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Essential Collection

The Four TopsAudio CD
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listen  1. Baby I Need Your Loving (Mono) 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ask The Lonely (Mono) 2:48$0.69  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (November 7, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: November 7, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B000050I1X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Essential because along with the Motown hits you get on every Tops anthology, you also get their hits from the Dunhill, ABC and Casablanca labels, 19 years (1964-1983) of some of the greatest soul ever waxed! Includes Baby, I Need Your Loving; I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch); Reach Out I'll Be There; When She Was My Girl; Are You Man Enough; Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got); It's All in the Game; Standing in the Shadows of Love; It's the Same Old Song; Bernadette , and more. 24 Top 40 R&B hits!

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tops August 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you're going to limit yourself to one single-disc CD of the Four Tops, this should be near the top of your shopping list. It contains most of the important and best-known singles spanning the entire career of this exceptional group out of Motown. While their music style evolved over the years and even as they switched label companies and styles, their music was always consistently exceptional. The fact that they had no personnel changes in their entire recording career, an almost unheard of accomplishment, was a big factor in their musical continuity.

While there is a slight emphasis on their later post-Motown output, the selection of the 24 tracks chosen here is pretty close to optimum. The only omission that keeps this CD from being the ultimate career retrospective is the pre-Motown "Ain't That Love" track. Credit to Hip-O though for the inclusion of the hypnotic ballad "I Believe In You And Me", a track that, though originally only the b-side of a lesser single, has become a classic Four Tops tune.

Sound quality is very good with many of the early Motown singles appearing in the mono versions that are more true to the sound of the Tops on AM radio. Tracks 1-10 and 13 are in mono with the remainder in stereo. Included is a 16-page booklet with about half devoted to a musical history of the group and the remainder being track info, credits and pictures.

Here we find a top-notch product that does justice to this phenomenal music group deserving of consideration by the fan considering adding a Tops' compilation CD to their library.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Single Disc Overview Of The Tops July 29, 2003
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This disc lives up to its name with major representation from all of the labels that the Four Tops recorded for from 1963 through 1983. Motown of course is where they recorded the bulk of their hits and that tenure is represented on the first 14 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" (not included here) 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"). They reached their commercial peak in late 1966 to early 1967 with the powerful "Reach Out ("I'll Be There)," "Standing In The Shadows Of Love," and "Bernadette." 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. They are proof that the Tops could make a hit out of practically anything.
In 1968 and 1969, other Motown writer-producers like Ivy Jo Hunter, Johnny Bristol, and Norman Whitfield attempted to fill the void left by Holland-Dozier-Holland's exit.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "soulfully resilient, sweet melody personify the Tops" November 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Four Tops began in 1953 in Detroit, Michigan, where Stubbs, Benson, Fakir and Payton were born and raised, when they were called "The Four Aims", while still attending high school. The group worked as opening acts with Brook Benton, Della Reese, Billy Eckstine and the band of Count Basie, by that time they had changed their name to "The Four Tops".
Recorded for several labels before Motown Records in 1963, after signing with them a year later had their first hit "BABY, I NEED YOUR LOVING", reached No. #11 on the Pop Charts in July 1964. Big tune for them was Stubbs singing "ASK THE LONELY", was No.#9 on the R&B Charts, and No.#24 on Pop Charts...recorded for Dunhill in '73 reached No.#2 R&B Charts & No.#4 Pop Charts "AIN'T NO WOMAN LIKE THE ONE I'VE GOT"...and "KEEPER OF THE CASTLE" was No.#7 on R&B Charts & No.#10 on Pop Charts, wonderful hits by this legendary group of artists.
Hip-O Records hats off to you for one of the most familiar and enthralling releases - "Four Tops - Essential Collection", simply as good as it gets...melody, lyric and interpretation launched some of the most enduring songs ever made!
Total Time: 76:15 on 24 Tracks...Hip-O Records 314 560 824...(2000)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Essential Tops! November 8, 2000
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Wow! These are the original recordings, and they have never sounded better. This generous CD (24 songs) contains the Motown classics you would expect, plus the big hits this magnificent group went on to record over the next ten years for Dunhill, ABC and Casablanca. The post-Motown years yielded 9 more Top Ten R&B hits, and they're all here. This CD does the best job yet of displaying the Four Tops entire career on 1 truly essential disc. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 days ago by L. Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Tops Essential Collection
Great album - brought back a lot of memories of the 60's. I skipped through the songs that I wasn't familiar with, and was pleasantly surprised at songs that I totally forgot... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vicky Brockman
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest collection!
These re-mastered recordings are superb and even sound better than 60's radio stations! Motown at it's best! Highly recommended for Motown lovers!
Published 3 months ago by TERRY WELSH
2.0 out of 5 stars The music is off don't sound like the original beat.
I selected this rating because I wanted to be fair. The music is off don't sound like the original beat. These are good song but the beat to these songs are off. Read more
Published 3 months ago by george bady
5.0 out of 5 stars what needs to be said?
I am a baby boomer. this is my music. Good beats, harmony, rhythms. I know the words to them all, and I am not ashamed to sing them in public. Read more
Published 5 months ago by G. Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought this for Reach Out
I bought the album primarily because I was looking for a copy of Reach Out. I realized that the band's other great hits were missing from my collection, so I bought the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by bradxt
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is what I been looking for.
I have always enjoyed the Four Tops Music but never purchased any of CD's, I guess it goes to marketing and my personal taste at the time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by thephatman2000
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous for tops
Levi Stubbs never disappoints when he you hear him sing in his deep baritone voice. Another Motown group you can sing along to as you reminisce about days gone by and wonder about... Read more
Published 8 months ago by lori
4.0 out of 5 stars the good ol' days....
Just got the mp3 version, so that was no shipping. Needed this for my itunes collection. Sounds like the original songs, cause they sound like there recorded on the old equipment,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mike Tingey
5.0 out of 5 stars Which Collection is Better?
If you're not sure whether to buy this "Essentials Collection" or the "Definitive Four Tops Collection", you might want to get both. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ken Shoop
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