Standing in the Shadows of Motown Anyone who has ever been moved by a Motown song -- about 99 percent of the world's population, in other words -- is likely to… Standing in the Shadows of Motown Anyone who has ever been moved by a Motown song -- about 99 percent of the world's population, in other words -- is likely to…
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Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2003)

MPAA Rating: PG
Standing in the Shadows of Motown | RHYTHM & DUES ''Standing'''s subjects lay down that Motown sound
Image credit: Standing In The Shadows of Motown: Karen Sas
RHYTHM & DUES ''Standing'''s subjects lay down that Motown sound
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Details Release Date: Apr 22, 2003; Movie Rated: PG; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Artisan Entertainment

Anyone who has ever been moved by a Motown song -- about 99 percent of the world's population, in other words -- is likely to find Standing in the Shadows of Motown, a loving look at the label's underheralded studio musicians, illuminating. With several of the so-called Funk Brothers dead, and others nearing the twilight of their careers, ''Shadows'' is a bittersweet vindication. Still, the primary mood here is celebratory: The abundant spirit of these men shines through in triumphant performances with such acolytes as Joan Osborne, Bootsy Collins, and Meshell Ndegeocello, and in their candid reminiscences of Motown back in the day.

Originally posted Apr 08, 2003 Published in issue #704 Apr 11, 2003 Order article reprints