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    Four Tops Second Album

    This certainly was one the Tops’ strongest albums, with three songs becoming very successful singles: “I Can’t Help Myself,” “It’s The Same Old Song” and “Something About You.” But there are other tunes here that might have been successful singles. Does anyone know if Quality Control considered any others for release as A-side 45’s?

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    I don't know if any of the other songs the the Tops' Second Album were considered for single release. However, one of the cuts, "Since You've Been Gone" was pulled from the LP for the B-side of "Standing In The Shadows Of Love"; "Stay In My Lonely Arms" was remade by The Elgins (for the B-side of "Heaven Must've Sent You") and Kim Weston covered "Helpless" in 1966.
    Last edited by Motown Eddie; 09-18-2019 at 02:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motown Eddie View Post
    I don't know if any of the other songs the the Tops' Second Album were considered for single release. However, one of the cuts, "Since You've Been Gone" was pulled from the LP for the B-side of "Standing In The Shadows Of Love"; "Stay In My Lonely Arms" was remade by The Elgins (for the B-side of "Heaven Must've Sent You") and Kim Weston covered "Helpless" in 1966.
    Motown Eddie, of the three you mentioned, “Since You’ve Been Gone” may have had the most potential to chart big as a single for the Tops.
    I'll never understood why Kim’s “Helpless” wasn’t a big pop hit (it did go to #13 on the r&b chart).

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    I'M GRATEFUL had enormous. That was the best track on the already fantastic album. So is LOVE FEELS LIKE FIRE.

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    I'm not sure if this one was ever considered for a single released, but I would have voted for it:


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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    I'm not sure if this one was ever considered for a single released, but I would have voted for it:

    Yes, so many great songs on one album!

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    Me too! Marv and Mowest you have good taste.A great album and one that would be just great as an expanded set.

  8. There is a word I came across while reading a review of the "Reach Out" album: "alchemy". That word certainly fits when talking about "Four Tops Second Album". Everything hangs together so well, there isn't a single hiccup or lull from the beginning of side one to the end of side two. It's very hard to create albums this good.

    I have to believe some consideration was given to "Since You've Been Gone." That sucker JUMPED out at me back in the 80's when this album was new to me. I just assumed it had been one of the Tops' singles. I was floored to find out it wasn't.

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    Four Tops Second Album is easily my favorite Tops LP. There were three big hits, all of the other songs work well (with no detours into pop or standards) and the Classic Motown Sound has really come into it's own. Check out this new 'mini infomercial' Universal/Motown put together for this LP.

    https://youtu.be/uYDFUUV3KCc



    Last edited by Motown Eddie; 09-19-2019 at 07:44 AM.

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    This album, to me, capitalized on what I considered to the be Four Tops sound just as the "More Hits by the..." capitalized on their sound at the time. Both albums are so cohesive and defined each group's sound and Motown's sound at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Polhill View Post
    Me too! Marv and Mowest you have good taste.A great album and one that would be just great as an expanded set.
    Roger, some of us begged Universal, Hip_O_Select for an expanded edition of the Four Tops early albums, but I don't think it was even a serious consideration.

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    I think this was the Tops best album (Motown Era) after Reach Out. My favorite is "Is There Anything That I Can Do" (written and produced by Smokey). Levi is singing in a somewhat smooth voice at the beginning, but by the end he's going to church. Very underrated song.

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    Awesome album. Besides the singles, I LOVE "I'm Grateful" in particular.

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