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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Solid and steady hitmakers for Motown in the late 1960s, the Four Tops, led by the deep, soulful voice of Levi Stubbs and blessed with A-line songs from the Holland-Dozier-Holland writing team, were one of the finest singing groups the label ever produced. Singles like "Reach Out I'll Be There," "Standing in the Shadows of Love," "Bernadette," "I Can't Help Myself," and the wise-beyond-its-era "It's the Same Old Song" were radio staples in their time, and actually still continue to be staples on 21st century oldies stations. That's staying power, and it's no accident. The songs, at least the singles, were good and the Tops' sound was a hair rougher and edgier than a lot ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Solid and steady hitmakers for Motown in the late 1960s, the Four Tops, led by the deep, soulful voice of Levi Stubbs and blessed with A-line songs from the Holland-Dozier-Holland writing team, were one of the finest singing groups the label ever produced. Singles like "Reach Out I'll Be There," "Standing in the Shadows of Love," "Bernadette," "I Can't Help Myself," and the wise-beyond-its-era "It's the Same Old Song" were radio staples in their time, and actually still continue to be staples on 21st century oldies stations. That's staying power, and it's no accident. The songs, at least the singles, were good and the Tops' sound was a hair rougher and edgier than a lot of Motown's issues at the time. It was a winning combination. This set has all of the above songs, each of which is essential, and plenty of other stuff that isn't quite so essential (the Four Tops were really a singles act -- their LPs tended to have a fair amount of filler). It also doesn't have anything the group recorded after they left Motown, but the Four Tops' peak years were at Motown anyway, so for most listeners, this set will be just fine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602517805439
  • Catalog Number: 001173302
  • Sales rank: 10,244

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Four Tops Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer, Producer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer
Jerry Long Arranger
Jimmy Roach Arranger
Carl Sigman Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Producer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Ellen Fitton Mastering
Frank Wilson Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Frank Beaty Wilson Producer
Bob Calilli Composer
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