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The Temptations - Temptations Live! (1999)

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The Temptations - Temptations Live! (1999)
Artist: The Temptations
Title Of Album: Temptations Live!
Year Of Release: 1999
Label: Motown
Genre: Soul
Format: Flac/Cue/Log/Artwork
Quality: Lossless
Total Time: 51:08
Total Size: 360 MB (+3%)


01. Intro [0:01:09.73]
02. Medley [0:04:49.13]
03. What Love Has Joined Together [0:03:01.33]
04. My Girl [0:03:08.76]
05. Yesterday, What Now My Love [0:04:51.40]
06. Beauty Is Only Skin Deep [0:02:23.90]
07. Group Introduction [0:00:48.96]
08. I Wish You Love [0:01:52.73]
09. Ain't Too Proud to Beg [0:02:57.53]
10. Old Man River [0:04:44.86]
11. Get Ready [0:02:10.70]
12. Fading Away [0:01:55.66]
13. My Baby [0:02:10.86]
14. You'll Lose a Precious Love [0:02:50.82]
15. Baby, Baby I Need You [0:01:50.24]
16. Don't Look Back [0:07:07.06]
17. The Way You Do the Things You Do [0:03:24.00]
The Temptations - Temptations Live! (1999)
personnel :

Eddie Kendricks
David Ruffin
Otis Williams
Melvin Franklin
Paul Williams

Capturing live rock or soul performances professionally for commercial release was still more art than science on October 3, 1966, when this album was recorded at the Roostertail in Detroit. Technically, Temptations Live! has its flaws -- balance problems and leakages -- but the remastering has compensated for these problems extraordinarily well, and the performance always had about as much energy as any other three albums of the same era. And as fine as their studio sound was, that energy was something that could only be captured in concert. In fact, they fare better than almost any other Motown act of the period on this live album. Berry Gordy always encouraged his acts to try to "mainstream" their sound in concert, which meant the Supremes did numbers from contemporary Broadway shows when they cut live albums, but the Temptations were one act that could get away with this repertory and not seem arch or artificial on stage -- Paul McCartney's "Yesterday" (he must have gotten the biggest kick out of the Temptations covering one of his songs) and Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's "Ol' Man River" just flow out as part of the show, sandwiched between the Smokey Robinson numbers. The producers compensated for the original album's flaws by going back to the unedited tape, which yielded yet another bonus -- in addition to the released album, they found the original finale of "The Way You Do the Things You Do" (which would have made the LP too long) that puts a killer cap on a superb concert recording and fills a gap in their recorded history. The notes are fully detailed as well -- always a nice bonus on a mid-priced CD. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

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