Gentleman Ruffin

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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Elias
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: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Vivid Sound Japan
  • EAN: 4540399003177
  • Catalog Number: 317
  • Sales rank: 265,193

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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