The Temptations Ear-Resistable
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- Released: May 16, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Motown
Vibe - 6/00, p.219"...Singing that sounds like sunshine on a cloudy day....whether embellishing hushed choruses with resonant riffing...or mixing shimmering harmonies with individual star turns on doo-wop/hip hop-soul fusions..."
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The Temptations: Otis, Tyson, Terry Weeks, Barrington, Harry McGilberry, Jr.
Additional personnel includes: Joe (various instruments, programming); Wanda Vaughn (vocals); Dennis Nelson (guitar, keyboards, programming); Willie Brown, Randy Bowland (guitar); Gerald Levert (keyboards, drums, programming); Rodney "Cortada" Alejandro (keyboards, programming); Benjamin Love (keyboards); Jack Daley, Kerry Thruman, Tom Hammer, Calvin Gaines (bass).
Producers include: Joe, Stanley Brown, Dennis Nelson, Gerald Levert, Narada Michael Walden.
Recorded at Blue Palm Recording Studios, North Hollywood, California; Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, California; Tarpan Studios, San Rafael, California.
EAR-RESISTIBLE won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album.
Personnel: David Frazer (vocals, horns, drums); Wanda Vaughn (vocals); Dennis Nelson (guitar, keyboards, drum programming); Tariq Akonan, Larry Carlton, Randy Bowland, Willie Brown (guitar); Daniel Tucker (acoustic guitar); Al McKenzie, Victor Romasevich, Carla Picchi, Paul Brancato, Mariko Smiley, Dave Dover, Michelle Sell (strings); Donald Hayes , Carlos Valdes Machado (alto saxophone); Anselmo Carmelo Torres (trumpet); Kenneth Crouch (Fender Rhodes piano); Herman Jackson (organ); Gerald Levert (keyboards, drums, keyboard programming); Rodney "Cortada" Alejandro (keyboards, programming); Benjamin Love, Avery Burdette, Tom Hammer, Niles McKinney (keyboards); Ralph Armstrong (electric bass); Joe Little III (drums, keyboard programming); Dunesky Barreto Pozo (congas); Herlon Sarior (timbales, percussion); Scott Andrews, Stanley Brown (drum programming).
Audio Mixers: Ben Arindell; Earl Cohen; Ken Wallace; Bob Tucker .
Recording information: Blue Palm Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Cherokee Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Tarpan Studios, San Rafael, CA.
Photographer: Aaron Rapoport.
Arrangers: Dennis Nelson; Gerald Levert; Arthur Marbury; Joe Little III.
Showing astonishing resilience, Motown legends The Temptations followed up the surprising platinum-plus success of 1998's PHOENIX RISING with their 57th album, 2000's EAR-RESISTIBLE. Romance and intimacy are once again a powerful font of inspiration for these five voices united in blissful harmony.
For EAR-RESISTIBLE the Motown icons combine with an impressive array of producers including Joe and Gerald Levert, along with the legendary Narada Michael Walden. The combination of the Tempts' 40 years of experience and the youthful musical mindset of their producers quashes any fears that this legendary group would fail to adapt to a contemporary R&B sound. Founding member Otis Williams is the creative fountainhead here, co-writing five songs, including the slow-burning "Kiss Me Like You Miss Me," future quiet storm standard "Got to Get on the Road," and the playful "Elevator Eyes." Elsewhere, the tempo picks up with "Party," a funky workout in the spirit of "I Can't Get Next to You." Wrapping it all up is the socially conscious "Error of Our Ways," a plea for peace with Wanda Vaughan of the Emotions supplying a woman's point of view.
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