Surface Thrills

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Surface Thrills
Studio album by The Temptations
Released February 18, 1983
Recorded 1982
Genre Rock/soul
Length 37:20
Label Gordy
Producer Dennis Lambert, Steve Barri
The Temptations chronology
Surface Thrills
Back to Basics
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Surface Thrills is the first of two 1983 albums released by the American R&B vocal group, the Temptations, on Motown Records' Gordy label.


In this album the group attempts to fuse their vocal harmonies with rock music production, resulting in a radical departure from the Temptations' signature soul sound. It was produced by Dennis Lambert and Steve Barri,[2] (who previously wrote and produced a string of hits for The Four Tops) , and features musical contributions from Jeff Porcaro of Toto, Raymond Lee Brown of Earth, Wind & Fire, and longtime James Brown collaborator Fred Wesley.

Surface Thrills yielded two singles, the title track and "Love on My Mind Tonight", with only the latter being moderately successful. This is the last Temptations album to feature falsetto Glenn Leonard, who departed from the group after eight years. Leonard's replacement would be singer-songwriter Ron Tyson, who made his Temptations debut with the following album, Back to Basics.

Track listing[edit]

Superscripts denote lead singers for each track: (a) Dennis Edwards, (b) Glenn Leonard, (c) Richard Street, (d) Melvin Franklin, (e) Otis Williams.

All tracks produced by Dennis Lambert and Steve Barri except where noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Surface Thrills" (Lambert, H. Payne) – 4:30 a
  2. "Love on My Mind Tonight" (Lambert, P. Beckett) – 4:57 a
  3. "One Man Woman" (Lambert, Beckett) – 5:13 a, b, c, d
  4. "Show Me Your Love" (T. Skinner, J.L. Wallace, K. Bell) – 4:02 c

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Seeker" (Lambert, M. Price, D. Walsh) – 4:30 a
  2. "What a Way to Put It" (S. Dees, R. Kersey) – 4:37 a
    (produced by the Temptations and Benjamin Wright)
  3. "Bringyourbodyhere (Exercise Chant)" (Otis Williams, David English, B.F. Wright Jr., L. Price) – 5:13 a, b, c, d, e
    (co-produced by the Temptations and Benjamin Wright)
  4. "Made in America" (M. Price, Walsh) – 3:58 a




  • Raymond Lee Brown, Nolan Smith: trumpet
  • George Bohanon, Fred Wesley: trombone
  • Robbie Buchanan: drums, Linn computer, Moog bass, synthesizer, Fender Rhodes synthesizer, percussion synthesizer
  • Paulinho da Costa: percussion
  • Richard Elliot: saxophone, lyricon
  • Gary Herbig, Terry Harrington: saxophone, flute, piccolo


Year Album Chart positions[3]
1983 Surface Thrills 159 19


Year Single Chart positions[3]
1983 "Love on My Mind Tonight" 88 17
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Temptations- Surface Thrills vinyl LP (1983) back cover. Accessed 8-24-2010.
  3. ^ a b "The Temptations US albums/singles chart history". Retrieved 2012-07-11. 

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