The Ultimate Collection

The Ultimate Collection

by The TemptationsThe Temptations


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Although the Temps made a magnificent chart-busting comeback in '98, the late '60s through mid '70s will always be considered their golden era. In those days, when David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks were still part of the group, they ruled the R&B charts, turning out hit after soulful hit. Among the scads of Temptations anthologies, here their exhaustive catalogue is pared down to the essentials. It's the sound that arose from an amalgam of music styles. The group skillfully employed a church meeting testimonial style for the silky smooth "My Girl," and blues braggadocio on the insistent "I Can't Get Next To You." Not to mention one of the most memorable first lines in all music history on the classic "Ain't Too Proud to Beg": "I know you wanna leave me/ I refuse to let you go. . ." You know the rest. Songs like "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" and "Get Ready" borrowed structurally from gospel quartets. Still, their vocal stylings were radically innovative in the context of pop. Thanks to the writing team of Norman Whitfield and Smokey Robinson, Motown's quintessential quintet delivered out-and-out poetry that spanned -- and depicted -- almost a decade. This collection is a building block (or the cornerstone) for anyone who wants to know anything about American music.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/1997
Label: Motown
UPC: 0731453056220
catalogNumber: 530562
Rank: 7312

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Temptations   Primary Artist
Dennis Edwards   Vocals
David Ruffin   Vocals
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   Producer
Amy Herot   Executive Producer
Suzee Ikeda   Executive Producer
David Irvin   Art Direction
Ralph Johnson   Producer
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
Georgia Ward   Tape Archivist
Ronald White   Producer
Robert Rogers   Composer
Boyd   Composer
Alphonso Boyd   Composer

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