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The Temptations|The Definitive Collection

The Definitive Collection

The Temptations

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Arguably Motown's longest-running and most consistent act, the Temptations were top-notch, and this single-disc Motown sampler offers plenty of proof of that, including the classic singles "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "My Girl," "Just My Imagination," "(I Know) I'm Losing You," "Cloud Nine," "Psychedelic Shack," and their dramatic masterpiece, "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone." The songs were always solid, and in spite of the stylistic sea changes of the music industry, the Temptations adapted to the market, continually issuing timeless material, and not many groups could boast a succession of lead singers like David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, and Dennis Edwards or producers (and songwriters) like Smokey Robinson and Norman Whitfield. There are several Temptations collections available, but this one presents all the big radio hits, so for most listeners, it'll be just what the doctor ordered.
© Steve Leggett /TiVo

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1
The Way You Do The Things You Do
00:02:39

Robert Rogers, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

2
My Girl
00:02:44

Paul Riser, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Ronald White, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Otis Williams, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Temptations, MainArtist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kendricks, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Williams, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - David Ruffin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Melvin Franklin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
It's Growing
00:02:57

Warren Moore, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Andantes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Since I Lost My Baby
00:02:51

Warren Moore, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1965 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Don't Look Back
00:02:48

Ronald White, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1965 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Get Ready
00:02:37

Otis Williams, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Temptations, MainArtist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kendricks, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Williams, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - David Ruffin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Andantes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Melvin Franklin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International, a division of Universal Music GmbH

7
Ain't Too Proud To Beg
00:02:32

Otis Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Holland Jr., ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - Eddie Kendricks, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Whitfield, Producer, ComposerLyricist - David Ruffin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Melvin Franklin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
(I Know) I'm Losing You
00:02:28

The Temptations, MainArtist - Eddie Holland, ComposerLyricist - Norman Whitfield, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Cornelius Grant, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1967 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
You're My Everything
00:02:55

The Temptations, MainArtist - Norman Whitfield, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Rodger Penzabene, ComposerLyricist - Cornelius Grant, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1967 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International, a division of Universal Music GmbH

10
I Wish It Would Rain
00:02:47

Otis Williams, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Temptations, MainArtist - Eddie Kendricks, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Barrett Strong, ComposerLyricist - Paul Williams, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Whitfield, Producer, ComposerLyricist - David Ruffin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rodger Penzabene, ComposerLyricist - Melvin Franklin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Cloud Nine
00:03:29

The Temptations, MainArtist - Barrett Strong, ComposerLyricist - Norman Whitfield, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1968 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International, a division of Universal Music GmbH

12
I Can't Get Next To You (Single Version/Mono)
00:02:51

The Temptations, MainArtist - Barrett Strong, ComposerLyricist - Norman Whitfield, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1969 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today) (Single Version/Mono)
00:04:04

The Temptations, MainArtist - Barrett Strong, ComposerLyricist - Norman Whitfield, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) (Single Version/Mono)
00:03:47

Jerry Long, Conductor - The Temptations, MainArtist - Barrett Strong, ComposerLyricist - Norman Whitfield, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Papa Was A Rollin' Stone (Single Version)
00:06:58

Paul Riser, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Otis Williams, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Temptations, MainArtist - Damon Harris, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Barrett Strong, ComposerLyricist - Norman Whitfield, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Edwards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Street, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Griffith, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Melvin Franklin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Maurice Davis, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International, a division of Universal Music GmbH

16
Shakey Ground
00:04:02

Eddie Hazel, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - Jeffrey Bowen, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Al Boyd, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1975 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Treat Her Like A Lady (Single Version)
00:04:15

Otis Williams, Baritone, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - Ron Tyson, Tenor, Falsettist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Street, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ali-Ollie Woodson, Synthesizer, Baritone, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Albert Phillip McKay, Producer - Melvin Franklin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ralph Randolph Johnson, Producer

℗ 1984 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International, a division of Universal Music GmbH

18
Stay
00:04:47

William Robinson, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Narada Michael Walden, Producer, Drums, Tambourine, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ronald White, ComposerLyricist - Jerry Hey, Conductor, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - The Temptations, MainArtist - DAVID "FRAZEMAN" FRAZER, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Urquhart, ComposerLyricist - James Fischer, ComposerLyricist - Jimi "The Sweet" Fischer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimi Fischer, Drums, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Arguably Motown's longest-running and most consistent act, the Temptations were top-notch, and this single-disc Motown sampler offers plenty of proof of that, including the classic singles "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "My Girl," "Just My Imagination," "(I Know) I'm Losing You," "Cloud Nine," "Psychedelic Shack," and their dramatic masterpiece, "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone." The songs were always solid, and in spite of the stylistic sea changes of the music industry, the Temptations adapted to the market, continually issuing timeless material, and not many groups could boast a succession of lead singers like David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, and Dennis Edwards or producers (and songwriters) like Smokey Robinson and Norman Whitfield. There are several Temptations collections available, but this one presents all the big radio hits, so for most listeners, it'll be just what the doctor ordered.
© Steve Leggett /TiVo

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