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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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," ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/1994
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 731453033825
  • Catalog Number: 530338
  • Sales rank: 25,393

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come On - The Distants (2:15)
  2. 2 Oh, Mother of Mine (2:19)
  3. 3 Romance Without Finance (2:49)
  4. 4 Check Yourself (2:47)
  5. 5 Dream Come True (3:13)
  6. 6 Mind Over Matter (I'm Gonna Make You Mine) (3:01)
  7. 7 I'll Love You 'til I Die (2:49)
  8. 8 Paradise (2:48)
  9. 9 Slow Down Heart (2:40)
  10. 10 I Couldn't Cry If I Wanted To (2:40)
  11. 11 Witchcraft (For Your Love) (2:29)
  12. 12 I Want a Love I Can See (2:30)
  13. 13 The Further You Look, the Less You See (2:18)
  14. 14 Farewell My Love (2:24)
  15. 15 A Tear from a Woman's Eyes (2:37)
  16. 16 The Way You Do the Things You Do (2:39)
  17. 17 I'll Be in Trouble (3:17)
  18. 18 The Girl's Alright with Me (2:54)
  19. 19 Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue) (2:12)
  20. 20 Baby, Baby I Need You (2:38)
  21. 21 My Girl (2:56)
  22. 22 (Talking 'bout) Nobody But My Baby (2:45)
  23. 23 It's Growing (2:57)
  24. 24 You'll Lose a Precious Love (2:26)
  25. 25 Since I Lost My Baby (2:49)
  26. 26 You've Got to Earn It (2:37)
  27. 27 My Baby (2:56)
  28. 28 Don't Look Back (2:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Get Ready (2:37)
  2. 2 Fading Away (2:37)
  3. 3 Ain't Too Proud to Beg (2:32)
  4. 4 Too Busy Thinking About My Baby (2:40)
  5. 5 Who You Gonna Run To (3:05)
  6. 6 Beauty Is Only Skin Deep (2:20)
  7. 7 I Got Heaven Right Here on Earth (2:52)
  8. 8 (I Know) I'm Losing You (2:26)
  9. 9 All I Need (3:17)
  10. 10 Sorry Is a Sorry Word (2:27)
  11. 11 I'm Doing It All (2:30)
  12. 12 No More Water in the Well (2:58)
  13. 13 You're My Everything (3:12)
  14. 14 Just One Last Look (2:43)
  15. 15 Angel Doll (2:29)
  16. 16 (Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need (2:36)
  17. 17 Don't Send Me Away (2:52)
  18. 18 Hello, Young Lovers (2:56)
  19. 19 Ol' Man River (4:46)
  20. 20 I Wish It Would Rain (2:53)
  21. 21 I Truly, Truly Believe (2:43)
  22. 22 I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) (3:37)
  23. 23 Please Return Your Love to Me (2:22)
  24. 24 How Can I Forget (1:45)
  25. 25 For Once in My Life (3:45)
  26. 26 My Girl (2:51)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Cloud Nine (3:35)
  2. 2 Why Did She Have to Leave Me(Why Did She Have to Go?) (3:09)
  3. 3 I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (3:05)
  4. 4 I'll Try Something New (2:24)
  5. 5 Runaway Child, Running Wild (4:46)
  6. 6 Don't Let the Joneses Get You Down (4:39)
  7. 7 I Can't Get Next to You (2:52)
  8. 8 Message from a Black Man (6:04)
  9. 9 War (3:12)
  10. 10 Psychedelic Shack (4:16)
  11. 11 Hum Along and Dance (3:53)
  12. 12 Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) (4:01)
  13. 13 Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World) (4:11)
  14. 14 Just My Imagination (RunningAway With Me) (3:52)
  15. 15 Take a Look Around (3:10)
  16. 16 It's Summer (2:56)
  17. 17 Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are?) (2:54)
  18. 18 I Ain't Got Nothing (3:45)
  19. 19 Mother Nature (3:10)
  20. 20 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone (6:57)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Masterpiece (4:21)
  2. 2 Plastic Man (4:15)
  3. 3 Hey Girl (I Like Your Style) (4:37)
  4. 4 Law of the Land (5:02)
  5. 5 Let Your Hair Down (2:40)
  6. 6 Heavenly (3:54)
  7. 7 You've Got My Soul on Fire (3:52)
  8. 8 Happy People (3:37)
  9. 9 Shakey Ground (4:02)
  10. 10 Glasshouse (3:55)
  11. 11 A Song for You (4:45)
  12. 12 Memories (5:59)
  13. 13 Keep Holdin' On (3:14)
  14. 14 Darling, Stand by Me (Song for My Woman) (3:45)
  15. 15 Who Are You (3:45)
  16. 16 In a Lifetime (3:09)
  17. 17 Power (4:09)
  18. 18 Isn't the Night Fantastic (4:18)
  19. 19 Aiming at Your Heart (3:32)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Standing on the Top, Pt. 1 (4:21)
  2. 2 Sail Away (4:16)
  3. 3 Treat Her Like a Lady (4:16)
  4. 4 My Love Is True (Truly for You) (6:08)
  5. 5 Do You Really Love Your Baby (4:09)
  6. 6 Magic (5:13)
  7. 7 Lady Soul (4:33)
  8. 8 I Wonder Who She's Seeing Now (4:22)
  9. 9 Look What You Started (4:30)
  10. 10 Soul to Soul (4:19)
  11. 11 Special (4:26)
  12. 12 My Kind of Woman (4:07)
  13. 13 Hoops of Fire (4:20)
  14. 14 Error of Our Ways (5:17)
  15. 15 Givin' U the Best (4:51)
  16. 16 Elevator Eyes (4:04)
  17. 17 Blueprint for Love (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Temptations Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Dennis Edwards Vocals
Marvin Gaye Drums
Rick James Clavinet
The 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
The 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 Jr. 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
Al 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
Andrew 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
The 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
Gary Ray Thompson Guitar
Maurice Davis Trumpet
Technical Credits
The Commodores Contributor
Rick James Arranger, Producer
Lionel Richie Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer
The 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 Jr. 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
Al McKay Arranger, Producer
Marcus Miller Arranger, Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Bill Neale String Arrangements
Dennis Nelson Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Joseph M. Palmaccio Remastering
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
Al Boyd Composer
Debbie Sandridge Executive Producer
Nina Ossoff Composer
Fred Johnson drum programming
The Pirates Contributor
David Moss Contributor
Ali-Ollie Woodson Programming
Devora Brown Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Compilation

    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.

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