Having decided I was overdue to get compilations of the Temps, Four Tops and Supremes, I investigated. What a tangled web, and to double check I had to check amazon.com as well.
There were two main problems with compilations of these Motown greats:
-Often the choices are between either authentic versions in mono or stereo versions with the infamous health warning "re-recorded with one or more member of the original group".
-Some of the reviews on amazon cross over between different CDs, creating massive confusion.
So, to remove all confusion, "this review is of The Temptations At Their Very Best".
I am happy to tell you that all the songs up to 1972 (after which I lose interest) are authentic recordings. I agree with Laurence Upton's gripe that six of the tracks from the 1964-69 era are mono, but there are only two of these that are essential to me, Ain't Too Proud To Beg and The Way You Do The Things You Do. As all the rest of the album is in stereo, and all the tracks I want are included, I can easily live with this for £5. A bargain. And by the way, Papa Was a Rolling Stone is the seven minute version.
But oh dear oh dear - I had never realised what "shakey ground" the Temps trod from 1973 onwards. "Standing on the top", indeed - however you feel about Rick James' personal life, this song is a crime against the Motown tradition.