Back to Front

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
No vocal group is better qualified to pay tribute to R&B's golden era than the Temptations, who do exactly that on Back to Front (an album containing mostly covers of soul classics from the '60s and '70s). Some soul connoisseurs will question whether or not the 2007 lineup heard on Back to Front should even be called the Temptations; Otis Williams is the only remaining original member, and the other participants include 1983 arrival Ron Tyson and three singers who didn't come on board until the '90s (Terry Weeks) or 2000s (Bruce Williamson and Joe Herndon). But then, lineup changes are nothing new for the Temptations, who had plenty of them during their '60s and '70s...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
No vocal group is better qualified to pay tribute to R&B's golden era than the Temptations, who do exactly that on Back to Front (an album containing mostly covers of soul classics from the '60s and '70s). Some soul connoisseurs will question whether or not the 2007 lineup heard on Back to Front should even be called the Temptations; Otis Williams is the only remaining original member, and the other participants include 1983 arrival Ron Tyson and three singers who didn't come on board until the '90s (Terry Weeks) or 2000s (Bruce Williamson and Joe Herndon). But then, lineup changes are nothing new for the Temptations, who had plenty of them during their '60s and '70s heyday -- and the important thing to remember about Back to Front is that the disc is quite faithful to the spirit of the pre-'80s Temptations even though Williams is the only one who was actually part of the group before the '80s. The Temptations, of course, were synonymous with the Motown sound back in the day, but Back to Front celebrates classic soul outside of Motown with enthusiastic covers of gems ranging from Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" and the Emotions' "Don't Ask My Neighbors" to L.T.D.'s hits "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again" and "Love Ballad." The Temptations of 2007 pay tribute to Stax Records (Motown's most important competitor in the '60s) on Sam & Dave's "Hold On! I'm Comin'" and the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself," and they acknowledge the Philadelphia International/Gamble & Huff sound on Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody." Back to Front is not in a class with the Temptations' most essential '60s and '70s recordings, but it is an enjoyably satisfying tribute to R&B's pre-urban contemporary, pre-hip-hop era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • Label: New Door Records
  • UPC: 602517401983
  • Catalog Number: 000945102
  • Sales rank: 170,584

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Temptations Primary Artist
Duane Benjamin Trombone
Kevin Brandon Double Bass
Mark Cargill Violin, Concert Master
Billy Cox Bass (Vocal)
Yvette Devereaux Violin
Andrew Gouche Bass
Roman Johnson Keyboards
Vann Johnson Background Vocals
Miguel Martinez Cello
Anthony Patler Hammond Organ
Robin Ross Viola
Benjamin F. Wright Conductor
Susan Chatman Violin
Peggy Baldwin Cello
Patrick Morgan Viola
James Cornwell Percussion
Louis Jr. VanTaylor Flute, Saxophone
Bobby Ray Watson Bass
Chad Wright Drums
James Ford Trumpet
The Benjamin Wright Orchestra Track Performer
Ron Brown Saxophone
Richard Adkins Violin
Technical Credits
Luther Ingram Composer
Barry White Composer
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Lester Abrams Composer
Shelly Berger Producer, Executive Producer
Victor Carstarphen Composer
Pierre Delanoé Composer
Reginald Dozier Engineer
Maurice Gibb Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Len Ron Hanks Composer
Manny Kurtz Composer
Gene McFadden Composer
David Porter Composer
Sir Mack Rice Composer
Skip Scarborough Composer
Doug Schwartz Mastering
Tom Weir Engineer
David Ritz Liner Notes
Benjamin F. Wright Arranger, Producer
Zane Grey Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Otis Williams New Group Executive Producer
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