The Great David Ruffin: The Motown Solo Albums

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
After David Ruffin's discordant split from the Temptations in late 1968, he remained as part of the Motown family, launching a career that allowed the artist a greater palette from which to create. This double-disc anthology gathers Ruffin's first four solo long players -- My Whole World Ended 1969, Feelin' Good 1969, David Ruffin 1973 and Me 'N Rock 'N Roll Are Here to Stay 1974 . His debut, My Whole World Ended, was greeted with open ears, landing at the top spot on the R&B LP chart and turning out one of Ruffin's most memorable sides, the foreboding title track "My Whole World Ended When You Left Me," which crossed over into the Pop Singles survey at a respectable...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
After David Ruffin's discordant split from the Temptations in late 1968, he remained as part of the Motown family, launching a career that allowed the artist a greater palette from which to create. This double-disc anthology gathers Ruffin's first four solo long players -- My Whole World Ended 1969, Feelin' Good 1969, David Ruffin 1973 and Me 'N Rock 'N Roll Are Here to Stay 1974 . His debut, My Whole World Ended, was greeted with open ears, landing at the top spot on the R&B LP chart and turning out one of Ruffin's most memorable sides, the foreboding title track "My Whole World Ended When You Left Me," which crossed over into the Pop Singles survey at a respectable number nine. Presumably wanting to continue to strike while the iron was hot, Feelin' Good 1969 reflects the residual positive vibe. The album once again boasts a blend of sock-it-me soul and poignant balladry. Standouts include Ruffin's funky take on Dave Mason's "Feelin' Alright," the Gladys Knight co-penned "I Pray Everyday You Won't Regret Leaving Me," and the cozy "I Let Love Slip Away" -- which was to have initially been recorded by Marvin Gaye. Although the artist cut more than enough excellent material, personal problems and a fractious at best relationship with Motown brass resulted in a nearly four-year hiatus between releases. When the eponymous David Ruffin 1973 surfaced, so to did an insight into his inner demons. The update of Luther Ingram's hit "If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want to Be Right" finds him openly pleading as " ... a man in desperation," before begging ."..can't you help the situation." On one overwhelmingly positive note, keen-eared listeners can hear Ruffin joined by his old Temptations' co-lead Eddie Kendricks on the Philly soul of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff's "I Miss You, Part One." The last platter covered in this anthology is the optimistic Me 'N Rock 'N Roll Are Here to Stay 1974. The hopefulness actually translates into the grooves to reveal what could be the strongest if not most varied of the four projects. The nearly seven-minute spacy "I Saw You When You Met Her" and the intimate redux of the Undisputed Truth's "Smiling Faces Sometimes" are both worthy of frequent revisitation. Accompanying the two CDs is a 28-page booklet containing complete full-color reproductions of the vintage LP jackets, formerly unpublished photos, as well as text by soul music authority David Ritz. Interested parties should note that the CD edition of The Motown Solo Albums, Vol. 1 is limited to 5,000 non-numbered copies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602498838792
  • Catalog Number: 000516802

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) (3:29)
  2. 2 Pieces of a Man (2:47)
  3. 3 Somebody Stole My Dream (3:03)
  4. 4 I've Lost Everything I've Ever Loved (2:55)
  5. 5 Everlasting Love (2:58)
  6. 6 I've Got to Find Myself a Brand New Baby (2:53)
  7. 7 The Double Cross (3:05)
  8. 8 Message from Maria (4:27)
  9. 9 World of Darkness (4:24)
  10. 10 We'll Have a Good Thing Going On (2:34)
  11. 11 My Love Is Growing Stronger (2:39)
  12. 12 Flower Child (2:40)
  13. 13 Loving You (Is Hurting Me) (2:54)
  14. 14 Put a Little Love in Your Heart (2:44)
  15. 15 I'm So Glad I Fell for You (4:20)
  16. 16 Feeling Alright (3:21)
  17. 17 I Could Never Be President (2:32)
  18. 18 I Pray Everyday You Won't Regret Loving Me (3:06)
  19. 19 What You Gave Me (2:52)
  20. 20 One More Hurt (3:18)
  21. 21 I Let Love Slip Away (2:41)
  22. 22 I Don't Know Why I Love You (3:11)
  23. 23 The Forgotten Man (2:40)
  24. 24 The Letter (3:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rovin' Kind (3:07)
  2. 2 Common Man (3:09)
  3. 3 I'm Just a Mortal Man (2:47)
  4. 4 (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right (4:28)
  5. 5 There Will Always Be Another Song to Sing (2:48)
  6. 6 I Miss You, Pt. 1 (3:49)
  7. 7 Blood Donors Needed (Give All You Can) (5:48)
  8. 8 A Little More Trust (2:59)
  9. 9 Go on with Your Bad Self (2:30)
  10. 10 A Day in the Life, Of a Working Man (2:34)
  11. 11 I Saw You When You Met Her (6:51)
  12. 12 Take Me Clear from Here (3:32)
  13. 13 Smiling Faces Sometimes (5:31)
  14. 14 Me and Rock 'N Roll (Are Here to Stay) (3:05)
  15. 15 Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are) (3:33)
  16. 16 No Matter Where (3:32)
  17. 17 City Stars (3:13)
  18. 18 I Just Want to Celebrate (3:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Ruffin Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Dobie Gray Composer
Jimmy Holiday Composer
David Ruffin Composer
Joe Hinton Composer
Buzz Cason Composer
Homer Banks Composer
Johnny Bristol Composer
Leonard Caston Composer
Henry Cosby Composer
Dino Fekaris Composer
Harvey Fuqua Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Anna Gordy Gaye Composer
George Gordy Composer
Byron Miller Composer
Norma Toney Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Bobby Miller Composer
John Bristol Composer
Vincent DiMirco Composer
Al Reed Composer
Lula Mae Hardaway Composer
Arthur Pozzi Composer
Tamy Lester Smith Composer
Nickolas Ashford Composer
Susan Depasse Composer
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