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The Temptations: Ultimate Collection

3 Ratings: 2.7
1997 audio CD release

With the exception of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, one would be hard pressed to name a Motown act who went through as many creative shifts as the Temptations. While Wonder's and Gaye's changes of direction were a product of their own creative rebellion … see full wiki

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Very misleading title for a mediocre compilation!

  • Jan 30, 2011
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Stop trying to pull the wool over our eyes!  In this day of slick marketing and advertising gimmicks you can pretty much call any product anything you want to and make just about any claim you care to. Unfortunately such is the case with Motown's single disc release dubbed "The Temptations: The Ultimate Collection". For any true Temptations fan will tell you that this disc is certainly not reflective of its title and simply does not cut the mustard.  Issued in 1997, "Ultimate Collection" is merely another in a string of largely inadequate offerings that purport to be the definitive Temptations Greatest Hits.

"The Temptations:  Ultimate Collection" is not a terrible disc.  It does offer tunes from all of the many phases of The Temptations dynamic career. The remastering job is just fine and I would rate the 12 page booklet acceptable but nothing more.  The problem here is that there are 8 or 9 pretty important titles missing including 1966's "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep", "(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need" and the highly successful 1968 collaboration with Diana Ross and the Supremes "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me". Some of these tunes should have been included on "Ultimate Collection" in place of filler like "Don't Look Back" and "Error Of Our Ways".  For casual fans, "Ultimate Collection" might be an acceptable choice.  But collectors and hard core Temptations fans should demand more.  The Temptations were one of Motown's marquee groups and it just boggles my mind that as of this writing in early 2011 there is still not a definitive Temptations anthology that I can get excited about.  This is a gross oversight in my view as The Temptations were one of the defining groups of the 1960's.  Hopefully, Universal Motown will see fit to finally release a comprehensive 2 disc similar to the Four Tops "50th Anniversary" set.  Such an offering is long overdue.  In the meantime,  I'll make due with what I already have.  Very disaapointing!
Very misleading title for a mediocre compilation!

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