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A monster album, the one that put them back in the spotlight and signaled that Norman Whitfield had saved the day. Damon Harris had replaced Eddie Kendricks, and there were many doubters convinced the band was finished. Instead, Whitfield revitalized them via the majestic single, "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone." Despite its length, Whitfield's decision to open with an extensive, multi-layered musical suite and tease listeners was a master stroke. By the time Dennis Edwards' voice came rushing in, no one would dare turn it off. The single, as well as "Law of the Land" and others, ended the funeral arrangements that had been prepared for the Temptations.
© Ron Wynn /TiVo

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1
Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On
00:03:06

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

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Run Charlie Run
00:03:00

The Temptations, MainArtist - Norman Whitfield, Producer - Foreman, ComposerLyricist - C.M. King, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
00:11:44

Paul Riser, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - The Temptations, MainArtist - Barrett Strong, ComposerLyricist - Norman Whitfield, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Love Woke Me Up This Morning
00:02:21

NICKOLAS ASHFORD, ComposerLyricist - Valerie Simpson, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - Norman Whitfield, Producer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
I Ain't Got Nothin'
00:03:33

Paul Riser, Conductor - The Temptations, MainArtist - Norman Whitfield, Producer - C. Maurice King, ComposerLyricist - Evans King, ComposerLyricist - Evans W. King, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
00:04:10

Ewan MacColl, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - Norman Whitfield, Producer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Mother Nature
00:03:08

Paul Riser, Conductor - Nick Zesses, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - DINO FEKARIS, ComposerLyricist - Norman Whitfield, Producer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Do Your Thing
00:03:30

Isaac Hayes, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - Norman Whitfield, Producer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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A monster album, the one that put them back in the spotlight and signaled that Norman Whitfield had saved the day. Damon Harris had replaced Eddie Kendricks, and there were many doubters convinced the band was finished. Instead, Whitfield revitalized them via the majestic single, "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone." Despite its length, Whitfield's decision to open with an extensive, multi-layered musical suite and tease listeners was a master stroke. By the time Dennis Edwards' voice came rushing in, no one would dare turn it off. The single, as well as "Law of the Land" and others, ended the funeral arrangements that had been prepared for the Temptations.
© Ron Wynn /TiVo

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