The Temptations and The Supremes – (I Know) I’m Losing You

Back in the 1960s, when pop music was a relatively new thing, Motown were consistently ripping up the airwaves and dancefloors with quality pop music from a range boy bands, girl bands and solo artists. Looking back, it’s quite remarkable how many top quality artists were on the Motown label. We will probably not see its like ever again.

There were also some interesting collaborations of artists on the Motown label, and this live performance of I’m Losing You by The Supremes and the Temptations has to be one of the very best live collaborations.

There’s great singing. There’s fantastic clothes (check out the dresses on the Supremes and the short trousers on the Temptations). And there is some killer dancing (watch for the footwork of The Temptations in the background).

Great pop music is timeless, as this clip shows.

Donny Hathaway – Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)

A tune to brighten up this New Year’s Eve afternoon.

Donny Hathaway’s Live album is one of the best two or three live soul albums ever to grace anyone’s turntable, and would easily make it into the top 20 live albums ever.

My selection here is the simply stunning version of Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything). For the recording of this album Donny had a some great musicians and on this track they all get the chance to flex their funk and soul muscles to the max.

There’s nothing not to like about this tune, played with style, passion and heartfelt soul.

And just to prove you don’t need great lyrics to produceĀ  great song, I’ve reproduced the lyrics to demonstrate simplicity is sometimes best.

Let’s get down now

I hear voices, I see people
I hear voices of many people
(Oh, yeah)
I hear voices, I see people
I hear voices of many people

Sayin’ everything is everything
Yeah, oh, yeah

I hear voices, I see people
I hear voices of many people
(Oh, yeah)
I hear voices, I see people
I hear voices of many people

Yeah, they’re sayin’
Everything is everything
(Oh yeah, shut up)
Let me do my [Incomprehensible]

Everything is everything
Everything is everything
(Yeah)
Everything is everything
Everything is everything
(Yes, it is)

Everything is everything
(Yes, it is)
Everything is everything
(You gotta believe it now)

Everything is everything
(Don’t you know now)
I say everything is everything
Oh, yeah

Everything is everything
Everything is everything
Everything is everything
Everything is everything