Temptations Live!

Temptations Live!

by The TemptationsThe Temptations


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Capturing live rock or soul performances professionally for commercial release was still more art than science on October 3, 1966, when this album was recorded at the Roostertail in Detroit. Technically, Temptations Live! has its flaws -- balance problems and leakages -- but the remastering has compensated for these problems extraordinarily well, and the performance always had about as much energy as any other three albums of the same era. And as fine as their studio sound was, that energy was something that could only be captured in concert. In fact, they fare better than almost any other Motown act of the period on this live album. Berry Gordy always encouraged his acts to try to "mainstream" their sound in concert, which meant the Supremes did numbers from contemporary Broadway shows when they cut live albums, but the Temptations were one act that could get away with this repertory and not seem arch or artificial on stage -- Paul McCartney's "Yesterday" (he must have gotten the biggest kick out of the Temptations covering one of his songs) and Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's "Ol' Man River" just flow out as part of the show, sandwiched between the Smokey Robinson numbers. The producers compensated for the original album's flaws by going back to the unedited tape, which yielded yet another bonus -- in addition to the released album, they found the original finale of "The Way You Do the Things You Do" (which would have made the LP too long) that puts a killer cap on a superb concert recording and fills a gap in their recorded history. The notes are fully detailed as well -- always a nice bonus on a mid-priced CD.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/1999
Label: Motown
UPC: 0731454951524
catalogNumber: 549515
Rank: 55339

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Temptations   Primary Artist
David Ruffin   Vocals
George Benson   Tenor Saxophone
Otis Williams   Vocals
George Bohannon   Trombone
Thomas "Beans" Bowles   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Angelo Carlisi   Tenor Saxophone
Melvin Franklin   Vocals
Cornelius Grant   Guitar
Billy Horner   Trumpet
Eddie Kendricks   Vocals
Johnny Trudell   Trumpet
Bill Upchurch   Bass
Don White   Trombone
Scott Regen   Voices,Track Performer
Maurice King   Conductor
Paul Williams   Vocals
Norman Roberts   Drums
Ernie Rogers   Alto Saxophone
Ted Buckner   Alto Saxophone
Floyd Jones   Trumpet
Maurice Davis   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Chris Clark   Contributor
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Cornelius Grant   Musical Director
Eddie Holland   Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Harry Weinger   Liner Notes
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Scott Regen   Liner Notes
Robert Rogers   Composer

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Temptations Live! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you never saw this Temptation unit with David,Eddie,Paul,and Otis, this is your change to hear one of the greatest vocal groups of all time.Listen closely to not only the Lead vocals, but the background vocals. It will sends chills down your spine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best of the best ever done by the tempting Temptations. Their style of classics to their own songs show the versatility of this group not to mention their harmony is impecable. If you enjoy the "old school sounds" or real music with voices blending ever so eloquently, then Temptations Live is your pick.