Ultimate Collection:  Four Tops

Ultimate Collection: Four Tops

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The Ultimate Collection series was a rare success from Motown, one of the first of the label's many compilation series to do justice to some of the finest performers, arrangers, and musicians of the soul era. Nearly every artist with an entry was given the luxury treatment, with a disc-filling running time, excellent compilation decisions, and a pleasing designSee more details below

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The Ultimate Collection series was a rare success from Motown, one of the first of the label's many compilation series to do justice to some of the finest performers, arrangers, and musicians of the soul era. Nearly every artist with an entry was given the luxury treatment, with a disc-filling running time, excellent compilation decisions, and a pleasing design scheme that reflected the artists in their prime. The Four Tops' entry is arguably the best in the series, since the 25 tracks prove the perfect length to summarize the group's decade at Motown. From 1963 to 1972, the group reached the R&B charts 28 times, and all but a very few are presented here (among the missing are three decidedly unnecessary covers: "MacArthur Park," "If I Were a Carpenter," and "River Deep -- Mountain High"). Though the tracks aren't presented chronologically, thoughtful sequencing makes for an even better listen; The Ultimate Collection opens with "Reach Out (I'll Be There)," perhaps the ultimate pop single of the '60s, and flows smoothly through the best of their 1964-1967 prime: "Baby I Need Your Loving," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," "It's the Same Old Song," "Bernadette," and "Standing in the Shadows of Love." And though the hits began to dry up after the Holland-Dozier-Holland machine departed Motown in 1968, the Four Tops' later years are represented well with "It's All in the Game," "Still Water (Love)," "(It's the Way) Nature Planned It," and the driving non-album hit "A Simple Game." Unless you're the type of fan who needs the box set (2001's Fourever), this is all the Four Tops-on-Motown you really need to hear.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/1997
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0731453082526
catalogNumber:
530825
Rank:
22019

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Tracks

  1. Reach out (I'll Be There)  -  Four Tops
  2. Standing in the Shadows of Love  -  Four Tops
  3. Bernadette  -  Four Tops
  4. Ask the Lonely  -  Four Tops
  5. Baby I Need Your Loving  -  Four Tops
  6. Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worthwhile)  -  Four Tops
  7. It's the Same Old Song  -  Four Tops
  8. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever  -  Four Tops
  9. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)  -  Four Tops
  10. Something About You  -  Four Tops
  11. I Got a Feeling  -  Four Tops
  12. I'm in a Different World  -  Four Tops
  13. Walk Away Renee  -  Four Tops
  14. What Is a Man?  -  Four Tops
  15. A Simple Game  -  Four Tops
  16. Still Water (Love)  -  Four Tops
  17. (It's the Way) Nature Planned It  -  Four Tops
  18. It's All in the Game  -  Four Tops
  19. You Keep Running Away  -  Four Tops
  20. If You Don't Want My Love  -  Four Tops
  21. 7-Rooms of Gloom  -  Four Tops
  22. I'll Turn to Stone  -  Four Tops
  23. Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)  -  Four Tops
  24. Sad Souvenirs  -  Four Tops
  25. Yesterday's Dreams  -  Four Tops

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Four Tops   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
R. Dean Taylor   Producer
Michael Brown   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Producer
Tony Clarke   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Producer
David Irvin   Art Direction
Jerry Long   Arranger
Jimmy Roach   Arranger
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Producer
Frank Wilson   Producer
Stu Hackel   Liner Notes
Tony Sansone   Composer
Mike Pinder   Composer
Bob Calilli   Composer

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