Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The Temptations - The Temptations Sing Smokey (1965)


Released March 1965

This is an excellent album from The Temptations (their second) from the beginning of their career. They really proved their worth here as a multi-talented vocal group, with all members capable of taking lead vocals. It is an album where they cover songs written by Smokey Robinson and cover them most impressively they do. Obviously the main vocalists Eddie Kendricks (falsetto) and the soulful David Ruffin are the standout performers, but, for me, Paul Williams has always been my favourite Temptations lead singer. Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin also contribute too. They were all great, let’s face it.

The album is also notable for having outstanding stereo sound, especially considering it was 1965. Incredibly good. One of the finest early Motown albums for sound quality.

Highlights are “The Way You Do The Things You Do” (which had also appeared on the group’s debut album “Meet The Temptations”), the iconic “My Girl”, “What Love Has Joined Together”, “It’s Growing” and “You Really Got A Hold On Me”. “You Beat Me To The Punch”  has just sensational sound on it and one hell of a vocal from Paul Williams. I just love that guy’s voice. God bless him.

This album is certainly well worth checking out. It is extremely impressive considering how long ago it was recorded. Also, there is a fair case that these versions are all the equals of the Smokey Robinson & The Miracles versions.


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