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50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961-1971 [Box set]

Temptations Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B005JLN9QM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Oh, Mother Of Mine
2. Romance Without Finance
3. Check Yourself
4. Your Wonderful Love
5. (You're My) Dream Come True
6. Isn't She Pretty
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Disc: 2
1. Get Ready
2. Fading Away
3. Ain't Too Proud To Beg
4. You'll Lose A Precious Love
5. Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
6. You're Not An Ordinary Girl
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Runaway Child, Running Wild
2. I Need Your Lovin'
3. I'll Try Something New - Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Temptations
4. The Way You Do The Things You Do - Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Temptations
5. Don't Let The Joneses Get You Down
6. Since I've Lost You
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Product Description

(2011/HIP-O/MOTOWN) 79 tracks 1961-71. Deluxe Hardcover Digibook 18.5x21cm - Limited Edition.Medium 1
  1. Oh Mother Of Mine
  2. Romance Without Finance
  3. Check Yourself
  4. Your Wonderful Love
  5. ( You're My) Dream Come True
  6. Isn't She Pretty
  7. Mind Over Matter (I'm Gonna Make You Mine)
  8. I'll Love You Till I Die
  9. Paradise
  10. Slow Down Heart
  11. I Want A Love I Can See
  12. The Further You Look, The Less You See
  13. Farewell My Love
  14. May I Have This Dance
  15. The Way You Do The Things You Do
  16. Just Let Me Know
  17. I'll Be In Trouble
  18. The Girl's Alright With Me
  19. Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)
  20. Baby Baby I Need You
  21. My Girl
  22. (Talking 'Bout) Nobody But My Baby
  23. It's Growing
  24. What Love Has Joined Together
  25. Since I Lost My Baby
  26. You've Got To Earn It
  27. My Baby
  28. Don't Look Back
Medium 2
  1. Get Ready
  2. Fading Away
  3. Ain't Too Proud To Beg
  4. You'll Lose A Precious Love
  5. Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
  6. You're Not An Ordinary Girl
  7. (I Know) I'm Losing You
  8. I Couldn't Cry If I Wanted To
  9. All I Need
  10. Sorry Is A Sorry Word
  11. You're My Everything
  12. I've Been Good To You
  13. (Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That...
  14. Don't Send Me Away
  15. I Wish It Would Rain
  16. I Truly, Truly Believe
  17. I Truly, Truly Believe (Alternate Vocal)
  18. I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)
  19. Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got
  20. Please Return Your Love To Me
  21. How Can I Forget
  22. Cloud Nine
  23. Why Did She Have To Leave Me (Why Did She...)
  24. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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First things first, the Temptations at Motown produced some of the finest Soul ever recorded and their string of singles, collected here, not only showcase their talents but those of their producers and musicians. It also tells a part of the story of the development of Black music and it's vocal group tradition.

Disc one demonstrates why the Temptations took a while to hit their stride, pretty unremarkable production and songwriting across their early output and the first 15 tracks here. The leads are shared around on these, as they would be on their mega hits, but the winning formula was obviously elusive. Stand out tracks are difficult to highlight, because most of the tracks sound so dated, but of significance, because of what followed, Eddie Kendricks is his ethereal self on "Paradise" and Paul Williams reminds us what we lost on "Love I Can See", my favourite of the early numbers featured here. Once Smokey took on the task of writing and producing for the group, everything goes up several notches as the talents of the group finally have a vehicle that showcases them.

So we hit a stream of single releases, which will be familiar to any fan of the group, starting with "The Way You Do The Things You Do", that wonderful Smokey composition, that may have prompted Bob Dylan to call him "America's greatest living poet" - if you haven;t heard it where have you been? If anything, the weakness of this set is that there are so many familiar songs, which means that this is probably for dedicated fans who will appreciate the lavish accompanying booklet and the chance to have all this in one set. They might also appreciate the inclusion of the duets with the Ross led Supremes - an unfortunate period for the group as Berry Gordy tried to push then towards the supperclub circuit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars absolute favourites 6 Dec 2011
By Victor Best VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
i have been quite happy with my 2cd temptations anthology for many years now this covered the period from the way you do the things you do to shakey ground in the early seventies.
this new box set is expensive for 3 cds with a few rare tracks but i desperately want the german version of my girl.
it only goes as far as 1971 so a lot of my absolute favourites including papa are missing.
very frustrating when other singles from the same album are included.
it should have been at least a 5 cd set to include every motown 7" and 12".
although none of those awful eighties remixes please!
so can we expect to see another box next year?
50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961-1971
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over Priced And Not Essential 30 Dec 2011
By Boswell
Format:Audio CD
This is a strange release. The Temptations are one of the major groups of popular music and their run of singles from 1964s "The Way You Do The Things You Do" onwards would be hard to beat by anyone(inc The Beatles, Rolling Stones & The Beach Boys). So a collection of those singles should be a winner...or perhaps not?
So who is this aimed at? Any true fan of "The Temps" will have the "Emperors Of Soul" boxed set. This contains almost all of the early releases on Miracle and Gordy. The rest of their singles are all also adequately covered up to "Who Are You" in 1976 when they left Motown for Atlantic. So to get a few "B" sides and foreign language versions you are forking out over 30.
Now it may be that some people are desperate to get their hands on "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" but via an overpriced collection like this seems crazy. Ninety Five per cent of the music on this collection is flawless. Eighty per cent is easily obtained elsewhere. This would have been a Six star release at a reasonable cost but at this price its just a rip off. And,of course, we can expect Volume Two to also be released just to rub salt in a very expensive wound.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Temptations Collection, Ever! 28 Nov 2011
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Temptations, we have this remarkable set "a tribute to the classic 5 + Dennis" Temptations line-up. The Singles Collection embraces all the singles with Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams and David Ruffin on them, surely the greatest Tempts the group ever had.

Disc 1 reaches back to the group's early non-hit early singles. It's interesting to hear tracks produced by Smokey Robinson and Norman Whitfield before that familiar Temptations hit sound of THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO stepped things up a notch, and which is usually the earliest song on any Temptations hits compilation. Around the time of that hit, the Motown Sound really kicked in. My preference is for Eddie Kendricks' lead vocals, but how can anybody fault David Ruffin's incredible vocals. I would urge everybody to give time to the B-sides where there are some fantastic, if not hit-making, Motown classics. With the exception of the dancer GIRL (WHY YOU WANNA MAKE ME BLUE), the string of hit singles is produced by Smokey Robinson.

GET READY opens Disc 2 and this is the final A-side produced by Smokey. Disc 2 is solid gold Motown, with Norman Whitfield's great mid-sixties productions and the Temptations at their peak of perfection. About half-way through the second disc sees the arrival of Barrett Strong as Whitfield's composing partner and the songs begin to change from love songs to the social comment songs which are so prominent on the third disc. There are gems on Disc 2, with Northern Soul favourite YOU'RE NOT AN ORDINARY GIRL tucked away on one B-side, and an odd but fabulous single, ALL I NEED backed with SORRY IS A SORRY WORD, which has two of Motown's greatest producers, Frank Wilson and Ivy Jo Hunter, taking the Tempts in new and exciting directions.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I need to give you the CORRECT information about this set: 28 Feb 2012
By freak - Published on
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If you read the comments from Antonio Mazzatenta concerning this set, you have been given very misinformed information.

1) The singles presented in this collection were NOT recorded in stereo! Each song was multi-tracked, meaning, each was recorded on two, three, four, or more separate tracks, with instruments on some, and vocals on others, then mixed all together to form a final mono track that was pressed on vinyl records and copied to consumer tape formats. This means that the same sound information comes out of each speaker the end-user has. This also avoids things like phase cancelletion, and is not vulnerable to the peculiarities of the listener's stereo system.

2) The reason the music was mixed for mono for the 45 R.P.M. singles was so that they would sound their best on mono AM radio, or the millions of mono record players people used in the 60s.

3) It isn't just a case of mono vs. stereo. The mono mixes were usually different in several ways, from having different musical parts and/or vocals than the stereo, to different EQ and echo that was applied. Many of the mono singles ran longer than the stereo counterparts.

4) The mono mixes were done first by the main session engineers and/or the producers. The stereo mixes were done as an afterthought for the albums, and many were done by a nighttime engineer, literally in the house next door!

5) The stereo mixes are available everywhere. They are usually the mixes found in the stores. The mono mixes, because of several factors, have rarely been reissued, and usually found on pricey boxed sets, and not commonly found. Many fans, as a result of the push for everything stereo for decades, have not even heard the original mono 45 mixes they heard back in the 60s and early 70s. The mono mixes were the mixes that were the hits, the ones people bought in the stores, heard on the radio, and were the ones that raced up the charts. They were special, and the ones that the producers and engineers labored over for days and weeks. The stereo mixes, were usually done in a matter of minutes, and their relative lack of quality showed for it, too.

I get tired of hearing the "we have two ears" argument. Those who like to say this ignore the fact that most mono singles were mixed differently than the stereo mixes in terms of instrumental and vocal differences.

If you want to hear these hit recordings the way you remembered them, sounding their best, buy this box! Listen to the songs and the memories will flood back to you in a way that the stereo mixes could never do for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The one I've been waiting for! 29 Jan 2014
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This is a set that has been on my wish list for a LONG time: ALL the singles from the very beginning until the departure of first, David Ruffin, and then lastly, Eddie Kendricks.
I have been a HUGE fan of the Temps ever since I saw them perform live on stage at the Fox Theater in Brooklyn in 1963, and these are the songs I grew up listening to as I would run out and buy every new Temptations single or LP that I could afford.
I could care less about what is Mono or Stereo, these CD's sound GREAT, exactly as I remembered them and if you must own just one Temptations set, then this is the one-the ULTIMATE one! If you are a fan, you will not be disappointed!
P.S. The packaging is great too! It sits nicely along my Motown Singles collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Temptations 50th Anniversary Singles Collection 20 Dec 2013
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I received mine today. It is a great addition to my Temps music collection. It is a hardback book with both color and black and white photos. It includes information about the songs and the CD's are properly secured.

It would be totally perfect if it included the rest of the singles after 1971 with all the Temps line-ups. It also needs a cover protector. This is a must have for all Temps fans and collectors - along with The Emperor's Of Soul.
4.0 out of 5 stars I second that emotion... Mono is way better ! 28 Feb 2013
By omnipop - Published on
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This set is called the Singles collection, so what you you hear are the single mixes , which are mono, and all the better for it. They sound better for a start; Motown was a singles label, so they put more time and effort to singles than albums. (Ironically the Temptations , with Norman Whitfield producing, started Motown's belated foray into albums as artistic statement, that was perfected by Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.)

I did not give this set five stars, simply because the record company could have easily added a fourth disc for the years 1972 and 1973, which would include 'Papa was a Rollin Stone' and 'Masterpiece'

I will add that the best box set of all-time is Motown Singles 1961-1971, all the major Motown hits, in the original mono, which is worth looking for...
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection 17 Jan 2013
By PhillyB - Published on
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Great collection and sound fab. Now for those who want the stereo many cd out there with the hard left to right fake stereo, much like the Beatles eary music.

For those who don't like this, please note the CD box says "Singles" and Singles AKA 45's were in mono only. So Hip-o is doing it correct for what they were back when released to the public to hear on there radios then go to the store and buy the LP's Mono or Stereo versions.

If you want some fun stereo mixes then look no further than the Motown Box on Shout which will have stereo and the songs from many Motown artist will sound different due to the mixes used.

When mixing from mono to the Stereo be it the Temps, Beatles or who ever you will always noticed a harder brighter sound to those mixes.

Mono was mixed first in the studio because Stereo back in the early 60's was a new format and many did not have stereo record players yet, so the slow move away from mono took several years. To me as long as they have taken the time to master the music right, they will sound just fine on Vinyl and CD's and I have no beef in that arugement, both can sound great or crappy depending on the care taken in producing the final product.

Ths is an excellent set and sounds as it should.
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