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Temptations Live!

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Capturing live rock or soul performances professionally for commercial release was still more art than science on October 3, 1966, when this album was recorded at the Roostertail in Detroit. Technically, Temptations Live! has its flaws -- balance problems and leakages -- but the remastering has compensated for these problems extraordinarily well, and the performance always had about as much energy as any other three albums of the same era. And as fine as their studio sound was, that energy was something that could only be captured in concert. In fact, they fare better than almost any other Motown act of the period on this live album. Berry Gordy always encouraged his acts to...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Capturing live rock or soul performances professionally for commercial release was still more art than science on October 3, 1966, when this album was recorded at the Roostertail in Detroit. Technically, Temptations Live! has its flaws -- balance problems and leakages -- but the remastering has compensated for these problems extraordinarily well, and the performance always had about as much energy as any other three albums of the same era. And as fine as their studio sound was, that energy was something that could only be captured in concert. In fact, they fare better than almost any other Motown act of the period on this live album. Berry Gordy always encouraged his acts to try to "mainstream" their sound in concert, which meant the Supremes did numbers from contemporary Broadway shows when they cut live albums, but the Temptations were one act that could get away with this repertory and not seem arch or artificial on stage -- Paul McCartney's "Yesterday" he must have gotten the biggest kick out of the Temptations covering one of his songs and Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's "Ol' Man River" just flow out as part of the show, sandwiched between the Smokey Robinson numbers. The producers compensated for the original album's flaws by going back to the unedited tape, which yielded yet another bonus -- in addition to the released album, they found the original finale of "The Way You Do the Things You Do" which would have made the LP too long that puts a killer cap on a superb concert recording and fills a gap in their recorded history. The notes are fully detailed as well -- always a nice bonus on a mid-priced CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1999
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 731454951524
  • Catalog Number: 549515
  • Sales rank: 38,406

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction - Scott Regen (1:09)
  2. 2 Medley: Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)/The Girl's Alright with Me/I' (4:49)
  3. 3 What Love Has Joined Together (3:01)
  4. 4 My Girl (3:08)
  5. 5 Yesterday/What Now My Love (4:51)
  6. 6 Beauty Is Only Skin Deep (2:23)
  7. 7 Group Introduction (0:48)
  8. 8 I Wish You Love (1:52)
  9. 9 Ain't Too Proud to Beg (2:57)
  10. 10 Ol' Man River (4:44)
  11. 11 Get Ready (2:10)
  12. 12 Fading Away (1:55)
  13. 13 My Baby (2:10)
  14. 14 You'll Lose a Precious Love (2:50)
  15. 15 Baby, Baby I Need You (1:50)
  16. 16 Don't Look Back (7:07)
  17. 17 The Way You Do the Things You Do (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Temptations Primary Artist, Primary Artist
David Ruffin Vocals
George Benson Tenor Saxophone
Otis Williams Vocals
George Bohannon Trombone
Thomas "Beans" Bowles Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Angelo Carlisi Tenor Saxophone
Melvin Franklin Vocals
Cornelius Grant Guitar
Billy Horner Trumpet
Eddie Kendricks Vocals
Johnny Trudell Trumpet
Bill Upchurch Bass
Don White Trombone
Scott Regen Voices, Track Performer
Maurice King Conductor
Paul Williams Vocals
Norman Roberts Drums
Ernie Rogers Alto Saxophone
Ted Buckner Alto Saxophone
Floyd Jones Trumpet
Maurice Davis Trumpet
Technical Credits
Chris Clark Contributor
Smokey Robinson Composer
Cornelius Grant Musical Director
Eddie Holland Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Harry Weinger Liner Notes
Norman Whitfield Composer
Scott Regen Liner Notes
Robert Rogers Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Tempts at their peak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If you never saw this Temptation unit with David,Eddie,Paul,and Otis, this is your change to hear one of the greatest vocal groups of all time.Listen closely to not only the Lead vocals, but the background vocals. It will sends chills down your spine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Temptations Live Brings the House Down

    The best of the best ever done by the tempting Temptations. Their style of classics to their own songs show the versatility of this group not to mention their harmony is impecable. If you enjoy the "old school sounds" or real music with voices blending ever so eloquently, then Temptations Live is your pick.

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