Here Comes...Shorty Long: The Complete Motown Stereo Masters

Here Comes...Shorty Long: The Complete Motown Stereo Masters

by Shorty LongShorty Long

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Overview

For a Motown artist who had a Top Ten pop hit, Shorty Long has been surprisingly unrepresented by single-artist compilations. This 26-track CD does much to rectify the situation, combining both of the albums he did for the label (1968's Here Comes the Judge and 1969's The Prime of Shorty Long, both originally on Motown's soul subsidiary) onto one disc, along with a previously unissued stereo mix of "Mobile Lil the Dancing Witch" and a previously unissued stereo alternate version of "Chantilly Lace." His big smash "Here Comes the Judge" is here, of course, as are his other two best-known songs, "Devil with the Blue Dress" (covered for a hit by Mitch Ryder when combined with "Good Golly Miss Molly") and "Function at the Junction." Though his smash "Here Comes the Judge" was a fun novelty based on a slogan popularized by sketches on TV's comedy show Laugh-In, Long was a minor Motown artist, if one who sometimes had a tougher and slightly bluesier sound than most of the acts on the label's roster. These uneven albums were padded by a rather strange assortment of covers ("A Whiter Shade of Pale," "Memories Are Made of This," "Stranded in the Jungle," old Fats Domino hits), instrumental material, and digs into his catalog for previously released 45s, including his original 1964 version of "Devil with the Blue Dress," which is slower and less exciting than Ryder's famous hit cover. Other cuts, however, are fun and funky enough, like "Here Comes Fat Albert." He and co-writer Sylvia Moy also strike an uncommonly serious mood on "I Had a Dream," which had too many unpredictable melodic twists to reach the hit parade, but is intriguing for its non-formulaic structure, solemn operatic quality, and lyrical outlook obviously influenced by the legacy of then-recently assassinated Martin Luther King, Jr. This might be a release for Motown fanatics, but for that audience, it's certainly a good one, with annotation just as complete as the track selection.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2012
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667236928
catalogNumber: 6723692
Rank: 56550

Tracks

  1. Here Comes the Judge
  2. Night Fo' Last
  3. Function at the Junction
  4. Don't Mess with My Weekend
  5. Ain't No Justice
  6. Devil with the Blue Dress
  7. Night Fo' Last
  8. Stranded in the Jungle
  9. Here Comes Fat Albert
  10. Sing What You Wanna
  11. Another Hurt Like This
  12. People Sure Act Funny
  13. Mobile Lil the Dancing Witch
  14. Chantilly Lace
  15. I Had a Dream
  16. A Whiter Shade of Pale
  17. Memories Are Made of This
  18. I'm Walkin'
  19. Cross My Heart
  20. Lillie of the Valley
  21. Blue Monday
  22. Baby Come Home to Me
  23. I Wish You Were Here
  24. When You Are Available
  25. Give Me Some Air
  26. The Deacon Work

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shorty Long   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Titus Turner   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Gary Brooker   Composer
Matthew Fisher   Composer
Terry Gilkyson   Composer
Billie Jean Brown   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Producer
Fats Domino   Composer
Ronald Dunbar   Composer
Anna Gordy Gaye   Composer
George Gordy   Composer,Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer,Producer
Clarence Paul   Composer,Producer
Keith Reid   Composer
J.P. Richardson   Composer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Don Robey   Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
Suzanne de Passe   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Allen Story   Composer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer,Producer
David Mattis   Composer
James McDougal   Composer
Ernestine Smith   Composer
Elgie Stover   Composer
Luvel Broadnax   Composer
Curry   Composer
Richard Dehr   Composer
Robert White   Arranger
Frank Miller   Composer
Keith Hughes   Track Annotations
Eric Charge   Photo Courtesy
Charles Hatcher   Composer
Lawrence Brown   Composer
Frederick Long   Composer,Producer
Roosevelt Smith   Composer
James Johnson   Composer

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