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Smiling Faces: The Best of Undisputed Truth [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Undisputed TruthAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 24, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B00009V7UB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Temptations producer Norman Whitfield also delivered big hits and wild album tracks for Undisputed Truth, who scored a huge hit with their cover of Smiling Faces Sometimes . That joins their original version of Papa Was a Rollin' Stone ; a 10-minute Ball of Confusion ; the P-Funk inspired I'm a Fool for You , and more!

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Undisputed Truth cd ain't the whole truth! December 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The Undisputed Truth, or "Underrated Truth" as I sometimes call them, are generally remembered today as the "Smiling Faces" group, but producer Norman Whitfield really took them to fascinating musical heights in the years following that everlasting hit. You need to buy a turntable, and hunt down their old albums to completely understand the Truth.

Unfortunately, you can't buy records on Amazon, and turntables aren't exactly the most practical means of home audio. So, just go ahead and buy this album, even if you own all the records. Just so you can hear "Lil' Red Ridin' Hood" remastered in your thumpin' car stereo, with the windows rolled down, while you're cruisin' through the ghetto!

"Law of the Land" is a pulsing, rythmical, complex soul/funk work-out. It has grooving chops, and dynamic vocal and string arrangement. Sorry to say, I don't know the stand-out female singer's name, but this lady can belt it like the best Motown vocalists. She makes you wanna gasp for air whenever you hear her.

"UFOs" is a pristine example of the group at their pulsing, psychedelic funk rock best. Great lyrics, trippy sounds fx, goofy vocals. Very interesting stuff.

"Lil' Red Ridin' Hood" is almost the penultimate black rock song. This one, I think, is up their with some of Funkadelic's most grungy opuses. The premise for the song is genius: a young, pretty, rich girl in a red dress walks through the ghetto and gets harrassed by a funny-cigarette smokin' brother. Instrumentally, the song is simplistic, and frankly have a thrashy, head-banging feel. Vocally, the lyrics of the verses aren't melodic, and are "exclaimed" more than sung, giving the song a unique and threatening feel. I dig it as one of my favorite '70s recordings.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars undiputedly groovy and funky ! October 6, 2007
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Honestly speaking, though MOTOWN epitomizes CLASSIC SOUL... I wouldn't have called the label "consistently funky" - - artists on Motown tended to be a lot more poppish and polished as compared to their other label counterparts... The TRUTH however, were definitely Motown's REBEL group... Though their productions were definitely MOTOWN slick the their tracks were incredibly groovy... and very funky at times... I always thought of them as THE TEMPTATIONS on lot's and lot's of acid... They take classic vocal soul, mix in a bit of Phil Spector's layer of sound approach, but then have lot's and lot's of strange wa wa, production hooks and wierd stuff that most other straight soul groups weren't doing at the time.

As for this particular compilation... a nice intro... however, realistically speaking the UNDISPUTED TRUTH were one of those groups who had their share of hits and great tunes, but I don't think they really had enough "anthems" to fill up a "greatest hits" album... that's to say, instantly recognizable tunes automatically associated with the group's sound (Smiling Phases and their version of Pappa Was A Rolling Stone are the one's most people remember.)... So rather than a GREATEST HITS album, I think an fuller ANTHOLOGY capturing all their different sounds would have been way better.... One particular thing about the group was that they were very experimental... but their thing was to take the sound of other groups then do it in their style... from their early years in which they sounded a lot like the TEMPS to later years in which they had sort of a P-Funk/Bootsy thing going (take the Ohio Players/Blowfly-ish "Poontang" (with its outrageous "I used to hate it til I ate it!" chorus!) for example...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this ain't the Temps...however!!!!! February 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
First off I think some other reviewers are confusing the Truth with the Temptations...

However if you a fan of the Truth then you will be very happy with what you have here...remastered versions of their interpretations of some Temps classics and their own popular tracks from the 70's!

Oh and by the way, the slower (and much longer) version of Ball of Confusion is....well it just is!

Rockin soul...funky soul...good stuff!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rock and rap confidential tell us August 22, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
...vehicle for producer Norman Whitfield's psychedelic soul, with two female group members giving an added dimension to the crisp, billowing orchestration. While "Smiling Faces Sometimes (Tell Lies)" can be seen as cynical, the overall content (give or take "Poontang") is a call to revolution, in stark contrast to the self-centered focus of modern R&B.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just an info April 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
at oberon "from motown": "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for The Undisputed Truth. The Single was released in the spring of 1972. This is almost forgotten, because later in 72 Norman Whitfield revised the song for The Temptations and created the grammy-winning funk symphonie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smiling Ears (Sometimes) June 6, 2009
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I agree with whoever said the remastering has taken a bit of the bite out of the sound on Smiling Faces Sometimes, but damned if the record doesn't have one of the best intros of any of the Motown singles. (Can anything duplicate those old singles that just crackled with energy and life on your turntable? There is nothing like a Motown 45!) That being said, damn is this record cool.The arrangements are sexy and sensual, and the lead singer of this group has a great, gruffly soulful voice. The women raise the roof too. Check out Law of the Land,those grooves are on fire! I find their versions of Papa and Ball of Confusion very enjoyable, much as I prefer the Temps hit versions. An added treat is that these songs have lyrics that really speak to the era they came out in, and are surprisingly relevant today. This album may be an eccentric child of Motown, but have no doubt it is Motown, and that means one word: it's H-O-T.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
Its a great album! Perfect for quiet nights or when just jamming out at home! My friends like it too!
Published 5 months ago by bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen closely to Smiling Faces
I bought this cd for "Smiling Faces". The other tracks do not hold up to this one, but the cd is worth the purchase for the message emitted by the words in this song. Read more
Published 8 months ago by TOPvol
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
Smiling faces is a great song and it reminds me of people I have met
that smile at you while stabbing you in the back
Reminds me of DVD bargainbuy and how they stab their... Read more
Published 8 months ago by James Finn
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
only one really good song but it was song I was looking for so the best I can do is say it was okay
Published 11 months ago by james sollars
3.0 out of 5 stars was expecting more
I was expecting more from the famed Norman Whitfield.There is some good music on this cd, but not enough to satisfy my psychedelic funkin rock n roll taste. Read more
Published 16 months ago by JUDAS TREES
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare look into UT's psychedelic soul
The Undisputed Truth is awesome. Whatever its shortcomings this "Best Of" comp still ROCKS from start to finish. Sound quality is certainly up to par as are the songs themselves. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Green Manalishi
5.0 out of 5 stars no thanks
STILL ADDING TO MY COLLECTION NOT QUIT FINISH YET STILL HAVE MORE TO BUY SONG POP IN MY HEAD THAT I HEARD WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I WANT TO LISTEN TO THEM NOW SO I GO TO AMAZON TO... Read more
Published on July 6, 2012 by no thanks
4.0 out of 5 stars TIME TO RE-ISSUE THE WHOLE CATALOG....
Certainly, Smiling Faces is one of the greatest tracks ever. I did not know there was more. If you like Funkadelic and Ohio Players, you will probably like this. Read more
Published on June 20, 2010 by Syd
4.0 out of 5 stars Smiling Faces
I bought the CD for the Smiling Faces song. A great song that is very true. Disc, artwork and jewel box were in excellent condition and delivery was prompt and satisfactory.
Published on December 27, 2008 by big david
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware
The reviewer that stated that these songs are remastered IS correct - contrary to the many people saying otherwise. Smiling Faces, while decent enough, has been redone. Read more
Published on June 25, 2007 by Homer
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