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50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961-1971 [3 CD] Box set

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In 1961, The Temptations signed to the Motown subsidiary Miracle. A decade later, the group had journeyed through R&B, soul, funk, psychedelia and the arrival of charged politics in their music-and they stood at the top of the Motown heap. This 50th-anniversary set is the first to collect every single in that span; rare early cuts (including their first single Oh Mother of Mine and local hit I Want a Love I Can See ) lead to a wall of Tempts classics: the smashes My Girl; It's Growing; Since I Lost My Baby; Get Ready; Ain't Too Proud to Beg; My Baby; Beauty Is Only Skin Deep; (I Know) I'm Losing You; All I Need; You're My Everything; It's You That I Need; I Wish It Would Rain; I Could Never Love Another; Cloud Nine; Run Away Child, Running Wild 74 in all!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Oh Mother Of Mine
  2. Romance Without Finance
  3. Check Yourself
  4. Your Wonderful Love
  5. (You're My) Dream Come True
  6. Isn't She Pretty
  7. Mind Over Matter (I'm Gonna Make You Mine) The Pirates
  8. I'll Love You Till I Die The Pirates
  9. Paradise
  10. Slow Down Heart
  11. I Want A Love I Can See
  12. The Further You Look, The Less You See
  13. Farewell My Love
  14. May I Have This Dance
  15. The Way You Do The Things You Do
  16. Just Let Me Know
  17. I'll Be In Trouble
  18. The Girl's Alright With Me
  19. Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)
  20. Baby Baby I Need You
  21. My Girl
  22. (Talking 'Bout) Nobody But My Baby
  23. It's Growing
  24. What Love Has Joined Together
  25. Since I Lost My Baby
  26. You've Got To Earn It
  27. My Baby
  28. Don't Look Back 

Disc: 2

  1. Get Ready
  2. Fading Away
  3. Ain't Too Proud To Beg
  4. You'll Lose A Precious Love
  5. Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
  6. You're Not An Ordinary Girl
  7. (I Know) I'm Losing You
  8. I Couldn't Cry If I Wanted To
  9. All I Need
  10. Sorry Is A Sorry Word
  11. You're My Everything
  12. I've Been Good To You
  13. (Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need
  14. Don't Send Me Away
  15. I Wish It Would Rain
  16. I Truly, Truly Believe
  17. I Truly, Truly Believe alternate vocal
  18. I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)
  19. Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got
  20. Please Return Your Love To Me
  21. How Can I Forget
  22. Cloud Nine
  23. Why Did She Have To Leave Me (Why Did She Have To Go)
  24. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me Diana Ross and the Supremes & the Temptations
  25. A Place In The Sun Diana Ross and the Supremes & the Temptations
  26. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  27. Silent Night, Holy Night

Disc: 3

  1. Runaway Child, Running Wild
  2. I Need Your Lovin'
  3. I'll Try Something New Diana Ross and the Supremes & the Temptations
  4. The Way You Do The Things You Do Diana Ross and the Supremes & the
  5. Don't Let The Joneses Get You Down
  6. Since I've Lost You
  7. I Can't Get Next To You
  8. Running Away (Ain't Gonna Help You)
  9. The Weight Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations
  10. For Better Or Worse Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations
  11. Psychedelic Shack
  12. That's The Way Love Is
  13. Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today) 14. It's Summer
  14. Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite The World) 16. Hum Along And Dance
  15. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) 18. You Make Your Own Heaven And Hell Right Here On Earth
  16. It's Summer 20. I'm The Exception To The Rule Bonus Tracks: The German and Italian Singles
  17. Mein Girl (My Girl)
  18. Sei Solo Tu (The Way You Do The Things You Do)
  19. Solamente Lei (My Girl)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Motown Records
  • ASIN: B005JLN9QM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you read the comments from Antonio Mazzatenta concerning this set, you have been given very misinformed information.

1) The singles presented in this collection were NOT recorded in stereo! Each song was multi-tracked, meaning, each was recorded on two, three, four, or more separate tracks, with instruments on some, and vocals on others, then mixed all together to form a final mono track that was pressed on vinyl records and copied to consumer tape formats. This means that the same sound information comes out of each speaker the end-user has. This also avoids things like phase cancelletion, and is not vulnerable to the peculiarities of the listener's stereo system.

2) The reason the music was mixed for mono for the 45 R.P.M. singles was so that they would sound their best on mono AM radio, or the millions of mono record players people used in the 60s.

3) It isn't just a case of mono vs. stereo. The mono mixes were usually different in several ways, from having different musical parts and/or vocals than the stereo, to different EQ and echo that was applied. Many of the mono singles ran longer than the stereo counterparts.

4) The mono mixes were done first by the main session engineers and/or the producers. The stereo mixes were done as an afterthought for the albums, and many were done by a nighttime engineer, literally in the house next door!

5) The stereo mixes are available everywhere. They are usually the mixes found in the stores. The mono mixes, because of several factors, have rarely been reissued, and usually found on pricey boxed sets, and not commonly found. Many fans, as a result of the push for everything stereo for decades, have not even heard the original mono 45 mixes they heard back in the 60s and early 70s.
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This is a set that has been on my wish list for a LONG time: ALL the singles from the very beginning until the departure of first, David Ruffin, and then lastly, Eddie Kendricks.
I have been a HUGE fan of the Temps ever since I saw them perform live on stage at the Fox Theater in Brooklyn in 1963, and these are the songs I grew up listening to as I would run out and buy every new Temptations single or LP that I could afford.
I could care less about what is Mono or Stereo, these CD's sound GREAT, exactly as I remembered them and if you must own just one Temptations set, then this is the one-the ULTIMATE one! If you are a fan, you will not be disappointed!
P.S. The packaging is great too! It sits nicely along my Motown Singles collection.
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I received mine today. It is a great addition to my Temps music collection. It is a hardback book with both color and black and white photos. It includes information about the songs and the CD's are properly secured.

It would be totally perfect if it included the rest of the singles after 1971 with all the Temps line-ups. It also needs a cover protector. This is a must have for all Temps fans and collectors - along with The Emperor's Of Soul.
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INTRODUCTION:

The original members of the Temptations, from Detroit, Michigan, consist of Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams and Elbridge Bryant, who was replaced by David Ruffin in 1968. They were originally called the Primes, Pirates and Elgins. There were many personnel changes along the years. They have charted 60 songs on Billboard Hot 100, including 4 No. 1 hits: My Girl, I Can’t Get Next To You, Just My Imagination and Pap was A Rolling Stone. They are even more impressive on the R&B chart, with 89 entries. They also have 56 entries on the album chart. Unfortunately, all members, except Otis Williams, have passed away. The Temptations are considered America’s favourite R&B vocal group.

CONTENT:

This 3 CD set contains 79 songs (finally all the a- and b-sides arranged chronologically, charted and uncharted). Unfortunately, this Singles Collection only covers from 1961-1971. Thus, Papa Was A Rolling Stone in 1972 is not included. You have to look elsewhere for the songs from 1972 to 1998.
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Great collection and sound fab. Now for those who want the stereo many cd out there with the hard left to right fake stereo, much like the Beatles eary music.

For those who don't like this, please note the CD box says "Singles" and Singles AKA 45's were in mono only. So Hip-o is doing it correct for what they were back when released to the public to hear on there radios then go to the store and buy the LP's Mono or Stereo versions.

If you want some fun stereo mixes then look no further than the Motown Box on Shout which will have stereo and the songs from many Motown artist will sound different due to the mixes used.

When mixing from mono to the Stereo be it the Temps, Beatles or who ever you will always noticed a harder brighter sound to those mixes.

Mono was mixed first in the studio because Stereo back in the early 60's was a new format and many did not have stereo record players yet, so the slow move away from mono took several years. To me as long as they have taken the time to master the music right, they will sound just fine on Vinyl and CD's and I have no beef in that arugement, both can sound great or crappy depending on the care taken in producing the final product.

Ths is an excellent set and sounds as it should.
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