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.
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 .
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, .
Produced by , and he's imitating the 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 ("Mystic Woman"). are at their best here when they stick with their earlier smooth balladeering (the lovely "Ever Ready Love"); the uptempo "I Just Don't Know How To Let You Go" 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.
Arguably the Temptations' best album since Truly For You dropped in 1984, For Lovers Only is not the Temptations' first album of standards. This set of classics is different than Temptations in a Mellow Mood, where they acquiesced to the material, giving relatively straight readings, and never deviated far from the songs' popular arrangements. The only things the standards on For Lovers Only have in common with the originals are the titles and the lyrics, the arrangements are completely different, and the tempos are changed. The Temptations' sing with this much enthusiasm in years.