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#394: Anthology by The Temptations

5.19.2011


Anthology by The Temptations (1973)

Favorite Track(s): "My Girl" and "Get Ready" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "(I Know) I'm Losing You" and "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)" and "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" and "I Can't Get Next to You" and "Just My Imagination" and "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" and "Power"

Thoughts: As far as Motown groups go, I never took to The Temptations or their story like I did The Jacksons. Like, I knew of them, and knew their music, but that was all I felt I needed to know. Most of these songs I knew by heart, thanks to my Oldies-saturated childhood.

Some of the show tune covers were interesting...for instance their version of "Ol' Man River" had moments of brilliance, but also moments of...confusion? Misdirection? It was strange. They also did "Try to Remember" from The Fantasticks and "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha.

I think my favorite song on the whole album was "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" though I think I still prefer this version (though this one holds a place in my TV heart). My least favorite song was probably "Ball of Confusion (That's the World Is Today)" and the name really says it all. Here's a sample lyric: Fear in the air/tension everywhere/Unemployment rising fast/the Beatles new record's a gas.

Overall, the album is great but probably over-packed with songs. I would cut anything post 1970, personally. But I recommend it nonetheless!

(Side note: I listened to the 1986 track listing, because wikipedia didn't have the original 1973 track listing.)

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