A Song for You/Masterpiece

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
These two albums are almost perfectly suited to each other, representating the peak of the Temptations' early- to mid-'70s output. A Song for You was a rare Berry Gordy co-production necessitated by Norman Whitfield's departure from the company -- Gordy and Jimmy Bowen came up with an album that combined a powerful, funky beat with gorgeous singing especially by Dennis Edwards and a range of superb songs. These tapes sound extraordinary on this release, like they're really being heard properly for the first time. Masterpiece was precisely that for producer Whitfield, comprised of just six songs, every one of them a winner, including the epic-length title song, possibly the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
These two albums are almost perfectly suited to each other, representating the peak of the Temptations' early- to mid-'70s output. A Song for You was a rare Berry Gordy co-production necessitated by Norman Whitfield's departure from the company -- Gordy and Jimmy Bowen came up with an album that combined a powerful, funky beat with gorgeous singing especially by Dennis Edwards and a range of superb songs. These tapes sound extraordinary on this release, like they're really being heard properly for the first time. Masterpiece was precisely that for producer Whitfield, comprised of just six songs, every one of them a winner, including the epic-length title song, possibly the best extended track ever to come out of Motown Records. The two albums fit together almost seamlessly though one wishes that Masterpiece's tracks were first on the disc, and the only flaw is that there are no expanded notes or album credits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2004
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 601215951028
  • Catalog Number: 1595102
  • Sales rank: 65,162

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Happy People (3:38)
  2. 2 Glasshouse (3:54)
  3. 3 Shakey Ground (4:03)
  4. 4 The Prophet (4:27)
  5. 5 Happy People (2:58)
  6. 6 A Song for You (4:39)
  7. 7 Memories (6:01)
  8. 8 I'm a Bachelor (4:22)
  9. 9 Firefly (4:04)
  10. 10 Hey Girl (I Like Your Style) (3:21)
  11. 11 Masterpiece (13:37)
  12. 12 Ma (4:45)
  13. 13 Law of the Land (4:53)
  14. 14 Plastic Man (3:25)
  15. 15 Hurry Tomorrow (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Temptations Primary Artist
Jack Brokensha Bells, Timpani, Vibes, gourd
Johnny Griffith Organ
Robert Ward Guitar
Richard "Pistol" Allen Drums
Jack Ashford Maracas, Stick, Tambourine
Bob Babbitt Bass
Eddie "Bongo" Brown Bongos, Conga
Uriel Jones Drums
Ted Lucas Harmonica
Joe Messina Guitar
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin Guitar
Aaron Smith Drums
Andrew Smith Drums
Leroy Taylor Bass
Earl Van Dyke Organ
Eddie Watkins Bass
Eddie Willis Guitar
Paul Warren Guitar
Robert White Guitar
Maurice Davis Trumpet
Technical Credits
Lionel Richie Composer
The Temptations Vocal Arrangements
David Batteau Composer
Eddie Hazel Composer
Don Baldwin Composer
Jeffrey Bowen Composer, Producer
James Anthony Carmichael Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Don Freeman Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Executive Producer
Suzee Ikeda Producer
Clayton Ivey Producer
Paul Riser Arranger
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer, Mastering
Terry Woodford Producer
John Pace Master Tape Research
Al Boyd Composer
Maggie Agard Package Concept
Marcel Osche Master Tape Research
Orson Lewis Mastering
Randall Jones Master Tape Research
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