All The Way Live
KC | Detroit | 03/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I remember when this was first released and how excited I was to be able to hear The Tempts live.
I was only ten years old at the time so the only time I got to see them was around the Christmas holidays when the Motown Motortown Revue came to the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
Anyway this recording gives a hint of their ability to entertain and enthrall onstage.
BTW- A 'live' version of 'My Girl' from '65 is on their 'Lost & Found' joint, probably the first time they'd sung it live.
The performance is nearly flawless save for David's voice cracking toward the end of 'Yesterday/What Now My Love'.
Anyway IMO one highlight is 'I Wish You Love' with Eddie on lead.
This is a very,very well recorded release.
Crisp and never muddy or distorted.
I haven't tried it on either a surround, 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 system, just plain stereo but the audio information it contains is excellent.
Especially considering when it was recorded.
The Tempts are front and center and you can tell when they switch positions, not just leads but when Melvin and Paul
change places with Eddie and Otis on 'My Girl' for just one example.
That is to say you can tell who's standing next to whom and all that.
The audience is primed and enjoying the show and their comments and reactions ( grunts, shrieks, screams etc.) are clean and clear.
I wouldn't call this a 'Desert Island' must have but if you were to have to choose between this and say.....the latest new R N B joint then get this.
Sure its a short program but well worth the time and money.
Exciting, professional performances and recording.
There should be more material like this by them and others from this time period including The Marvellettes, Otis (Redding),Aretha, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Supremes (never saw them live unfortunately), Marvin etc."