Ann Arbor’s aural auteur presents an hour of classic Motown songs from an unexpected angle — without their famous vocalists.
The first notes tickle your memory — you know this one, right? It’s quickly apparent something is missing, something massive and memorable, the glue that binds together the whole performance. What’s missing is the vocal star, the name on the record or marquee. With this episode of Preset, Todd Osborn presents an unheard side of Motown, an hour of backing tracks where singers Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye stay home. It’s a disorienting but oddly refreshing hour of R&B, soul and funk, where the indubitably talented musicians and backing vocalists behind the Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops and many more finally get to shine.