lunes, 20 de octubre de 2008

OTRO GRANDE QUE SE VA: LEVI STUBBS

El pasado viernes 17 de octubre falleció la voz solista de los Four Tops, el grandísimo Levi Stubbs (en la foto, el segundo por la izquierda). Nacido en 1936, formó los Four Tops en 1964 junto a sus compañeros Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson y Lawrence Payton.
Poseedor de una potente voz, pero sobre todo, plena de emoción y melodrama y capaz, al mismo tiempo, de adaptarse a joyas de la factoría Motown de pop soul destinadas a la pista de baile.
Grandes clásicos de la factoría de Detroit fueron entregados a los Four Tops, obras maestras de Holland Dozier & Holland, que en mi opinión alcanzaron la perfección en sus producciones a los Four Tops más que en ningún otro artista o grupo de Motown. Letras de desgarro amoroso que Levi Stubbs interpretaba como nadie unidas a lujosas orquestaciones y bases rítmicas arrolladoras, en las que la batería, bajo y pandereta te llevaban hasta el séptimo cielo del soul.
Algunos clásicos: Baby I Need Your Loving, Ask The Lonely, I Can't Help Myself, It's The Same Old Song, Shake Me Wake Me, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, Reach Out, I'll Be There, Standing In The Shadows Of Love, Bernadette, una de las producciones más aventuradas de Holland Dozier & Holland, el soul barroco 7-Rooms Of Gloom, con Levi Stubbs recitando sobre un manto de coros e instrumentación propia de Left Banke, la propia Walk Away Renee, You Keep Running Away, If I Were A Carpenter, Still Water (Love), It's All In The Game, I Can't Quit Your Love, (It's The Way) Nature Planned It... uff! vaya lista!
A finales de los 60 e inicios de los 70 pasaron a las manos de Frank Wilson, otro grande del sello de Detroit, que les suministró otro puñado de clásicos pero esta vez de un soul más sofisticado y algo alejado del patrón de Motown establecido por Holland Dozier & Holland y Smokey Robinson. Luego, su paso por otros sellos y su dilatada carrera hasta su retirada, en 1997. Nada menos que 43 años en los que los cuatro Four Tops originales se mantuvieron activos y derrochando soul.
Nuestros respetos y devoción por Levi Stubbs, y por los fabulosos Four Tops.

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