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EDITORS’ NOTES

Centering on David Ruffin’s post-Temptations Motown output (1969 to 1977), this wonderfully considered collection would be all the solo Ruffin you’d need if the soul shouter himself didn’t convey such yearning, joy, and sadness. But it’s an excellent starting point. One need only listen to the pleader “Common Man” or the inescapably melancholic “(My Whole World Ended) The Moment You Left Me” to understand Ruffin’s gifts, which also include the ability to lift even pedestrian dancefloor soul to something magical (“Who Am I”) and singing a simple R&B-pop tune like it was the last song ever written (“On and On”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Centering on David Ruffin’s post-Temptations Motown output (1969 to 1977), this wonderfully considered collection would be all the solo Ruffin you’d need if the soul shouter himself didn’t convey such yearning, joy, and sadness. But it’s an excellent starting point. One need only listen to the pleader “Common Man” or the inescapably melancholic “(My Whole World Ended) The Moment You Left Me” to understand Ruffin’s gifts, which also include the ability to lift even pedestrian dancefloor soul to something magical (“Who Am I”) and singing a simple R&B-pop tune like it was the last song ever written (“On and On”).

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

62 Ratings

The Ultimate Collection

tpercell,

But, where is the best song he ever made? You Got To Break My Heart And Set Me Free. Then you can rate it five stars.

Great Cd

Big Papi04,

How can you go wrong with David Ruffin? Every song on hear is great and you can listen to them all the way through.. i wish i was alive to see him actually perform when he wasnt on drugs.. he had some of the best talent any singer has had and this is what makes him a legend...

About David Ruffin

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 career got off to a promising start with the powerful ballad "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)," which cracked the pop and soul Top Ten in early 1969. His last hit to reach the Top Ten was the Van McCoy-produced dance ballad "Walk Away From Love," from 1976. After leaving Motown in 1977, Ruffin recorded for Warner Brothers and later for RCA accompanied by Eddie Kendricks. Unfortunately, Ruffin's career, marred by years of substance abuse and artistic indifference, culminated in his death from a drug overdose in 1991. ~ John Lowe

  • ORIGIN
    Meridian, MS
  • GENRE
    R&B/Soul
  • BORN
    Jan 18, 1941

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