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Emperors Of Soul [5 CD Box Set]
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 1999
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It's been over two years since I've purchased this box set, and I must say that I'll never grow tired of it. Although I'm most familiar with the obvious radio hits like "My Girl," "Just My Imagination," "Papa Was A Rolling Stone," etc., the other lesser-known songs are given their chance alongside fan favorites. One of my favorite Temps songs to date is "You're My Everything," a song I hadn't heard until I bought the set. David Ruffin's vocals alongside Eddie Kendrick's are like feathers and sandpaper brushing against your skin, while enjoying the whole sensation. The booklet included gives a wonderful insight to the genesis of the group, their music and their lives. When the official book of the history of music is written, without a doubt the Names of Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Otis Williams, Paul Williams and Melvin Franklin should be among the first on the opening page. A truly rewarding listening experience- definitely worth more than the money you pay.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Forget about all those repackaged compilation CDs of the Tempts' work...and believe me, Motown constantly does this. EMPERORS OF SOUL is the ONE and ONLY Temptations collection you should have, outside of the original, individual albums (and the Temptations' LOST AND FOUND CD). You get five CDs of hit after slammin' hit, plus those rare b-sides that you never hear anymore and never-before-released songs...from the very beginning in the lean years, when the Tempts were Otis Williams and the Distants, right up until late 1994. It's also very fitting that the collection ends in 1994, since original Tempt and bass Melvin Franklin passed away in 1995, soon after this was released. This is a great tribute to his career, and to a group who has shown the world just WHY they so richly deserve the title "Emperors of Soul"! No other group can boast about having so many hits AND talented lead singers involved with them during their lifetime...David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Dennis Edwards, Paul Williams, Ali Woodson, Ron Tyson...and that's just scratching the surface! For the Tempt fan past and present, this is a MUST HAVE. A bit pricey, but if you spring for this, you will NOT be disappointed in the least.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 1999
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The Temptations are truly one of the greatest groups of all time and with 5 discs in this collection it's not hard to see why. It starts with "Come On" which for is not as well preserved as the earlier Motown masters but hey that wasn't Motown. Other notable tracks on the album are: the acapella of "My Girl" from the original session, Paul's incredible live version of "For Once In My Life" from the 1968 TCB special, the incredibly catchy "No More Water In The Well", the gritty self describing song "Power", the down to earth "Lady Soul", and David's centerpiece "I Wish It Would Rain". Only half of this set is stereo which makes a couple of songs lose their power like "Get Ready" and "Ball Of Confusion". I don't understand why they can't use the stereo mixes on the whole set because I know they are available and would make some of the songs sound a lot better. It still deserves 5 stars though.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2005
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Just picked it up last weekend and it's truly amazing. It's all here and it's all great. From the very early, raw doo-wop stuff -- which is excellent -- to the 60's hit making machine, to the black power/message music of the late 60's/early 70's, to the smooth soul ballads of the 80's up to today.

It's really an amazing package, props to Otis and the late great Melvin Franklin for putting this project together. I'm sure picking songs to leave out was tough, but most of the great ones are here.

It's pretty typical for reviewers to say box sets are for die-hard fans only. Why? If you want to discover the greatest vocal group in the history of music, "Emperors of Soul" is an excellent start.

If there's a better box set out there ... ah heck, there isn't one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I just like to say that i'm 17 years old and i grow up in a hip hop world but i could not be denied from this music. This box set is the best there is bar none. Man, I have always listen to the Temps and other motown acts because of my folks but it was the tempts that got me. When i have my friends over they always want to listen to this collection. Listening from that high voice of eddie to that bullfrog voice of melvin. A love i can see is one of my favorite cuts. Paul Williams(RIP) tears that mic up and you got everyone else getting his back. N sync and the other boy groups today could not dream of blowing like them temps. music today ain't the same as it was back then. I guess for folks that grew up back then this set will take you back.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of the Temptations, and as well as everyone should be, then this is the only set you need. With around 110 songs that they recorded through theyears digitally remastered on 5 CD's, you get almost every song they every had. Not to mention the highly detailed case and accompanying book with biographies, background information, albums, songs and their highest spot reached on the top #100 and tons of interesting stories and facts about the group, tons of pictures, oh yeah did I mention the tons of great songs that come along with the package that they released throught he years. A must have set for true fans!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2005
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My daughter who is in her early twenties bought this CD collection a couple of years ago. She and my twelve year-old grandson are die hard Temptation fans. Even though I grew up listening to the Tempts', they seem to know more about them than what I do. I went and purchased my own Emperors of Soul. I like every one of the CDs. I especially like the fact that the great Paul Williams does a lot of the leads. David Ruffin always was my favorite Tempt', next is Eddie, then Paul, then Melvin, Dennis and Ollie. If you're a die hard Tempts' fan, then this collection is a must.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2005
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
This was a great gift, given to me by my wife, on Valentine's day 2003. For the true Temptations fan, it has many, if not most of the songs we would want. There are omissions, but still a great collection of songs. The Book that is included with it, is worth the price, in and of itself. It gives up some great history, from the beginning (1961) all the way to 1994 and has loads of photographs of the group. There were songs, I'd been looking for, some I'd forgotten about, and those I'd never forget about. All of them well worth it. Five Stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2005
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As someone who has followed the Temptations for 40plus years I looked forward very much to the release of this collection,and as far as collections go it's really good,one thing you will find though is that a lot of the early songs like The way you do the things you do,My girl and others are in mono and yet the original albums when they were released on cd these songs were in stereo,the version of old man river on this collection for me wasn't as good as on the Temptaions live album,I definitely feel you should still have this collection but albums like Temptations sing Smokey,Temptin' Temptations,and just about all of their 1964-1975 music is timeless after they left Motown for a short period in the late 70's and returned they have never seemed quite the same but occasionally they'll do one like the Phoenix rising cd which gave us Stay,but hey I'm a fan for life just in a different way...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This Cd Collection starts off with unpolished boys and runs straight into matured manhood. Of course, a few of the Cd's are stronger than others, for instance the latter part of disc 1, all of disc 2,3 and the first half of 4 are my favorites. But that doesn't mean the others are weak or don't deliver. It's just my personal preference. You can not go wrong with this stellar musical set. It is a wonderful thing to travel with the Temps from muscial ducklings to the masters of the stage. Even with personnel changes they didn't miss a beat! They've made some memorable music and left a legacy that will endure!

These guys had mega talent! Check out the A Capella version of "My Girl" at the end of disc 2. Or listen to that guitar intro on "I know I'm losing." The best ever put on wax! Check out the gruttal singing on "I wish it would rain." Each disc offers the listener a treat. In my opinion "Just My Imagination" happens to be one of the best songs ever recorded! And Dennis' singing on "Papa was a rolling stone" is by far his best recording ever...although his performance on Cloud 9, is darn near perfect too.

And you know what, after all these years, I'm still moved by the 70's hit songs "Heavenly and Hey Girl." I just listen to them over and over. I guess there will never be another male group as prolific, classy and popular as the Temps. There was just something special about them. David, Eddie, Otis, Dennis, Richard, Ollie, Melvin, Paul and all the others that were once a part of this dynamic group! I say thank you from the bottom of my heart! Thank you...Thank you... And a special thank you to Smokey Robinson and Norman Whitfield...they kept these fellas supplied with some of the most memorable songs in music history!
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