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Legacy
     

Legacy

by The Temptations
 
The Temptations got a new lease on life in 1998, when they returned to the R&B Top 40 with "Stay" and sold a million copies of Phoenix Rising. They have tried to replicate that success with diminishing success on 2000's Ear-Resistable, which yielded another R&B Top 40 hit in "I'm Here," 2001's Awesome, and now

Overview

The Temptations got a new lease on life in 1998, when they returned to the R&B Top 40 with "Stay" and sold a million copies of Phoenix Rising. They have tried to replicate that success with diminishing success on 2000's Ear-Resistable, which yielded another R&B Top 40 hit in "I'm Here," 2001's Awesome, and now Legacy. The challenge, as sole original member Otis Williams acknowledges in the 20-minute interview accessible online through the CD's enhanced feature, is to straddle a sense of the group's tradition and current styles. Certainly, "Still Tempting," the opening track, prefaced by a Williams spoken introduction, along with the album's title, hark back to the Temptations' history, as do some of the musical and vocal arrangements that provide alternating showcases to soaring tenor and gruff baritone voices. At the same time, the battery of producer/songwriter/musicians responsible for the songs and instrumental beds modestly aims for a semblance of a contemporary sound. There are several appealing numbers, among them "Stay Together," which is a catchy rhythm song, "Love to the Music," which has an excellent groove, and "You Are Necessary in My Life (The Wedding Song)," which begins with sweet a cappella singing. These Temptations can sing, there's no doubt of that. What is in doubt is their distinctiveness. Much of the time, they resemble a Temptations-like vocal group, but rarely do they sound like a particular unit. They are therefore dependent on the material, which for the most part is not all that distinctive, either.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0602498624265
catalogNumber:
000258902

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Temptations   Primary Artist
Joe Henderson   Vocals
Otis Williams   Vocals
J.K.   Guitar
Dinky Bingham   Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
G.C. Cameron   Vocals
Andrew Gouche   Bass
Herman Jackson   Keyboards
Darryl Jones   Guitar
Ron Tyson   Vocals
Daniel Weatherspoon   Keyboards
Benjamin F. Wright   Conductor,Drums,Keyboards
Jimmy Macon   Guitar
Edward Moore   Percussion
Kerry Turman   Moog Bass
Bobby Watson   Bass Guitar
Shannon Sanders   Keyboards
David E. Williams   Guitar
Steve "The Scotsman" Harvey   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Danesha Simon   Vocals
Terry Weeks   Vocals

Technical Credits

B.B. Watson   Composer
Otis Williams   Audio Production
Dinky Bingham   Programming,Producer
Reginald Dozier   Engineer
Kedar Massenburg   Executive Producer
Daniel Weatherspoon   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Michael Weatherspoon   Programming
Benjamin F. Wright   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Bob Tucker   Engineer
B.J. Wright   Composer
David Flemming   Engineer
Sandy Brummels   Art Direction
Balewa Muhammad   Producer
Shannon Sanders   Programming,Producer
S. Sanders   Composer
C. Grant   Composer
Christopher Kornmann   Graphic Design
Drew Ramsey   Audio Production
Steve "The Scotsman" Harvey   Audio Production
Aaron Wright   Programming
Rainfall Entertainment   Audio Production
T.O.   Audio Production

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