The Temptations - Reunion 1982 [Japanese Remastered Limited Edition] (2013)
Artist: The Temptations
Title Of Album: Reunion
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Universal Japan / UICY-75837
Genre: Soul, Funk, Disco
Total Time: 45:28 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 111 mb / 328 mb (Covers)
"Like A Diamond In The Sky" and "Don't Hold It In" did not appear on the original version of REUNION. Reunion is a very good Temptations album that could have been great. Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff were originally rumored to produce this reunion of Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin with the current crop of Temptations. However, the two sides couldn't get the deal done. So Motown rationed out the production assignments to in-house producers Rick James, Smokey Robinson, and others. Seven voices sang on these tracks besides Kendricks and Ruffin, including Dennis Edwards, Glenn Leonard, Richard Street, Melvin Franklin, and Otis Williams, a mini-choir. Considering the voices on hand, they should have spread the leads around. Of the seven tracks, Edwards sings six and Ruffin one, the very ordinary "You Better Beware," written by money man Barrett Strong. Ruffin's vocal sounds rough and he appears to strain trying to reach some notes. Punk-funker Rick James' epic "Standing on the Top" production is the most popular track here, with its dead-on beat, blaring horns, and multiple voices; Rick James himself joins the Tempts on this festive song. Kendricks' bluesy falsetto lines on the fade are like cherries topping a sundae. Relishing the opportunity to produce Dennis Edwards, Smokey writes two beauties for the churchy belter: the introspective, engaging "Backstage" and the understated "More on the Inside," the second release from this set. Kerry Gordy, one of Berry Gordy sons, co-wrote two in-your-face cold-blooded stompers, the so-true "Money Hards to Get" and the frantic "Lock It In the Pocket," both excellent and both left for dead on the album. Edwards displays his balladry ability on a stunning rendition of "I've Never Been to Me" originally done by Charlene. Not a bad album, but the product doesn't equal the sum of the voices and producers. Why wasn't Eddie Kendricks given a lead?. Or Richard Street and the Kendricks-sounding Leonard?. Fans would have loved to hear the two falsettos featured on a song, or Kendricks and Ruffin co-leading as they did on "You're My Everything" and the lesser-known but just as brilliant "Born to Love" from The Temptin' Temptations. ~ Andrew Hamilton Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot & Dan Hersch (DigiPrep).2013 Japanese pressing. Motown.
1 Standing On The Top 9:48
2 You Better Beware 5:00
3 Lock It In The Pocket 4:30
4 I've Never Been To Me 5:57
5 Backstage 4:31
6 More On The Inside 3:49
7 Money's Hard To Get 4:44
8 Like A Diamond In The Sky 3:06
9 Don't Hold It In 4:12
Dennis Edwards: vocals
Melvin Franklin: vocals
Eddie Kendricks: vocals
Glenn Leonard: vocals
David Ruffin: vocals
Richard Street: vocals
Otis Williams: vocals
Rick James: guest vocals, producer
Mary Jane Girls: background vocals ("Standing on the Top")
Oscar Alston: bass guitar
Paulinho da Costa: percussion
Bill Elliott: electric piano, synthesizer
Clarence McDonald: keyboards
Bobby Nunn: synthesizer
Benjamin Wright: synthesizer, arranger
Berry Gordy: "Lock It In the Pocket", "Money's Hard to Get", "Don't Hold it In"
Iris Gordy and Barrett Strong: "You Better Beware"
Suzee Ikeda and Melvin Ragin: "Don't Hold it In"
Rick James: "Standing on the Top"
Ron Miller: "I've Never Been to Me"
Smokey Robinson: "Backstage", "More on the Inside", "Like a Diamond in the Sky"
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