Gentleman Ruffin

Gentleman Ruffin

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by David Ruffin
     
 

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As the lead singer of the Temptations, Ruffin was one of the most urbane and charismatic singers around. His work as a solo act was spotty at best. Writers and producers at Motown had Ruffin screaming at the top of his lungs over everything from run over dogs to Dear John letters. A 1970 set with his brother …  See more details below

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As the lead singer of the Temptations, Ruffin was one of the most urbane and charismatic singers around. His work as a solo act was spotty at best. Writers and producers at Motown had Ruffin screaming at the top of his lungs over everything from run over dogs to Dear John letters. A 1970 set with his brother Jimmy Ruffin and a trio of albums with producer Van McCoy in the late 70's were the only respite from a steep artistic decline. Ruffin left Motown in 1977. This 1980 album presents him as more of a love man and is the follow up to 1979's Soon We Change, also produced by Don Davis. The most striking thing about this effort is Ruffin's voice. Unlike other singers of the raspy/loud type, his voice actually improved and he didn't have to resort to howls to make up for a lost midrange. Producer Don Davis plugged Ruffin into a polished, contemporary R&B setting that featured, among others, Leon Ware and Ronnie McNeir on backing vocals. "I Got a Thing for You" has Ruffin coming on smooth and confident as he sings, "Felt the feeling, without a touch." He even has to laugh. The dramatic "Can We Make Love One More Time" shows Ruffin didn't lose his cool while begging. Even the borderline unctuous "Don't You Go Home" works even though his "love call" should have made his object of desire head for the exits. Gentleman Ruffin is Ruffin's last album as a solo act. Although there are a few weak spots, no comprehensive Rufiin collection should be without it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Vivid Sound Japan
UPC:
4540399003177
catalogNumber:
317

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Ruffin   Primary Artist,Vocals
Carolyn Franklin   Background Vocals
Ronnie McNeir   Background Vocals
Norma Jean Bell   Alto Horn,Soloist
Gregg Coles   Bass
Carolyn Davis   Background Vocals
Lawrence Fratangelo   Percussion
Jerry Jones   Drums
Bruce Nazarian   Guitar
Gary Nester   Synthesizer
Rudy Robinson   Keyboards
George Roundtree   Keyboards
Carl "Butch" Small   Percussion
Eddie Willis   Guitar
Diane Davis   Background Vocals
LaVerna Mason   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Leon Ware   Background Vocals
Trenita Womack   Percussion

Technical Credits

Pete Bishop   Engineer
Michael Iacopelli   Engineer,Remixing
Bruce Miller   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Allen Sides   Engineer
Tom Tom 84   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jim Vitti   Engineer
Christopher Banninger   Engineer
Leon Ware   Arranger
Tim Ritchie   Art Direction

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