List of All Top Temptations Albums, Ranked
View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Meet The Temptations on Meet The Temptations (Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue) album cover. The new album soars with The Temptations' strongest lineup in 20 years, led Among the cover versions, the group transforms Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" released their first Motown album, 's Meet The Temptations. After 'My Girl' and the albums Meet The Temptations and The Temptations Sing Smokey, their career exploded in a flash of radio, television, concert and chart.
Similar to fellow group member Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin began to battle health related issues in the late s. Franklin was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and began to take cortisone to combat the disease.
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The consistent usage of cortisone left Franklin's immune system weakened, and he would eventually develop diabetes. Franklin was shot in both the hand and leg in while trying to prevent a man from stealing his car. Melvin Franklin died in after falling into a coma from a number of seizures.
He along with his fellow members of the Temptations were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in However, Ruffin was the member that probably had the most impact on the group's success. Known for having a unique raspy voice, Ruffin joined The Temptations in after Elbridge 'Al' Bryant was fired from the group.
Ruffin initially sung background vocals, with the leads being traded between Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams. However, Motown artist Smokey Robinson saw something in Ruffin when he became the group's producer and co-writer. Smokey Robinson wrote and gave the lead to Ruffin on what is probably The Temptations most popular song 'My Girl' in My Girl became The Temptations first number one single, and the momentum of the song pushed Ruffin into the role of the leading singer.Molotov Jukebox - Get Ready (Temptations Cover)
Other popular Temptation songs that Ruffin sung lead on include: Ruffin's ego began to take over byas he began to cause problems for the group. Ruffin became addicted to cocaine, and would often show up late for rehearsals and performances.
Ruffin also insisted that the group's name should be changed to David Ruffin and The Temptations, which would lead to a lot of friction between he and Otis Williams. After having enough of Ruffin, the group chose to fire him in David Ruffin would be replaced by Dennis Edwards. Ruffin would remain a problem for Motown and The Temptations following his departure.
He would often show up at the group's shows, and steal the microphone from Dennis Edwards during performances, which led to the group having to hire added security. Ruffin also sued Motown Records inseeking a release from his the record label.
The case was eventually settled, with Ruffin staying with Motown as a solo artist. Ruffin had successful years as a solo artist following his tenure with The Temptations. Ruffin developed a friendship with Eddie Kendricks, and the two later joined The Temptations in for their 'Reunion' tour and album.
However, Ruffin continued with many of the habits that led to his firing from the group during the 'Reunion' album tour. Ruffin's addictions led him to miss shows, and subsequently caused the group to lose money.
Ruffin would be fired for the second and final time. Throughout the mid and late 80's, Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks would perform together as a duo. Former Leads of The Temptations. David Ruffin died on June 1, in Philadelphia of an 'adverse reaction to drugs'. He was 50 years old at the time of his death. Source Otis Williams Otis Williams is one the co-founders of The Temptations, and the only member from the original lineup that is still living today.
Now at age 71, Williams currently still performs with the group. Williams rarely sung lead on records for The Temptations, but was primarily known for being the groups leader and organizer. He was also known as the group's 'background tenor in the middle'. Otis Williams was born in Texarkana, Texas. However, William's mother moved to Detroit Michigan while he was still a toddler.
During his teenage years, Williams became interested in singing. It was during his teenage years when he would meet and befriend fellow Temptation member Melvin Franklin, with whom Williams would maintain a friendship with for over 30 years. Williams co-authored a book titled 'Temptations' in The book was deemed William's personal autobiography, and a history of the group.
Ten years later, the book would be adapted into a television miniseries for NBC titled 'The Temptations'. Throughout the years, public opinion of Otis Williams has been mixed.
Some viewed Williams's account of his former group members as being negative and jealous, while others have defended Williams for his brutally honest accounts of the troubles The Temptations shared. Source Member Facts Each member of The Temptations not only had unique voices, they also had different styles, nicknames, and personalities.
Here are some added facts about the group. Otis Williams received an honorary doctorate from Stillman College in Melvin Franklin was known as 'Blue' by friends and group members. This nickname came from Franklin's love of the color blue. Eddie Kendricks favorite food was cornbread, and he was given the nickname 'Cornbread' or 'Corn' by the group.
The late Rick James was the nephew of Melvin Franklin. James idolized lead singer David Ruffin, and jumped at the chance to produce the song 'Standing on the Top' in during The Tempations 'Reunion' album.
JA - Jesus, I thought the seven-minute single version of "Papa" was long - at eleven minutes, the tune gets boring, despite all the brilliant arranging touches. And it's downhill from there, with none of the covers breaking new ground, and the better numbers "Run Charlie Run" simply rehashing earlier pentatonic funk successes.
The good news is that, unlike all the other albums from this period, there's no truly bad track on the disc "Mother Nature" comes close. The smooth version of "Do Your Thing" here is far milder than Hayes' guitar-driven psychedelic original. This time Whitfield wrote everything, without a single co-write, and his slow-paced discursive approach gets to be hard to take. He seems to have decided the main problem with "Papa" was that it wasn't long enough, so he gives us a 14 minute title track - unfortunately, neither the words nor the music are interesting.
Somehow the single version of the tune became a Top Ten hit, the group's last.
Two minor hits are better: Best of all is the album-closer "Hurry Tomorrow," which is mellow and harrowing at the same time - kind of like heroin addiction. DBW The last Whitfield production; it didn't sell too well, and all of the singles bombed out, but it's definitely a step up from Masterpiece. There's only one superextended orchestral track "Zoom"and the other six tracks are varied and interesting: The next single "Heavenly" is a lovely string-heavy ballad, while the followup "You've Got My Soul On Fire" is a funky throwback to the group's late 60s sound.
DBW Only the title track wasn't put out as a single side. With Whitfield having scored the band major chart successes all the way up to Masterpiece, the singles' miserable chart performances were a sad coda to the collaboration. Veteran Motown producer Jeffrey Bowen stuffed side 1 with P-Funk -style rave ups, including one major hit "Shakey Ground" and two other, moderately successful singles "Happy People"; "Glasshouse".
Side 2 works just about as well, with some lush, super-slow orchestrated ballads like the title track an old Leon Russell songthe dramatic "Memories," and the band-written "I'm A Bachelor," which adds some ecstatic funk to Motown's old-style brass and class. The harmonies are strong, Melvin gets to deliver some romantic monologues, and the closest thing to a lapse is a needless reprise of "Happy People.
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Ollie Brown is one of three drummers here. JA House Party Otis Williams says this collection of tracks from disparate sources was released without the group's approval, and is terrible. We're withholding judgment until we can hear it for ourselves.
Produced by Frank Wilson and Leonard Castonand it's remarkably characterless: Kendricks's vocals are as good as ever, but it's not enough to put this over, except for the gentle, lovely "Skippin' Work Today," by J. Caston co-wrote half the tunes, so probably he deserves the lion's share of the blame.
The style doesn't suit Ruffin's voice particularly well; he only gets to show his stuff on a couple of slower, grittier numbers "Wild Honey". The players are high-caliber: Probably the best full-length McCoy production I've heard, but it's scary how little that's saying.
Because of Sly Stone's tax problems, he didn't take any composing or arranging credits - keyboardist Truman Thomas may have received them in his place, or may have written the songs himself, it's hard to tell.
Neither approach was still commercially viable by the mids, and it's no surprise that the record flopped, especially because Bowen decided to make this a Dennis Edwards solo album: Edwards has all the leads, and the other Tempts are hardly audible.
For all that, there is some decent music here: Better than many later albums, but don't expect too much.
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Apparently they'd been wanting to do such an album for years, but Gordy had fought to prevent it, which is yet another testament to Gordy's acumen - this is one painful listen.
It's kind of amazing that these guys could spend so many years near so many great writers and producers without any of it rubbing off on them.
Longtime band handler Suzee Ikeda co-produced with Tall "T" Productions, and it's formula disco with no memorable melodies.
The dance track "I'm On Fire Body Song " is probably the strongest track, but that's no recommendation. DBW Ironically, this record was the first not to break the Top 40 going all the way back to their debut in The band left Motown afterwards and never really rose back to their earlier levels of commercial success.
Goin' Up in Smoke Kendricks: And the lyrics are worse than the music: At this point Edwards was out of the group, replaced by Louis Price.
Ron Have Mercy Kersey arranged a few of these tracks, but doesn't show the flair evident on his work with the Trammps; here he just piles on disco strings and bass vamps. An embarrassing disappointment best forgotten. DBW The first of two albums on Atlantic records, it was a huge flop. The group put out five singles over three years with Atlantic and none of them even charted, a pathetic humiliation for a band of such importance.
But the funk's not nearly as fiery as the Players' title trackand it comes off as a failed attempt to keep up with trends - ditto for the overproduced disco numbers "Mystic Woman". Price was out, Edwards was back in. The title track studiously imitates the early 70s Whitfield epics - with simmering strings, a rock-solid bass vamp and guitar work from Wah Wah Watson - and it works like a charm, cleverly using Melvin's bass vocals.
WalkerFreddie Washington and Gary Coleman. It sold moderately strongly but didn't break the Top 40, like all of the albums that followed except Reunion. What is it that familiarity breeds, again? It's on the tip of my tongue JA Love Keys Kendricks: Kendricks' singing is as high-pitched and lovely as ever, and the low-key arrangements give him plenty of space.
It's standard James product, complete with the usual P-Funk ripoffs and the trademark snapping sound, and at almost ten minutes it gets awfully boring. Fortunately, most of the record is better: Most of the leads go to Edwards. Then there's Ron Miller's "I've Never Been To Me," a different version of Charlene's insufferably cheesy concurrent hit - here the lyrics are far more down to earth, and the vocal arrangement effectively utilizes the Tempts' talents. The CD release includes two bonus tracks, neither of which should have made the album: JA Surface Thrills Whitfield came back to produce five tracks, but nothing happened chart-wise.
All this is not much fun if you're not an EWF fan, though, and nothing new if you are, so I wouldn't shell out too much for this one. In places the debt to the Isley Brothers is very obvious "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face"and the commercialism of the whole project is rather in your face, but damn if the album doesn't do exactly what it sets out to do: Mostly arranged by Isaias Gamboa; there are only a few guests but they're well used: The disc doesn't list the group members, but Melvin Franklin's last recordings are here.
DBW Phoenix Rising The album got good press and won a couple of awards, but really the group was being rewarded for longevity rather than creativity. The two versions of Walden's "Stay" exemplify the "hey we're current" approach: