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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 16, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown Records
  • ASIN: B000001AD6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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Great Material&Strong Production.
MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
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 Fancy One
A music CD that I'd certainly recommend to anyone, Temptations fan or not (but I hope that you are).
Lynn

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By The Fancy One on 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 By yygsgsdrassil on March 22, 2000
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on August 9, 2001
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laszlo Matyas on July 26, 2007
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on May 13, 2000
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerbear on November 23, 2012
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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. Everybody started to sing lead on each song yet not only did it work but they got more popular moving from the top soul group to the top group. Of course the times were changes the line between forms of became smaller even Miles was leading the jazz world into the fusion era. I always loved something the Duke Ellington once said "there is only two kinds of music, good and bad." Well the music on this cd is not only good but it is very good and stands the test of time.
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