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50th Anniversary: Singles Collection 1961-1971 Box set

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  • Audio CD (October 24, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B005JLN9QM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,526 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Oh Mother Of Mine
2. Romance Without Finance
3. Check Yourself
4. Your Wonderful Love
5. (You're My) Dream Come True
6. Isn't She Pretty
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Disc: 2
1. Get Ready
2. Fading Away
3. Ain't Too Proud To Beg
4. You'll Lose A Precious Love
5. Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
6. You're Not An Ordinary Girl
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Runaway Child, Running Wild
2. I Need Your Lovin'
3. I'll Try Something New Diana Ross and the Supremes & the Temptations
4. The Way You Do The Things You Do Diana Ross and the Supremes & the
5. Don't Let The Joneses Get You Down
6. Since I've Lost You
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Editorial Reviews

In 1961, The Temptations signed to the Motown subsidiary Miracle. A decade later, the group had journeyed through R&B, soul, funk, psychedelia and the arrival of charged politics in their music-and they stood at the top of the Motown heap. This 50th-anniversary set is the first to collect every single in that span; rare early cuts (including their first single Oh Mother of Mine and local hit I Want a Love I Can See ) lead to a wall of Tempts classics: the smashes My Girl; It's Growing; Since I Lost My Baby; Get Ready; Ain't Too Proud to Beg; My Baby; Beauty Is Only Skin Deep; (I Know) I'm Losing You; All I Need; You're My Everything; It's You That I Need; I Wish It Would Rain; I Could Never Love Another; Cloud Nine; Run Away Child, Running Wild 74 in all!

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By freak on February 28, 2012
Format: Audio CD
If you read the comments from Antonio Mazzatenta concerning this set, you have been given very misinformed information.

1) The singles presented in this collection were NOT recorded in stereo! Each song was multi-tracked, meaning, each was recorded on two, three, four, or more separate tracks, with instruments on some, and vocals on others, then mixed all together to form a final mono track that was pressed on vinyl records and copied to consumer tape formats. This means that the same sound information comes out of each speaker the end-user has. This also avoids things like phase cancelletion, and is not vulnerable to the peculiarities of the listener's stereo system.

2) The reason the music was mixed for mono for the 45 R.P.M. singles was so that they would sound their best on mono AM radio, or the millions of mono record players people used in the 60s.

3) It isn't just a case of mono vs. stereo. The mono mixes were usually different in several ways, from having different musical parts and/or vocals than the stereo, to different EQ and echo that was applied. Many of the mono singles ran longer than the stereo counterparts.

4) The mono mixes were done first by the main session engineers and/or the producers. The stereo mixes were done as an afterthought for the albums, and many were done by a nighttime engineer, literally in the house next door!

5) The stereo mixes are available everywhere. They are usually the mixes found in the stores. The mono mixes, because of several factors, have rarely been reissued, and usually found on pricey boxed sets, and not commonly found. Many fans, as a result of the push for everything stereo for decades, have not even heard the original mono 45 mixes they heard back in the 60s and early 70s.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jaemel on January 29, 2014
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This is a set that has been on my wish list for a LONG time: ALL the singles from the very beginning until the departure of first, David Ruffin, and then lastly, Eddie Kendricks.
I have been a HUGE fan of the Temps ever since I saw them perform live on stage at the Fox Theater in Brooklyn in 1963, and these are the songs I grew up listening to as I would run out and buy every new Temptations single or LP that I could afford.
I could care less about what is Mono or Stereo, these CD's sound GREAT, exactly as I remembered them and if you must own just one Temptations set, then this is the one-the ULTIMATE one! If you are a fan, you will not be disappointed!
P.S. The packaging is great too! It sits nicely along my Motown Singles collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PhillyB on January 17, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Great collection and sound fab. Now for those who want the stereo many cd out there with the hard left to right fake stereo, much like the Beatles eary music.

For those who don't like this, please note the CD box says "Singles" and Singles AKA 45's were in mono only. So Hip-o is doing it correct for what they were back when released to the public to hear on there radios then go to the store and buy the LP's Mono or Stereo versions.

If you want some fun stereo mixes then look no further than the Motown Box on Shout which will have stereo and the songs from many Motown artist will sound different due to the mixes used.

When mixing from mono to the Stereo be it the Temps, Beatles or who ever you will always noticed a harder brighter sound to those mixes.

Mono was mixed first in the studio because Stereo back in the early 60's was a new format and many did not have stereo record players yet, so the slow move away from mono took several years. To me as long as they have taken the time to master the music right, they will sound just fine on Vinyl and CD's and I have no beef in that arugement, both can sound great or crappy depending on the care taken in producing the final product.

Ths is an excellent set and sounds as it should.
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