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In 1970, David Ruffin was a mess (ex-lover Tammi Terrell had just died; his solo career too often butted up against his substance abuse) when he made this album with his brother (whose own career was scoring well in the U.K.). Yet you’d never be able to tell. Backed by assorted Funk Brothers and arranged by unsung Motown champs including Paul Riser and Henry Crosby, the tunes and performances here prove the truism that there’s nothing like duets and harmonizing when genetics play a big role. The album simply captures the yin and the yang of Detroit’s gospel-weaned brothers, with younger David’s hard-earned soul and Jimmy’s smooth-operator croon. The result is a handsomely toiled, cohesive whole. Between the so-beautiful-it-transcends-the-obvious covers (“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” “Stand by Me”) and punchy, pop-hook–heavy standouts (“Steppin’ on Dream,” “True Love Can Be Beautiful”), there’s gospel-deep soul (“Your Love Was Worth Waiting For”) and soul-tender gospel (James Taylor’s “Lo and Behold”). Even the original of The Delfonics' “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” can’t hold a candle to the version here.

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Rare Motown Masterpiece!!!

This album is David Ruffin and his brother Jimmy at the height of their legendary careers with Motown! After splitting with The Temptations, David had just released his first and second solo albums MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED and FEELIN' GOOD which went to #1 and #9 on the R&B charts respectively. And his older brother Jimmy Ruffin was rated the World's best singer in England in 1970 after releasing a string of successful soul albums beginning with "JIMMY RUFFIN SINGS TOP TEN" and "RUFF'N READY"..he also had a good one out in 1970 called "THE GROOVE GOVERNOR". For David, this is the album predating the infamous "UNRELEASED ALBUM" which was supposed to be released in 1971 but never got released until ten years after he died in the 1990's..This album captures both brothers Jimmy and David Ruffin in their primes! It is good all the way through and only 7000 limited edition copies were ever released on cd. It has some great originals, covers, and bonus tracks. I cannot pick tracks I like best because I like them all! KICK BACK and ENJOY this awesome, elusive R&B album!

I Am My Brother's Keeper

A soul masterpiece!


Born: May 7, 1939 in Colinsville, MS

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

The older brother of the Temptations' lead singer David Ruffin, Jimmy enjoyed several huge hits himself in the mid-'60s for Berry Gordy's Soul label. Ruffin first signed with another Motown subsidiary, the short-lived Miracle, in 1961, but it was his convincing vocal on "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" that made him a star in 1966. He encored with "I've Passed This Way Before" and "Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got." In 1970 he briefly teamed with David (by then a solo artist) as the Ruffin...
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