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For Lovers Only [Bonus Track]
     

For Lovers Only [Bonus Track]

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by The Temptations
 

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Nominally, the Temptations' For Lovers Only is an album of pop standards. But producer Richard Perry and primary arranger Isias Gamboa have taken such a radical approach to presenting the familiar songs that listeners accustomed to versions of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Some Enchanted Evening" and Lerner & Loewe's "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" that derive

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Nominally, the Temptations' For Lovers Only is an album of pop standards. But producer Richard Perry and primary arranger Isias Gamboa have taken such a radical approach to presenting the familiar songs that listeners accustomed to versions of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Some Enchanted Evening" and Lerner & Loewe's "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" that derive from the Broadway musicals in which these songs originated may not recognize them as the same compositions, even after more than one listen. These tracks retain the basic lyrics and some melodic elements, but they go far beyond the usual matters of tempo and instrumental coloring that characterize what is called an arrangement; Gamboa has used the original songs as the merest basis for writing his own songs. And the Temptations pitch in enthusiastically in the transformations. Theo Peoples, singing lead vocals on "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," launches into an extended vocal improvisation at the end of the song that doesn't contain any of the words Alan Jay Lerner wrote. Similarly, Sammy Cahn might be surprised, if he had lived long enough, to discover that the opening line of his song "Time After Time" is now "Drop the groove." But if For Lovers Only is not traditional by any means, it does make the Temptations sound contemporary, and it became the group's only album released between 1991 and 1998 to reach the charts, spending six months on the R&B lists. In 2000, "Night and Day," an unusually faithful rendition of the Cole Porter song, was used in the film What Women Want in a "remixed" version from the one on the album (which is to say quite different, including a saxophone solo not present on the original). Motown added this recording as a bonus track for a 2002 reissue of the album.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2002
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0044001640629
catalogNumber:
016406
Rank:
17774

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Performance Credits

Temptations   Primary Artist,Vocals
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Johnny Britt   Trumpet
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Melvin Franklin   Bass (Vocal)
Jerry Friedman   Guitar
Doug Grigsby   Bass
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Trevor Lawrence   Cymbals,Bell-tree,Hi Hat
Andy Simpkins   Bass
Ron Tyson   Vocals
Jimmy Varner   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Jimmy Macon   Guitar
Otis Williams & the Charms   Vocals
Isaias Gamboa   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Theo Peoples   Vocals
Steve Harvey   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Ali-Ollie Woodson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Carl Anderson   Engineer
Temptations   Vocal Arrangements
Barry White   Groomer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
María Mendez Grever   Composer
Tyran Carlo   Composer
Raoul Cita   Composer
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Devin Foutz   Engineer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Mark Herman   Engineer
Paul Mertz   Composer
Richard Perry   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Remixing
Cole Porter   Composer
Paul Riser   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Alejandro Rodriguez   Engineer
Bill Schnee   Remixing
Jule Styne   Composer
Jimmy Varner   Programming,Producer,drum programming
Harry Warren   Composer
Hy Weiss   Composer
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Bob Tucker   Engineer
Isaias Gamboa   Arranger,Composer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Tony Alvarez   Engineer,drum programming
Jackie Salway   Art Direction
Billy Davis   Composer
Tony Rambo   Engineer
Bill Dern   Producer,Executive Producer
Gwendolyn B. Gordy   Composer

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