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Cramming 25 songs onto a single CD, this set captures the Tops during their peak 1960s years, when they rode the pens of Holland, Dozier, and Holland to the top of the charts. Combining the writers' pop melodies, a gentle Motown groove, and Levi Stubbs' earthy lead vocals, the group landed 11 Top 40 singles by 1967, all of which are included on this compilation. Unfortunately, The Ultimate Collection omits later gems such as "Keeper of the Castle," "Ain't No Woman," and "When She Was My Girl," but that leaves room to delve into the unique partnership between the Tops and their songwriting triumvirate. --Marc Greilsamer

Track Listings

1. Reach Out (I'll Be There) 2. Standing in the Shadows of Love 3. Bernadette 4. Ask the Lonely 5. Baby I Need Your Loving 6. Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worthwhile) 7. It's the Same Old Song 8. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever 9. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) 10. Something About You 11. I Got a Feeling 12. I'm in a Different World 13. Walk Away Renee 14. What Is a Man? 15. Simple Game 16. Still Water (Love) 17. (It's the Way) Nature Planned It 18. It's All in the Game 19. You Keep Running Away 20. If You Don't Want My Love 21. 7-Rooms of Gloom 22. I'll Turn to Stone 23. Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over) 24. Sad Souvenirs 25. Yesterday's Dreams
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Performer:  Four Tops
Release Date:  October 7, 1997
Label:  Motown
Genre:  Soul
Release Date:  October 7, 1997
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review by . December 31, 2008
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The Ultimate Collection , released by Polygram in 1997, contains all the great Motown hits of the Four Tops. The group, formed in Detroit in 1954 remained together for more than forty years until Lawrence Payton passed away in June 1997. Listen again to see what made the Four Tops a major part of the legendary Motown "Sound of Young America" in the mid 1960's. Enjoy again favorites like "Reach Out, I'll Be There", "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" and of course their signature song "I Can't Help Myself" …
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