热爱流行音乐的人一定要深入了解的历史:30首历久弥新的摩城之

英国的音乐杂誌「Q」,在2014年5月份时,进行了读者与作者的票选,选出心目中前30大摩城之音经典,我做了点功课,把知道的与不知道的都记录下来,因为研究Motown是我一直在进行的工作。实体文章里头也有一些逸事与常识可参考,很有阅读价值。

另外还有一篇文章是从A到Z介绍有关Motown的历史与影响,英美日杂誌做这类的专题通常都非常专业,也很好看,但是就要看你对西方流行音乐的发展有没有兴趣,当然我认为这对了解音乐的种种,是很重要的,该篇可参阅实体杂誌。

以下连结以YouTube上能找到的Live版与TV版为主(当时没有MV这回事),有些跟专辑版会稍微不一样就是。请注意YouTube上的「专辑封面版」或「幻灯片Slide版」都是侵权的,除了实体专辑外,还可以到线上音乐商店或串流服务选购或聆听。至于编号是照Q杂誌的「名次」:

The Motown Top 30 as voted by its readers and writers

30. Machine Gun – The Commodores (1974)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FcQvzYgCnM]

29. Bernadette – Four Tops  (1967)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ0_gbofahM]

28. There’s A Ghost In My House – R. Dean Taylor (1967)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGlV9T3rYn4]

27. You’re All I Need To Get By – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1968)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI-TBMrReuc]

(Tammi Terrell两年后就因脑部病变过世了,这是跟Florence Lyles合唱的现场版)

26. My Guy – Mary Wells (1964)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oPO9wL1RY8]

25. Nowhere To Run – Martha & The Vandellas (1964)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhcflDSUMvc]

24. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing – Stevie Wonder (1973)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4a6jIVHlkk]

23. Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today) – The Temptations with The Undisputed Truth (1971)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy_aahkIdEI]

22. Psychedelic Shack – The Temptations (1969)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_A3zQw-yEY]

21. When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You? – Marvin Gaye (1978)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFJTov2-V-A]

(这里找到的是原「Hall & Oates」的Daryl Hall致敬版,他们也是超级Motown迷,请注意和絃进行Chord Changes与节奏律动Groove一样,但旋律与歌词改变了)

20. Get Ready – The Temptations (1966)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqZ-hDJHbQ0]

19. Super Freak – Rick James (1981)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYHxGBH6o4M]

(台湾观众应该比较熟悉的是嘻哈版的MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This",取样了这首原曲)

18. Needle In A Haystack – The Velvelettes (1964)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhVXsBn1pOw]

17. (Come ‘Round Here) I’m The One You Need – The Miracles (1966)

(The Jackson 5,也就是小Michael Jackson亦曾翻唱过,但网路上找不到可以分享的现场版,两者皆然)

16. Dancing In The Street – Martha & The Vandellas (1964)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGpgkCE41x8]

15. Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – Frank Wilson (1965)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkpenzFNbpk]

14. Living For The City – Stevie Wonder (1973)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeMfwUN5z_4]

13. The Night – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (1972)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opISPvcdoAI]

(Bass素人练习版,你就知道Bass Groove对流行音乐有多重要,尤其从Motown开始)

12. I Want You Back – The Jackson 5 (1969)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT586E9OUfg]

11. Let’s Get In On – Marvin Gaye (1973)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Wu_45scHN0]

10. You Keep Me Hangin’ On – The Supremes (1966)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxny2KMd0TI]

9. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations (1972)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s3SNHIH0bs]

8. Stoned Love – The Supremes (1970)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rglxw5cbZWY]

7. I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye (1968)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5d3MN1UUis]

6. The Tears Of A Clown – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (1967)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaMX0Cs5Bc4]

5. The Tracks Of My Tears – The Miracles (1965)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCwkZrj2VT4]

4. Heat Wave – Martha & The Vandellas (1963)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE2fnYpwrng]

3. Reach Out I’ll Be There – Four Tops (1966)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXwUVRkRYj4]

2. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye (1971)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fETIjVvv1Ds]

1. Superstition – Stevie Wonder (1972)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUXTG6ShYKk]

请容许我再引用一次自己写过的文字,因为你要做好流行音乐,一定要彻底了解Motown,摩城之音。从音乐性上的旋律写作、和絃连结、和絃与旋律的关係、贝斯线条的重要、节奏律动的契合、编曲构思、歌词写作与市场定位、製作行销…等等。而当全世界包含日本、韩国等流行音乐强国,都已经吸收内化Motown音乐许久时,我们还要继续讲「华语流行音乐」的优势吗?

(推荐阅读:没有它就没有Michael Jackson 影响今日流行音乐的关键音乐史)

「没有摩城之音,就没有Michael Jackson;没有摩城之音,就没有Stevie Wonder;没有摩城之音,写流行歌的方式不会产生质变;没有摩城之音,今天的流行音乐幕前幕后录音製作行销企划製作方式不会是这样子;没有摩城之音,就不会有那些歌喉超棒又才华洋溢的西洋流行音乐天王天后;甚至,同学们也常听我说过,没有摩城之音,就不会有杰尼斯、小虎队、SHE、Super Junior、少女时代、AKB48…………」