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Editors’ Notes

The Temptations epitomized the Motown male quintet. Even as ambitious productions like “Ball of Confusion” flirted with new textures, there was always a pure pop center within every song. As easily as they had moved towards psychedelia, the group re-invented themselves as a sweet soul group, and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and “Just My Imagination” set the tone for Seventies soul the way “My Girl” had set the tone for the Sixties.

Customer Reviews

Very Special

You know alot of people don't know about the temptaions ... I mean sure they have heard of them but still people have not a clue. I mean these people are apart of history and its very cool to look back on their success and listen to how the music was then but people just don't have enough appreciation to learn about them. I have resently started to research The Temptaions and I really like them, in fact I'm even going to one of their concerts so I am trying to learn their songs. I hope people really listen and come to like this unique group. Take a timeout from Usher, 50 cent, Beyonce, and all them others. Enjoy what was in the past.

Classic, you can't avoid.

All I have to say, is that this music is classic, and deserves to be.

This are all great songs.

All this songs a special place in our hearts if you ever had a love one pass away or someone ever left you for another person. These songs all bring out the best in the people that listened to the songs in the 60's early 70's. The group was just amazing.


Formed: 1960 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

Thanks to their fine-tuned choreography -- and even finer harmonies -- the Temptations became the definitive male vocal group of the 1960s; one of Motown's most elastic acts, they tackled both lush pop and politically charged funk with equal flair, and weathered a steady stream of changes in personnel and consumer tastes with rare dignity and grace. The Temptations' initial five-man lineup formed in Detroit in 1961 as a merger of two local vocal groups, the Primes and the Distants. Baritone Otis...
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