Temptations, The

Puzzle People (Mini-Lp Gatefold Replica) (88525)

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1969

Puzzle People (Mini-Lp Gatefold Replica)

Temptations, The

Motown

8435395501689

ELM 152665

88525

FUNK

1

CD 10,74 €

NEW CD RELEASE!!

LIMITED EDITION - MINI-LP PAPERSLEEVE GATEFOLD REPLICAS

Produced entirely by Norman Whitfield, The Temptations’s "Puzzle People" takes the next step along the path that Cloud Nine started, and takes the Detroit band further away from a classic soul sound, and more towards the realm of psychedelic soul. Although a few ballads, including “Running Away (Ain’t Gonna Help You),” are still present, the album is primarily composed of Sly & the Family Stone/James Brownderived proto-funk tracks such as the lead single “Don’t Let the Joneses Get You Down,” and the number-one Billboard Pop hit “I Can’t Get Next to You.” Also included are psychedelic-styled covers (recorded with distorted guitars, clavinets, and spacy reverb and sound effects) of contemporary songs such as The Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing,” The Beatles’ “Hey Jude,” and Roger Miller’s “Little Green Apples.”

"Puzzle People" was released on the same day (September 23, 1969) as "Together", a duets album of covers by The Temptations and label mates Diana Ross & the Supremes. It peaked into the Top 5 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, and spent fifteen weeks at number one on the R&B Albums chart.

Recorded at Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A) and Golden World Studios (Studio B)
in Detroit, Michigan between October 1968 and July 1969.

TRACKS:

01. I Can’t Get Next to You
Lead singers: Eddie Kendricks, Dennis Edwards,
Melvin Franklin, BPaul Williams & Otis Williams

02. Hey Jude
Lead singers: Eddie Kendricks, Dennis Edwards,
Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin & Otis Williams

03. Don’t Let the Joneses Get You Down
Lead singers: Eddie Kendricks, Dennis Edwards,
Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams & Otis Williams

04. Message From a Black Man
Lead singers: Eddie Kendricks, Dennis Edwards & Melvin Franklin

05. It’s Your Thing
Lead singers: Dennis Edwards & Paul Williams

06. Little Green Apples
Lead singer: Paul Williams

07. You Don’t Love Me No More
Lead singer: Eddie Kendricks

08. Since I’ve Lost You
Lead singer: Dennis Edwards

09. Running Away
Lead singer: Paul Williams

10. That’s the Way Love Is
Lead singers: Dennis Edwards & Paul Williams

11. Slave
Lead singers: Eddie Kendricks, Dennis Edwards & Melvin Franklin