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Album Review

An overdue compilation of the Fantastic Four's Ric Tic Record releases; strangely, only one Motown release is included, that being "I Love You Madly." Motown acquired Golden World/Ric Tic Records, making the Fantastic Four Motown artists. The group had a changing lineup, but the personnel on most of these cuts were lead James Epps, Ralph Pruitt, Joseph Pruitt, and Wallace Childs; Ernie Newsome sang with them on their Westbound sides, and possibly on some Motown recordings. All the songs that made them chitlin-circuit favorites are included: "The Whole World Is a Stage," "You Gave Me Something (And Everything Is Alright)," and "To Share Your Love." "Just the Lonely" is interesting because it's so similar to "Just Another Lonely Night" by the Temptations. "Man in Love" was a new direction for the fellas; it has a nice jazzy break and some soothing vocal blends. Hopefully, one day Motown will compile a CD that will include all their Motown sides along with the Ric Tic cuts.

Customer Reviews

Yes, Yes, Yes!

This album is the Fantastic Four I grew to love and search for their music when I returned from overseas. The music is so melodic and their hamonies are tight. Thanks iTunes for making this album available! A true gem of an album of songs to have in your music collection. All Detroiters thank you and Fantastic Four fans thank you!

The Good Ole Days

The Fantastic Four had the right name "Fantastic" Their music was music that you listened to and made you know how you should be treated in a genuine romance. The song "I've Got To Have You" still gives me goose bumps. True love songs

Sweet James

This "fantastic" group opened a show back in the 60s in Detroit and I was blown away. Thanks for making this album available.


Formed: 1965 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

Detroit R&B and soul group the Fantastic Four formed in 1965. "Sweet" James Epps, Ralph and Joseph Pruitt, and Wallace Childs were the original members. Childs and Ralph Pruitt later departed, and were replaced by Cleveland Horne and Ernest Newsome. Their first single on Ric-Tic, "The Whole World Is a Stage," was their lone huge hit, peaking at number 6 on the R&B charts in 1967. The next release, "You Gave Me Something (And Everything's Alright)," reached number 12 that same year. Motown eventually...
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