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Phoenix Rising
     

Phoenix Rising

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by The Temptations
 
Three years after the brilliant For Lovers Only and two personnel changes, the Temptations dished out Phoenix Rising. Ali "Ollie" Woodson and Theo Peoples were replaced by Harry McGilberry and Barrington Scott Henderson. The album gets off to an excellent start with "Stay," a lilting,

Overview

Three years after the brilliant For Lovers Only and two personnel changes, the Temptations dished out Phoenix Rising. Ali "Ollie" Woodson and Theo Peoples were replaced by Harry McGilberry and Barrington Scott Henderson. The album gets off to an excellent start with "Stay," a lilting, mid-tempo mood setter that samples the opening riffs of "My Girl"; the red-light special became their highest charting single in years. "How Could He Hurt You" is one of those good, questioning ballads that always finds a way into your heart. These new Temptations are all right, but none are comparable to the squalling Temptations' tenors of the past. Voices reaching the magnitude of David Ruffin's, Dennis Edwards', Ali Woodson's and Richard Street's are sorely missed. Otis Williams seems to have found his niche doing interludes between songs; it would be interesting to see if they would incorporate Williams' eloquent love talks into their stage act. Ron Tyson sings effortlessly in a honey-laden falsetto on "Tempt Me," which, other than "Stay," is the most arresting number here. Tyson displays his natural tenor before sliding into a sky-high falsetto, the backing voices are a thing of beauty as they weave in, out, and around Tyson's deft delivery, and the bass dots in and out placing exclamation points everywhere. "If I Give You My Heart" features a Williams rap and has a pop-ish beat; the tenor tries to cut loose but may have been restrained by producer Narada Michael Walden. When listening to "Take Me in Your Arms" it helps to imagine Ruffin, Edwards, or Woodson on lead. The mid-tempo songs, for the most part, outshine the ballads. "That's What Friends Are For" (not the Dionne Warwick song) has a deft, stepping beat but changes tempos on the chorus and becomes annoying until it gets back to that "Da, Da, Da" beat. The baritone voice on an occasional lead is sorely missed. Temptations' albums used to feature a baritone voice distinct from the tenor not only in register, but in style and phrasing; here the voices are too similar. Still, not a bad silver platter when you take the personnel changes into consideration.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/1998
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0731453093720
catalogNumber:
530937
Rank:
23455

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Temptations   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Otis Williams   Narrator
Victor Carstarphen   Keyboards
Greg Dalton   Guitar
Ronnie Garrett   Keyboards
Greg "Gigi" Gonaway   Cymbals
Donald Hayes   Alto Saxophone
Jerry Hey   Conductor
Sonny Lallerstedt   Guitar
Mike Mani   fender rhodes
Arthur Marbury   Keyboards
Narada Michael Walden   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Greg Moore   Guitar
Dennis Nelson   Guitar
Rex Rideout   Keyboards
Keith Rouster   Bass
Kerry Turman   Bass
Jimi "The Sweet" Fischer   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Strings
Jetro Dasilva   Keyboards
Troy "Buddha" Lampkins   Bass
Darin "Zone" McKinney   Keyboards
Nils Juptner   Guitar
Theo Peoples   Piano,Keyboards
Polyester Players   Ensemble
Takuya "Taku" Hirano   Percussion
Rodney "Cortada" Alejandro   Keyboards
R. David Tucker   Guitar
Ralph Morrison   Concert Master

Technical Credits

Smokey Robinson   Composer
Temptations   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,Introduction
Tony Black   Engineer
Tony Lindsey   Vocal Arrangements
Greg Dalton   rhythm arrangement
Ronnie Garrett   Producer,drum programming
Jerry Hey   Arranger
David Irvin   Art Direction
Skyler Jett   Vocal Arrangements
Thom "TK" Kidd   Engineer
Mike Mani   drum programming
Arthur Marbury   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Narada Michael Walden   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Bass Programming
Marc Reyburn   Engineer
Claytoven Richardson   Vocal Arrangements
Rex Rideout   Producer,drum programming
David Frazer   Engineer
Bob Tucker   Engineer
Isaias Gamboa   Producer,drum programming,rhythm arrangement
Jimi "The Sweet" Fischer   Programming,Engineer
James Fischer   Composer
Ronald White   Composer
John Forté   Remixing
Darin "Zone" McKinney   Programming
Theo Peoples   Vocal Arrangements
Rodney "Cortada" Alejandro   Programming
Michael "Wolf" Reaves   Engineer

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