Reach Out (Four Tops album)

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Reach Out
Studio album by Four Tops
Released July 1967
Recorded 1966–67
Genre Soul
Label Motown
MS 660
Producer Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Smokey Robinson, Clarence Paul
Four Tops chronology
On Broadway
(1967)
Reach Out
(1967)
Yesterday's Dreams
(1968)
Singles from Reach Out
  1. "Reach Out I'll Be There"
    Released: August 18, 1966
  2. "Standing in the Shadows of Love"
    Released: November 28, 1966
  3. "Bernadette"
    Released: February 16, 1967
  4. "7-Rooms of Gloom"
    Released: May 2, 1967
  5. "Walk Away Renée"
    Released: 1968
  6. "If I Were a Carpenter"
    Released: 1968
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Reach Out is an album recorded by the Four Tops, issued on Motown Records in July 1967. It was the final Four Tops LP to be produced by Motown's main songwriting and production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland, who departed the label in late 1967 over money disputes.

The group's most successful LP, Reach Out includes six of the Four Tops' Top 20 singles: the #1 hit "Reach Out I'll Be There", the Top 10 singles "Standing in the Shadows of Love", "Bernadette", the Top 20 "7-Rooms of Gloom", and their Top 20 covers of Tim Hardin's "If I Were a Carpenter" and the Left Banke's "Walk Away Renée") both of which reached the UK Top 10.

Rounding out the LP are a pair of Monkees covers ("Last Train to Clarksville" and "I'm a Believer"), a cover of The Association's "Cherish", and the originals "Wonderful Baby" and "What Else Is There to Do (But Think About You)". Reach Out was followed a year later by a Four Tops' Greatest Hits album, which contained all of the group's hit singles to that point.

With The Supremes "I Hear a Symphony" and "Reach Out" album releases, Motown forever confirmed that they were a major crossover player, never to be thought of as simply an R&B indie only under Berry Gordy's reign.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier, except for "Wonderful Baby", produced by Smokey Robinson; and "What Else is There to Do (But Think About You)", produced by Clarence Paul.

  1. "Reach Out I'll Be There" (Holland–Dozier–Holland)
  2. "Walk Away Renée" (Bob Calilli, Michael Brown, Tony Sansone)
  3. "7-Rooms of Gloom" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  4. "If I Were a Carpenter" (Tim Hardin)
  5. "Last Train to Clarksville" (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart)
  6. "I'll Turn to Stone" (Holland-Dozier-Holland, R. Dean Taylor)
  7. "I'm a Believer" (Neil Diamond)
  8. "Standing in the Shadows of Love" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  9. "Bernadette" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  10. "Cherish" (Terry Kirkman)
  11. "Wonderful Baby" (Smokey Robinson)
  12. "What Else is There to Do (But Think About You)" (Stevie Wonder, Clarence Paul, Morris Broadnax)

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