David Ruffin Gentleman Ruffin
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- by David Ruffin ~ The Best of 20th Century Masters / Millennium Collection ~ $6.74
- by David Ruffin ~ David ~ $16.57
- by David Ruffin ~ The Ultimate Collection ~ $7.38
- Released: June 4, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Collector's Choice
- 1.I Wanna Be With You
- 2.All I Need
- 3.Love Supply
- 4.Still In Love With You
- 5.I Got A Thing For You
- 6.Can We Make Love One More Time
- 7.Slow Dance
- 8.Don't You Go Home
Personnel: David Ruffin (vocals); LaVerna Mason (vocals); Eddie Willis, Bruce Nazarian (guitar); Norma Jean Bell (alto horn); Rudy Robinson, George Roundtree (keyboards); Gary Nester (synthesizer); Jerry Jones (drums); Carl "Butch" Small, Trenita Womack, Lawrence Fratangelo (percussion); Diane Davis, Carolyn Davis, Leon Ware, Ronnie McNeir, Carolyn Franklin (background vocals).
Audio Remixer: Michael Iacopelli.
Recording information: Davlen Sound Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Oceanway Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA; United Sound Systems, Detroit, MI.
Photographer: Chris Callis.
Arranger: Leon Ware.
In 1979, former Temptations singer David Ruffin left his longtime home at Motown and released the disco-inflected SO SOON WE CHANGE. A year later, the aptly titled follow-up, GENTLEMAN RUFFIN, found him exploring a more consistently mellow mood. Ruffin proves himself to be an undeniable smoothie here, with a sound that has its roots in the ballad side of the Temptations' work, but is also comparable to contemporaneous efforts of Smokey Robinson: silky but never sappy. Dollops of synthesizer adorn some of the arrangements, serving to remind the listener that the '80s had begun, but the inescapable emotive quality that had made Ruffin a star since the '60s is all over this album.
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