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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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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 against Berry Gordy's brilliant but often formulaic vision, the Temptations seemed to be the label's official "keeping up with the times" artists, starting out as interpreters of Smokey Robinson's silky-smooth sweet soul confections and going on to embrace rock guitars, work with members of Funkadelic, and be produced by Rick James, all while holding onto their trademark vocal style. The length and breadth of the Temptations' career would make it practically impossible for a single-disc career retrospective to be truly comprehensive, and The Ultimate Collection is missing a few essential tracks (most notably "Psychedelic Shack" and "Runaway Child, Running Wild"), while two latter-day hits, "Treat Her Like a Lady" and "Error of Our Ways," don't exactly bring this set to a triumphant conclusion. But if you're only going to own one Temptations disc, The Ultimate Collection is a very good one to get; it includes the majority of the group's biggest hits, the remastering sounds great, and the chronological sequence gives a fine picture of the group's constant musical evolution. The Ultimate Collection isn't the last word on the Temptations, but it's a splendid starting point to their music, and will add a satisfying portion of ...

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Release Date: March 25, 1997
Label: Motown
Genre: Motown
Release Date: March 25, 1997

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