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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2002
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 044001640629
  • Catalog Number: 016406
  • Sales rank: 12,699

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Temptations Primary Artist, Vocals
Milt Jackson Vibes
Johnny Britt Trumpet
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Melvin Franklin Bass (Vocal)
Jerry Friedman Guitar
Doug Grigsby Bass
Steve Harvey Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Abraham Laboriel Sr. 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
Ali-Ollie Woodson Vocals
Technical Credits
Carl Anderson Engineer
The 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
Brian Gardner Mastering
Berry Gordy Jr. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For Music Lovers Only

    If you are a lover, a lover of music and of the Temptations, then this CD should be at THE TOP of your collection. You should have a copy for the bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen, garage, basement, backyard and beach. Without a doubt, this compilation of songs is more enjoyable the more I listen. While staying true to each song's musical roots, The Temptations and their arrangers have breathed new life into already timeless works of art. I happen to be a professional vocalist and when I take breaks between sets I feature this album. I receive countless inquiries as to "who sings these songs?". As a music lover, I cannot stress enough the importance of owning this incredibly beautiful collection of love songs. Without exaggeration, it is THE BEST CD I own and the one that brings me the greatest level of happiness and peace. Enjoy.

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