The Ultimate Collection

The Ultimate Collection

by David Ruffin


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For David Ruffin, leaving the Temptations in the early 1970s to pursue a solo career was taking a gamble. Like Eddie Kendricks (who did the same thing), Ruffin was asked whether or not he was sure he wanted to leave such a successful group. But the soul singer had some fine moments as a solo artist, a fact that is illustrated by this CD. Released in 1998, The Ultimate Collection focuses on Ruffin's post-Temptations work in the 1970s. There's a lot to admire in this good- to excellent-anthology, which ranges from his hits "Walk Away from Love" and "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)," to a pleasing cover of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "I Miss You." The late soul man was a master of dramatic tearjerkers, and the emotional, heart-on-his-sleeve approach serves him quite well on "Pieces of a Man" (not to be confused with the Gil Scott-Heron song), "World of Darkness," and "No Matter Where." If you've never experienced the pleasures of Ruffin's solo years, The Ultimate Collection would be the most appropriate starting point.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/1998
Label: Motown
UPC: 0731453095922
catalogNumber: 530959

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Ruffin   Primary Artist
Van McCoy   Conductor

Technical Credits

Van McCoy   Arranger,Producer
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Oscar Fields   Executive Producer
Harvey Fuqua   Producer
Berry Gordy   Producer
George Gordy   Producer
Fred Hammond   Executive Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Producer
David Irvin   Art Direction
Paul Riser   Arranger
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Bobby Miller   Producer
Jan Crutchfield   Composer
Johnny Briston   Producer
Joe Talley   Executive Producer
Mark Davis   Producer

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The Ultimate Collection 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No one alive hasn't heard David Ruffin's voice My Girl, Ain't Too Proud To Beg, I Know I'm Losing You. The lexicon knows his voice, but not his name, and only as a Temptation-not as the full grown man singing grown folks' music. You can only find that here.