Recorded between 1964 & 1988. Includes liner notes by Stu Hackel.
Not to be confused with the Four Tops compilation simply entitled Anthology (which only covers their Motown recordings), 50th Anniversary Anthology is a double-CD set spanning their first Motown hit in 1964 to the late '80s.
Though it's one of the best Four Tops records of the '60s, Reach Out still feels weighted down by a few vain attempts at adult pop crossover. It certainly starts out right, with the glorious "Reach out, I'll Be There," the group's second pop/R&B chart-topper.
You'd be hard pressed to find two better singles on a debut album than "Ask the Lonely" and "Baby I Need Your Loving." These were the cornerstones of The Four Tops' first LP, and besides netting them one Top Ten and Top 20 pop single each, as well as a Top Ten and Top 20 R&B single, it established Levi Stubbs' resounding voice as another unforgettable one at Motown. Even the tunes that didn't do so well, like "Left with a Broken Heart" or "Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worth While)," were marvelously sung. It was a debut to remember.
is an album recorded by the , issued on in 1970. Produced by longtime associate , the album returned the to the top forty on the album charts where it peaked at #21 on the albums chart yielding the popular Top 30 hits, (#11), which was co-written by and their cover of (#24), which featured rare co-leads by members , and singing alongside prominent lead . The album also served as inspiration behind singer 's , the hit title track, which was written by .
The Four Tops' story is one of longevity and togetherness: these Motown legends teamed up in high school and spent over four decades without a single personnel change. In between, they became one of the top-tier acts on a label with no shortage of talent, ranking with the Temptations and the Supremes as Motown's most consistent hitmakers. Where many other R&B vocal groups spotlighted a tenor-range lead singer, The Four Tops were fronted by deep-voiced Levi Stubbs, who never cut a solo record outside of the group.
Album published in 1992 in the UK by Polydor under license Motown Records. It's a compilation of 20 of the greatest hits by the American vocal quartet 'Four Tops' during the years when they recorded with Motown (approximately 1964-1972). In jazz music 'Four Tops' have been listed as interpreters style called 'Motown soul', which is distinguished by the use of tambourines and drums, bass and instrumentation, melodic structure and chord particular and a vocal style derived of music 'gospel', with call and response. It was the own team of producers and composers of Motown the creator of this type of sound. During his career Four Tops launched a quarantine of musical productions until 2004 (not counting compilations) and came to place two of his creations at number 1 on the U.S. charts, "Reach Out, I'll Be There' and 'I can not help myself'.
This 1995 release, Christmas Here with You, marks the Four Tops' first Christmas album – features classic holiday songs such as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Away in a Manger," "Christmas Song," "Little Drummer Boy," "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," and "Merry Christmas, Baby." Aretha Franklin supplies vocals on two tracks – "White Christmas" and "Silent Night" – which just adds to this predictable but festive holiday release.
The Ultimate Collection series was a rare success from Motown, one of the first of the label's many compilation series to do justice to some of the finest performers, arrangers, and musicians of the soul era. Nearly every artist with an entry was given the luxury treatment, with a disc-filling running time, excellent compilation decisions, and a pleasing design scheme that reflected the artists in their prime. The Four Tops' entry is arguably the best in the series, since the 25 tracks prove the perfect length to summarize the group's decade at Motown. From 1963 to 1972, the group reached the R&B charts 28 times, and all but a very few are presented here (among the missing are three decidedly unnecessary covers: "MacArthur Park," "If I Were a Carpenter," and "River Deep – Mountain High").