Love Songs

Love Songs

by The Temptations
     
 
Among the several romantically themed Motown collections Universal compiled during the early 2000s, the Temptations' Love Songs is certainly one of the standout titles. It's furthermore one of the standout collections amid the Temptations' vast and dizzying catalog. Granted, it's a bit short on quantity (clocking in at only 46

Overview

Among the several romantically themed Motown collections Universal compiled during the early 2000s, the Temptations' Love Songs is certainly one of the standout titles. It's furthermore one of the standout collections amid the Temptations' vast and dizzying catalog. Granted, it's a bit short on quantity (clocking in at only 46 minutes and 14 songs when Universal could have easily multiplied that sum many times over, given the depths of the Temptations' peerless catalog), but it's certainly not short on quality. Every song here is an absolute gem -- every single one. Several of the inclusions are universally known ("My Girl," "The Girl's Alright With Me," "Since I Lost My Baby," and "Just My Imagination [Running Away With Me]," in particular), yet even those songs here that aren't quite as widely recognized nonetheless deserve to be (namely, early-'70s recordings like "Love Woke Me Up This Morning," "Hey Girl [I Like Your Style]," and "Heavenly"). A few of the inclusions appear here in alternate mixes, but chances are you won't notice the alterations -- they're subtle revisions and not really worth going out of your way to hear. In the end, you'll somewhat wish Universal would have filled this disc to the brim (another 30 minutes of music could have been added easily without diluting any of the disc's overall quality or listenability), but that's a very particular complaint. By and large, Love Songs is a wonderful listen from beginning to end, especially for those listeners who aren't fully versed in the Temptations' greater catalog, not to mention those listeners who simply would like a collection of sentimental love songs. Few soul groups to this day have done it better than the Temptations did during their heyday.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2004
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0602498611326
catalogNumber:
000150402
Rank:
37830

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Temptations   Primary Artist
Marlene Barrow   Background Vocals
Louvain Demps   Background Vocals
Jackie Hicks   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer
Leon Russell   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Jeffrey Bowen   Producer
Jesse Boyce   Composer
James Anthony Carmichael   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Cornelius Grant   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Clayton Ivey   Producer
Eddie Kendricks   Composer
Jerry Long   Orchestra Director
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer
Terry Woodford   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Tom Terrell   Liner Notes
Ronald White   Composer,Producer
Robert Rogers   Composer
Roger Penzabene   Composer
Warren Moore   Composer

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