Frank Wilson; Ivy Jo Hunter; Johnny Bristol; Lamont Dozier; R. Dean Taylor; Tony Clarke; William "Mickey" Stevenson; Brian Holland; Harry Weinger (Compilation)
Number of Discs
71m : 30s
The Moody Blues
Album Notes and Credits
Includes liner notes by Stu Hackel.
This is part of Motown Records' Ultimate Collection series.
Audio Remasterer: Kevin Reeves.
Liner Note Author: Stu Hackel.
Arrangers: Jerry Long; Jimmy Roach.
Motown's THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION series has been widely considered the best of their many compilation series, and The Four Tops entry perhaps the best within that. All their classic hits are represented, ("Reach Out I'll Be There," "Baby I Need your Loving," and "I Can't Help Myself") with an altogether winning mix of the group's many other charting singles. Twenty-five tracks in all are collected from this utterly essential Motown group.
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).