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50th Anniversary Anthology [Original recording remastered]

The Four TopsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 13, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B00016MSYE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Baby I Need Your Loving
2. Without The One You Love (Life's Not Worthwhile)
3. Ask The Lonely
4. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
5. It's The Same Old Song
6. Something About You
7. Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)
8. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
9. Reach Out I'll Be There
10. Standing In The Shadows Of Love
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. A Simple Game (U.K. Single Mix)
2. I Can't Quit Your Love
3. (It's The Way) Nature Planned It
4. Keeper Of The Castle
5. Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got)
6. Are You Man Enough
7. Sweet Understanding Love
8. I Just Can't Get You Out Of My Mind
9. One Chain Don't Make No Prison
10. Midnight Flower
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Editorial Reviews

Back in 1954, four young high school students met at a party and "some kind of wonderful" drew them together to make music magic and music history. The Four Tops were born-along with decades of their cherished hits. Join the legendary group live at the Detroit Opera House along with friends and unforgettable performers like Aretha Franklin, Paul Rodgers and Mary Wilson all gathering to pay tribute and celebrate 50 years of the "Tops" with classic renditions of I Can't Help Myself; Reach Out I'll Be There; Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got); Bernadette; It's the Same Old Song; Keeper of the Castle; Baby I Need Your Loving; Are You Man Enough; Still Water (Love); 7 Rooms of Gloom; Walk Away Renee; River Deep-Mountain High (with the Supremes), and more, on this anniversary concert DVD with sublime remastered sound!

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All The Hits and a Few Wonderful Surprises February 24, 2004
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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Four Tops' formation in 1954, this Anthology compiles all of their significant chart hits over the years, with a couple of nice surprises thrown in. Motown of course is where they recorded the bulk of their hits and that tenure is represented on the first 30 (of 48) recordings. The leadoff track - 1964's "Baby I Need your Loving" - was the Tops' first collaboration with the songwriting-production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. It established a winning formula: lyrics that entail Levi yearning for or proclaiming his love for a girl he has lost or can't have; pulsating music cut in a (high) key out of Stubbs' regular vocal range, the subsequent strain causing his pleas to sound even more dramatic; background vocals with a full, almost Spectorian resonance, thanks to the addition of Motown's resident session singers, the Andantes.

After a mediocre "Baby I Need Your Loving" soundalike "Without The One You Love" stiffed, the Tops rebounded in 1965 with the majestic ballad "Ask The Lonely," their first number one smash "I Can't Help Myself" and "It's The Same Old Song" (and truly the latter was, a melodic retread of "I Can't Help Myself"). The Tops reached their commercial peak in late 1966 to early 1967 with some of the most exciting recordings they ever cut: "Reach Out ("I'll Be There)," "Standing In The Shadows Of Love," "Bernadette," and "Seven Rooms Of Gloom." In late 1967, however, Holland-Dozier-Holland abruptly left Motown in a dispute over financial compensation. This prompted the label to release year-old remakes of "Walk Away Renee" and "If I Were A Carpenter" as follow-up Tops' singles.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the gold standard for all future anthologies December 31, 2004
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It appears to be unanimous! All 10 of the reviews (make that 11) for Hip-O's "Four Tops 50th Anniversary Anthology" rate this incredible collection 5 stars. And why not? Hip-O has done just about everything right in putting together the history of this talented and venerable group. In this day and age serious collectors should demand nothing less from the record companies.

Suffice to say you will find nearly every single one of their great Motown sides on Disc One. And while just about everybody loves the big ones like "Reach Out, I'll Be There", "Baby I Need Your Loving", "It's The Same Old Song" and of course "I Can't Help Myself" there's a lot to be said for some of the lesser hits like "Something About You" and most especially "A Simple Game". That tune was originally written and recorded by of all people the Moody Blues. U.S. audiences largely ignored the Four Tops version but the Brits loved it and pushed it all the way up to number 3 on the U.K. charts. It is a tremendous record.

The Four Tops left the safe haven of Motown records in 1972 when the label moved its operations to the West Coast. They signed on with ABC/Dunhill and immediately went to work with new producers Steve Barri, Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. Within just a few short months the Four Tops found themselves back in the Top Ten with "Keeper of the Castle" followed by one of their biggest hits of all-time "Ain't No Woman (Like The One I Got). Disc Two features these songs along with all of their other ABC sides. While their work at ABC/Dunhill did not exhibit quite the same drive and energy that could be found in their early Motown efforts, the ABC singles were for the most part excellent pop tunes.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Four Tops Collection Available October 23, 2004
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Of all the Four Tops collections on the market today, this is superior by far. It covers their entire career, spanning 3 different record companies, and contains every hit and some great rarities. What impressed me most about this set is the Shua Gur remastering job. The songs sound far better than on any of the other collections. I highly recommend this set over all the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's The Same Old Songs...Only Better! July 3, 2004
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In honor of the group's 50th anniversary, Hip - O records has put out this magnificent two - disc retrospective dedicated to the wonderful music of the Four Tops. From the classic Motown hits to the excellent if not well - known 1970s' recordings to a few 1980s' goodies, everything that you could possibly want is here.
Disc 1 features every hit they scored on Motown. Whether you enjoy "Baby, I Need Your Lovin'", "Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch", "It's The Same Old Song", "Reach Out", "Standing In The Shadows Of Love" or "Bernadette", you'll find all your favorite songs on this disc. Also, there are some rarely heard tracks included here, such "Ask The Lonely", "7 - Rooms Of Gloom", "You Keep Running Away" and their magnificent covers of the hits "Walk Away Rene", "If I Were A Carpenter' (their version easily buries Bobby Darin's), "It's All In The Game", "River Deep, Mountain High" (with post - Diana Ross Supremes) and "MacArthur Park" which closes disc one.
Disc 2 is very different from anything on the first disc. While the first disc solely from the Motown era, the bulk of disc 2 is made up by their 1972 - 79 stint at Dunhill. During this time, they scored two top 10 smashes, the funky message song "Keeper Of The Castle" (number 10, not number 4 as the liner notes list) and the mooth, soothing "Ain't No Woman (Like The I've Got)" (number 4), the latter of which is among their most popular songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!!!
This was a 2-CD collection of the groups greatest hits and some I had never heard. I would definitely recommend it. You don't hear this kind of music today.
Published 7 months ago by Anna L. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
These are sounds I grew up with. hands downs the Motown sound. This sound will live on forever with a cd
Published 8 months ago by JAMES RUDOLPH
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost got it perfect!...
Almost everything I could consider essential by the Tops captured on two CD's with perfect sound! What would have made it better... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Paul F. Kopilak
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Tops
This group has been one of my all time favorites for years. I love their music, and will continue to be an avid fan...thank you.
Published 12 months ago by Katrina Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Tops Fanatic
I am a huge fan of the Four Tops and I have been collecting all of their music since January 2013. I love this project!
Published 15 months ago by Claudia Whitmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Buy this CD and you wont be sorry. What an incredible group!!! Love them! Enjoy all the hits! Happy Holidays!
Published 21 months ago by Andrea
2.0 out of 5 stars This is not the 4 Tops you Remember!!!!
I purchased this CD not too long ago (in the last month), and was very disappointed! I have a collection of moldy oldies and the only song missing from my collection is a song done... Read more
Published on April 18, 2012 by hot cuchi
5.0 out of 5 stars My purchases
Was pleased with my purchase and the promptness of receiving it. I am really enjoying this item tremendously. I am so happy Amazon offers these classics.
Published on December 29, 2011 by Red
1.0 out of 5 stars four tops
I ordered this NEW!!! It came with a note inside saying Disc 1 cracked. I am NOT happy. What can I do NOW? Its been paid for. Read more
Published on September 2, 2011 by Edna J. Springer
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
Great CD, brings back memories and missed their great songs, My favorite on the cd is Just ask the lonely
Published on February 18, 2011 by CountryLady
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