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Title: Greatest Hits Vol. 1
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Everything that made Motown's original Greatest Hits series truly great is here, from the 12 brilliant 1964-66 singles to the nothing-fancy front cover. Hardly less powerful than larger packages, this set ranges through th... more »
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Everything that made Motown's original Greatest Hits series truly great is here, from the 12 brilliant 1964-66 singles to the nothing-fancy front cover. Hardly less powerful than larger packages, this set ranges through the varied approaches the company's assembly line brought to the group's early hits: the intricate metaphors of "My Girl," the heartbreak of "Since I Lost My Baby," the outright rush of "Get Ready." One of the records that helped build the Detroit soul empire. --Rickey Wright
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Greatness immortalized, priced right, priceless.
yygsgsdrassil | Crossroads America | 01/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This early Temptations Greatest Hits collection not only includes power singles like "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" from the original five Tempts--Paul, Eddie, Otis, David Ruffin and Melvin--but also some of their lesser known hits favored by some of us who had been with them from the beginning, like the smooth "Don't Look Back" and "I'll Be in Trouble". The CD is priced right, and yet, priceless. For the budget impaired like myself, this and the Vol. 2 collection will help me acheive Temptations nirvana until I can work up to the "Emperors of Soul" collection."
Cream of the "Smokey" years
D.V. Lindner | King George, VA, USA | 09/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is so perfect it beggars one's command of English to find fresh praise.Even up to 1966 it could be argued that 45s were still the coin of the realm when it came to pop and soul music. So when this showed up - just in time for Christmas - in record stores late that year it was one of the best albums Motown ever issued exactly because it was ALL 45s. It gathered every Temptations single from "The Way You Do The Things You Do" (January 1964) to "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" (August 1966). Although a couple of significant early Norman Whitfield productions appear, this first `Greatest Hits' basically represents the period when The Temptations `belonged' to Smokey Robinson.It is, by far, the one to have for those folks who'd prefer to duck the Temptations `relevant' and `psychedelic' period: Cloud Nine, Don't Let The Joneses Get You Down, Psychedelic Shack, et.al. Don't misunderstand me; I love that later stuff too, just fine. They are still funky jams. But it should be admitted that at least lyrically those later, specialized tunes, have aged poorly. Having "the month of May, when it's cold outside" because you're passionately in love sounds just as fresh in 2003 as it did in January 1965. On the other hand, "incense in the air, peace signs hangin' everywhere" conjure images that are certainly relics today.This first volume of "Greatest Hits" was released on the Gordy label, no. 919. The original liner notes were written by Bill Cosby in which he states three things he believes improve with time: "a good tobacco, a woman, and The Temptations' performance." I guess he was a genius even then.Just between you and me though, I'd trade away 10 factory sealed copies of the CD of it for one VG+ original mono vinyl pressing from 1966 with the `script' Gordy label. What can I tell ya? - I'm a purist."