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Temptations Sing Smokey
Temptations Sing Smokey
Genres: Pop, R&B
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The Temptations Sing Smokey leans heavily on a great soul-music tradition: the practice of Motown artists' covering each other's hits as album tracks. Not that the Temptations' versions of Smokey Robinson-penned Miracles a...  more »


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All Artists: Temptations
Title: Temptations Sing Smokey
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Motown
Original Release Date: 1/1/1981
Re-Release Date: 10/20/1998
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Pop, R&B
Styles: Oldies, Classic R&B, Motown, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 731453093027

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The Temptations Sing Smokey leans heavily on a great soul-music tradition: the practice of Motown artists' covering each other's hits as album tracks. Not that the Temptations' versions of Smokey Robinson-penned Miracles and Mary Wells singles qualify as filler. Hardly, as Eddie Kendricks's falsetto makes a convincing stand-in for Robinson's on remakes of "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" and "What's So Good About Good Bye." Many of these tracks also underscore the strong doo-wop roots at the core of the Temptations' style, none more so than "Baby, Baby I Need You," which barely bothers to update its '50s influences for mid-'60s ears. This minor gem comes complete with three hit singles in "My Girl," "The Way You Do the Things You Do," and "It's Growing." --Rickey Wright

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Fine tribute album
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 04/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Temptations Sing Smokey is an excellent tribute to Smokey Robinson by The Temptations. The sound quality is magnificent; and the artwork is thoughtful and very nicely done.

"The Way You Do The Things You Do" is a charming love ballad that The Temptations deliver with a lot of style and grace. They sing this beautifully and they never miss a beat or a note. The percussion adds a lot to the musical arrangement, too. "Baby, Baby, I Need You" slows down the tempo a bit for this lovely slow dance mood music song that is perfect for dancing with your sweetheart late at night in your living room. "Baby, Baby, I Need You" sounds fresh and new when The Temptations perform it; it's a terrific number.

"My Girl" is a tune I'm very familiar with; The Temptations perform this with panache and they sound as smooth as silk. The brass works well and the percussion enhances the natural beauty of this number. The Temptations sing this well and they handle the subtle tempo changes like the pros that they were! "What Love Has Joined Together" really shines when The Temptations deliver this so well; I like the sound of their vocals and the drums work wonders for "What Love Has Joined Together," too.

"It's Growing" is another love ballad that sparkles in the capable hands of The Temptations; they sing and play this with all their hearts and souls. I'm very impressed. There's also The Temptations doing a smash-up job on "What's So Good About Goodbye." This torch song gets the full royal treatment from this group and this makes for a very memorable number. I predict that you'll enjoy "What's So Good About Goodbye" very much.

"You Beat Me To The Punch" is easily a major highlight of this album; they sing this great and the percussion with the drums helps the musical arrangement along very well. "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" rocks gently and The Temptations perform this so well you would think that their rendition was THE definitive rendition of this classic love song. The album ends nicely with The Temptations doing "(You Can) Depend On Me." This final ballad has a doo wop flavor to it that helps it work very well; and "(You Can) Depend On Me" makes a nice ending to this fine CD.

Fans of The Temptations and even Smokey Robinson will want this for their collections. I also recommend this for fans of that wonderful Motown sound of the `60s.
It the tempts what's not to love????
Tasha C | Kissimmee, FL | 09/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love this Lp. The tempts vocals are crazy on this Lp. Especially their harmonies on: The Way You Do The Things You Do (Eddie's voice on this record is incredible and the harmonies are perfect!)Baby, Baby I Need You (Eddie and Paul simply beautiful! Paul's voice is incredible on the part where he sings "You knew my lips were longing for the kisses you could give to me Ever since the 1st day babe that we met" Whoo! That man could serenade me anytime!)My Girl, You'll Lose A Precious Love, It's Growing, Who's Lovin' You (David: Effortless Perfection! I love his accent on It's Growing!) You've Really Got A Hold On Me (I think it's even better than the Miracles' version Don't kill me yall) Just my opinion. Get this Lp. You will no tbe disappointed!"