50th Anniversary Anthology CD (2004)

Artist: Four Tops

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Specifications

Label Universal Music Group
SKU 60623910
UPC 044003961722
UPC 14 00044003961722
Format CD
Release Date 1/13/2004
Links
Author Four Tops
Compilation Appearance Big Chill
Compilation Appearance Big Chill-More Songs From
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Motown Singles Collection (1959-1971)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 2-Motown Singles Collection (1972-1992)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 13-Oldies But Goodies
Compilation Appearance Forrest Gump-Special Collector's Edition (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 2-Best Of Motown 1960s
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Best Of Motown 1960s
Compilation Appearance Pure 60's The # 1 Hits
Compilation Appearance Love Songs Of Motown
Compilation Appearance Lowrider Oldies Box Set Volumes 7-9 (Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Incredible Soul Collection
Compilation Appearance Motown Story Volume One-The Sixties
Compilation Appearance Rock 'n' Roll at 50: A Galaxy of Hits from Rock's First Decade Box Set
Compilation Appearance Big Chill (2-Disc Deluxe Edition) (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Motown 1s
Compilation Appearance Motown Classics: gold
Compilation Appearance Real R&b:80s
Compilation Appearance Motown Box
Compilation Appearance Four Brothers
Compilation Appearance 20th Century Masters:motown Vol 2
Compilation Appearance Forever Neil Diamond / Variou
Compilation Appearance Gold: 60'S (Rmst)
Compilation Appearance 80S Soul Gold 0906
Compilation Appearance More Motown Classics Gold
Compilation Appearance Complete Motown Singles Vol 7:1967(Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Complete Motown Singles Vol 7:1967(Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Complete Motown Singles Vol 8:1968
Compilation Appearance Complete Motown Singles Vol 9:1969(Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Playlist Plus: Motown 50
Compilation Appearance Hitsville USA, Vol. 1: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971
Compilation Appearance Now That's What I Call Motown
Compilation Appearance Complete Motown Singles Vol 11B:1971(Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Motown 50 Fanthology
Compilation Appearance Motown Legends Vol 1
Compilation Appearance Icon:motown Classics
Compilation Appearance Smooth Soul
Compilation Appearance 60'S Music Revolution
Compilation Appearance Motown:musical Originals (Ocr)
Compilation Appearance Motown Legends Vol 2
Compilation Appearance Romancing The 60S
Compilation Appearance Icon:motown Christmas
Compilation Appearance Motor City 50
Compilation Appearance Best Of The 80s
Compilation Appearance Old School Gold Box Set
Associated Artist/Work Supremes (The)
Associated Artist/Work Temptations (R&B) (The)
Artist Influence Nat King Cole
Artist Influence Ray Charles
Artist Influence The Clovers
Artist Influence The Crows
Artist Influence The Dells
Artist Influence The Dominoes
Artist Influence The Drifters (US)
Artist Influence The El Dorados
Artist Influence The Falcons
Artist Influence The Five Keys
Artist Influence The Flamingos (Doo Wop)
Artist Influence The Moonglows (US)
Artist Influence The Platters
Artist Influence The Spaniels
Artist Influence The Swan Silvertones
Artist Contemporary Ashford & Simpson
Artist Contemporary Billy Eckstine
Artist Contemporary Brook Benton
Artist Contemporary David Ruffin
Artist Contemporary Dennis Lambert
Artist Contemporary Eddie Kendricks
Artist Contemporary Holland-Dozier-Holland
Artist Contemporary James Brown
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Ruffin
Artist Contemporary Junior Walker
Artist Contemporary Lou Rawls
Artist Contemporary Martha & the Vandellas
Artist Contemporary Martha Reeves
Artist Contemporary Marvin Gaye
Artist Contemporary Mary Wells
Artist Contemporary Narada Michael Walden
Artist Contemporary Nolan Strong
Artist Contemporary Smokey Robinson
Artist Contemporary Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Artist Contemporary Stevie Wonder
Artist Contemporary Tammi Terrell
Artist Contemporary The Chi-Lites
Artist Contemporary The Contours
Artist Contemporary The Delfonics
Artist Contemporary The Drifters (US)
Artist Contemporary The Five Stairsteps
Artist Contemporary The Impressions
Artist Contemporary The Knight Brothers
Artist Contemporary The Marvelettes
Artist Contemporary The O'Jays
Artist Contemporary The Originals
Artist Contemporary The Persuasions
Artist Contemporary The Spinners (US)
Artist Contemporary The Supremes
Artist Contemporary The Tams
Artist Contemporary The Temptations (Motown)
Artist Follower 100 Proof (Aged in Soul)
Artist Follower Bell Biv DeVoe
Artist Follower Bloodstone
Artist Follower Blue Magic
Artist Follower Boyz II Men
Artist Follower David Johansen
Artist Follower Graham Parker
Artist Follower Jodeci
Artist Follower Michael Bolton
Artist Follower New Edition (US)
Artist Follower Phil Collins
Artist Follower Shalamar
Artist Follower Take 5
Artist Follower The 5th Dimension
Artist Follower The Jackson 5
Technical Info
CatalogID 0000488
Lable Name Hip-O
Released 01/13/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00044003961722
Musical Guests
The Funk Brothers
The Supremes
Album Notes and Credits
The Four Tops: Renaldo "Obie" Benson, Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Lawrence Payton, Levi Stubbs (vocals).
Additional personnel: The Supremes, The Funk Brothers.
Producers include: Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, William Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter, R. Dean Taylor.
Compilation producer: Harry Weinger.
Recorded between 1964 & 1988. Includes liner notes by Stu Hackel.
Not to be confused with the Four Tops compilation simply entitled Anthology (which only covers their Motown recordings), 50th Anniversary Anthology is a double-CD set spanning their first Motown hit in 1964 to the late '80s. Does it include all of the popular numbers that most fans want from a greatest-hits collection? Definitely. Is it as good as Anthology, or slimmer compilations that focus exclusively on their Motown hits from the 1960s and early '70s? No, because there's way too much dispensable post-mid-'70s stuff on disc two. Still, for those who want an anthology that includes non-Motown hits (particularly their early-'70s Dunhill singles) and are reluctant to splash out for the four-CD Fourever box set, this is the best available alternative. And unquestionably, the first two-thirds or so of this collection is excellent, including all the big Motown hits; plenty of good, less celebrated lower-charting Motown singles, like "I'll Turn to Stone" (the B-side of "7-Rooms of Gloom"); and their early Dunhill hits, in which they capably imitated Philly soul stars the O'Jays and the Spinners. But the group floundered as the '70s waned, and by the time of the ribald 1976 disco hit "Catfish," they were on the verge of not only losing their personality, but of embarrassing themselves. The proceedings don't stop there, unfortunately, tacking on a bunch of other small post-1976 hits ("When She Was My Girl" was the only big one), culminating in Levi Stubbs' gruesome contribution to the Little Shop of Horrors, "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space." It was a long way from "Baby I Need Your Loving," though luckily it's the classic stuff that dominates the program. ~ Richie Unterberger
Artist Overview
Immaculate choreography, flawless harmonies, and the instantly recognizable lead vocals of Levi Stubbs made the Four Tops one of the best and longest-running groups to come out of Berry Gordy's Motown hit factory in the 1960s. Their interpretations of Holland-Dozier-Holland's songs ("Reach Out I'll be There," "Standing in the Shadows of Love," "Bernadette," et al) rank them as one of the premier soul vocal groups of all time. Incredibly, they kept the same line-up for over 40 years (only shifting when the first member died).
Disc 1
1 Baby I Need Your Loving,Simple Game, A
2 Without The One You Love (Life's Not Worthwhile),I Can't Quit Your Love
3 Ask The Lonely,Nature Planned It (It's The Way)
4 I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),Keeper Of The Castle
5 It's The Same Old Song,Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got)
6 Something About You,Are You Man Enough
7 Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over),Sweet Understanding Love
8 Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever,I Just Can't Get You Out Of My Mind
9 Reach Out I'll Be There,One Chain Don't Make No Prison
10 Standing In The Shadows Of Love,Midnight Flower
11 Bernadette,Seven Lonely Nights
12 I Got A Feeling,We All Gotta Stick Together
13 7 Rooms Of Gloom,Catfish
14 I'll Turn To Stone,H.E.L.P.
15 You Keep Running Away,When She Was My Girl
16 Walk Away Renee - (alternate mix, previously unreleased),Tonight I'm Gonna Love You All Over
17 If I Were A Carpenter,I Believe In You And Me
18 Yesterday's Dreams,Back To School Again
19 I'm In a Different World,I Just Can't Walk Away
20 What Is A Man,Mean Green Mother From Outerspace
21 Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me - (stereo single mix),Indestructable - (7-inch extended single)
22 It's All In The Game
23 Still Water
24 River Deep, Mountain High - (with The Supremes)
25 Just Seven Numbers (Can't Straighten Out My Life)
26 In These Changing Times
27 MacArthur Park - (Part II)
Disc 2
1 Baby I Need Your Loving,Simple Game, A
2 Without The One You Love (Life's Not Worthwhile),I Can't Quit Your Love
3 Ask The Lonely,Nature Planned It (It's The Way)
4 I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),Keeper Of The Castle
5 It's The Same Old Song,Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got)
6 Something About You,Are You Man Enough
7 Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over),Sweet Understanding Love
8 Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever,I Just Can't Get You Out Of My Mind
9 Reach Out I'll Be There,One Chain Don't Make No Prison
10 Standing In The Shadows Of Love,Midnight Flower
11 Bernadette,Seven Lonely Nights
12 I Got A Feeling,We All Gotta Stick Together
13 7 Rooms Of Gloom,Catfish
14 I'll Turn To Stone,H.E.L.P.
15 You Keep Running Away,When She Was My Girl
16 Walk Away Renee - (alternate mix, previously unreleased),Tonight I'm Gonna Love You All Over
17 If I Were A Carpenter,I Believe In You And Me
18 Yesterday's Dreams,Back To School Again
19 I'm In a Different World,I Just Can't Walk Away
20 What Is A Man,Mean Green Mother From Outerspace
21 Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me - (stereo single mix),Indestructable - (7-inch extended single)
22 It's All In The Game
23 Still Water
24 River Deep, Mountain High - (with The Supremes)
25 Just Seven Numbers (Can't Straighten Out My Life)
26 In These Changing Times
27 MacArthur Park - (Part II)
Product Attributes
Artist Four Tops
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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