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Standing in the Shadows of Motown

1h 56m
Documentary, Music
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. Forty-one years after they played their first note on a Motown record and three decades since they were all together, the Funk Brothers reunited back in Detroit to play their music and tell their unforgettable story, with the help of archival footage, still photos, narration, interviews, re-creation scenes, 20 Motown master tracks, and twelve new live performances of Motown classics with the Brothers backing up contemporary performers.
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Himself (archive footage)
Eddie Bongo Brown
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Ben Harper
Joe Hunter
James Jamerson
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Chaka Khan
Paul Riser
Gary Bosek
Young Bob Babbitt
Directed By: Paul Justman

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PorterUk says...
4 years ago
A long overdue and passionately produced record of the greatest hit makers in music. The motown House band - The Funk Brothers. I hope this gets popular release alongside the Hitsville documentary that has just been released. They are, to my mind, companion pieces. Heartbreaking that all of these guys didn't receive widespread recognition during their lives. (They were quite well recompensed by Motown at the time, let's not go overboard) But recognition in music is less about money than it is about emotion. These riffs and sounds have touched every person who ever heard them. For that, they never got their just dues. From one man who has been immeasurably touched by your work... Thank you gentlemen. 9/10
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