Emperors of Soul

Emperors of Soul

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by The Temptations

Released in 1994, Emperors of Soul is a five-CD anthology celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Temptations with 109 key tracks taken from their 40-plus album catalog. Along with the Four Tops and the Supremes, the Temps became one of Motown's most successful acts, scoring an astounding 35 Top 40…  See more details below


Released in 1994, Emperors of Soul is a five-CD anthology celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Temptations with 109 key tracks taken from their 40-plus album catalog. Along with the Four Tops and the Supremes, the Temps became one of Motown's most successful acts, scoring an astounding 35 Top 40 entries during their prime. However, unlike many of their contemporaries, the vocal quintet survived the transition from stylish pop and R&B on "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Ain't to Proud to Beg," and "I Wish It Would Rain" to the psychedelic soul of "Cloud Nine," "Psychedelic Shack," and "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)," as well as covering socially relevant issues on "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and "Plastic Man." Of course, all of those favorites are included here, as are a handful of tunes that predate their association with Berry Gordy and Motown. The initial five-man incarnation came together as the Distants (whose "Come On" is the opening selection of the set in 1959) -- featuring Otis Williams, Eldridge Bryant, and the distinctive bass pipes of Melvin Franklin -- linked up with the Primes' Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams, first as the Elgins and ultimately the Temptations. Drawing from the copious songwriting of Smokey Robinson, Norman Whitfield, and the formidable trio of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland, they racked up a considerable cache of classic recordings. Unfortunately, the personal problems of tenor David Ruffin (who had replaced Bryant) created an insurmountable rift with his bandmates, and he was replaced by one-time Contours member Dennis Edwards. Kendricks and Paul Williams would both leave shortly thereafter, and any hopes for the original members to work together again was dashed when Williams committed suicide on August 17, 1973. With Damon Harris and Richard Street, the Temps were able to recapture their former glory with the chart-topper "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," but after Harris departed, the Temptations became completely disenfranchised from Motown by the mid-'70s. Despite a lack of hits in 1982, Ruffin returned to the fold, as did Kendricks, for the highly publicized but short-lived Reunion album and tour. While Emperors of Soul glosses over this latter era on discs four and five, only avid fans and dedicated enthusiasts will probably venture beyond the '70s fare. There are a few rarities scattered throughout, most notably early singles such as "Oh, Mother of Mine" b/w "Romance Without Finance" from 1961, "I'll Love You 'Til I Die" and "I Couldn't Cry if I Wanted To" circa 1962, and "(Talkin' 'Bout) Nobody But My Baby" the following year. In terms of unreleased material, there is "Witchcraft (For Your Love)" circa 1963, "I Got Heaven Right Here on Earth" from 1966, and from 1967 there is "Angel Doll" as well as a cover of "Ol' Man River." The accompanying 80-page book is a great read and replete with photos and a thorough Temptations discography.

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Disc 1

  1. Come On  -  Distants
  2. Oh, Mother of Mine
  3. Romance Without Finance
  4. Check Yourself
  5. Dream Come True
  6. Mind Over Matter (I'm Gonna Make You Mine)
  7. I'll Love You 'til I Die
  8. Paradise
  9. Slow Down Heart
  10. I Couldn't Cry If I Wanted To
  11. Witchcraft (For Your Love)
  12. I Want a Love I Can See
  13. The Further You Look, the Less You See
  14. Farewell My Love
  15. A Tear from a Woman's Eyes
  16. The Way You Do the Things You Do
  17. I'll Be in Trouble
  18. The Girl's Alright with Me
  19. Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)
  20. Baby, Baby I Need You
  21. My Girl
  22. (Talking 'bout) Nobody But My Baby
  23. It's Growing
  24. You'll Lose a Precious Love
  25. Since I Lost My Baby
  26. You've Got to Earn It
  27. My Baby
  28. Don't Look Back

Disc 2

  1. Get Ready
  2. Fading Away
  3. Ain't Too Proud to Beg
  4. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
  5. Who You Gonna Run To
  6. Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
  7. I Got Heaven Right Here on Earth
  8. (I Know) I'm Losing You
  9. All I Need
  10. Sorry Is a Sorry Word
  11. I'm Doing It All
  12. No More Water in the Well
  13. You're My Everything
  14. Just One Last Look
  15. Angel Doll
  16. (Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need
  17. Don't Send Me Away
  18. Hello, Young Lovers
  19. Ol' Man River
  20. I Wish It Would Rain
  21. I Truly, Truly Believe
  22. I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)
  23. Please Return Your Love to Me
  24. How Can I Forget
  25. For Once in My Life
  26. My Girl

Disc 3

  1. Cloud Nine
  2. Why Did She Have to Leave Me(Why Did She Have to Go?)
  3. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
  4. I'll Try Something New
  5. Runaway Child, Running Wild
  6. Don't Let the Joneses Get You Down
  7. I Can't Get Next to You
  8. Message from a Black Man
  9. War
  10. Psychedelic Shack
  11. Hum Along and Dance
  12. Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)
  13. Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World)
  14. Just My Imagination (RunningAway With Me)
  15. Take a Look Around
  16. It's Summer
  17. Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are?)
  18. I Ain't Got Nothing
  19. Mother Nature
  20. Papa Was a Rollin' Stone

Disc 4

  1. Masterpiece
  2. Plastic Man
  3. Hey Girl (I Like Your Style)
  4. Law of the Land
  5. Let Your Hair Down
  6. Heavenly
  7. You've Got My Soul on Fire
  8. Happy People
  9. Shakey Ground
  10. Glasshouse
  11. A Song for You
  12. Memories
  13. Keep Holdin' On
  14. Darling, Stand by Me (Song for My Woman)
  15. Who Are You
  16. In a Lifetime
  17. Power
  18. Isn't the Night Fantastic
  19. Aiming at Your Heart

Disc 5

  1. Standing on the Top, Pt. 1
  2. Sail Away
  3. Treat Her Like a Lady
  4. My Love Is True (Truly for You)
  5. Do You Really Love Your Baby
  6. Magic
  7. Lady Soul
  8. I Wonder Who She's Seeing Now
  9. Look What You Started
  10. Soul to Soul
  11. Special
  12. My Kind of Woman
  13. Hoops of Fire
  14. Error of Our Ways
  15. Givin' U the Best
  16. Elevator Eyes
  17. Blueprint for Love

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Temptations   Primary Artist
Dennis Edwards   Vocals
Marvin Gaye   Drums
Rick James   Clavinet
Mary Jane Girls   Background Vocals
Lionel Richie   Piano
Diana Ross   Vocals
David Ruffin   Vocals
Luther Vandross   Background Vocals
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Jack Brokensha   Bells,Timpani,Vibes,gourd
Michael Colina   Synthesizer
Ronnie Foster   Synthesizer
Larry Nozero   Saxophone
Dennis Coffey   Guitar
Johnny Griffith   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Herbie Williams   Trumpet
Louis Price   Vocals
Otis Williams   Tenor (Vocal),Track Performer
Eddie Hazel   Guitar
David T. Walker   Guitar
Mike Campbell   Guitar
Bobbye Hall   Conga
Robert Ward   Guitar
Richard "Pistol" Allen   Drums
Oscar Alston   Bass
Andantes   Background Vocals
Jack Ashford   Percussion,Marimbas,Stick,Tambourine,Bells,Vibes,slapstick
Lanny Austin   Saxophone
Bob Babbitt   Bass
Don Baldwin   Clarinet,Piano,Saxophone,Clavinet
Thom Bell   Keyboards
Keith Errol Benson   Drums
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
George Bohannon   Trombone
Thomas "Beans" Bowles   Saxophone
Eddie "Bongo" Brown   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Kenji Brown   Guitar
Ollie E. Brown   Drums
Ron Brown   Bass
Eldridge Bryant   Vocals
Robbie Buchanan   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Peter Bunetta   Drums
Eric Butler   Keyboards
Brad Buxer   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Angelo Carlisi   Saxophone
Victor Carstarphen   Synthesizer
Rick Chudacoff   Synthesizer,Keyboards
David Cochrane   Synthesizer,Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Charles Collins   Drums
Russell Conway   Trumpet
T.G. Conway   Keyboards
Kenny Copeland   Trumpet
Henry Cosby   Saxophone
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion,Timbales
Bob Cousar   Trombone
Quentin Dennard   Drums
Detroit Symphony Strings   Strings
Freddie Dunn   Trumpet
Barry Eastman   Keyboards
Lefty Edwards   Saxophone
Bobby Eli   Guitar
Bill Elliott   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Charles Fearing   Guitar
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Eli Fontaine   Saxophone
Michael Foreman   Bass
Paul Fox   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Melvin Franklin   Bass (Vocal)
Zachary Frazier   Drums
James Gadson   Drums
Dean Gant   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer
Henry Garner   Drums
Zane Giles   Guitar
James Gittens   Vibes
Johnny Graham   Guitar
Cornelius Grant   Guitar
Bruce Gray   Keyboards
Ed Greene   Drums
Damon Harris   Guitar,Vocals
Danya Hartwick   Flute,Piccolo
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Billy Horner   Trumpet
Dann Huff   Guitar
Nathan Hughes   Percussion
Ivy Jo Hunter   Piano,Keyboards
Kim Hutchcroft   Saxophone
Phillip Ingram   Moog Synthesizer
Clarence Isabell   Bass
Paul Jackson   Guitar
James Jamerson   Bass,Upright Bass
Ralph Johnson   Percussion
Uriel Jones   Drums
Eddie Kendricks   Tenor (Vocal)
Randy Kerber   Keyboards
Ron Kersey   Keyboards
Steve Kroon   Percussion
Ronald LaPread   Bass
Patrick Lanier   Trombone
Steve LeGassick   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Glenn Leonard   Vocals
Ted Lucas   Harmonica
Kasuku Mafia   Saxophone
Timothy May   Guitar
Tom McDermott   Guitar
McKay   Guitar
Joe Messina   Guitar
Marcus Miller   Multi Instruments
Eugene BeeBee Moore   Saxophone
Bill Neale   Guitar,Conductor
Dennis Nelson   Multi Instruments
Walter Orange   Drums
Alan Pasqua   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Bernie Peacock   Saxophone
Jerry Peters   Keyboards
Carl Raetz   Trombone
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin   Guitar
Eric Rehl   Synthesizer
Paul Riser   Trombone
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Ernie Rodgers   Saxophone
Levi Ruffin   Synthesizer
Terry Santell   Percussion,Conga
Don Slaughter   Trumpet
Aaron Smith   Drums
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Richard Street   Vocals
Leroy Taylor   Bass
Andrew "Mike" Terry   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Jerry Thompson   Drums
T.J. Tindall   Guitar
Johnny Trudell   Trumpet
Danny Turner   Saxophone
Ron Tyson   Vocals
Earl Van Dyke   Piano,Keyboards
Ronnie Wakefield   Saxophone
Larry Washington   Percussion,Conga
Eddie Watkins   Bass
Don White   Trombone
Norman Whitfield   Tambourine
Jimmy Wilkins   Trombone
David Williams   Guitar
Eddie Willis   Guitar
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Popcorn Wylie   Piano
Earl Young   Drums
Aaron Zigman   Keyboards
Benjamin F. Wright   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Wild Bill Moore   Saxophone
Erskine Williams   Keyboards
Sonny Burke   Keyboards
William King   Trumpet
Edward Shea   Percussion
Cotton Kent   Keyboards
P-Funk Horns   Horn
Wyman Brown   Keyboards
Distants   Track Performer
Thomas McClary   Guitar
Joanne McDuffie   Background Vocals
Paul Warren   Guitar
Ron Baker   Bass
Billy "Bass" Nelson   Bass
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington   Bass
Nathan Watts   Bass
Richard Adderly   Vibes
Henry E. Davis   Bass
Victor Nix   Keyboards
Lisa Sarna   Background Vocals
John Steinhoff   Synthesizer
Anthony Travaglini   Guitar
Keith Rice   Drums
Theo Peoples   Vocals
Robert White   Guitar
Paul Williams   Baritone (Vocal)
John Wilson   Trumpet
Benny Benjamin   Drums
Mark Davis   Keyboards
Ted Buckner   Alto Saxophone
Bobby Finch   Drums
Michael Moore   Tenor Saxophone
Larry Hall   Trumpet
Joe Williams   Bass
Bill Johnson   Trombone
John Arnold   Percussion
James Crawford   Vocals
Floyd Jones   Trumpet
Ali-Ollie Woodson   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Multi Instruments
John Barnes   Keyboards
Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice   Drums
Andrew Smith   Drums
Gary Ray Thompson   Guitar
Maurice Davis   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Commodores   Contributor
Rick James   Arranger,Producer
Lionel Richie   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer
Temptations   Producer
Ronnie Foster   Programming
Oliver Nelson   Arranger
Otis Williams   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
David Batteau   Composer
Eddie Hazel   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Porter Carroll   Composer
Michael Sembello   Producer
Angelo Bond   Producer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Jack Ashford   Contributor
Nick Ashford   Producer
Tom Baird   Director
Don Baldwin   Composer
H.B. Barnum   Arranger
Michael Boddicker   Programming
Candace Bond   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Jeffrey Bowen   Composer,Producer
Peter Bunetta   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
James Anthony Carmichael   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Victor Carstarphen   Programming,rhythm arrangement
Rick Chudacoff   Arranger,Producer
Henry Cosby   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Producer
Don Renaldo   Contributor
Walter Downing   Contributor
Barry Eastman   Arranger,Producer
Melvin Franklin   Vocal Arrangements
Don Freeman   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Dean Gant   Programming
Berry Gordy   Producer,Executive Producer
George Gordy   Composer
Iris Gordy   Executive Producer
Marget Gordy   Composer
Rob Hamilton   Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Producer
Leon Huff   Composer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Producer
Suzee Ikeda   Producer,Executive Producer
McKinley Jackson   rhythm arrangement
Ralph Johnson   Producer
Eddie Kendricks   Composer
Jerry Long   Director
McKay   Arranger,Producer
Marcus Miller   Arranger,Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Bill Neale   String Arrangements
Dennis Nelson   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Clarence Paul   Producer
Paul Riser   Arranger,Director,String Arrangements
Stan Sheppard   Producer
Jimmy Varner   Producer,drum programming
Zack Vaz   Executive Producer
Harry Weinger   Producer,Liner Notes
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Programming,Producer
Benjamin F. Wright   Arranger
Jeff Franzel   Composer
Nelson George   Liner Notes
Mickey Stevenson   Producer
Dick Rudolph   Producer
Allen Story   Composer
Bob Tucker   Engineer
Wyman Brown   Arranger,Programming
Frank Wilson   Producer
Ron Baker   Arranger,Producer
Brian ODoherty   Arranger,Programming
Russ Regan   Executive Producer
Georgia Ward   Contributor,Tape Archivist
Ronald White   Producer
Rose Landauer   Contributor,Transfer Assistant
Nancy Ogami   Art Direction
Robert Rogers   Composer
Keith Rice   Arranger,drum programming
Boyd   Composer
Debbie Sandridge   Executive Producer
Nina Ossoff   Composer
Fred Johnson   drum programming
Pirates   Contributor
David Moss   Contributor
Ali-Ollie Woodson   Programming
Devora Brown   Composer

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent compilation of their material.It is still a shame they don't get the credit they deserve even though most of them are dead. I can't help but notice the emphasis still placed on Elvis even though most of his material was copied from Black Americans. How unfair.