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Monday, January 19, 2015

On Tour Through Motortown - The New Christy Minstrels

Reach Out
Stop In The Name Of Love
On Tour Through Motortown
The New Christy Minstrels
Produced by George Greif and Sid Garris
Arranged and Conducted by Chuck Sagle
Columbia CS 9616

From the back cover: Looking for new worlds to conquer – salute, the Minstrels have chosen here that exciting area that has given so much to the pop music scene: Motortown, U.S.A. That's Dee-troit City, often called Motown, and it has spawned some of the most exciting sounds and groups on the music scene today. As anyone knows who has been near a radio the past few years, the Motown Sound has a groove all its own – full of soul, and with a hard-nosed beat that walks right up your spine.

In this album the Minstrels don't try to imitate the Motown Sound – rather, they take some of the very big numbers from Motown and do their own thing – which is meant as a tribute to the original. These are great songs, full of great power. They are performed here with the bright, rousing sound the Minstrels are so noted for.

For more amazing covers fun check out:  Positively 4th Street And Other Message Folk Songs - Living Voices

Dancing In The Streets
Where Did Our Love Go
Reach Out (I'll Be There)
Stop In The Name Of Love
Ain't Gonna Waste My Life Loving You
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
My Girl
A Place In The Sun
Just Look At Her Now


  1. Excellent blog. But I'm disappointed that you don't post entire albums. :(

    1. Thank you. Yes… a common complaint. There are a number of reasons I limit posts to samples. Hopefully, I've selected the tracks that best represent the set.

  2. Man, I gotta search this one out. Not often a group can do justice to Motown by taking it in a totally different direction.


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