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Sunday, 3 June 2018
The Undisputed Truth - Best Of The Undisputed Truth
Following the steps of The Temptations’ brand of socially-conscious “Psychedelic Soul”, this male and female vocals, horns and funk band never quite got the credit or success their brief few years of output deserved.
Several of the tracks were also recorded by The Temptations, and by and large it is those that are the definitive versions. However, The Undisputed Truth’s versions are still listenable. “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” is much shorter, but more funky and horn driven; “Law Of The Land” concentrates more on vocal harmonies; “Smiling Faces Sometimes” is again shorter, and more obvious as a single; “You Make Your Own Heaven And Hell” is the one where The Truth’s version more than competes with The Temps’. A fine funky workout it is too.
Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On” is covered in a laidback, soulful fashion. This is one they extend to a full nine minutes, with an excellent instrumental fade out.
As for the band’s own material, the Stax-y opener “Save My Love For A Rainy Day” is impressive, as is the excitingly funky “What It Is”. “Girl You’re Alright” is a romantic one and “Mama I Got A Brand New Thing” is another excellent funker, as are “Help Yourself” and “I’m A Fool For You”. “Lil’ Red Riding Hood” is a forerunner of the sort of thing Parliament and Funkadelic did in the 1980s.
Some of the later tracks see them going about UFO’s and being “Spaced Out” and the quality dips a little, but not much.