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David Ruffin - The Motown Solo Albums, Vol. 1

David Ruffin

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Though Motown head Berry Gordy did his best to present the Temptations as highly polished purveyors of universally palatable uptown soul, the untutored vocal tenacity of David Ruffin always injected just the right amount of edginess into their silken harmonies. Ruffin, with his rough Mississippi bred baritone and irrepressibly raw throated delivery, was always something of a black sheep amongst the impeccably coiffed Temptations. When he left the them for a solo career in late 1968, he was quick to break free from Gordy’s influence, indulging his penchant for smoldering deep southern soul ballads and raw dance floor fillers. The four David Ruffin solo albums compiled here rank amongst his very best work, and contain a sense of urgency and adventurousness often missing from his work with the Temptations. On the breathtakingly woe-begotten “Double Cross” from 1969’s My Whole World Ended Ruffin strains his vocals past the breaking point while delivering a tale of lost love, while 1973’s indignant “Common Man” finds him following label mates Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye into the realm of pointed social commentary. The albums collected here have been out of print for years; by bringing them back into print the impeccably compiled Essential Motown Albums does Motown fans the world over an incalculable service.

Customer Reviews

A Great Album Highlighting a Great Singer

David Ruffin is no doubt one of the best "true singers" ever to grace a recording medium. This album exemplifies his much overlooked talent and definitely gives the full gambit of his beguiled life and career.

Fantastic artist

The songs are great though the quality of the i-tunes download is poor. Although it was less expensive then buying the CD's I would rather spend the money and have sound experience that does this artist justice.

?Editors Note?

Not sure exactly how the editor got that "…1973's indignant "Common Man" follows label mates Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye into pointed social commentary…" HUH??? Did you even listen to the song at all??? There is NO, I repeat, NO social commentary in "Common Man." The song is thanking his woman for just loving a common man. I wonder if the editors notes are computer generated...


Born: January 18, 1941 in Meridian, MS

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

One of the greatest lead singers the Motown stable ever had, David Ruffin became one of the artistic cornerstones of the Temptations after his lead vocal on "My Girl" (1965) paved the way for such majestic follow-ups as "Since I Lost My Baby" (1965), "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" (1966), "All I Need" (1967), and "I Wish It Would Rain" (1968). Unfortunately, ever-mounting internal pressures within the group, coupled with Ruffin's swelling ego, led to his dismissal from the group in late 1968. His solo...
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