The Four Tops: Levi Stubbs, Lawrence Payton, Obie Benson, Duke Fakir.
Producers include: Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Steve Barri, Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter.
Compilation producer: Dana G. Smart, Cary E. Mansfield.
Includes liner notes by A. Scott Galloway.
Liner Note Author: A. Scott Galloway.
Arrangers: Jerry Long; Dennis Lambert; Gil Aksey; Donald Hackett; Jimmy Roach; Lawrence Payton; Michael Omartian.
A concept album that's different. Hip-O Records thoughtfully compiled love songs by the Four Tops recorded at Motown and ABC Records. The only gripe is with the selections, but you have to applaud the idea. Representing Motown is their national anthem "Baby I Need Your Loving," as well as "Without the One You Love," a brilliant rendition of Tommy Edwards' "It's All In the Game," ("It's the Way) Nature Planned It" and "Still Water (Love)." Their ABC Records stint gave us firestarters like "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I Got)," the melodic "Love Music," "Midnight Flower" (a song about a prostitute from a satisfied customer), "When She Was My Girl" and five others. Of the 14 tracks, five are Motown cuts. A few of the ABC cuts were ill-chosen and interrupt the flow, as with "I Believe in You and Me." ~ Andrew Hamilton