THE SIDEBAR #6: KEVIN HOWES ON THE NEW MOWEST ANTHOLOGY


Kevin “Sipreano” Howes helped compile and write the liners for the brand spanking new compilation on Light In the Attic: Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973. The comp anthologizes 16 songs from the short-lived Motown subsidiary label, Mowest, which boasted an eclectic roster including everyone from ’60s pop star Frankie Valli to an early iteration of the Commodores to Stevie Wonder’s one-time wife, Syreeta Wright, amongst other, one-off discoveries like Odyssey, Lodi and Suzee Ikeda.

Howes talked to us about discovering Mowest, a background of the label (and its challenges) and some history to a sample of songs off the new comp. We also have a giveaway for the anthology (just answer a trivia question asked in the podcast. Send answers to soulsides@gmail.com, subject line: “Mowest giveaway”)


Sidebar #6: Kevin Howes on the new Mowest anthology
 

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Songs played (all featured on Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love except the very last one):

  • Odyssey: Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love
  • Odyssey: Battened Ships
  • Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: You’re a Song (I Can’t Sing)
  • Sisters Love: Give Me Your Love
  • Suzee Ikeda: I Can’t GIve Back the Love I Feel For You
  • Syreeta: Black Maybe
  • Lodi: I Hope I See It In My Lifetime
  • The Devastating Affair: I Want To Be Humble (7″, Mowest, 1972)

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Coming later this week, The Sidebar #7 with Tom Brenneck of the Menahan Street Band/Dap-Kings.

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8 thoughts on “THE SIDEBAR #6: KEVIN HOWES ON THE NEW MOWEST ANTHOLOGY”

  1. Was it the Gary Bartz version of “Black Maybe”, I recognized the vocalist (Andy Bey?)

  2. Martin: Damn, you’re right – ha, I totally used the wrong version by accident. Fixed it. That’s what I get for trying to turnaround an edit within an hour of recording the interview. Really sloppy on my part.

  3. That horn riff that starts off “Give Me Your Love” by Sisters Love was used in the “Bathtub Intro” (towards the end of the track around 1:40) on Snoop’s Doggystyle album.

  4. Good job – off to check it out. Hope there’s more to come. ‘Battened Ships’ is a huge favourite. Jo (compiler of Soul Satisfaction series Vol 2-5 on Motown)

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