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  • Audio CD (10 Aug. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000001AMZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Ultimate Collection is the deluxe single-CD series based on Motown's best-selling box sets. Packaging includes collectors booklet with track-by-track annotation, rare photos and liner notes. This 21-song collection contains 16 Top 10 hits including "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "(I Know) I'm Losing You," "You're My Everything," "I Wish It Would Rain," "I Can't Get Next to You," "Ball of Confusion," "Just My Imagination," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and more.

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A brave effort at cramming one disc full of Temptations classics, The Ultimate Collection nevertheless makes a couple of puzzling choices. Why, for instance, include "Error of Our Ways", a very minor mid-1990s hit, and ignore "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" or "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)", both number ones from their classic period? Still, for the price, it's hard to argue with. --Rickey Wright

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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is not quite the ultimate Temptations collection, but it comes close. You could never fit all their great songs on one CD anyway, but the compilers were clearly determined to include some of their later recordings - the last three tracks on this CD. Angel doll, though recorded in 1967, was not one of their big hits - indeed, it was not even released at the time. The inclusion of these four tracks at the expense of real classics, including Beauty is only skin deep, devalues the title somewhat.
Despite the omissions, this is the best single-CD collection of Temptations music currently available and contains many familiar songs. It begins with The way you do the things you do. A big hit in America, it did not chart in Britain. I first came across the song via an excellent cover by Rita Coolidge, but the original version is impressive. Other classic sons here include My girl, Get ready, Ain't too proud to beg, I wish it would rain, Cloud nine, I can't get next to you, Ball of confusion, Just my imagination and Papa was a rolling stone.
Anybody seriously interested in sixties music in general and Motown in particular will enjoy the Temptations. Unless you want to go for a double-CD or a boxed set, this is the CD to choose.
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One of the great Tamla Motown bands and another fantastic CD in the Ultimate Collection series with classic tracks marred only by the inclusion of a few non essentials and a few duds. Fast forward past these or put the best onto a playlist and you have 12 or so tracks that stand proudly beside the best Motown ever released. Probably worth 4 stars because of the few duff tracks (less really would have been more) but am giving it 5 to help counter the numskull 1 star rating.
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The Temptations were one of Motowns hottest and most versatile acts. They began their career as The Primes, singing on street corners in the ghetto areas for blacks in Detroit with Diana Ross And The Supremes (then known as their sister group, The Primettes). After signing to Motown in 1961, they took a seperate road from The Supremes and before long, were pumping out to what would amount too, an endless river of classics.

In early 1964, the dynamic David Ruffin took over as lead vocalist of the group and immediatley gave them their own unique, identifiable sound, much in the way that Diana Ross had with The Supremes. Their first major hit would be produced by the genius, Smokey Robinson, who wrote and assembled the fantastic and highly infectious, The Way You Do The Things You Do, which featured a remarkable range of harmonies all blended fantastically well together which gelled neatly into the state-of-the-art soul production.

However catapulting them into wider recognition was their 1965 hit, My Girl, which soon became a chart-topper and one of their most distinguished classics. This was also one of Smokey Robinsons most lyrically and evocative compostions. With its sweeping strings and unforgetable vocal trade-offs on the chrous, this has easily become one of Motowns signature tunes.

They also conveyed their versatality on such lush, romantic ballads that steered narrowly into pop with such offerings as I Wish It Would Rain, Since I Lost My Baby and You're My Everything as well as enjoying a dynamic tour de force with Diana Ross and the Supremes on such fabulous cuts such as I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, which are all included on this superbly compiled collection.

They also made renowned classics such as the jamming, Get Ready and Ain't Too Proud To Beg.
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'It's growing' sounds very muffled and slightly clipped.
Not all tracks are affected but one bad track makes me think the person who re-mastered it did not listen to every track.
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Lots of great great songs. A trawl through the various line-ups and leads with the best ever harmony group maintaining quality.
The breadth and range from soul to the 'new' stuff made me realise that innovation was a part of the Temps journey too. i don't like the phsycadelia soul as much as the more traditional motown but it was nice and nostalgic and far better than I remembered.
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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
As far as I`m concerned, this is the best single-disc compilation of one of the finest pop-soul bands of all time. Why? I love The Temptations` classic mid-60s hits best, especially from 1965`s Don`t Look Back to I Wish It Would Rain in 1967, taking in Get Ready, Ain`t Too Proud To Beg & (I Know) I`m Losing You. Either side of that never bettered quintet of flawless songs, you get The Way You Do The Things You Do, My Girl, the exuberant I Can`t Get Next To You and the dreamlike Just My Imagination.
Although they are terrific in their way, the more intricate songs such as Ball Of Confusion and Papa Was A Rolling Stone, with which they bid hello to the 70s, don`t touch me as deeply as their more succinct three-minute wonders of their earlier heyday. But they`re all here - well, nearly all. To have these 20 tracks (plus an extra a cappella My Girl) in one place, on one 71-minute CD, is a blessing. The Temps contained some of the best soul singers of the day, not least the untouchable David Ruffin, whose lead on Ain`t Too Proud To Beg, I`m Losing You and I Wish It Would Rain help make those three my most treasured tracks by this greatest & most soulful of Motown groups, and three of my favourite 60s tracks by anyone.
This collection isn`t perfect, but it`s well put together, in chronological order of release, with good sleevenotes, and will give endless pleasure to anyone who loves great popular music from the golden era, when such music had character, wit, charm, urgency, and a certain rough grace - and, in the case of the Temptations, a whole lot of soul.
Unimpeachably great songs, timeless classics perfectly sung.
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