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Reviewed by Jean Brickell for Readers' Favorite
"Recollections: The Detroit Years: The Motown Sound By The People Who Made It" by Jack Ryan was a great read, about all the people involved in making the Sound that made Detroit famous for music. It is a great history of a great time that lives on in records, tapes, and compact discs and also of some of the people who still travel the circuit to make us remember a time when we were younger. The Supremes, the Temptations, The Spinners, Gladys Knights and the Pips, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas: they are all here but also lesser groups and some of the ones who didn't quite make it as good as some of the others. They all left their mark on the sound of Detroit. People behind the scenes we didn't know about gave the great names, the know how, and the expertise to go on to fame and fortune. Barry Gordy had a dream and he made that dream come true for himself and many, many others.
What a wonderful tribute to the Motown sound and the people who sang, danced, wrote music or choreographed, or who were disc jockeys, back up singers, and musicians. I must also mention the men behind it all: Barry Gordy and his staff that worked to make it all happen. They are all here: the people we listened to, danced to and totally enjoyed. They made our life more colorful! Reading about the songs made old memories come alive!