Live Soul: Smokey Robinson And The Los Angeles Philharmonic At The Hollywood Bowl

By Devon Wendell                Before Smokey stole a piece of the Hollywood Bowl stage forever Friday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic demonstrated its love for American standards.  Half of the evening’s program was a dedication to the American classic song books of Bernstein, Mancini, and Gershwin by the Philharmonic under the conduction of Sarah Hicks, but… Read More Live Soul: Smokey Robinson And The Los Angeles Philharmonic At The Hollywood Bowl

DVD REVIEWS: “The Best of the Temptations on the Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Best of the Supremes on the Ed Sullivan Show,” “Motown Gold From the Ed Sullivan Show”

by Devon Wendell During a time in which pop musicians on the Billboard charts, radio, and television seem to know very little about harmony, class, or originality, it’s certainly refreshing that Motown has released three classic collections of some of their greatest artists appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show. On the DVD The Best Of… Read More DVD REVIEWS: “The Best of the Temptations on the Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Best of the Supremes on the Ed Sullivan Show,” “Motown Gold From the Ed Sullivan Show”

CD Reviews: The Temptations and the Supremes

The Temptations 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961-1971 (3 CDs) (Motown) Diana Ross and the Supremes 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961 – 1969 (3 CDs) (Motown) by Brian Arsenault If you are old enough to remember, you know how good this music is.  The close harmonies, the lyrics of love and betrayal, the emergence… Read More CD Reviews: The Temptations and the Supremes

CD Songs of the Holidays: The Jackson 5, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Ultimate Motown

By Don Heckman The Jackson 5 “Jackson 5 Ultimate Christmas Collection” (Motown) What a great soundtrack for the holidays. The Jackson 5 with little Michael Jackson singing the lead on, among others, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” “Up on the Housetop,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” And there’s… Read More CD Songs of the Holidays: The Jackson 5, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Ultimate Motown