The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul

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The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul
Studio album by The Temptations
Released July 17, 1967
Recorded 1966 - 1967
Genre Soul
Length N/A
Label Gordy
GS 922
Producer Norman Whitfield
Smokey Robinson
Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Frank Wilson
Ivy Jo Hunter
The Temptations chronology
Temptations Live!
(1967)
The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul
(1967)
The Temptations in a Mellow Mood
(1967)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone (Unfavorable)[1]


The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul is a 1967 album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label. Featuring four hit singles, With a Lot o' Soul is the most successful Temptations album from their "classic 5" era, during which David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, and Otis Williams constituted the Temptations' lineup.

Overview[edit]

The four singles from the album, all Top 20 pop/ Top 10 R&B hits, were "(I Know) I'm Losing You", "All I Need", "You're My Everything", and "(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need". three of these four songs also reached the Billboard Pop Top 10 as well. Norman Whitfield produced most of the tracks here, supporting the Temptations' vocals with a hard-edged soul sound with elements of the music of James Brown.

"(I Know) I'm Losing You", already a nine-month-old hit by the time With a Lot o' Soul was released, opens the album. The rest of the album expands upon the template established by Norman Whitfield with "I'm Losing You". Whitfield and the other With a Lot o' Soul producers, including Ivy Jo Hunter, Smokey Robinson, and, on "All I Need" (in which Ruffin portrays a man who admits to his lover he has been unfaithful and begs her forgiveness), Whitfield's protégé Frank Wilson, supply the group a more modern sound than was present on previous or contemporary Motown releases. Most of the tracks on side A of the album feature brass-heavy, dramatic backing tracks with more prominent uses of electric guitar lines (Whitfield's "(I Know) I'm Losing You" and Ivy Jo Hunter's "Sorry is a Sorry Word" from side B) and shifts in dynamics (Whitfield's "Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone", the single "(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need", and the Eddie Kendricks-led "Save My Love for a Rainy Day").

Paul Williams delivers a dramatic performance on the Smokey Robinson-produced "No More Water in the Well",(written by Robinson and fellow Miracles Warren "Pete" Moore and Bobby Rogers, an uptempo number regularly identified as one of his standout performances. Williams and the other Temptations constantly complained about Williams' not being able to sing lead on more album tracks, and on singles as well, but Motown paid their complaints no heed, and continued to rely on David Ruffin's (and occasionally Eddie Kendricks') leads for each single.

Side B begins with "Just One Last Look", written and produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland, Motown's main songwriting and production team. The Temptations were one of the few major Motown acts never to release a single produced by the trio, because of Whitfield's (and previously, Robinson's) tight hold on the group. Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier had to in fact fight for the chance to produce "Just One Last Look" for the Temptations, and Whitfield successfully blocked its release as a single. "Just One Last Look" remains the only H-D-H produced track to appear on any Temptations studio album.

While David Ruffin takes most of the leads on the album and its singles, he shares the spotlight with Eddie Kendricks on the Norman Whitfield/Cornelius Grant/Roger Penzabene love ballad "You're My Everything". Penzabene wrote "You're My Everything" specifically with Kendricks in mind to sing it (Ruffin only sings lead during the bridge), and visualized the singer performing it to a "special girl" Kendricks would pick out of the audience ("You're the girl I sing about/in every love song I sing/You're my everything, girl.").

With a Lot o' Soul concludes with three more ballads: Smokey Robinson's "Now That You've Won Me" (led by Ruffin), Norman Whitfield's "Two Sides to Love" (led by Kendricks), and Robinson's "Don't Send Me Away" (a rare lead showcase for stalwart Temptation Otis Williams).

Track listing[edit]

Superscripts denote lead singers for each track: (a) David Ruffin, (b) Eddie Kendricks, (c) Paul Williams, (d) Melvin Franklin, (e) Otis Williams, (f) Four-part harmony.

Side one[edit]

  1. "(I Know) I'm Losing You" (Cornelius Grant, Edward Holland, Jr., Norman Whitfield) a
  2. "Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone" (Grant, Sylvia Moy, Whitfield) a
  3. "All I Need" (Frank Wilson, E. Holland, R. Dean Taylor) a
  4. "(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need" (E. Holland, Whitfield) a, f
  5. "No More Water in the Well" (Warren Moore, Smokey Robinson, Robert Rogers) c, a, b, e
  6. "Save My Love for a Rainy Day" (Roger Penzabene, Whitfield) b

Side two[edit]

  1. "Just One Last Look" (Holland–Dozier–Holland) a
  2. "Sorry is a Sorry Word" (E. Holland, Ivy Jo Hunter) a
  3. "You're My Everything" (Grant, Penzabene, Whitfield) b, a
  4. "Now That You've Won Me" (Robinson) a
  5. "Two Sides to Love" (Moy, Whitfield) b
  6. "Don't Send Me Away" (Eddie Kendricks, Robinson) e, d

Known outtakes[edit]

The following outtakes were included on the Temptations box set Emperors of Soul in 1994.

  • "I Got Heaven Right Here on Earth" (Kendricks, E. Holland, Whitfield)
    • Produced by Norman Whitfield, led by David Ruffin
  • "I'm Doing It All" (Robinson, Grant)
    • Produced by Smokey Robinson, led by Eddie Kendricks

The following outtakes were included on the Temptations CD set Lost and Found: You've Got To Earn It (1962-1968) in 1999.

  • "What Am I Gonna Do Without You" (Hunter, Wonder)
    • Produced by Ivy Jo Hunter, led by David Ruffin
  • "Love Is What You Make It" (Robinson)
    • Produced by Smokey Robinson, led by David Ruffin
  • "No Time" (Robinson, Moore)
    • Produced by Smokey Robinson, led by Eddie Kendricks
  • " I Can't Think of a Thing At All" (Robinson)
    • Produced by Smokey Robinson, led by Paul Williams
  • "Forever in My Heart" (Robinson, Rogers)
    • Produced by Smokey Robinson, led by Paul Williams
  • "I Now See You Clear Through My Eyes" (Robinson)
    • Produced by Smokey Robinson, led by Paul Williams
  • "Camouflage" [Version 2] (Berry Gordy, Jr.)
    • Produced by Berry Gordy, Jr., led by Eddie Kendricks & David Ruffin
  • "We'll Be Satisfied" (F. Wilson, Marc Gordon)
    • Produced by Frank Wilson, led by David Ruffin, Paul Williams & Eddie Kendricks

Personnel[edit]

Producers[edit]

  • Norman Whitfield: "(I Know) I'm Losing You", "Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone", "(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need", "Save My Love for a Rainy Day", "You're My Everything", "Two Sides to Love", Executive Producer (Album)
  • Smokey Robinson: "No More Water in the Well", "Now That You've Won Me", "Don't Send Me Away"
  • Frank Wilson: "All I Need"
  • Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier: "Just One Last Look"
  • Ivy Jo Hunter: "Sorry is a Sorry Word"

Singles history[edit]

  • "(I Know) I'm Losing You"
    • Gordy single 7057, November 2, 1966; b-side: "I Couldn't Cry If I Wanted To" (non-album, recorded 1963)
  • "All I Need"
    • Gordy single 7061, April 13, 1967; b-side: "Sorry is a Sorry Word"
  • "You're My Everything"
    • Gordy single 7063, June 13, 1967; b-side: "I've Been Good to You" (from Gettin' Ready, US Pop #124)
  • "(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need"
    • Gordy single 7065, September 26, 1967; b-side: "Don't Send Me Away"

Chart history[edit]

Name Chart (1966–1967) Peak
position
The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul U.S. Billboard Pop Albums 7
The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul U.S. Top R&B Albums 1
"(I Know) I'm Losing You" U.S. Billboard Pop Singles 8
"(I Know) I'm Losing You" U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 1
"All I Need" U.S. Billboard Pop Singles 8
"All I Need" U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 2
"You're My Everything" U.S. Billboard Pop Singles 6
You're My Everything" U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 3
"(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need" U.S. Billboard Pop Singles 14
"(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need" U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rolling Stone, Vol. 1 No. 3 December 14, 1967, pp. 17