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Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown's Mowest Story
"You know the old saying, 'Go west, young man?' Well, it's far from cliche. Over the years, some have hit the road in search of Hollywood's glitz and glamour, others, simply for warmer climes, but in the early 1970s, Detroit-native and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. brought his musical family to the left coast, one piece at a time. He began by launching the Mowest subsidiary in 1971, a new L.A.-based label dedicated to coastal grooves and an eye towards the top of the charts. In 2011, Light In The Attic Records is completely honored to present the first ever compilation of this now legendary label: Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown's Mowest Story (1971-1973), an adult portion of sweet soul, heavyweight funk, and even a dose of potent West Coast hippy rock. Forty years later, it's time for the rest of the world to rediscover what a treasure trove of soulful sounds Mowest left behind. Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love is a lovingly prepared 16-track CD with epic re-mastering from the original master tapes by engineer Dave Cooley (Blue Note, Warp, Stones Throw, Now Again), extensive liner notes from project curator Kevin 'Sipreano' Howes (Jamaica-Toronto series, Doug Randle, Rodriguez, Monks), and Strath Shepard's (Pacific Standard) impeccable graphic design. This is a slice of Motown like you've never heard or seen before, so let's head to the beach, set up shop, and max out to the rhythm. Looking at the Pacific, it appears that Mowest's surf is just about to break." Artists; Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Odyssey, The Sisters Love, G.C. Cameron, Syreeta, Suzee Ikeda, The Commodores, The Nu Page, Lodi and Thelma Houston.