by The TemptationsThe Temptations


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With an onslaught of greatest-hits compilations to their name, finding the ideal Temptations anthology can prove to be a daunting task for the die-hard fan as well as for those simply looking for the hits. Granted, there are several in print that are passable but by no means thorough surveys. And aside from the onslaught of midrange budget-line compilations currently in print, there are also the gigantic box sets and single discs with such titles as Emperors of Soul, Ultimate Collection, and 20th Century Masters to create additional confusion. Equally as baffling is the title of this compilation, simply called Gold. While it covers the bases and includes many of the group's finest moments ("My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "I Wish It Would Rain," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone"), it also overlooks some of their more obscure and mildly popular numbers of the '60s (including their duets with longtime friends and labelmates the Supremes) in deference to including easily forgettable songs from the '80s and '90s, which more often than not do not have original members in the lineup. With insightful and enjoyable liner notes from original Temp Otis Williams, it's a solid look at the history of the group but by no means a definitive one.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2005
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602498632000
catalogNumber: 000309902
Rank: 14623

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Temptations   Primary Artist
David Ruffin   Vocals
Louis Price   Vocals
Otis Williams   Vocals
Melvin Franklin   Vocals
Damon Harris   Vocals
Jerry Hey   Conductor
Eddie Kendricks   Vocals
Paul Riser   Conductor
Richard Street   Vocals
Ron Tyson   Vocals
Paul Williams   Vocals
Theo Peoples   Vocals
Ali-Ollie Woodson   Vocals
Ralph Morrison   Concert Master
Glenn Leonard   Vocals
Barrington Henderson   Vocals
Terry Weeks   Vocals

Technical Credits

Rick James   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Otis Williams   Producer,Executive Producer,Author
Eddie Hazel   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
R. Dean Taylor   Composer
Angelo Bond   Composer,Producer
Alton "Wokie" Stewart   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Nick Ashford   Producer
Shelly Berger   Executive Producer
Jeffrey Bowen   Composer,Producer
Victor Carstarphen   rhythm arrangement
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Cornelius Grant   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Ray Hayden   Producer,Remixing
Jerry Hey   String Arrangements
Eddie Holland   Composer
Suzee Ikeda   Executive Producer
McKinley Jackson   rhythm arrangement
Arthur Marbury   Producer
McKay   Producer
Narada Michael Walden   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Richard Perry   Producer
Paul Riser   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Orchestra Director
Zack Vaz   Executive Producer
Harry Weinger   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Vartan   Art Direction
Frank Wilson   Composer,Audio Production
James Fischer   Composer
Ronald White   Composer
Robert Rogers   Composer
Bill Dern   Executive Producer
Norman Long   Orchestra Director
Katrina Willis   Composer
Jeff Moskow   Contributor
Roger Penzabene   Composer
Bob Jones   Producer,Remixing
Colin Morrison   Composer
Ralph Boyd Johnson   Producer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Frank Beaty Wilson   Producer
Lewis Tillman   Executive Producer
Ali-Ollie Woodson   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer

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