is a 1982 album by for Gordy Records. The album was released during the 1982 , which reunited and with after a decade-long absence. The album also features then-current , , , and founding members and . Reunion featured the hit single , produced by and featuring Motown funk star , who had previously used as the background vocalists for his 1981 hit .
"Masterpiece" is a 1973 album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label, produced and written by Norman Whitfield.
"Solid Rock" is a 1972 album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label, produced by Norman Whitfield. The LP was the first made primarily without founding members and original lead singers Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams. Frustrated by conflicts and fights with Temptations Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin, and producer Whitfield's steadfast insistence on producing psychedelic soul for the group when they really wanted to sing ballads, Kendricks had quit the act and negotiated a solo deal with Motown's Tamla label.
Representing much of the group's output for the year 1969, the two albums show the group advancing in the face of adversity - Paul Williams, who had been very much the Temptations' sparkplug in its earlier years, was in declining health, and music was changing around the group, almost faster than a lot of soul artists of the era could keep up with. This remastered collection is a reminder, even better than the Emperors Of Soul box, of precisely how ambitious and urgent the Temptations' music became in response, and how the group and producer Norman Whitfield helped expand and change soul music's boundaries in the process.
Puzzle People is the eleventh studio album released by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label in 1969. Produced entirely by Norman Whitfield, Puzzle People takes the next step along the path that Cloud Nine started, and takes the Temptations further away from a classic soul sound, and more towards the realm of psychedelic soul. Although a few ballads, including "Running Away (Ain't Gonna Help You)," are still present, the album is primarily composed of Sly & the Family Stone/James Brown-derived proto-funk tracks such as the lead single "Don't Let the Joneses Get You Down," and the number-one Billboard Pop hit "I Can't Get Next to You." Also included are psychedelic-styled covers (recorded with distorted guitars, clavinets, and spacy reverb and sound effects) of contemporary songs such as The Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing," The Beatles' "Hey Jude," and Roger Miller's "Little Green Apples."
Cloud Nine is the ninth studio album by American musical group The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label released in 1969. The album is a watershed for several reasons. It is the first regular Temptations studio LP to feature Dennis Edwards as the replacement for David Ruffin, who was fired in June 1968. In addition, it marks the beginning of the Temptations' four-year delve into psychedelia recording, at the behest of producer Norman Whitfield, in a fusion genre referred to as "psychedelic soul." The album went to number four on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart and the group received their first Grammy Award in 1969.
Produced by , and he's imitating blatantly, from the album cover on down. But the funk's not nearly as fiery as the ' (title track), and it comes off as a failed attempt to keep up with trends - ditto for the overproduced disco numbers (). are at their best here when they stick with their earlier smooth balladeering (the lovely ); the uptempo is also enjoyable but slight. Not surprisingly, this was a commercial catastrophe, failing to even chart as a pop record and falling short of the Top 40 on the R&B chart.
is the fifth studio album by for the Gordy (Motown) label released in 1967. Featuring four hit singles, is the most successful album from their "classic 5" era, during which , , , , and constituted ' lineup. The four singles from the album, all Top 20 Pop / Top 10 R&B hits, were , , , and . three of these four songs also reached the Billboard Pop Top 10 as well. produced most of the tracks here, supporting ' vocals with a hard-edged soul sound with elements of the music of .
This 1989 release marked the return of lead singer after the third departure of . In many respects, is a business-as-usual, mid- to late-'80s release. But, of course, that's not a bad thing. With the raspy-voiced , the group had a more cohesive sound and polish.
Struggling to rekindle the magic that kept them atop the charts, the group was, for the most part, missing in action on this album. Nonetheless, the five vocalists did hit the charts with the title track, .