Fourever

Fourever

by The Four Tops
     
 

Although the Four Tops made their biggest mark with Motown, throughout their 43-year partnership -- they hold the record for most years together by original members of a pop group -- the Tops have displayed an amazing range that transcended the polite pop of Berry Gordy's legendary label. The lion's share of material featured on this expansive four-disc set draws on… See more details below

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Although the Four Tops made their biggest mark with Motown, throughout their 43-year partnership -- they hold the record for most years together by original members of a pop group -- the Tops have displayed an amazing range that transcended the polite pop of Berry Gordy's legendary label. The lion's share of material featured on this expansive four-disc set draws on the quartet's Holland-Dozier-Holland-penned classics, including "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," "Reach Out I'll Be There," and "Bernadette." Those interested in the group's lesser-known beginnings, however, will be pleasantly surprised by early '60s singles such as the doo-wop flavored jazz of "Could It Be You" and the more sophisticated Mills Brothers-like harmonies of "Until I Met You." Post-Motown, the Tops broadened their scope, shifting easily between funk, pop, and disco while scoring smashes with songs such as "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)," "Keeper of the Castle," "When She Was My Girl," and "Indestructible." Equally intriguing are notable nuggets such as the moving ballad "I Believe in You and Me" (later a hit for Whitney Houston on the Preacher's Wife soundtrack) and a live version of "Midnight Flower" driven by lead singer Levi Stubbs's testifying growl. As if the familiar hits weren't enough, nearly half of the 85 songs on this handsome set are making their debut on CD (10 were previously unreleased). The box also includes a deluxe 84-page booklet packed with rare photos and interviews with the group's surviving members and producers. Four Tops fans and soul diehards will find plenty to sink their teeth into on this thorough compendium of classics.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The last of the major Motown groups to receive proper box-set treatment, the Four Tops in a sense got the best of the bunch, since this tells a ripping history while providing a cornucopia of rarities. The latter part of that statement is what prevents the set from being a true must-have for those who just want a comprehensive history, because there are too many major songs present in alternate mixes or versions that are slightly different than the hits that brought the group its deserved fame and fortune. Not that any of these are bad -- it's just that it presents the group's history through a slightly skewed prism, enough to prevent it from being thoroughly comprehensive. Still, it's an accurate history and a wholly engaging one, largely because the Four Tops had a fairly extensive pre-history before joining Motown, and they continued to have hits after leaving Motown, thereby giving the box a real narrative thrust -- especially because the late-'50s recordings that dominate the first half of the first disc are as gritty and powerful as their mid-'70s recordings were smooth, stylish, and sexy. Like many comprehensive four-disc box sets, it spends too much time in the post-hit era. Sure, the Four Tops continued to chart until the early '80s, but this extends into the early '90s, meaning that the record just sort of peters out to a less-than-satisfying conclusion. Nevertheless, that's a minor quibble, because the box does tell the story very effectively and is filled with great music, great sound, and solid liner notes, especially notable for its rare pictures. For the hardcore who have been waiting a long time for a Four Tops set, such loving presentation and abundance of alternate takes and mixes makes it worth the wait.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2001
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0731455622522
catalogNumber:
556225

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Could It Be You
  2. Ain't That Love
  3. Pennies from Heaven
  4. Until I Met You (Alternate Mix)
  5. Baby I Need Your Loving
  6. Where Did You Go
  7. Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worth While)
  8. Left With a Broken Heart
  9. Ask the Lonely (Alternate Stereo Mix)
  10. Just a Little Love (Before My Life Is Gone)
  11. My Heart Is Calling You
  12. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (Alternate Mix)
  13. It's the Same Old Song (Alternate Berry Gordy Single Mix)
  14. Is There Anything That I Can Do
  15. Something About You
  16. No Good Without You
  17. Just as Long as You Need Me
  18. Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)
  19. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
  20. Brenda (Altenrate Lawrence Payton Vocal)
  21. For Once in My Life

Disc 2

  1. Reach Out I'll Be There
  2. Standing in the Shadows of Love
  3. Bernadette
  4. Rooms of Gloom
  5. I'll Turn to Stone
  6. You Keep Running Away
  7. Walk Away Renee
  8. Your Love Is Wonderful
  9. If I Were a Carpenter
  10. Just Another Lonely Night (with The Temptations)
  11. Oh, I've Been Blessed
  12. Yesterday's Dreams
  13. Can't Seem to Get You Out of My Mind
  14. I'm in a Different World
  15. What Is a Man
  16. So Far
  17. Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me
  18. Do What You Gotta Do
  19. MacArthur Park
  20. I'll Pay Double
  21. Nothing
  22. Barbara's Boy
  23. Stranded on the Road of Love (with Edwin Starr)

Disc 3

  1. Its All in the Game
  2. Love (Is the Answer)
  3. Still Water (Peace)/Still Water (Love) (Unedited Version)
  4. Ballad To: The One I Love
  5. River Deep (Mountain High)
  6. I'm Glad About It
  7. Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten Out My Life)
  8. In These Changing Times
  9. A Simple Game (Original Unedited Mix)
  10. You Stole My Love
  11. So Deep Within You
  12. I Can't Quit Your Love
  13. (It's the Way) Nature Planned It
  14. Keeper of the Castle
  15. Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)
  16. Love Music
  17. Remember What I Told You to Forget
  18. Are You Man Enough
  19. Sweet Understanding Love
  20. I Just Can't Get You Out of My Mind
  21. One Woman Man
  22. Main Street People (Intro)/Main Street People

Disc 4

  1. One Chain Don't Make No Prison
  2. Midnight Flower (Live)
  3. Seven Lonely Nights
  4. We All Gotta Stick Together
  5. Catfish
  6. For Your Love (12-inch Edit)
  7. When She Was My Girl
  8. Tonight I'm Gonna Love You All Over (Live)
  9. I Believe in You and Me
  10. The Temptations and Four Tops Medley (Live)
  11. I Just Can't Walk Away
  12. Sexy Ways
  13. Hot Nights
  14. Red Hot Love
  15. Indestructible (12-inch Edit with Smokey Robinson)
  16. Loco in Acapulco
  17. If Ever a Love There Was (featuring Aretha Franklin and Kenny G)
  18. Till You Return to Me
  19. The Four of Us

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Four Tops   Primary Artist
Phil Collins   Drums
Aretha Franklin   Track Performer
Kashif   Synthesizer
Smokey Robinson   Vocals
Edwin Starr   Background Vocals
Supremes   Track Performer
Temptations   Background Vocals
Kenny G   Saxophone
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Jack Brokensha   Vibes
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Ron Carter   String Bass
Victor Feldman   Percussion
Bill Meyers   Piano,Keyboards
Larry Nozero   Saxophone
Jerome Richardson   Horn
King Errisson   Percussion,Conga
Paul Humphrey   Percussion,Drums
Seldon Powell   Flute
Herman Riley   Horn
Dennis Coffey   Guitar
Johnny Griffith   Keyboards
Fred Jackson   Saxophone
Tommy Vig   Percussion
Herbie Williams   Trumpet
Mike Wofford   Keyboards
Bunny Sigler   Conductor
David T. Walker   Guitar
Jerry Knight   Bass
Gerald Veasley   Bass
Richard "Pistol" Allen   Drums
Andantes   Background Vocals
Jack Ashford   Percussion,Vibes
Gil Askey   Conductor
Carl Austin   Strings
Lanny Austin   Saxophone
Steve Barri   Percussion
Stanley Behrens   Harmonica
Ben Benay   Guitar
Max Bennett   Bass
Errol Crusher Bennett   Percussion
Richard Bennett   Guitar
Renaldo Benson   Vocals
Ginger Blake   Background Vocals
Thomas "Beans" Bowles   Saxophone
Julius Brooks   Horn
Eddie "Bongo" Brown   Percussion
Ronald Brown   Bass
Robert Bryant   Trumpet
Angelo Carlisi   Saxophone
Leonard Caston   Keyboards
Marion Childers   Horn
David Cohen   Guitar
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Gregg Coles   Bass
Russell Conway   Trumpet
Henry Cosby   Saxophone
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Bob Cousar   Trombone
Chip Crawford   Keyboards
Nathan East   Bass
Scott Edwards   Bass
Gene Estes   Percussion,Vibes
Wilton Felder   Bass
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Ernie Fields   Saxophone
Chuck Findley   Horn
Eli Fontaine   Saxophone
Burgess Gardner   Trumpet
Jay Graydon   Guitar
Ed Greene   Drums
Donald Griffin   Guitar
Joe Guastella   Guitar
Terry Harrington   Saxophone
Jimmie Haskell   Moog Synthesizer
Billy Horner   Trumpet
Paul Hubinon   Horn
Willie Hutch   Bass
Paul Jackson   Guitar
James Jamerson   Bass
James Jamerson   Bass
Uriel Jones   Drums
Bert Keyes   Conductor
Harry Kim   Trumpet
David Kitay   Guitar
Richard Kosinski   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Dennis Lambert   Keyboards
Michael Landau   Guitar
Patrick Lanier   Trombone
Charles Loper   Horn
Kasuku Mafia   Saxophone
George Marge   Flute,Oboe
Lew McCreary   Horn
Joe Messina   Guitar
Greg Middleton   Bass
Eugene BeeBee Moore   Saxophone
Michael Omartian   Keyboards
Willard Oldfield   Keyboards
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Ray Parker   Guitar
Dean Parks   Guitar
Lawrence Payton   Keyboards,Vocals
Bernie Peacock   Saxophone
Dave Penny   Percussion
Greg Poree   Guitar
Brian Potter   Percussion
Carl Raetz   Trombone
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin   Guitar
Carlos Rios   Guitar
Paul Riser   Trombone
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Ernie Rodgers   Saxophone
Bobby Sandstrom   Keyboards
Ralph Schuckett   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Melodica
Sid Sharp   Concert Master
Sahib Shihab   Horn
Don Slaughter   Trumpet
Maurice Spears   Horn
Gordon Staples   Conductor
Jeff Steele   Bass
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Levi Stubbs   Vocals
Andrew "Mike" Terry   Saxophone
Johnny Trudell   Trumpet,Horn
Earl Van Dyke   Keyboards
Vandellas   Background Vocals
Ed Walsh   Synthesizer
Grover Washington   Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Watts   Horn
Fred Wesley   Trombone
Don White   Trombone
Norman Whitfield   Percussion
Eddie Willis   Guitar
David Wolfert   Synthesizer,Guitar,Orchestra Bells
Stevie Wonder   Percussion
Aaron Zigman   Keyboards
Fred Selden   Horn
Sonny Burke   Keyboards
Louvain Demps   Background Vocals
Eddie Jones   Trumpet
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington   Bass
Clifford Carter   Keyboards
David Samuels   Vibes,Orchestra Bells
Scott Regan   Master of Ceremonies
Eugene E. Young   Horn
Jack Nelson   Horn
Joe Smith   Guitar
Robert White   Guitar
David E. Williams   Guitar
Jackie Hicks   Background Vocals
John Wilson   Trumpet
Eugene Rodgers   Saxophone
Dan Turner   Saxophone
Benny Benjamin   Drums
George Bohanon   Trombone,Horn
Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band   Trombone
Ted Buckner   Saxophone
Floyd Jones   Trumpet
Elliot Rosoff   Concert Master
John Barnes   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Andrew Smith   Drums
Maurice Davis   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Phil Collins   Producer
Justin Hayward   Contributor
Marv Johnson   Producer,Engineer
John Lodge   Contributor
Michael Pinder   Contributor
Smokey Robinson   Producer
Ray Thomas   Contributor
Bob Baldwin   Arranger,Composer,drum programming,Basic Track,MIDI Programming
Jeremy Lubbock   String Arrangements
Bill Meyers   rhythm arrangement
John Hammond   Producer
Graeme Edge   Contributor
Mike Hurst   Producer
Gloria Jones   Composer
Bunny Sigler   Vocal Arrangements
R. Dean Taylor   Producer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Jerry Knight   Producer
Wade Marcus   Producer
Michael Brown   Composer
Gil Askey   Arranger
H.B. Barnum   Arranger
Steve Barri   Producer,Executive Producer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Producer
Vernon Bullock   Composer
George Butler   Executive Producer
Todd Cerney   Composer
Tony Clarke   Producer
Cleveland   Producer
Henry Cosby   Arranger,Producer
Lamont Dozier   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ernie Wilkins   Arrangement Collaboration
Colin Fletcher   Arranger
Iris Gordy   Executive Producer
Bud Green   Composer
Arthur Greenslade   Arranger
Phil Harding   Producer,Remixing
Jimmie Haskell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Don Hockett   Arranger,String Arrangements
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Willie Hutch   Arranger,Producer,Dmx
Bert Keyes   Arranger
Charles Koppelman   Executive Producer
Dennis Lambert   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Jerry Long   Arranger
Michael Omartian   Arranger
Lawrence Payton   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Tony Peluso   Producer
Reuben Phillips   Orchestra Director
Brian Potter   Producer
Paul Riser   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jimmy Roach   Arranger
Bobby Sandstrom   Arranger,Producer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Grover Washington   Producer
Harry Weinger   Track Annotations
Norman Whitfield   Producer
David Wolfert   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Aaron Zigman   Arranger,Producer
Frank Wilson   Composer,Producer
Richard Knight   Composer
Richard Beasley   Composer
Stu Hackel   Liner Notes,Artwork,Essay
Pamela Phillips-Oland   Composer
Porter Carroll   Composer
Tony Sansone   Composer
Fred Bridges   Composer
Don Wolf   Composer
Frank T. Wilson   Producer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Quinn Johnson   Tape Research
Jack Goga   Composer
Val Benson   Composer
John Barnes   rhythm arrangement
Bob Calilli   Composer

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