, there are quite a few 80s hit covers from the decade that rediscovered Motown as a hitmaking machine, many of them from Top of the Pops including Kim Wilde's You Keep Me Hangin' On and Paul Young's 1983 Number 1 with Marvin Gaye's 1962 B-side, Wherever I Lay My Hat.

Then it's on into the 90s with Mercy Mercy Me from the late lamented Robert Palmer and Mariah Carey's take on The Jackson Five's I'll Be There. Plus of course, Phil Collins but, rightly or wrongly, not with You Can't Hurry Love but with his 21st-century reading of Stevie Wonder's Blame It on the Sun from Later with Jools. (00:58:32)


Dusty Springfield ~ Nowhere To Run

Faces ~ (I Know) I'm Losing You

Roberta Flack ~ I Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer

Freda Payne & Jimmy Helms ~ Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Lulu ~ Baby Love

Gloria Gaynor ~ Reach Out I'll Be There

The Manhattan Transfer ~ Where Did Our Love Go

The Flying Lizards ~ Money

The Beat ~ Tears Of A Clown

Dave Stewart & Colin Blunstone ~ What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted

Bananarama & Fun Boy Three ~ Really Saying Something

Paul Young ~ Wherever I Lay My Hat

Kim Wilde ~ You Keep Me Hangin' On

The Communards ~ Never Can Say Goodbye

Robert Palmer ~ Mercy Mercy Me - I Want You 

Mariah Carey ~ I'll Be There

The Blind Boys of Alabama ~ Higher Ground

Phil Collins ~ Blame It On The Sun

Amy Winehouse, Paul Weller & Jools Holland ~ I Heard It Through The Grapevine