The Temptations Legacy
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- Released: June 8, 2004
- Label: Motown
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1023 stars out of 5 - "LEGACY contains plenty of high octane honey. 'Still Temptin' is a blend of soulful harmonies and lush string arrangements reminiscent of their mid-'60s material."
- 1.Still Tempting
- 2.Round Here
- 3.Stay Together
- 4.Somethin' Special
- 5.Fifty Fifty Love
- 6.Love To The Music
- 7.You Are Necessary In My Life (The Wedding Song)
- 8.Mr. Fix It
- 9.All The Wrong People
- 10.Baby It's Me
- 11.Why Can't We Be Lovin' Friends - (with Danesha Simon)
- 12.Never Let You Down
The Temptations (R&B): G.C. Cameron, Joe Henderson, Otis Williams , Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks (vocals).
Additional personnel: Danesha Simon (vocals); Darryl Jones, J.K. (guitar); Dinky Bingham (keyboards, bass guitar); Steve "The Scotsman" Harvey (keyboards, drums, percussion); Shannon Sanders (keyboards); Bobby Watson (bass guitar).
Though only Otis Williams remains from the band's original 1961 line-up, these Motown superstars are still going strong in name and vocal prowess on 2004's LEGACY. The album finds the Temptations riding tight, soulful grooves and practicing the airtight harmonies they've been unleashing since the '60s, but with updated production and an urban sound that places them squarely in the camp of smooth, contemporary R&B.
The lyrics to the opening cut, "Still Tempting," read like a history lesson of the group's evolution and a declaration of their will to continue. The funky "'Round Here" has some of the muscular groove of the band's best late-'60s/early-'70s material, while the love songs "Somethin' Special" and "You Are Necessary in My Life (The Wedding Song)" downshift to sultry, candlelight-and-wine moods. With their attention to contemporary tastes, arrangements, and production values, the quintet proves they are no oldies-only attraction. Though their work has kept pace with the times, that classic vocal magic still takes center stage.
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