I certainly do love The Temptations but I’d always kinda wondered how they went from the obvious Motown soul-pop of their early magic to a slightly harder-edged, psychedelic funk. Look, it was all great to me – but it didn’t flow well across compilations, and that’s really how I knew them.
Then I got a couple of their albums – but I never got hold of this one. Oddly. Because I knew about it – and I love all the Norman Whitfield productions, including his Undisputed Truth records, which is the blueprint for this version of The Temptations.
So, nice to hear this – finally.
I still love the sweet, sugary Temptations stuff. But I prefer this – it lines up with Curtis and Stevie and Sly a little more. Though I guess they all moved through their version/s of the more plastic-pop approach too.
But, truth be told, this is my favourite kind of music. The funk that is still soul. The soulful groove-based music that still has a pop-hook or two (or three), the harder edges that still (sometimes) have rounded corners.
This is the music I love more than any other type of music. Fortunately that’s only if we have to pick one type. Even more fortunate: we don’t!