Various Artists

Motorcity Blue-Eyed Soul

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British Motown fanatic Ian Levine recorded nearly 900 tracks by former Motown artists in the late '80s. While it's a joy to hear the old voices again, many of the productions are uninspiring; you have to wade though lots of mediocrity to arrive at the few nuggets Levine and his crew produced. This particular 16-song collection is one of the few Motor City compilations worthy of recommendation because with the exception of Rare Earth (and its lead singer, Pete Hoorelbeke), they didn't record much and this gives you the opportunity to hear some artists best known from reading Motown discographies. The Lewis Sisters, touted as the Singing School Teachers, perform three tunes: "Just Walk in My Shoes," "Baby, Baby," and "Dance With Danger." And Kay Lewis' daughter, Leeza Miller (Little Lisa at Motown), does "Tomorrow May Never Come" and "Sign of a Heartache." Mike & the Modifiers, led by Mike Valvano, perform two as does the obscure PJ; Mickey Denton does one, and the Valadiers, led by Stuart Avig, impress on two sizzlers. Hoorelbeke sings solo, and with Rare Earth on two cuts, including a rock-ish remake of the Supremes' "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone."

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