50th Anniversary Anthology

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2004
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 044003961722
  • Catalog Number: 000048802
  • Sales rank: 29,527

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baby I Need Your Loving (2:46)
  2. 2 Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worthwhile) (2:46)
  3. 3 Ask the Lonely (2:42)
  4. 4 I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) (2:45)
  5. 5 It's the Same Old Song (2:48)
  6. 6 Something About You (2:42)
  7. 7 Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over) (2:41)
  8. 8 Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (2:49)
  9. 9 Reach Out (I'll Be There) (3:01)
  10. 10 Standing in the Shadows of Love (2:40)
  11. 11 Bernadette (3:04)
  12. 12 I Got a Feeling (2:54)
  13. 13 7-Rooms of Gloom (2:36)
  14. 14 I'll Turn to Stone (2:30)
  15. 15 You Keep Running Away (2:52)
  16. 16 Walk Away Renée (2:43)
  17. 17 If I Were a Carpenter (2:51)
  18. 18 Yesterday's Dreams (2:57)
  19. 19 I'm in a Different World (2:59)
  20. 20 What Is a Man (2:38)
  21. 21 Don't Let Him Take Your Love Away from Me (2:58)
  22. 22 It's All in the Game (2:45)
  23. 23 Still Water (Love) (3:13)
  24. 24 River Deep, Mountain High - The Supremes (3:20)
  25. 25 Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten Out My Life) (3:07)
  26. 26 In These Changing Times (3:58)
  27. 27 MacArthur Park, Pt. 2 (3:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 A Simple Game (2:59)
  2. 2 I Can't Quit Your Love (3:34)
  3. 3 (It's the Way) Nature Planned It (3:47)
  4. 4 Keeper of the Castle (2:56)
  5. 5 Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got) (3:06)
  6. 6 Are You Man Enough (3:15)
  7. 7 Sweet Understanding Love (3:00)
  8. 8 I Just Can't Get You Out of My Mind (4:01)
  9. 9 One Chain (Don't Make No Prison) (4:07)
  10. 10 Midnight Flower (3:33)
  11. 11 Seven Lonely Nights (2:58)
  12. 12 We All Gotta Stick Together (4:49)
  13. 13 Catfish (3:53)
  14. 14 H.E.L.P. (3:39)
  15. 15 When She Was My Girl (3:25)
  16. 16 Tonight I'm Gonna Love You All Over (4:37)
  17. 17 I Believe in You and Me (4:01)
  18. 18 Back to School Again (3:52)
  19. 19 I Just Can't Walk Away (4:22)
  20. 20 Mean Green Mother From Outer Space (4:48)
  21. 21 Indestructible (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Four Tops Primary Artist
The Supremes Guest Appearance
Abdul Fakir Vocals, Group Member
Lawrence Payton Vocals, Group Member
Levi Stubbs Vocals, Group Member
Obie Benson Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Tim Hardin Composer
Michael Pinder Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Jeremy Lubbock String Arrangements
Bill Meyers rhythm arrangement
Ellie Greenwich Composer
J.R. Bailey Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
R. Dean Taylor Composer, Producer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Wade Marcus Producer
Phil Spector Composer
Michael Brown Composer
Holland-Dozier-Holland Producer
Nick Ashford Producer
Howard Ashman Composer
Gil Askey Arranger
Steve Barri Producer
Jeff Barry Composer
Renaldo Benson Composer
Johnny Bristol Composer, Producer
Vernon Bullock Composer
Leonard Caston Composer
Tony Clarke Producer
Ian Curnow Producer, Remixing
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Reginald Dozier Composer
Mikki Farrow Composer
Bob Gaudio Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Contributor
Lawrence Gottlieb Composer
Howard Greenfield Composer
Arthur Greenslade Arranger
Phil Harding Producer, Remixing
Norman Harris Arranger, Composer, Producer
Don Hockett Arranger, String Arrangements
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter Composer
McKinley Jackson Composer
Charles Koppelman Executive Producer
Dennis Lambert Arranger, Composer, Producer, String Arrangements
Sandy Linzer Composer
Jerry Long Arranger
Alan Menken Composer
Michael Omartian Arranger
Lawrence Payton Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Musical Director
Brian Potter Composer, Producer
Michael Price Composer
Paul Riser Arranger
Jimmy Roach Arranger
Bobby Sandstrom Arranger, Composer, Producer
Pam Sawyer Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Valerie Simpson Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer, Producer
Ron Tyson Composer, Producer
Kathy Wakefield Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer
David Wolfert Composer, Producer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Bert de Coteaux String Arrangements
Marc Blatte Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Frank Wilson Composer
Richard Knight Composer
Richard Beasley Composer
Stu Hackel Liner Notes
Rudy Clark Composer
Tony Sansone Composer
Fred Bridges Composer
Charles Dawes Composer
LaVerne Ware Composer
Joe Hunter Producer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Ken Williams Composer
Robin Schwartz Licensing
Frank Beaty Wilson Producer
Michael Williams Composer
Jack Goga Composer
Val Benson Composer
Doris McNeil Composer
John Barnes rhythm arrangement
Louis St. Louis Composer
Bob Calilli Composer
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