Gettin' Ready

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Gettin' Ready
Studio album by The Temptations
Released June 15, 1966
Recorded 1966
Genre Soul, doo-wop
Length 31:33
Label Gordy
GS 918
Producer Smokey Robinson
Norman Whitfield
William "Mickey" Stevenson
Ivy Jo Hunter
Robert Staunton
Robert Walker
The Temptations chronology
The Temptin' Temptations
(1965)
Gettin' Ready
(1966)
Greatest Hits
(1966)
Singles from Gettin' Ready
  1. "Get Ready" / "Fading Away"
    Released: February 7, 1966
  2. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
    Released: May 3, 1966
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Gettin' Ready is a 1966 album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label. It marks the transition of the group from having Smokey Robinson as its main producer, with new producer Norman Whitfield taking over Robinson's position. Two #1 R&B hit singles, one from each producer, are included: "Get Ready" from Robinson with Eddie Kendricks on lead, and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" from Whitfield with David Ruffin on lead. Also included is the original version of "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby", which would be rerecorded as a hit for Marvin Gaye in 1969. The album was also one of the last albums to contain tracks co-authored by members of the group until the release of "The Temptations Do The Temptations" in 1976.

Track listing[edit]

Superscripts denote lead singers for each track: (a) David Ruffin, (b) Eddie Kendricks, (c) Paul Williams, (d) Melvin Franklin

Side one[edit]

  1. "Say You" (Charles Jones, Robert Dobyne, Robert Staunton) * a, d
  2. "Little Miss Sweetness" (Smokey Robinson) a
  3. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (Edward Holland, Jr., Norman Whitfield) a
  4. "Get Ready" (Robinson) b, d
  5. "Lonely, Lonely Man Am I" (Holland, Eddie Kendricks, Whitfield) c, d
  6. "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" (Janie Bradford, Barrett Strong, Whitfield) b

Side two[edit]

  1. "I've Been Good to You" (Robinson) b, d
  2. "It's a Lonely World Without Your Love" (Ivy Jo Hunter, William "Mickey" Stevenson) b
  3. "Fading Away" (Warren 'Pete" Moore, Robinson, Bobby Rogers) b
  4. "Who You Gonna Run To" (Robinson) c
  5. "You're Not an Ordinary Girl" (Moore, Robinson, Rogers, Marv Tarplin, Ronnie White) b
  6. "Not Now (I'll Tell You Later)" (Robinson, Otis Williams)*** b, d

1998 CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Give It Up" ** c
  2. "The Man Who Don't Believe In Love", ** c

(*) in mono (**) bonus tracks for compact disc re-release, unreleased tracks dating from the Elbridge Bryant era of the early 1960s. (***) Recorded in 1963 during the Elbridge Bryant era with The Supremes as background vocals.

Personnel[edit]

Producers[edit]

  • Smokey Robinson: "Little Miss Sweetness", "Get Ready", "I've Been Good to You", "Fading Away", "Who You Gonna Run Two", "You're Not an Ordinary Girl", "Not Now, I'll Tell You Later", Executive Producer (Album)
  • Norman Whitfield: "Ain't Too Proud to Beg", "Lonely, Lonely Man Am I", "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby", Executive Producer (Album)
  • Robert Staunton & Robert Walker, producers: "Say You"
  • William "Mickey" Stevenson & Ivy Jo Hunter: "It's A Lonely World Without Your Love"
  • Sylvester Potts (of The Contours) : "Give It Up"
  • Marv Johnson: "The Man Who Didn't Believe in Love"

Chart and singles history[edit]

Title Information
"Get Ready"
  • Gordy single 7049, February 7, 1966
  • B-side: "Fading Away"
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
"Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" (from Greatest Hits)
  • Gordy single 7055, August 4, 1966
  • B-side: "You're Not an Ordinary Girl"
"I've Been Good to You"
(b-side of "You're My Everything")
  • Gordy single 7063, June 13, 1967
Name Chart (1966–1967) Peak
position
Gettin’ Ready U.S. Billboard Pop Albums 12
Gettin’ Ready U.S. Top R&B Albums 1
"Get Ready" U.S. Billboard Pop Singles 29
"Get Ready" U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 1
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg" U.S. Billboard Pop Singles 13
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg" U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 1
"I've Been Good to You" U.S. Billboard Pop Singles 124