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VINE VOICEon 5 November 2011
Like the compilation from the same series by the Tops' stable-mates, the Supremes, this compilation is unfortunately in mono. However, there is a more serious issue. The Supremes Ultimate Collection faithfully mirrored the US charts, including - in almost perfect sequence - all their Top 40 hits up to Diana Ross' departure. This collection, however, is out of sequence, and omits four of the Tops' Motown top 40 hits, including their immortal take on If I were a Carpenter, in favour of less notable songs.
With these reservations, it is still a reasonable selection, showcasing the first three stages of the Tops' chart career: the early hits, funkier than the Supremes but more restrained than the Temptations; the middle period, beginning with Reach out I'll be there, which took Tamla to a new and higher level; and the fascinating era of the late 60s, where they became perhaps the "best covers band" ever, with such diverse songs as Walk away Renee, Simple Game and All in the Game (plus the sadly missing "Carpenter".
There are better collections of the Tops available, though you would need to do some careful research on whether they are in stereo, and (crucially) whether they are originals or the infamous "re-recorded to enhance your listening pleasure". This album does, at least, give you the genuine article, even if only in mono.
To end on a positive note, I had never heard Something About You before, as the single missed the UK charts; the backing is a classic example of a repetitive, hypnotic Motown riff.
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