My Girl: The Best of Original recording remastered
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However, I wish they would have put "Soul to Soul" on it instead of that remix of "Some Enchanted Evening" and somehow could have squeezed in the "1990" Whitfield penned "Zoom"...
But, I can't complain. It's got the hard to find Temps/Supremes version of "Im Gonna Make You Love Me", you can hear how "Masterpiece" and "Poppa Was A Rollin'Stone" are *really* s'pozed to sound like because of the recent remastering (there's a rest in the instrumental of "Poppa", right before Dennis starts that is extremely stunning, made more noticable in the remastering. I know I sound paradoxical, but you'll experience it when you buy this..) and you get insight into many of the tunes by survivor Otis Williams. (It's too bad they couldn't have solicited some of Dennis Edwards' insights, also.) You get tidbits like how Rose Royce was used in recording "Let Your Hair Down" instead of the Motown Bullpen's Funk Brothers and when and where, say, the personnel began to change. All in the liner notes.
Plus you get the Alton "Wookie" Stewart "Jones" remix. Now, tell me, where else are you gonna find that?
The highlights for me are the cleaner, stronger bass sound on my favorite Temp song - "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone." The remastered sound on this alone is worth the price of this CD. Also, "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" has never sounded better. All the early songs are in stereo (or semi-stereo) which is great. I also appreciate the liner notes about each song by the remaining original member, Otis Williams.
I have only a few complaints. First, Disk 1 is only 58 minutes and could have used a few more of their early songs. One I wish was on it is "Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)" (it's on the Command Performances CD). Not my favorite but a good song that should be on this collection. Disk 2 is a healthy 75 minutes - but I am not as excited about the songs recorded after 1973, so the last few songs on this CD seem like filler.
My second complaint is that for someone like me that did not follow this group closely, it would have been nice if the liner notes would have indicated who the lead singer was on each song but they do not.
Third, for most of the songs, the remastered sound is superior to the Command Performances CD. But on some songs, like the fabulous "I Could Never Love Another", the remastered violins (or should I say strings)seem to dominate too much. The Command Performance version of this song has a better blend. I'm not too crazy about the strings that were on most of these old Motown songs anyway. It would be interesting to hear them with the strings removed.
But these are minor complaints and all in all this is a great collection by an incredible group.
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