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Cloud Nine

TemptationsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 16, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B000001AD6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 1969 LP was not only a smash-it also set the table for the funky soul of the '70s. The huge hits Cloud Nine and Run Away Child, Running Wild join an inspired spin on I Heard It Through the Grapevine ; the silky harmonies of I Need Your Lovin' , and more!

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great experiment that paid off September 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When this album was originally released in early '69, it was a gamble. Could the Temptations, known as smooth melodic crooners of love songs, successfully reinvent themselves as contemporaries of Sly and the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Funkadelic, and the Chambers Brothers, with their psychedelic rock and soul sounds? The answer was YES. CLOUD NINE, this masterpiece by produced by Norman Whitfield, the most soulful producer to ever come out of Motown, is one of my favorite CDs by the Temptations. The grittiness of "Cloud Nine", the title song and the album opener (and the first single from the album, released in late 1968) demands that you pay attention to what the Tempts are saying. Songwriter Barrett Strong's words come to life as newest Temptation Dennis Edwards tells the story of growing up poor in the inner city...and the debate about this song continues to this day. Was the song about getting high, or just changing your way of thinking? A funky rendition of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" takes Gladys Knight and the Pips' version, strips it down to the rhythm track, and emphasizes the Tempts' harmonies above everything else. I LOVE the scatting on this track!! The nine minute and thirty-eight second version of "Runaway Child, Running Wild" is worth the price of the CD alone. Simply relentless, with the sound of a child crying for his mother. What was really great about this CD was the use of multiple vocalists singing different parts at the same time on each song. Prior to this CD, you'd basically have David Ruffin, or sometimes Eddie Kendricks singing the lead and the rest of the guys singing "Oooh, waaa" or "Oh baby" in the background. However on these three cuts on CLOUD NINE you might hear Dennis, then Eddie, then Paul, the Melvin, then Otis...all on the same song! I just love it. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it before it's taken out of catalog. March 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It is a rare album with great cuts..with those psychedelic soul arrangements by Whitfield, Strong and Riser and the boys were in fine voice headed by the great Eddie Kendricks and Dennis Edwards.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Temptations Standing on the Top of Cloud Nine!!" August 9, 2001
By Lynn
Format:Audio CD
I am definitely a Temptations fan and this CD is truly awesome. Eddie Kendricks with the sweetness of that beautiful voice singing, "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" was totally awesome. Paul Williams singing on lead with that sexy baritone voice of his was just scrumptious. An extended version of "Runaway Child, Running Wild" was truly captivating. A music CD that I'd certainly recommend to anyone, Temptations fan or not (but I hope that you are). Cloud Nine, Temptations standing on the top singing it the way they do best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slammin' May 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Great Material&Strong Production.The Vocals Never Let Up Here.First Class Songs all the way.Runaway Child RunawayRunning Wild,Cloud Nine are Very Direct&Honest.Very Essential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A heady soul-psych-funk gumbo! July 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Released in 1969, Cloud Nine was intended to update the Temptations' sound, augmenting their smooth soul harmonies with elements of funk, rock, and even psychedelia. This new direction incorporated effects-heavy guitars, pounding rhythms, rawer vocals, and gritty, socially concious lyrics. However, in order not to alienate the Tempts' original fans (okay, I'm not actually sure that that's the reason), only the first half of the album features this sound. Side two features the group's standard brand of harmony-heavy soul. The result is a very good record, with several fantastic moments.

As you can probably imagine, the first side gets most of the attention. It consists of only three tracks: The title track is a tight, funky groover with a surging bassline and soaked in wah-wah guitars.The group's vocals rough and authoritative, a far cry from the sugary crooning that marked their previous singles. Next up is an innovative take on the classic "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" which strips the song down to nothing but churning rhythms and forceful vocals. Finally, there's the epic "Runaway Child, Running Wild." Probably the best song on the album, this is a tight, heavy slab of deep, throbbing funk. The music is a dense and apocalyptic web of snakey fuzz guitars, stomping rhythms, and cruel vocals. The result is a taut, harrowing masterpiece.

Side two isn't discussed as often, and for good reason- it isn't nearly as good as the first half. The songs are standard-issue harmonized soul. They're not bad by any means- and in the case of "I Gotta Find A Way" and "Hey Girl," they're actually quite good- but the songs are pretty generic and unexciting when compared to Temptations classics such as "My Girl" and "Get Ready," or to the music on the first half of this album.

So, pick this up for the fantastic first half, and the decent second half. And as always, enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding harmony on an outstanding album June 2, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This was the advent of the new Temptations' style where the lead was shared and exchanged between the members. Yet, the vintage Temptation harmony was still there. Just a fantastic album with beautiful arrangements and great singing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cloud Nine August 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Whether or not you are a Temptations fan, you will definitely enjoy this album. Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks are exceptional. Listening to "I Need Your Loving" will make you remember why you began a relationship with that special someone. I thought the Temps would be a lesser group without David Ruffin, but this album/CD proved me wrong. You will thoroughly enjoy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have one word to say - TEMPTATIONS
Love the Temptations. Who as a kid did not try to dance or sing like them. They are quality and got better with age. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Theresa Johnson-jones
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of My Favs.
Cloud Nine is the one they won their first grammy. Will always love the Temptations from
the beginnings. Thsnk You so very much GVQIP
Published 12 months ago by GPT.
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
I actually bought this for the visual, not the audio. I have a Motown themed living room and added this album cover for the art work. Read more
Published 14 months ago by bbmmrr
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
I have the original album, now I have the CD. Wonderful Temptations music to bring so many memories. I love listening to the CD.
Published 15 months ago by Old Lady in Ohio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
Timeless and classic Temptations! This album came out just as I was going to high school. Some of the best love songs the Temps ever did.
Published 17 months ago by Dennis R. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars COUDE NINE
Published 19 months ago by LINDA BAILEY
5.0 out of 5 stars a new member different sound still the greatest
David left enter Dennis a new era, the greatness continues. The songs changed with the times songs were moving from 2 to 3 minute format to over 9 minutes of Run Away Child. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jerbear
5.0 out of 5 stars MAKING A STATEMENT
The reason for this review's title is the fact that although The Temps have made a lot of statements to the entertainment world over the course of their nearly 50 year career,when... Read more
Published on December 29, 2010 by T. V. Champion
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I recently listened to and reviewed a compilation by the Tempts called Psychedelic Soul which gathered the wha wha percussion bassed funk that transformed the band in 1969. Read more
Published on November 1, 2009 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
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