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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
With the exception of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, one would be hard pressed to name a Motown act who went through as many creative shifts as the Temptations. While Wonder's and Gaye's changes of direction were a product of their own creative rebellion against Berry Gordy's brilliant but often formulaic vision, the Temptations seemed to be the label's official "keeping up with the times" artists, starting out as interpreters of Smokey Robinson's silky-smooth sweet soul confections and going on to embrace rock guitars, work with members of Funkadelic, and be produced by Rick James, all while holding onto their trademark vocal style. The length and breadth of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
With the exception of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, one would be hard pressed to name a Motown act who went through as many creative shifts as the Temptations. While Wonder's and Gaye's changes of direction were a product of their own creative rebellion against Berry Gordy's brilliant but often formulaic vision, the Temptations seemed to be the label's official "keeping up with the times" artists, starting out as interpreters of Smokey Robinson's silky-smooth sweet soul confections and going on to embrace rock guitars, work with members of Funkadelic, and be produced by Rick James, all while holding onto their trademark vocal style. The length and breadth of the Temptations' career would make it practically impossible for a single-disc career retrospective to be truly comprehensive, and The Ultimate Collection is missing a few essential tracks most notably "Psychedelic Shack" and "Runaway Child, Running Wild", while two latter-day hits, "Treat Her Like a Lady" and "Error of Our Ways," don't exactly bring this set to a triumphant conclusion. But if you're only going to own one Temptations disc, The Ultimate Collection is a very good one to get; it includes the majority of the group's biggest hits, the remastering sounds great, and the chronological sequence gives a fine picture of the group's constant musical evolution. The Ultimate Collection isn't the last word on the Temptations, but it's a splendid starting point to their music, and will add a satisfying portion of sweet-and-sour soul to your next party. Special added attraction: a rare a cappella take of "My Girl" is included as a bonus.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 731453056220
  • Catalog Number: 530562
  • Sales rank: 4,922

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Temptations Primary Artist
Dennis Edwards Vocals
David Ruffin Vocals
The Andantes Background Vocals
Eddie Kendricks Vocals
Jerry Long Conductor
Paul Riser Conductor
Paul Williams Vocals
Ali-Ollie Woodson Vocals
Technical Credits
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer
Otis Williams Vocal Arrangements
Eddie Hazel Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
Candace Bond Executive Producer
Jeffrey Bowen Composer, Producer
Victor Carstarphen rhythm arrangement
Eddie Cornelius Composer
Melvin Franklin Vocal Arrangements
Berry Gordy Jr. Producer
Amy Herot Executive Producer
Suzee Ikeda Executive Producer
David Irvin Art Direction
Ralph Johnson Producer
Al McKay Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Dennis Nelson Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Clarence Paul Producer
Paul Riser Arranger, String Arrangements
Harry Warren Composer
Harry Weinger Liner Notes, Essay
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer
Frank Wilson Producer
Carol Friedman Art Direction
Gary N. Mayo Mastering
Georgia Ward Tape Archivist
Ronald White Producer
Robert Rogers Composer
Al Boyd Composer
Alphonso Boyd Composer
Warren Moore Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love the temptations

    If you are a fan of this legendary group, this is a must have of all their greatest hits.

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