Phoenix Rising

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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
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...
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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/1998
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 731453093720
  • Catalog Number: 530937
  • Sales rank: 22,225

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Temptations Primary Artist, 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 III Concert Master
Technical Credits
Smokey Robinson Composer
The Temptations Arranger, Vocal Arrangements, Introduction
Tony Black Engineer
Tony Lindsey Vocal Arrangements
Greg Dalton rhythm arrangement
Ronnie Garrett Producer, drum programming
Chris Gehringer Mastering
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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