Psychedelic Shack & All Directions Original recording remastered
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Where David Ruffin had been perfect for those Smokey tunes, Dennis Edwards, his replacement, superbly fronted the new Funk sound. On "Psychedelic Shack" there was a nod to the past, "It's Summer", although other than this the Tempts allow writer Barrett Strong and producer Norman Whitfield to move them well away from their past successes. "Take a Stroll..." features a spacey Eddie Kendricks/Paul Williams lead over a walking blues rhythym, but the rest of the album is fast and furious - a Motown Funk album if you like.
Strangely "All Directions" was not the next chronological album. First came Sky's The Limit" and "Solid Rock", and between these Eddie Kendricks had left the group, "Just My Imagination" being his swansong. However, the intervening years had allowed Strong and Whitfield to hone their sound to the pinnacle of their stewardship - "Papa Was A Rolling Stone". Any album with "Papa..." in it's entirety would be worth owning, but this also features a few other tracks which showcase the Temptations abilities. Try "Mother Nature" and "I Ain't Got Nothin" for those typical Temptation harmonies and shared leads - quite superb.
There's social comment and protest on both these albums, on tracks such as "War" and "Run Charlie Run" - the latter as hard hitting as any by artists like Curtis Mayfield or James Brown.
Overall this is well worth your attention, although it is a pity that the releases did not put together the albums in chronological order, which to this listener would have made more sense
Then from 1972 the All Directions album includes the enormous 11 minute long version of "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" and uber-production that is "Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On".
If you like this different side to The Motown Sound then have a look at the Temptations complilation "Psychedelic Soul" which includes these plus more of the same.
The sound that Whitfield got from the phenomenal but uncredited session players had become honed and refined to an effortless-sounding and staggering efficiency.
All Directions came 3 albums later (after Sky's The Limit and Solid Rock) in 1972 and was well named since it veered between Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On and Ewan MacColl's First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. At its heart lay an astounding 12-minute masterpiece, Papa Was A Rollin' Stone, which began with a bravura instrumental overture which stripped away the instrumentation bit by bit in a way that almost prefigured dub reggae as it used the sonic palette in a manner that only the latest technology could have enabled.
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superb soul from the temps. both albums 10/10. packaging is rather poor (a very thin and nasty funny opening case) two albums on one cd. Read morePublished on 10 May 2013 by graham cole
This is certainly not a bad collection of two albums.
What disapoints me is the fact that the tracks
from "All Directions" don't seem to be remastered at all. Read more
An amazing collection of songs including Papa was a rollin stone and War. War is one of those songs that everyone loves. Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2003 by M. Speller