The Temptations – All Directions (1972/2016) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

The Temptations – All Directions (1972/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 35:56 minutes | 1,37 GB | Genre: Soul, R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Motown Records

Containing the number one hit single and triple-Grammy-winning song Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone, 1972’s All Directions peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart in the US. Considered one of the most influential songs in the R&B catalogue, the Temptations’ epic 12-minute cover of Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone has been ranked at number 168 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time and is also included on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll.

A monster album, the one that put them back in the spotlight and signaled that Norman Whitfield had saved the day. Damon Harris had replaced Eddie Kendricks, and there were many doubters convinced the band was finished. Instead, Whitfield revitalized them via the majestic single, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” Despite its length, Whitfield’s decision to open with an extensive, multi-layered musical suite and tease listeners was a master stroke. By the time Dennis Edwards’ voice came rushing in, no one would dare turn it off. The single, as well as “Law of the Land” and others, ended the funeral arrangements that had been prepared for the Temptations. -AllMusic Review by Ron Wynn

1 Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On 03:12
2 Run Charlie Run 03:14
3 Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone 12:05
4 Love Woke Me Up This Morning 02:31
5 I Ain’t Got Nothin’ 03:49
6 The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face) 04:13
7 Mother Nature 03:12
8 Do Your Thing 03:44

Dennis Edwards, Damon Harris, Richard Street, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams, vocals
The Andantes, additional background vocals on “Love Woke Me Up This Morning”
The Funk Brothers, instrumentation:
Arranger, Conductor – Paul Riser
Bass – Bob Babbitt, James Jamerson, Leroy Taylor
Bells, Percussion [Gourd], Percussion [Tympani], Vibraphone – Jack Brokensha
Bongos, Congas – Eddie “Bongo” Brown
Drums – Aaron Smith, Andrew Smith, Richard “Pistol” Allen
Guitar – Billy Cooper, Eddie Willis, Joe Messina, Melvin “Wah Wah” Ragin, Paul Warren, Robert Ward, Robert White
Organ – Johnny Griffith
Piano – Earl Van Dyke
Tambourine, Maracas, Percussion [Sticks] – Jack Ashford