Ultimate Collection CD (1997)

Artist: Temptations

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Product Overview


Label Uni/motown
SKU 60349774
UPC 731453056220
UPC 14 00731453056220
Format CD
Release Date 3/25/1997
Author Temptations
Associated Artist/Work Edwards, Dennis
Associated Artist/Work Four Tops (The)
Associated Artist/Work Ross, Diana
Associated Artist/Work Supremes (The)
Associated Artist/Work The Temptations (Surf)
Artist Influence Ben E. King
Artist Influence Chuck Jackson
Artist Influence David Ruffin
Artist Influence Eddie Kendricks
Artist Influence Jackie Wilson
Artist Influence Sam Cooke
Artist Influence Smokey Robinson
Artist Influence The Clovers
Artist Influence The Del Vikings
Artist Influence The Dells
Artist Influence The Drifters (US)
Artist Influence The Falcons
Artist Influence The Platters
Artist Influence The Soul Stirrers
Artist Influence The Spaniels
Artist Contemporary Billy Stewart (Vocals/Piano)
Artist Contemporary Curtis Mayfield
Artist Contemporary Diana Ross & the Supremes
Artist Contemporary Gladys Knight
Artist Contemporary Harold Melvin
Artist Contemporary Ike & Tina Turner
Artist Contemporary Ike Turner
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Ruffin
Artist Contemporary Junior Walker
Artist Contemporary Junior Walker & the All-Stars
Artist Contemporary Kim Weston
Artist Contemporary Lou Rawls
Artist Contemporary Martha & the Vandellas
Artist Contemporary Martha Reeves
Artist Contemporary Marvin Gaye
Artist Contemporary Mary Wells
Artist Contemporary Smokey Robinson
Artist Contemporary Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Artist Contemporary Stevie Wonder
Artist Contemporary Tammi Terrell
Artist Contemporary The Beatles
Artist Contemporary The Chi-Lites
Artist Contemporary The Contours
Artist Contemporary The Drifters (US)
Artist Contemporary The Elgins
Artist Contemporary The Five Stairsteps
Artist Contemporary The Four Seasons
Artist Contemporary The Four Tops
Artist Contemporary The Impressions
Artist Contemporary The Isley Brothers
Artist Contemporary The Knight Brothers
Artist Contemporary The Marvelettes
Artist Contemporary The Miracles
Artist Contemporary The Spinners (US)
Artist Contemporary The Supremes
Artist Contemporary The Undisputed Truth
Artist Contemporary The Vibrations
Artist Follower ABC
Artist Follower Al Green (Vocals)
Artist Follower Bill Withers
Artist Follower Chic
Artist Follower Duran Duran
Artist Follower George Clinton (Funk)
Artist Follower Macy Gray
Artist Follower Maxwell (R&B)
Artist Follower Paul Weller
Artist Follower Rare Earth
Artist Follower The O'Jays
Artist Follower The Rascals
Artist Follower The Style Council
Artist Follower The Undisputed Truth
Technical Info
CatalogID 5305622
Lable Name Motown
Released 03/25/1997
Original Release 1997
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 69m : 50s
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731453056220
Album Notes and Credits
The Temptations: Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Elbridge Bryant, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, David Ruffin, Dennis Edwards, Ricky Owens, Richard Street, Damon Harris, Glenn Leonard, Louis Price, Ron Tyson, Ali-Ollie Woodson, Theo Peoples, Ray Davis.
Producers: Smokey Robinson, Ronald White, Norman Whitfield, Frank Wilson, Clarence Paul, Jeffrey Bowen, Berry Gordy, Albert Phillip McKay, Ralph Randolph Johnson, Dennis Nelson.
Compilation producer: Harry Weinger.
Includes liner notes by Harry Weinger.
This is part of Motown Records' "The Ultimate Collection" series.
Personnel: David Ruffin, Dennis Edwards, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams , Ali-Ollie Woodson (vocals); The Andantes (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Harry Weinger.
Photographer: Tina Anderson.
Arranger: Paul Riser.
With the exception of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, one would be hard pressed to name a Motown act who went through as many creative shifts as the Temptations. While Wonder's and Gaye's changes of direction were a product of their own creative rebellion against Berry Gordy's brilliant but often formulaic vision, the Temptations seemed to be the label's official "keeping up with the times" artists, starting out as interpreters of Smokey Robinson's silky-smooth sweet soul confections and going on to embrace rock guitars, work with members of Funkadelic, and be produced by Rick James, all while holding onto their trademark vocal style. The length and breadth of the Temptations' career would make it practically impossible for a single-disc career retrospective to be truly comprehensive, and The Ultimate Collection is missing a few essential tracks (most notably "Psychedelic Shack" and "Runaway Child, Running Wild"), while two latter-day hits, "Treat Her Like a Lady" and "Error of Our Ways," don't exactly bring this set to a triumphant conclusion. But if you're only going to own one Temptations disc, The Ultimate Collection is a very good one to get; it includes the majority of the group's biggest hits, the remastering sounds great, and the chronological sequence gives a fine picture of the group's constant musical evolution. The Ultimate Collection isn't the last word on the Temptations, but it's a splendid starting point to their music, and will add a satisfying portion of sweet-and-sour soul to your next party. Special added attraction: a rare a cappella take of "My Girl" is included as a bonus. ~ Mark Deming
Artist Overview
The Temptations were the most successful R&B vocal group of the 1960s, their popularity rivaled only by Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions. Despite several stylistic and line up changes (lead singers Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin both went on to solo careers), The Temptations scored hit after hit throughout the decade. In addition to mastering the smooth R&B ballad, the group pioneered a brand of tough, rock-influenced soul music that inspired scores of later artists.
Disc 1
1 Way You Do The Things You Do, The
2 My Girl
3 It's Growing
4 Since I Lost My Baby
5 Don't Look Back
6 Get Ready
7 Ain't Too Proud To Beg
8 I'm Losing You, (I Know)
9 All I Need
10 You're My Everything
11 Angel Doll
12 I Wish It Would Rain
13 Cloud Nine
14 I Can't Get Next To You
15 Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)
16 Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
17 Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
18 Shakey Ground
19 Treat Her Like A Lady
20 Error Of Our Ways
21 My Girl - (a cappella, excerpt)

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