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My Girl: The Best of Original recording remastered

4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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In Motown hierarchies, the Temptations occupied pretty much the same exalted place at the legendary label as the Lincoln division did at Ford; both had a marquee reputation for class and quality that endured time and trend for decades. The group was also a tribute to the glorious possibilities of an erstwhile assembly line: the early hits here (including the signature song that gives this 36-track, double-disc anthology its name) were penned by fellow legend Smokey Robinson, supervised by label founder Berry Gordy, and backed by one of music's greatest house bands. But even as Robinson's role segued into Norman Whitfield's as the 1960s rolled into the '70s, and as David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks left the group for solo careers--echoing the splintering of their superstar label counterparts the Supremes--the Temptations' juggernaut rolled on through a rich series of hits that were by turns traditional ("Just My Imagination"), timely ("Ball of Confusion"), and hard-edged ("Papa Was a Rolling Stone"). But if the hit Motown sound they so long personified became displaced by waves of funk and middle-of-the-road music on the R&B charts, the Tempts adapted remarkably well, scoring hits like the P-Funk collaboration "Shakey Ground," 1984's "Treat Her Like a Lady," and 1998's million-seller "Stay," the last cut nearly 40 years after the band's first Motown session. This collection chronicles their journey across several disparate epochs of soul music history, and includes a concise historical note for each song, as well as track-by-track commentary from founding Temptations member Otis Williams. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dream Come True
  2. I Want A Love I Can See
  3. The Way You Do The Things You Do
  4. My Girl
  5. It's Growing
  6. Since I Lost My Baby
  7. Don't Look Back
  8. Get Ready
  9. Ain't Too Proud To Beg
  10. Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
  11. (I Know) I'm Losing You
  12. All I Need
  13. You're My Everything
  14. I Wish It Would Rain
  15. I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)
  16. Cloud Nine
  17. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
  18. Runaway Child, Running Wild
  19. I Can't Get Next To You

Disc: 2

  1. Psychedelic Shack
  2. Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)
  3. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
  4. Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)
  5. Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
  6. Masterpiece
  7. Hey Girl (I Like Your Style)
  8. Let Your Hair Down
  9. Shakey Ground
  10. Power
  11. Standing On The Top Pt. 1
  12. Treat Her Like A Lady
  13. The Jones': 12' Surgery Mix
  14. Some Enchanted Evening: Fiji Island Mix
  15. Stay
  16. I'm Here: Metro Mix
  17. Lady

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B00006580T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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...this with the new Psychedelic Soul collection should cover anyone's Temptation's taste....
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?
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I'm only a casual fan of Motown music but the Temptations are by far my favorite Motown group. I got this CD to replace my 1985 Command Performances 17 Greatest Hits CD and this collection does not disappoint.

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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The Temptations were one of Motown's hottest and most versatile acts. Their stage acts were phenomenal with their carefully planned choreography, whilst in the studio, their diverse range of harmonies made for an electric and dynamic combination. David Ruffin had an explosive voice that complimented any recording he worked on during his reign with the groups in the 1960's. They first hit the jackpot with the sparse and infectious production of the Smokey Robinson produced, The Way You Do The Things You Do where their harmonies each blended neatly into the state-of-the-art soul production but it was the classic My Girl that catapulted them into blockbuster success. After this became a huge seller on both sides of the Atlantic, everyone knew who The Temptations were. The splitting of lead vocal duties between David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks marked an interesting transistion in their work with instant dance-floor fillers like the jamming Get Ready and funky, Ain't Too Proud To Beg showcasing Eddie Kendricks smot, sensuous vocal abilities, combined with rocketing volume of David Ruffin's more forceful delivery. They also steered into more romantic, pop orientated material with sensual, lush ballads such as I Wish It Would Rain, Since I Lost My Baby, You're My Everything. They enjoyed an electric and fruitful collobartion with Motown's biggest female act, Diana Ross And The Supremes in the late 60's with the magnificent, I'm Gonna Make You Love Me being their most commercially successful. The fantastic Cloud Nine featured Dennis Edwards as lead singer and was the groups first major chart hit after the departure of David Ruffin. An element of social conciousness was injected into the lyrics and featured a startling and compelling psychedelic guirtar riffage for the arrangement.Read more ›
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I love this compilation, especially since it has one of my favorite early Temptations songs, I Want A Love I Can See. This is the perfect CD to have if you don't have the 60+ dollars for the Emperors of Soul CD set.
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