The Temptations – The Original Mini-Series Soundtrack (1998)
on january 6, 1969, the temptations released their fourth studio album,possessed. it was the group’s first studio album since the 1970s. it was the first album to feature three new members and the first to feature the group’s new lead singer, david ruffin. also, the group first released the single, i’ll still be loving you. the album is considered to be the second best selling album of 1969. the album features a new sound for the group, because they wanted to take their music to a new level and move forward. they wanted to keep their message strong, however, at the same time, they wanted to have a more commercial sound. the group wanted to take their music to a higher level. after the disappointing sales of psychedelic shack and reflections, they wanted to move on and try to find success in a different genre. they wanted to find their success in a different musical genre.
one of the group s most memorable performances is their 18th annual motown 25 & the motown treasures: the definitive box set a compilation of singles, album cuts and unreleased recordings, including a recording of motown founder berry gordons classic 1958 song, my world is empty without you. the box set is packaged with the motown 25th anniversary television special. the box set includes rare photos, over 100 rare outtakes and demos, rehearsal tapes and other unpublished footage including the temptations showand a&e television presents the temptations, from the archives of the motown museum. the box set is now temptations – a hoot! the motown treasures 25th anniversary box set has sold over 75,000 copies in the last 5 years and is still available at cd baby.com.
in 1964, the first single to be released from the temptations was the way you do the things you do. soon after, their first album, the temptations, exploded onto the music scene, earning them a grammy award for best r&b performance by a duo or group, vocal or instrumental.
the 60s, became the decade of the new wave with the beatles and other british groups, and the temptations continued this trend by influencing a whole generation. they did a lot of soulful ballads, but a number of singles had a very funky feel to them. this is largely due to the influence of the british invasion groups, says weeks. in the early 60s, the temptations and other black artists were the leading edge of the black movement, and their music reflected that. its still in the blood and in the soul of the temptations, says weeks, and its our legacy. and while some of our music was funky, others were funky soul, says weeks. and the temptations take full advantage of this, and that funk has lived on with other artists.
the temptations and motown are synonymous. it was motown that created the detroit sound, says weeks. thats what all the artists around motown were trying to do, and thats what the temptations were trying to do. we were trying to say the same thing, but in our own way. and all the songs we recorded were heavy, and all the songs that we recorded, were filled with passion. everything we did was with passion. we all sang with passion. we all played with passion. in our own way, we made a statement.
by the early 70s, the temptations had evolved into a more mature group that still retained the power of the classic five, and by the late 70s, they had become one of the most popular groups in the world.