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Mostly Mono Mixes...the original way to hear these!

This paricular compilation (as opposed to the other ones previously and since released) generally use the stereo versions; completely understandable, but these were the album mixes (later singles after ca. 1970 were stereo only). But all of those ingenious and glorious classic songs—many of them considered to be the epitome and acme of the Motown sound—all were released as mono 45 R.P.M. records, when the single was king and each record was a production unto itself, just before the long-play format was deemed to be superior means of artistic expression. All of those earlier mono mixes have noticeably more prominence in the vocals and have that distincly mono compression, which gives added oomph to the percussion. The vocals on some tracks presented have amazing clarity, "Bernadette" is the finest example of Levi Stubbs' unique vocals, in my opinion and here in mono really comes alive. Although this is an already appealing collection for anyone who appreciates Motown or general 1960s music, serious Motown or Four Tops fans (and mono purists!) will truly relish this compilation. Marvellous!

Biography

Formed: 1956 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Four Tops' story is one of longevity and togetherness: these Motown legends teamed up in high school and spent over four decades without a single personnel change. In between, they became one of the top-tier acts on a label with no shortage of talent, ranking with the Temptations and the Supremes as Motown's most consistent hitmakers. Where many other R&B vocal groups spotlighted a tenor-range lead singer, the Four Tops were fronted by deep-voiced Levi Stubbs, who never cut a solo record outside...
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