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marv2
09-28-2010, 11:27 PM
Since this is the Motown Section and we're suppose to be about the music (at least officially, hehehehe....) What was your favorite Temptations song and if you have a reason for it being your favorite, I'd love to hear about it.

Here is mine: "Please Return Your Love to Me" from 1968


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjINFEb_AX0&feature=related

paladin
09-28-2010, 11:43 PM
1. Marv since you didn't give a reason, it don't count, plus you infringed upon my personal copyright of that song.......

2. Since their catalog is so vast, I will probably post one song a day for the next month and you better not say a word.....

3. And its because I have favorites by all 438 Temptations...........

4. oh forgetaboutit!

This record is self explanatory.....



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mcq5nDfSG7o

marv2
09-28-2010, 11:54 PM
Paladin, I was going to ,but my brother called me from Detroit right in the middle of me starting this thread LOL!

My reasons for chosing "Please Return Your Love to Me" as my favorite includes the lyrics, they just sound like something sincere that a guy would say to his woman to try to win her back. Also, Eddie's vocals, his plea was darn near religious hehehehehe. You know what I'm saying, he was singing it like he was in church and all the Temptations can clearly be heard supporting him all through the song. The way he repeats "I'm a lonely one, I'm a lonely one, I'm a lonely one, I'm just a loooonnnely onnnee......!!! Was expert! A great technique to add as much soul and feeling to the song as possible.

This song invokes memories for me of that winter, where I lived and the people that were close to me at that time. I was too young to understand truly what the song meant, but the way it sounded and they way they sung it stuck with me all these years.

marv2
09-29-2010, 12:01 AM
Now Kev/Paladin, you listed the "other" favorite song from the Tempts for me. No kidding, I had to decide which one to go with and you picked my 1st runner up. You can say what you want, but the Temptations is MY GROUP exclusively at least ever since my Dad brought home that "Greatest Hits" album with the blue cover way back in 1966! LOL! He was playing their 45's when I was just crawling on the floor! But I am generous, I'll let you and others like them too, ok?

Now, "Since I Lost My Baby" was one of the songs that all the cool dudes in the neighborhood tried to sing acapella.

It's cool, you can post a song a day by the Tempts, but as long as you justify why it is good and why it deserves to be here. ok?

Marv

Glenpwood
09-29-2010, 12:15 AM
Thats easy, "Run Charlie Run"....... NOT!!!

Hard to narrow down but if I were to pick one I'd go with "It's Growing"

soulster
09-29-2010, 12:30 AM
Just about anything on the first four discs of the "Emperors of Soul" boxed set. Most of the box has the 45 RPM mono single versions.

bradsupremes
09-29-2010, 12:41 AM
It's difficult to pick a favorite because there are so many, but one that does come to mind was the unreleased "That'll Be The Day." When I first heard that song, it instantly became a favorite of mine. I played it numerous times in a row. I think the reason why I love it so much has to do that it really fits in with their big hits. I have no idea why it wasn't released as a single because it certainly would have been a huge hit for them. I guess it's one of those songs that leaves you to wonder how they ever let it slip through the cracks. It's too good of a song to have been left in the vaults.

marv2
09-29-2010, 01:40 AM
Good choice Glenpwood. I always dug the moves they did to "It's Growing" and David is in such fine voice, clear as a bell and restrained.

Soulster, you're copping out on me. You know that just about everything on that box set was great, but come on. Give it a shot. Tell us your favorite ONE. I know its hard, but just between us,which song would be the only one you could take with you to wherever?

Brad, I don't think I ever heard "That'll Be The Day." (but I am going to now go find it).

marv2
09-29-2010, 01:46 AM
Here's a working link to "Please Return Your Love to Me":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjINFEb_AX0&feature=related

jobeterob
09-29-2010, 01:50 AM
Some days it is Isn't She Pretty; others Dream Come True; sometimes I'm Losing You; sometimes Take A Look Around.

marv2
09-29-2010, 02:00 AM
Lyrics to Please Return Your Love To Me :
[Words in parentheses are by the entire group.
Others are lead singer Eddie Kendricks.]

(Please return your love to me, girl)
(Forgive me for the wrong I've done)

And, oh, baby
I cry myself to sleep at night
For fear of a-never holdin' you tight at all, baby (whoa, baby)
I miss ya more with each passin' day
Every night on my knees I pray
Oh, oh, baby (please)

[Chorus:]
(Return your love to me, girl)
(Forgive me for the wrong I've done
(Without your love, I'm just no good)
(For I am just a lonely boy)

I'm sorry for the wrong I've done
Now I know how it feels to lose that special someone (whoa, baby)
I need you more than words can say
Without your love I can't face another day
Oh, (please)

(Return your love to me, girl)
(Forgive me for the wrong I've done
(Without your love, I'm just no good)
(I am just a lonely one)

Oh, no, no-o-o-o, babe

If there's a heav'n above you'll be my one and only love (and, oh, baby)
I can't control the glow in me
Girl, come on and an' see about me

(Oh, ple-ea-ease)

(Return your love to me, girl)
(Forgive me for the wrong I've done
(Without your love, I'm just no good)
(I am just a lonely one)

I'm a lonely one
I'm a lonely one
I'm a lonely one
I'm just a lonelyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy onnnnnnnnnnnnne (I am just a)

[Fade]
(Please, return your love to me, girl)
(Forgive me for the wrong I've done
(Without your love, I'm just no good)
(I am just a lonely one)

phil
09-29-2010, 03:37 AM
Today it's that one, I love this dreamy feeling...



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5Z9-QCmZyw


Each day through my window I watch her as she passes by.
I say to myself, "You're such a lucky guy."
To have a girl like her
is truly a dream come true.
Out of all of the fellas in the world
she belongs to you...

But it was just my imagination
running away with me.
It was just my imagination
running away with me...

Ooh-hoo-hoo-hooh
Soon we'll be married..
and raise a family.
In a cozy, little home out in the country
with two children, maybe three.
I tell you, I can visualize it all.
This couldn't be a dream for too real it all seems.

But it was just my imagination -- once again --
running away with me.
I tell you it was just my imagination
running away with me...

Every night, on my knees I pray,
"Dear Lord, hear my plea...
don't ever let another take her love from me
or I will surely die.."
Ooh, her love is heavenly;
when her arms enfold me,
I hear a tender rhapsody...
but in reality, she doesn't even know me

Just my imagination -- once again --
running away with me.
Tell you it was just my imagination
running away with me.
I never met her, but I can't forget her.
Just my imagination..
-- ooh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah --
running away with me

paladin
09-29-2010, 12:30 PM
One of the best David/Eddie collabs ever, reminds me of House Partys and Blue Lights in the basement ......




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STNTuIp-zao

skooldem1
09-29-2010, 12:45 PM
Like millions of others, I enjoy many songs by the Temptations (original lineup- through Dennis Edwards). However, my favorite song by this group is:

TREAT HER LIKE LADY

This songs makes me feel good everytime I hear it. Great song.

jonc
09-29-2010, 12:52 PM
Just My Imagination. The lyrics move me like no other.

JimBagley
09-29-2010, 01:27 PM
I Ain't Got Nothin'

tamla617
09-29-2010, 02:35 PM
this is hard thing to pick marv!

i could have gone for any of the above and cloud nine but i'm going for one of the least played temptations hits (uk anyway)

TAKE A LOOK AROUND.1972 also on solid rock lp.

i

RossHolloway
09-29-2010, 03:11 PM
What a Difference A Day Makes. Listening to this song after a couple of drinks at night with love in my heart just melts me. It's so beautifully done.

paulo
09-29-2010, 03:11 PM
Gonna Keep On trying, til I win your love. Eddie at his best..Paulo XXX

marv2
09-29-2010, 03:59 PM
skooldem......YES!!!!!!

copley
09-29-2010, 03:59 PM
This one. It's remained my fav ever since I heard it in '66 and fits what's happening in my life at present. (I Know) I'm Losing You.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWr_F4Gg8sY

marv2
09-29-2010, 04:00 PM
Jimbagley, that is deep and I'm not just talking about Melvin Franklin's voice.

paulo
09-29-2010, 04:36 PM
I quite often dig out A World, Of You Love & Music from HOUSE PARTY. Makes me boogie round doin the housework..Paulo XXX

marv2
09-29-2010, 04:48 PM
Tamla617, it was a hard choice for me as well. "Cloud Nine" is definitely a favorite with "Runaway Child (Running Wild) being even a bigger favorite. Both songs were great and hold a lot of memories for me. Here's a clip of them doing a bit of "Take A Look Around" on television:

marv2
09-29-2010, 04:56 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVc9tzJIGcU

marv2
09-29-2010, 05:04 PM
Paulo, that , "Going to Keep On Tryin' " was Eddie at his best. It might as well been a solo.

marv2
09-29-2010, 05:06 PM
copley, you picked one of the heavy hitters. I have never heard anyone else be able to do "(I Know) I'm Losing You like the Classic 5 of the Temptations. Not even later incarnations of the group could quite sing it like David, Eddie, Melvin, Otis and Paul.

arrr&bee
09-29-2010, 05:37 PM
This is too easy,many times i've stated that my fav from the temptin ones is a little ditti from[1964]entitled-girl[why you wanna make me blue]this one just grabs you from the snaredrum opening to the magnificent blending of high notes on the title verse..this song is a killer-diller[hehehehe]and it just may be my favorite soul song of all time..as kids we used to go into the local sandwich shop and pop a quarter into the jukebox and everybody would move to this gem..i've always viewed this song as norman whitfield's best[yes i know he had bigger hits with the temps]but this song always holds it's own...i love you girl with all my heart and soul,i can't understand why you treat me cold your every wish girl is my command,and that's why i can't seem to understand why,girl,girl ,girl why you wanna make me blue!!!!!!

paladin
09-29-2010, 05:43 PM
Ross Holloway, we are in the same ball park. That is one beautiful record..........and so was this: Ali Woodson being a Temptation ! Theo Peoples.......this video makes me so sad and happy at the same time.....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MHpx6EwEm0

johnjeb
09-29-2010, 09:54 PM
My Temptations favorite: "(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need"

I never tire of the singles from 1966 through 1968. I also prefer the singles pre-1966 over the psychedelic era post-1968. And I just don't like "Just My Imagination".

I agree with Rob that "Isn't She Pretty" is great.

Of the songs released in the CD era I love "Truly Yours" (David) from Motown Sings Motown Treasures and "I Now See You Clear Through My Eyes" (Paul) from Lost & Found.

tmd
09-29-2010, 10:47 PM
I Could Never Love Another. The great build up with the tapping sound, the Detroit Symphony playing thoes great strings and David Ruffin - soulful voice and the high notes that he hits.

Perfection

jobeterob
09-29-2010, 11:13 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gytmVi-Wh5w

Night and Day! It was my favorite for years.

jobeterob
09-29-2010, 11:20 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJcUFk8wGP4

When Dennis took a song and sang it better than David!

marv2
09-29-2010, 11:25 PM
I bit surprised that no one as of yet mentioned the Tempts 1980 version of "Silent Night" which is a perennial radio favorite for nearly 30 years during the holidays.

topcat
09-30-2010, 02:34 AM
"All I Need"
"You're My Everything"
"Psychedelic Shack"

And yes..."Silent Night"
oh, almost forgot "I'll Be In Trouble"



topcat

robb_k
09-30-2010, 04:41 AM
1367
Hard to pick just one. Here are my top 5:

1. A Tear From A Woman's Eye
2. My Girl
3. Since I Lost My Baby
4. Girl, Why You Wanna Make Me Blue
5. Mind Over Matter (as The Pirates)

marv2
09-30-2010, 06:58 PM
topcat, "I'll Be In Trouble" was my favorite Temptations song back in the 60's. I would skip all the songs on "Greatest Hits" to hear that one.

skooldem1
09-30-2010, 07:07 PM
Marv- "Silent Night" was on my mind. That is one of my faves. I always say, it aint Christmas until I hear that song. My other Tempt song is "Papa was a rolling stone".

nabob
09-30-2010, 07:17 PM
What an unfair question!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIP2jMopxHE

This is Eddie's tenor at its best sweetly blowing quintessential Motown. The song marks the milestone of when I first became a fan of the Tempts. We were 11/12 years old singing our natural butts off on the street corners & stoops while trying to do the Temptation Walk. This was the beginning of a long sweet ride. There are so many others that could easily be the fav, but this is the one for me.

marv2
09-30-2010, 07:22 PM
Skooldem! That's right! I know in Detroit (and Toledo), they would start to play it every year at the end of November signaling the start of the Christmas Season. It has now become a classic, a tradition up there with all the old popular Christmas recordings.

But how about a little "Papa Was A Rolling Stone"?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A4XRSK1_cQ

topdiva1
09-30-2010, 07:27 PM
Standing On The Top - cause the words are so true.

tamla617
10-01-2010, 11:36 AM
why wasnt runaway child not included on any album (except geatest hits,comps etc)

rovereab
10-01-2010, 01:56 PM
tamla617 - Runaway Child is included in the Cloud Nine album.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_Nine_%28The_Temptations_album%29

paladin
10-01-2010, 02:48 PM
Many of you have mentioned how unfair a question as to your favorite song, well they did have a hell of a lot, but as far as my favorite Temptation; here he is..........in complete melancholy mode singing one of my favorite Tempt tracks from my youth....you really didn't have to lose your lover to feel the pain in this song.......the late and great Mr. Paul Williams


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjTuqbixUF8

topdiva1
10-01-2010, 04:16 PM
Many of you have mentioned how unfair a question as to your favorite song, well they did have a hell of a lot, but as far as my favorite Temptation; here he is..........in complete melancholy mode singing one of my favorite Tempt tracks from my youth....you really didn't have to lose your lover to feel the pain in this song.......the late and great Mr. Paul Williams


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjTuqbixUF8


You gotta love Paul Williams - and what a blessing to have Paul Williams Jr. performing with The Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards.

ExGuyParis
10-02-2010, 09:47 AM
Thanks for this post. Sometimes I forget how many masterpieces these guys produced! A very tough choice to pick one...but in third place the gorgeous "I Wish It Would Rain." First runner up, should the winner be unable to serve: Losing You. It's hard to match the power and joy in the vocals and instrumentation. But the winner is Papa Was A Rolling Stone. Breakthrough on so many levels... a Motown opera in terms of the instrumental track...features the glorious voices of all the guys. Listening to the instrumental track without the vocals is an amazing treat.

tamla617
10-02-2010, 09:57 AM
rovereab
i meant why wasnt "dont let the joneses get you down" not on any album 'cept for g/hits and comps.

i had brain failure!

arrr&bee
10-02-2010, 06:28 PM
A side note if i may on[the girl's alright with me-1964]someone mentioned it earlier and for those of you with this song take a close listen to it,not so much for it's great lyrics but for the sheer greatness of eddie's voice,being and old first tenor myself i've sung this song and listened to a whole lot of first tenors records but i've said before and i'll say it again this is the greatest lead by a first tenor in soul music history!!

midnightman
10-02-2010, 06:31 PM
"Runaway Child, Running Wild"

NUFF SAID. That wasn't a song, that was a story lol

paladin
10-04-2010, 08:36 PM
Man sometimes the Tempts would take you to church and make you wanna do the sanctified dance at the same time ! Eddie & Dennis really tear this up.....whoa ! I always wondered if this was originally meant for Paul & Eddie, but I guess we'll never know ?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbwF9SgByzg

jbpintus
10-04-2010, 09:14 PM
THERE'S A DEFINITE CHANGE IN YOU
don't know why, except that's soooo good!

:cool:

JB

topdiva1
10-06-2010, 01:41 AM
I played some of the lessor known album cuts - and I must say


A Taste of Honey - sung by the late Eddie Kendricks - on the Temptations In A Mellow Mood album is simply

OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rest in peace - Eddie!!!!!!

You are loved and missed!

paladin
10-06-2010, 10:04 AM
I love Taste of Honey on this album as well as Live at Copa, but this cut which precedes both is not often talked about but Eddie Kendricks with an able assist from Paul (listen closely) and the Temptations impeccable harmonies make this one of my favorite live sides. They are simply brilliant:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufgz7Q76qls

marv2
10-06-2010, 02:51 PM
"A Taste of Honey" sung by Eddie was a classic in my opinion. I believe they recorded it again with the Supremes some time later. Love the Tempts version.

arrr&bee
10-06-2010, 03:47 PM
You guys should know that once i start on the temps i have to keep coming back[hehe]now have any of you tempaholics out there noticed the powerful blending of paul and dennis voices of the vastly underrated[i need your lovin]?

robbert
10-06-2010, 04:18 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp42GN4ZLgA&feature=player_embedded#!

Just My Imagination - I see 6 Temptations: Richard Street, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams, Glenn Leonard, David Ruffun and Dennis Edwards. Eddie of course leads, David sings his one liner "Everyday on my knees I pray...". The venue seems to be Hollywood Palace.
When was this recorded/broadcasted and how come Davis & Eddie sing with a Tempts formation after they left the group?

arrr&bee
10-06-2010, 04:30 PM
Um robbert there are seven temps this was done during the reunion in 1982 when eddie and david returned for a short time!

marv2
10-06-2010, 06:09 PM
Man Robbert you have it ALL wrong! LOL! As arrr&bee said, this performance in the clip is from 1982. The Hollywood Palace went off the air in 1970. There are seven Temptations here as it was their one and only Reunion Tour that year. David Ruffin is singing the late Paul Williams line "Every NIGHT on my knees I pray........" The program from which this clip was taken was "Solid Gold" a popular American Music program that ran from roughly 1979 to 1987.

paladin
10-06-2010, 06:36 PM
When I was a young man, I'd frequent Detroit and Toledo and this was one of those songs that always remind me of the time I spent there with my Aunts and Uncles........from Dorr St To Reynolds Rd....oh yeah The Temptations......


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBlXwzeONbU

adrian
10-06-2010, 06:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=840Q5GeGCdk&feature=related

Ahh, Paul Williams! Brings goose pimples (bumps) every time I hear it.

:o

robbert
10-06-2010, 07:08 PM
Look what I found... someone says in a comment it's the track with David's lead, but I hear a complete alternate lead vocal... am I right?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96iShcdResE&feature=player_embedded#!

robbert
10-06-2010, 08:39 PM
The Tempts' Grapevine sounds a bit underproduced to my ears. Norman Whitfield could put down masterpieces like Runaway Child, Law of the Land and Papa... this Grapevine seems to be just an excercise for what was to come.

paladin
10-10-2010, 10:39 AM
@robbert, yes you are and there is another one with The Temptations backgrounds on the Love Songs LP.....

@robbert, "Grapevine" doesn't sound under produced to me if there is such a thing ", unlike other Whitfield compositions where they sound very, similar, ( Undisputed Truth/Gladys & Pips) this tune served to highlight the individual tonal quality of the different leads/ background & choral like compositions . Yes it was a portent of things to come and I'm glad Norman was in charge of their transition.

Once again the genius of Norman Whitfield was boundless, here in this tune he is dealing with the Temptations loss of Dennis Edwards, Ali Woodson steps in and blows the doors of this tune. This was his debut song with The Temptations on their "Back 2 Basics" album and its the only one that I know that was released with both Dennis and Ali doing lead vocals. I'm pretty sure those are musicians from Rose Royce on this track hence the similarity in sound, but what a marvelous track it is......


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTw0CS3CfLc

captainjames
10-11-2010, 01:53 PM
rovereab
i meant why wasnt "dont let the joneses get you down" not on any album 'cept for g/hits and comps.

i had brain failure!

I have it on the Puzzle People album. Is that not what your asking or I have misunderstood your question ?

tamla617
10-11-2010, 04:34 PM
sorry
it was ball of confusion (very apt)
this wasn't on any temptations album APART FROM greatest hits,retrospectives and comps. does anybody know why?

paulo
10-11-2010, 05:34 PM
Just playin Your Not An Ordinary girl..again, AFTER My Baby, I aint Got Nothin, Gonna Keep On Tryin, I Want A Love I Can See, Superstar, Since I Lost My Baby, A World Of You Love And Music, Darling Stand By Me, My Girl, Please Return Your Love To Me, Ball Of Confusion, Love Woke Me Up This Morning, Smiling Faces Sometimes, Dream Come True, Get Ready, Treat Her Like A Lady, Jus My Imagination, Memories, A Song For You, The Joneses, Take A Look Around, I Could Never Love Another, Law of The Land...DAMN..WHOEVER CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF A 5 C.D.BOX SET WITH FAAAB BOOKLET KEEPING ME AWAKE, AT THIS TIME OF NIGHT, WITH SOME OF THE BEST MUSIC EVER, EVER MADE . Now thankyou, Temps, can I PLEASE get some sleep now? Got to work tomorrow so I get to come home and boogie to Aint Too Proud To BEG, making dinner b4 my Soulmate gets home....Paulo XXX

phyl
10-11-2010, 07:06 PM
my famvorite temptatins song is get ready thats a horny song i lvoe t he temepateison they were horny looking men who coudl sing the shit out of a song.

topdiva1
10-12-2010, 09:08 AM
The Tempatations have so many great songs as you all know - it is so hard to pick just one.

paladin
10-12-2010, 09:34 AM
@Tamla617, one of the great mysteries of Motown, however it is on a recent re-release CD Sky's The Limit as a hidden gem. Currently being used in promos for Detroit 187, this records shelf life is simply amazing.......another thing I never realized that "Just My Imagination" was written in 1969 and then shelved....alledgedly because the Tempts hit psychedelic songs were at the top of the charts

1500

alcestermotown
10-13-2010, 10:31 AM
If I had to pick a record that defined soul for me it would be Ruffin singing What Now My Love.

marv2
10-13-2010, 11:56 AM
@Tamla617, one of the great mysteries of Motown, however it is on a recent re-release CD Sky's The Limit as a hidden gem. Currently being used in promos for Detroit 187, this records shelf life is simply amazing.......another thing I never realized that "Just My Imagination" was written in 1969 and then shelved....alledgedly because the Tempts hit psychedelic songs were at the top of the charts

1500

Paladin/Kev, thanks for that picture sleeve. We use to have that at home when I was a kid. Didn't it include the lyrics on the reverse side?

paladin
10-13-2010, 12:15 PM
Thats Kdub to you Bub ? Since this is the second time that you've referred to me as Kev....grrrrrr........just meet me at the intersection of Dorr and Reynolds Rd and we can settle this! lol.....

marv2
10-13-2010, 01:05 PM
Thats Kdub to you Bub ? Since this is the second time that you've referred to me as Kev....grrrrrr........just meet me at the intersection of Dorr and Reynolds Rd and we can settle this! lol.....


Woops, Sorry Kdub. You know when you guys changed your names, it was hard keeping up with you.

Come on! Ain't nobody scurred........ I'll meet ya up there Thanksgiving Weekend and we can take it over to Rogers H.S. if you wont...... LOL!!

marv2
10-13-2010, 01:07 PM
Well you know Southwyck Mall is gone now, right?

gordy_hunk
10-13-2010, 04:53 PM
There are a fair number for me:

Ain't no justice - I just love the power and the force of those lyrics

Masterpiece - Norman Whitfield at his very best

Runaway child, running wild - this was my first encounter with such a long and emotive track. I just love this, and reminds me of my childhood in Nottingham

paladin
10-13-2010, 05:23 PM
Dam its gone ? I think Big Sexxee or my Aunt and Uncles told me about it a couple weeks ago ! Knowing you Marv, you probably know members of my family........they did have interesting reputations all over Toledo, ............hmmmmm.....they were all named "Williams" with the exception of the oldest son, his name was "Tabb".........he and my uncle "Bud Curry" really thought they could hoop.....lol......

blkfrost
10-13-2010, 06:51 PM
There are too many Temptations songs to love... Here are a few of my favorites: My Baby (David Ruffin really sings this song), Fading Away, You're My Everything, I Can't Get Next To You, Heavenly, Firefly, Aiming At Your Heart, Memories, 1990, Everything for Christmas, Masterpiece, Power, You've Got to Earn It, Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue). I could go on and on

paladin
10-13-2010, 10:40 PM
@blkfrost....most of us could, not only is their catolog extensive, the brothers were good..........real good.

marv2
10-13-2010, 11:09 PM
Dam its gone ? I think Big Sexxee or my Aunt and Uncles told me about it a couple weeks ago ! Knowing you Marv, you probably know members of my family........they did have interesting reputations all over Toledo, ............hmmmmm.....they were all named "Williams" with the exception of the oldest son, his name was "Tabb".........he and my uncle "Bud Curry" really thought they could hoop.....lol......

Kdub, I bet I do (know some of your family, we know everyone! LOL!) I Bigsexxee's sister very well and for many years. Kdub, I will ask my cousin John in Toledo as he is always the go to guy to help me and everyone reconnect with folks back there. Thanks man.

marv2
10-13-2010, 11:12 PM
Kdub, yep, they tore down Southwyck Mall either late last year or early this year. It only opened in 1973. That's where I went to see "Cleopartra Jones" hehehehe. Toledo has a habit of tearing down buildings that have not been vacant very long. They'd tear you down if you stood still long enough over there! LOL!

marv2
10-14-2010, 08:22 AM
Here is one that a definite favorite of mine, "Message From A Black Man" -1969:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6hAKhGFfsc

jobeterob
10-16-2010, 11:46 PM
Message from a Black Man was The Temptations at the top of their game.

phyl
10-17-2010, 04:51 PM
Kdub, yep, they tore down Southwyck Mall either late last year or early this year. It only opened in 1973. That's where I went to see "Cleopartra Jones" hehehehe. Toledo has a habit of tearing down buildings that have not been vacant very long. They'd tear you down if you stood still long enough over there! LOL!

i ussed to go to that amll to buy cloths fo r jeannie when she was a litltle girl we had some good timmes there.

tamla617
10-18-2010, 11:27 AM
cheers paladin.is that version,the bonus track, a different mix?

paladin
10-18-2010, 12:37 PM
Good question and I cant check right now but I will later, I do own a different mix though, I think it from their Psychedelic two fer...lol....

tallone
10-19-2010, 01:01 AM
This is harder than pulling hens teeth.
But I'll run with "Since I lost my baby" because of that unbeatable harmony.
But I'd be totally dishonest if I didn't include "My Girl", the greatest love song of all time.

the_chicks_call_me__slick
10-19-2010, 02:26 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEZpde-RMe0

An absolutely superb song. great music, lyrics, vocals, musicianship, and production.

If only there were artists like Norman Whitfield, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, and Sly Stone etc around today, instead of the jokers who are currently lauded as stars.

arrr&bee
10-21-2010, 01:43 PM
You know gang there is a song that almost never gets mentioned when talking about the temps even though it's a b-side it's a gem,i'm talking about the seldom mentioned flip side to-my girl...the cool eddie kendricks lead-talking bout nobody but my baby..how cool is this gem?

paladin
10-22-2010, 01:52 PM
Jai, thats one of the songs I refer to as Temptations "Roots" music. This song is indeed one of my several hundred favorites and as with many Motown artists, the "B" sides almost certainly gave you as much pleasure as the A side. The Miracles and Mary Wells immediately jump to ones mind. Moreover since you brought it up, I'd also like to mention their cut "I Couldn't Cry, If I Wanted To" led by the dynamic Paul Williams, which if memory serves was the "B" side to I Know, I'm Losing You".

Recorded prior to David Ruffin joining the group only to be released years later. Eddie and Elbridge Bryants backing vocals were stellar and of course Melvin held the bottom while Otis floated along the top.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmnCwUDKfOA

arrr&bee
10-22-2010, 05:48 PM
jai, thats one of the songs i refer to as temptations "roots" music. This song is indeed one of my several hundred favorites and as with many motown artists, the "b" sides almost certainly gave you as much pleasure as the a side. The miracles and mary wells immediately jump to ones mind. Moreover since you brought it up, i'd also like to mention their cut "i couldn't cry, if i wanted to" led by the dynamic paul williams, which if memory serves was the "b" side to i know, i'm losing you".

Recorded prior to david ruffin joining the group only to be released years later. Eddie and elbridge bryants backing vocals were stellar and of course melvin held the bottom while otis floated along the top.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umncwudkfoa

paladin,you must be as old as me[smile]i couldn't cry is-da bomb you have started something now you know i'm gonna dig through my temps collection for hidden gems,hehe stay tuned...paladin you da man!!!

stephanie
10-22-2010, 08:55 PM
This has got to be one of the hardest questions to answer I have ever seen on the forum. There are 10 songs I can think of but one Ruffin lead that grabs me is Sorry is a Sorry Word I can listen to that song all day its one of my favorites when he says "remember me" I think the arrangement is different and just catchy. People are mentioning the classics and I love them all but from the 70s my favorite is Masterpiece, I know its a poor mans version of Papa was a Rolling Stone but it is more dramatic in my opinion.

marv2
10-22-2010, 09:00 PM
This has got to be one of the hardest questions to answer I have ever seen on the forum. There are 10 songs I can think of but one Ruffin lead that grabs me is Sorry is a Sorry Word I can listen to that song all day its one of my favorites when he says "remember me" I think the arrangement is different and just catchy. People are mentioning the classics and I love them all but from the 70s my favorite is Masterpiece, I know its a poor mans version of Papa was a Rolling Stone but it is more dramatic in my opinion.

Hi Stephanie, how are you? I did want a topic that would cause people to think as well as one that would be enjoyable across the board.

radionixon
10-22-2010, 09:38 PM
Man, what a tough question. Usually I'd reach straight for "Get Ready", but there are so many others that could be my favourite on any given day... "(You're My) Dream Come True", "I Know I'm Losing You", "Just My Imagination"...

Actually, one of my absolute favourites that no-one's mentioned yet (unless I've missed it) is the B-side to "Just My Imagination", their cover of the Velvelettes' "I'm The Exception To The Rule" which slows the song down to half speed and adds a gigantic kettledrum, as well as one of Eddie's last great performances with the group:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AiWc_eo6Fg

marv2
10-23-2010, 11:43 AM
Hey, do you guys remember these Temptations? (Melvin Franklin, Glen Carl Leonard, Richard Street, Louis Price and Otis Williams). They were together for a relatively short time from 1977-79 and recorded for Atlantic Records.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsfycvdyrbM&feature=related

arrr&bee
10-23-2010, 04:58 PM
hey, do you guys remember these temptations? (melvin franklin, glen carl leonard, richard street, louis price and otis williams). They were together for a relatively short time from 1977-79 and recorded for atlantic records.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsfycvdyrbm&feature=relatedhaaaaaa,heck yeah and i always like to mention that the album that spawned[in a lifetime]-hear to temp you was one of the temps best and don't forget the fantastic melvin lead-i could never stop loving you!!

arrr&bee
10-23-2010, 05:01 PM
this has got to be one of the hardest questions to answer i have ever seen on the forum. There are 10 songs i can think of but one ruffin lead that grabs me is sorry is a sorry word i can listen to that song all day its one of my favorites when he says "remember me" i think the arrangement is different and just catchy. People are mentioning the classics and i love them all but from the 70s my favorite is masterpiece, i know its a poor mans version of papa was a rolling stone but it is more dramatic in my opinion.hey steph what's up,you hit the nail on the head[sorry is a sorry word]has some of the coolest lyrics in motown history and nobody could deliver em like david!

arrr&bee
10-23-2010, 05:15 PM
You know gang i've always felt that the temps 80's body of work in most cases was as good as anything they did but maybe it was the times because they didn't sell as many records but man was a menu...lady soul-lucky-do you wanna go with me-look what you started-to be continued-the best of both worlds-evil woman-aiming at your heart-love on my mind tonight...these songs are all temptin[hehe]!!

paladin
10-24-2010, 02:47 AM
Yes I remember those Tempts, Louis Price hails from Chicago. Two of my faves from them during this period were Ever Ready Love and "I Just Dont Know How To Let You Go'....more on them later but .......when they came back to Motown with Dennis in Tow...this was one of those performances that I'll never forget......The Tempts were back with a vengence......Dennis does a mean Richard Nixon and the fellas step like no others...whew what a workout.........

Betcha even Obama likes this one........



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBB57yYCJwM&feature=related

arrr&bee
10-25-2010, 12:37 AM
yes i remember those tempts, louis price hails from chicago. Two of my faves from them during this period were ever ready love and "i just dont know how to let you go'....more on them later but .......when they came back to motown with dennis in tow...this was one of those performances that i'll never forget......the tempts were back with a vengence......dennis does a mean richard nixon and the fellas step like no others...whew what a workout.........

Betcha even obama likes this one........



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbb57yycjwm&feature=relatedoh yeah-power,and what a great album berry put together for thier return to motown,the power lp is in a word-great,how about the powerful[struck by lightning twice]or the magnificent[shadow of your love]..i've always felt that this temps lineup was second only to the classic temps of-eddie,david and paul.

marv2
10-25-2010, 08:01 AM
I saw this the night it was on television , "The Midnight Special". We had a dorm party. I bought the album shortly afterwards . This is first time that I'm realizing that some of the lyrics refer to Jim Jones and that massacre. WOW!

midnightman
10-25-2010, 06:35 PM
I think of the lesser known Tempts songs:
"Paradise"
"Dream Come True"
"Heavenly"
"1990"
"All I Need"

...those five rank up there with some of my favorites from the guys in the most famous lineups of the group. :)

marv2
10-25-2010, 06:45 PM
I've always liked "I Want A Love I Can See" by the Original Temptations. It was sort of doo-wop and they were just very creative with their ad libs etc on that record.

paladin
10-26-2010, 08:40 PM
Marv, you want doo-wop, I 'll give you Doo-wop......jeez these guys were better than good.......another cut before David got in the group.....Elbridge Bryant hitting those notes just behind Eddie.....dam classic song.......more later......Paul and Eddie were just supremely excellent....



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwrW2ZeAGKk&feature=fvw

marv2
10-26-2010, 11:16 PM
Ahh , now that was a good one! I remember Jerry Blavat of Philly playing it on his shows and "Frantic" Ernie Durham playing it in Detroit. Doo Wop heaven.......! Sang it!

marv2
10-26-2010, 11:21 PM
Marv, you want doo-wop, I 'll give you Doo-wop......jeez these guys were better than good.......another cut before David got in the group.....Elbridge Bryant hitting those notes just behind Eddie.....dam classic song.......more later......Paul and Eddie were just supremely excellent....



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwrW2ZeAGKk&feature=fvw

Kdub, now you're talking. Pure, uncut talent. That's what the Tempts were, Eddie, Al, Melvin, Otis and Paul!

paladin
10-27-2010, 07:34 AM
Marv as others have noted to appreciate the talent of The Temptations, one must be familiar with their B sides and hidden gems found on their many albums. Heres one from my youth that used to give me brain cramps,because it would stay in my head all day and it was very difficult to get it out. I also liked their subtle jab at "The Beatles" in this song and glad they stayed away from it........





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijJhhZUSXog


I wrote on another web site years ago about the Temptations and the question I asked was simple: Did The Temptations Kill Doo-wop ? It was based on their effortless transition away from songs like Baby, I Need You, Love I can See, Slow Down Heart, Dream Come True etc.....into the pop and soul sounding cuts like The Way You Do The Things You Do, Its Growing, My Girl.....after They recorded "The Way You Do The Things You Do" and the subsequent success of My Girl....I really can't recall another doo-wop piece by anyone. Although I'm sure their were some, maybe The Temps did indeed end one era of soul music and began another......just thoughts at large from a Temptation Fan.......:cool::cool::cool::cool:

*****note The Temptations did return years later with an example of what they used to do with the classic "I Aint got Nothing" and you could bet that The Flamingos were like WTF ?

edafan
10-27-2010, 10:08 AM
In a way, this question is like asking me "Which child of yours is your favorite?"
They are all my favorites.
All my kids
All the temptations songs

edafan

arrr&bee
10-27-2010, 10:15 AM
Folks seem to forget that the temps patterned themselves after the flamingos and were called the latter day flamingos,oh and by the way the great[baby,baby i need you] was recorded with david not al!

paladin
10-27-2010, 11:09 AM
Sorry Jai, I'm afraid you're dead wrong on that one. David was with the group by the time it was released but alas he wasn't on it. You can take that to the bank. My bank of course not yours.....

Kdub:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

arrr&bee
10-27-2010, 03:04 PM
sorry jai, i'm afraid you're dead wrong on that one. David was with the group by the time it was released but alas he wasn't on it. You can take that to the bank. My bank of course not yours.....

Kdub:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:hey paladin,you don't want to challenge me on the temps[trust me on this]i hope you got a fat bank account[hehe]baby,baby i need you was recorded in[1964]by which time al was long gone,don't believe me ask ralph.

arrr&bee
10-27-2010, 03:46 PM
Ok,ok i stand corrected it was recorded in[63]with al,i guess i'd better check my bank account.....aggghhhhhhgggghhhhhh!!!!!!!!

paladin
10-27-2010, 04:35 PM
No problem Jai. On that other site I referred to I was called The Sixth Temptation. That name was given to me by members, in fact The Dells wanted me to drop the name and roll with them.

I try to be as accurate as possible, I stay away from gossip threads because I cant learn anything. There are some educators who look in on this forum for information and share what we write in the classroom. Plus quite a few artists and their representatives "lurk" around here all the time and I'll be the last person to post a falsehood or misleading information about them. I have too much respect for them, myself and you too !

Some may think I'm to serious, but I've met quite a few of these people we talk about on a daily basis and they are as sensitive as anyone else. I could tell you about the horror stories I've heard. So normally if I cant say something good about a person, I ain't talking about them at all.

I read an opinion about one of our former members today, it was poorly written and self serving. I know that the author was trying to be complimentary but he failed miserably. I am still steaming over what he wrote as I write this, dam shame.


So when the check clears I'll let ya know..........

arrr&bee
10-27-2010, 04:44 PM
no problem jai. On that other site i referred to i was called the sixth temptation. That name was given to me by members, in fact the dells wanted me to drop the name and roll with them.

I try to be as accurate as possible, i stay away from gossip threads because i cant learn anything. There are some educators who look in on this forum for information and share what we write in the classroom. Plus quite a few artists and their representatives "lurk" around here all the time and i'll be the last person to post a falsehood or misleading information about them. I have too much respect for them, myself and you too !

Some may think i'm to serious, but i've met quite a few of these people we talk about on a daily basis and they are as sensitive as anyone else. I could tell you about the horror stories i've heard. So normally if i cant say something good about a person, i ain't talking about them at all.

I read an opinion about one of our former members today, it was poorly written and self serving. I know that the author was trying to be complimentary but he failed miserably. I am still steaming over what he wrote as i write this, dam shame.


So when the check clears i'll let ya know..........haaaaaa,paladin i'm always man enough to say i'm wrong even about the classic temps and as i tell the young folks you're never too old to learn as i learned today,thank you for teaching me something that i thought i knew,oh about that check...good luck..hehehehehehehehe...you da man!!!

paladin
10-27-2010, 06:39 PM
Jai can a brother get a bottle of Hooch instead......???????

midnightman
10-28-2010, 03:28 AM
The Temptations definitely patterned themselves after the Flamingos. As for them "killing doo-wop"? No I doubt that. They kept it alive but it was under the "soul music" tag. Same with Marvin. They had doo-wop in their blood. If anything the record industry killed that genre's commercial presence. Doo-wop still lives.