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Released in 1994, Emperors of Soul is a five-CD anthology celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Temptations with 109 key tracks taken from their 40-plus album catalog. Along with the Four Tops and the Supremes, the Temps became one of Motown's most successful acts, scoring an astounding 35 Top 40 entries during their prime. However, unlike many of their contemporaries, the vocal quintet survived the transition from stylish pop and R&B on "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Ain't to Proud to Beg," and "I Wish It Would Rain" to the psychedelic soul of "Cloud Nine," "Psychedelic Shack," and "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)," as well as covering socially relevant issues on "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and "Plastic Man." Of course, all of those favorites are included here, as are a handful of tunes that predate their association with Berry Gordy and Motown. The initial five-man incarnation came together as the Distants (whose "Come On" is the opening selection of the set in 1959) -- featuring Otis Williams, Eldridge Bryant, and the distinctive bass pipes of Melvin Franklin -- linked up with the Primes' Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams, first as the Elgins and ultimately the Temptations. Drawing from the copious songwriting of Smokey Robinson, Norman Whitfield, and the formidable trio of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland, they racked up a considerable cache of classic recordings. Unfortunately, the personal problems of tenor David Ruffin (who had replaced Bryant) created an insurmountable rift with his bandmates, and he was replaced by one-time Contours member Dennis Edwards. Kendricks and Paul Williams would both leave shortly thereafter, and any hopes for the original members to work together again was dashed when Williams committed suicide on August 17, 1973. With Damon Harris and Richard Street, the Temps were able to recapture their former glory with the chart-topper "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," but after Harris departed, the Temptations became completely disenfranchised from Motown by the mid-'70s. Despite a lack of hits in 1982, Ruffin returned to the fold, as did Kendricks, for the highly publicized but short-lived Reunion album and tour. While Emperors of Soul glosses over this latter era on discs four and five, only avid fans and dedicated enthusiasts will probably venture beyond the '70s fare. There are a few rarities scattered throughout, most notably early singles such as "Oh, Mother of Mine" b/w "Romance Without Finance" from 1961, "I'll Love You 'Til I Die" and "I Couldn't Cry if I Wanted To" circa 1962, and "(Talkin' 'Bout) Nobody But My Baby" the following year. In terms of unreleased material, there is "Witchcraft (For Your Love)" circa 1963, "I Got Heaven Right Here on Earth" from 1966, and from 1967 there is "Angel Doll" as well as a cover of "Ol' Man River." The accompanying 80-page book is a great read and replete with photos and a thorough Temptations discography.
© Lindsay Planer /TiVo

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1
My Girl (A Cappella/Mono)
00:02:51

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

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
So Much Joy
00:03:32

Janie Bradford, ComposerLyricist - Clarence Paul, Producer - The Temptations, MainArtist - Rebecca Nichols, ComposerLyricist - Earl Brooks, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Witchcraft (For Your Love) ("Emperors Of Soul" Version)
00:02:29

Otis Williams, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Temptations, MainArtist - Eddie Kendricks, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Williams, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - David Ruffin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - William Mickey Stevenson, ComposerLyricist - Mickey Stevenson, Producer - Robert Hamilton, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Melvin Franklin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
It Don't Have To Be This Way
00:02:25

Clarence Paul, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist

℗ 1970 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
A Tear From A Woman's Eyes (25th Anniversary Version/Mono)
00:02:36

Otis Williams, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Temptations, MainArtist - Lamont Dozier, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Holland, ComposerLyricist - Brian Holland, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kendricks, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Williams, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - David Ruffin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Melvin Franklin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1986 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
00:02:25

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

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Since I Lost My Baby (Alternate Vocal)
00:02:58

Warren Moore, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Ellen Fitton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Nobody But You (Mono)
00:02:23

Sylvia Moy, ComposerLyricist - Sylvia Rose Moy, ComposerLyricist - Clarence Paul, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist

℗ 1979 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
I Got Heaven Right Here On Earth (Mono)
00:02:53

The Temptations, MainArtist - Eddie Holland, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kendricks, ComposerLyricist - Norman Whitfield, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Truly Yours
00:03:11

The Temptations, MainArtist - Ivy Jo Hunter, Producer - Ivy Joe Hunter, ComposerLyricist - William Mickey Stevenson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1986 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
I'm Doing It All (Mono)
00:02:31

William Robinson, Jr., ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kendricks, ComposerLyricist - Cornelis Grant, ComposerLyricist - Cornelius Grant, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Two Sides To Love (Alternate Stereo Mix)
00:02:52

Sylvia Moy, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - Norman Whitfield, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Ellen Fitton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Angel Doll (Mono)
00:02:30

Morris Broadnax, ComposerLyricist - Otis Williams, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Stevie Wonder, ComposerLyricist - Clarence Paul, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - Eddie Kendricks, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Williams, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - David Ruffin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Melvin Franklin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Ol' Man River ("Emperors Of Soul" Version)
00:04:48

Jerome Kern, ComposerLyricist - Oscar Hammerstein II , ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - Frank Wilson, Producer - Jeffrey Bowen, Producer

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Lullaby Of Love (1995 Anthology Version/Mono)
00:02:18

Johnny Bristol, Producer - The Temptations, MainArtist - HARVEY FUQUA, Producer - Beatrice Verdi, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Dreammaker
00:03:26

Harold Johnson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist

℗ 1986 UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Thanks To You
00:04:30

Harold Johnson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - Gwen Cathey, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1986 UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Law Of The Land (Alternate Mix)
00:05:02

The Temptations, MainArtist - Norman Whitfield, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
Come To Me
00:03:02

Steve Cropper, Producer - The Temptations, MainArtist - Charles Richard Cason, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 UMG Recordings, Inc.

20
Soulmate
00:05:58

Eddie Hazel, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - Jeffrey Bowen, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Suzanne De Passe, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1986 UMG Recordings, Inc.

21
Do You Really Love Your Baby (Single Version)
00:04:10

Luther Vandross, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist

℗ 1985 UMG Recordings, Inc.

22
Error Of Our Ways ("Emperors Of Soul" Version)
00:05:17

Otis Williams, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - Bob Tucker, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dennis Nelson, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Melvin Franklin, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

23
Givin' U The Best ("Emperors Of Soul" Version)
00:04:51

Otis Williams, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - Bob Tucker, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dennis Nelson, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Melvin Franklin, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

24
Elevator Eyes ("Emperors Of Soul" Version)
00:04:05

Otis Williams, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - Bob Tucker, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dennis Nelson, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

25
Blueprint For Love ("Emperors Of Soul" Version)
00:03:53

Otis Williams, ComposerLyricist - The Temptations, MainArtist - Bob Tucker, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dennis Nelson, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Released in 1994, Emperors of Soul is a five-CD anthology celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Temptations with 109 key tracks taken from their 40-plus album catalog. Along with the Four Tops and the Supremes, the Temps became one of Motown's most successful acts, scoring an astounding 35 Top 40 entries during their prime. However, unlike many of their contemporaries, the vocal quintet survived the transition from stylish pop and R&B on "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Ain't to Proud to Beg," and "I Wish It Would Rain" to the psychedelic soul of "Cloud Nine," "Psychedelic Shack," and "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)," as well as covering socially relevant issues on "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and "Plastic Man." Of course, all of those favorites are included here, as are a handful of tunes that predate their association with Berry Gordy and Motown. The initial five-man incarnation came together as the Distants (whose "Come On" is the opening selection of the set in 1959) -- featuring Otis Williams, Eldridge Bryant, and the distinctive bass pipes of Melvin Franklin -- linked up with the Primes' Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams, first as the Elgins and ultimately the Temptations. Drawing from the copious songwriting of Smokey Robinson, Norman Whitfield, and the formidable trio of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland, they racked up a considerable cache of classic recordings. Unfortunately, the personal problems of tenor David Ruffin (who had replaced Bryant) created an insurmountable rift with his bandmates, and he was replaced by one-time Contours member Dennis Edwards. Kendricks and Paul Williams would both leave shortly thereafter, and any hopes for the original members to work together again was dashed when Williams committed suicide on August 17, 1973. With Damon Harris and Richard Street, the Temps were able to recapture their former glory with the chart-topper "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," but after Harris departed, the Temptations became completely disenfranchised from Motown by the mid-'70s. Despite a lack of hits in 1982, Ruffin returned to the fold, as did Kendricks, for the highly publicized but short-lived Reunion album and tour. While Emperors of Soul glosses over this latter era on discs four and five, only avid fans and dedicated enthusiasts will probably venture beyond the '70s fare. There are a few rarities scattered throughout, most notably early singles such as "Oh, Mother of Mine" b/w "Romance Without Finance" from 1961, "I'll Love You 'Til I Die" and "I Couldn't Cry if I Wanted To" circa 1962, and "(Talkin' 'Bout) Nobody But My Baby" the following year. In terms of unreleased material, there is "Witchcraft (For Your Love)" circa 1963, "I Got Heaven Right Here on Earth" from 1966, and from 1967 there is "Angel Doll" as well as a cover of "Ol' Man River." The accompanying 80-page book is a great read and replete with photos and a thorough Temptations discography.
© Lindsay Planer /TiVo

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