by The Four TopsThe Four Tops
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A bountiful three-record collection later issued on two CDs, the Four Tops' Anthology presented, in chronological order, every notable song from the group's tenure at Motown, from their 1964 breakout hit "Baby I Need Your Loving" all the way to 1972's "A Simple Game." (The compact disc also tacked on two songs from the '80s: "I Just Can't Walk Away" and "Don't Tell Me That It's Over.") Over the course of six sides, Anthology tells the group's story with every one of their three dozen hits of the '60s and early '70s, leaving just enough room for low-level hits or solid album tracks ("Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten out My Life)," "Can't Seem to Get You out of My Mind," and a nice version of the Supremes' "Reflections") as well as some pop cover curios ("Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "A Place in the Sun," the surprising hit "If I Were a Carpenter," a beautifully wistful "Everybody's Talking," and a melody of "Hey Man" and Todd Rundgren's "We Gotta Get You a Woman"). It boasted far more attention to detail than the usual hits compilation and the sound was good for the time, though it became less crucial for Four Tops obsessives when Motown finally released the long-awaited box set Fourever in 2001.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Motown
UPC: 0737463080927
catalogNumber: 809

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Four Tops   Primary Artist
Supremes   Track Performer
Renaldo Benson   Vocals
Abdul Fakir   Vocals
Lawrence Payton   Keyboards,Vocals
Levi Stubbs   Vocals
John Barnes   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Ian Campbell   Artwork
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
R. Dean Taylor   Producer
Michael Brown   Composer
Nick Ashford   Producer
Vernon Bullock   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Berry Gordy   Executive Producer
Iris Gordy   Executive Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer,Producer
Willie Hutch   Arranger,Producer
Jerry Long   Arranger
Clay McMurray   Producer
Clarence Paul   Producer
Jimmy Roach   Arranger
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Producer
Dean Taylor   Producer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Norman Whitfield   Producer
J. Frank Wilson   Producer
Frank Wilson   Producer
Tony Sansone   Composer
John Silva   Recompilation,Revision
Jack Goga   Composer
John Barnes   Arranger,Programming,rhythm arrangement
Bob Calilli   Composer

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