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Standing in the Shadows of Motown is a 2002 documentary film directed by Paul Justman. It recounts the story of The Funk Brothers, the uncredited and largely unheralded studio musicians who performed on Motown Records' recordings from 1959 to 1972. The film was inspired by a 1989 bass guitar instruction book of the same name, by Allan Slutsky, which features the bass lines of James Jamerson.

The film covers the Funk Brothers' career via interviews with surviving band members, archival footage and still photos, dramatized re-enactments, and narration by actor Andre Braugher. The film also features new live performances of several Motown hit songs, with the Funk Brothers backing up Gerald Levert, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Joan Osborne, Ben Harper, Bootsy Collins, Chaka Khan, and Montell Jordan.

Soundtrack Album

Released by Hip-O Records.

  1. "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" - Joan Osborne
  2. "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" - Me'Shell Ndegeocello
  3. "Do You Love Me" - Bootsy Collins
  4. "Bernadette" - The Funk Brothers
  5. "Reach Out I'll Be There" - Gerald Levert
  6. "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" - Ben Harper
  7. "Shotgun" - Gerald Levert feat. Tom Scott
  8. "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted" - Joan Osborne
  9. "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - Ben Harper
  10. "You Keep Me Hanging On" - The Funk Brothers
  11. "Cool Jerk" - Bootsy Collins
  12. "Cloud Nine" - Me'Shell Ndegeocello
  13. "What's Going On" - Chaka Khan
  14. Band Introduction/"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Chaka Khan & Montell Jordan
  15. "The Flick" - Earl Van Dyke
  16. "Boom Boom" - John Lee Hooker [Deluxe Edition bonus track]
  17. "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher" - Jackie Wilson [Deluxe Edition bonus track]
  18. "Scorpio" - Dennis Coffey & The Detroit Guitar Band [Deluxe Edition bonus track]

In The Snakepit: Naked Instrumental Remixes Of The Original Hits</br> Deluxe Edition bonus CD, 2004

  1. "Funk Brothers In The House!" - The Funk Brothers
  2. "Standing In The Shadows Of Love" - The Funk Brothers
  3. Dialogue: Joe Hunter
  4. "The One Who Really Loves You" - The Funk Brothers
  5. "Pride And Joy" - The Funk Brothers
  6. Dialogue: Robert White
  7. "My Girl" - The Funk Brothers
  8. "Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart" - The Funk Brothers
  9. "Don't Mess With Bill" [live] - The Funk Brothers
  10. "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game" - The Funk Brothers
  11. Dialogue: Eddie Willis, Uriel Jones & Jack Ashford
  12. "I Second That Emotion" - The Funk Brothers
  13. "I Was Made To Love Her" - The Funk Brothers
  14. Dialogue: Richard 'Pistol' Allen
  15. "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" [Gladys Knight & The Pips version] - The Funk Brothers
  16. "Home Cookin" - The Funk Brothers
  17. "For Once In My Life" - The Funk Brothers
  18. Dialogue: Jack Ashford
  19. "I Can't Get Next To You" - The Funk Brothers
  20. "It's A Shame" - The Funk Brothers
  21. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" [Diana Ross version] - The Funk Brothers
  22. Dialogue: Eddie Willis
  23. "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" - The Funk Brothers
  24. Dialogue: Lamont Dozier
  25. "You're My Everything" - James Jamerson & The Temptations [BONUS TRACK]




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