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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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2001
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 731455622522
  • Catalog Number: 556225

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Could It Be You
  2. 2 Ain't That Love
  3. 3 Pennies from Heaven
  4. 4 Until I Met You (Alternate Mix)
  5. 5 Baby I Need Your Loving
  6. 6 Where Did You Go
  7. 7 Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worth While)
  8. 8 Left With a Broken Heart
  9. 9 Ask the Lonely (Alternate Stereo Mix)
  10. 10 Just a Little Love (Before My Life Is Gone)
  11. 11 My Heart Is Calling You
  12. 12 I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (Alternate Mix)
  13. 13 It's the Same Old Song (Alternate Berry Gordy Single Mix)
  14. 14 Is There Anything That I Can Do
  15. 15 Something About You
  16. 16 No Good Without You
  17. 17 Just as Long as You Need Me
  18. 18 Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)
  19. 19 Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
  20. 20 Brenda (Altenrate Lawrence Payton Vocal)
  21. 21 For Once in My Life
Disc 2
  1. 1 Reach Out I'll Be There
  2. 2 Standing in the Shadows of Love
  3. 3 Bernadette
  4. 4 Rooms of Gloom
  5. 5 I'll Turn to Stone
  6. 6 You Keep Running Away
  7. 7 Walk Away Renee
  8. 8 Your Love Is Wonderful
  9. 9 If I Were a Carpenter
  10. 10 Just Another Lonely Night (with The Temptations)
  11. 11 Oh, I've Been Blessed
  12. 12 Yesterday's Dreams
  13. 13 Can't Seem to Get You Out of My Mind
  14. 14 I'm in a Different World
  15. 15 What Is a Man
  16. 16 So Far
  17. 17 Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me
  18. 18 Do What You Gotta Do
  19. 19 MacArthur Park
  20. 20 I'll Pay Double
  21. 21 Nothing
  22. 22 Barbara's Boy
  23. 23 Stranded on the Road of Love (with Edwin Starr)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Its All in the Game
  2. 2 Love (Is the Answer)
  3. 3 Still Water (Peace)/Still Water (Love) (Unedited Version)
  4. 4 Ballad To: The One I Love
  5. 5 River Deep (Mountain High)
  6. 6 I'm Glad About It
  7. 7 Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten Out My Life)
  8. 8 In These Changing Times
  9. 9 A Simple Game (Original Unedited Mix)
  10. 10 You Stole My Love
  11. 11 So Deep Within You
  12. 12 I Can't Quit Your Love
  13. 13 (It's the Way) Nature Planned It
  14. 14 Keeper of the Castle
  15. 15 Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)
  16. 16 Love Music
  17. 17 Remember What I Told You to Forget
  18. 18 Are You Man Enough
  19. 19 Sweet Understanding Love
  20. 20 I Just Can't Get You Out of My Mind
  21. 21 One Woman Man
  22. 22 Main Street People (Intro)/Main Street People
Disc 4
  1. 1 One Chain Don't Make No Prison
  2. 2 Midnight Flower (Live)
  3. 3 Seven Lonely Nights
  4. 4 We All Gotta Stick Together
  5. 5 Catfish
  6. 6 For Your Love (12-inch Edit)
  7. 7 When She Was My Girl
  8. 8 Tonight I'm Gonna Love You All Over (Live)
  9. 9 I Believe in You and Me
  10. 10 The Temptations and Four Tops Medley (Live)
  11. 11 I Just Can't Walk Away
  12. 12 Sexy Ways
  13. 13 Hot Nights
  14. 14 Red Hot Love
  15. 15 Indestructible (12-inch Edit with Smokey Robinson)
  16. 16 Loco in Acapulco
  17. 17 If Ever a Love There Was (featuring Aretha Franklin and Kenny G)
  18. 18 Till You Return to Me
  19. 19 The Four of Us
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Four Tops Primary Artist
Phil Collins Drums
Aretha Franklin Track Performer
Kashif Synthesizer
Smokey Robinson Vocals
Edwin Starr Background Vocals
The Supremes Track Performer
The 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
The 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 Jr. 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 Jr. Guitar
James Jamerson Jr. 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 Jr. 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
Andrew Smith Drums
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
The Vandellas Background Vocals
Ed Walsh Synthesizer
Grover Washington Jr. 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
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 Sr. 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
Dr. George Butler Executive Producer
Todd Cerney Composer
Tony Clarke Producer
Al 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 Jr. 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 III 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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