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.
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.
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.
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").
When the Four Tops moved from Motown to Dunhill in the early '70s, they encountered the dilemma faced by most '60s soul giants, from Motown or elsewhere: how to update their sound while maintaining some degree of personality. Commercially at least, things got off to a smashing start with "Keeper of the Castle," "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I Got)," and "Are You Man Enough?" (all included here).
Really nice work from The Four Tops - proof that they were still going quite quite strong after Motown! The album's got a hip sound that shows the group moving through a wider range of emotions than we ever remember – crafting rich deep harmonies that still stand apart from the big wave of sweet soul quartets of the early 70s, and which sparkle with all the emotion that Levi Stubbs' voice had to offer.This album had never been released on CD.The rip is from LP in mint condition.Special thanks to the original uploader.