Gettin' Ready

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Gettin' Ready
Studio album by The Temptations
Released June 15, 1966
Recorded 1966
Studio Hitsville U.S.A., Detroit
Length 31:33
Label Gordy
GS 918
The Temptations chronology
The Temptin' Temptations
(1965)The Temptin' Temptations1965
Gettin' Ready
Greatest Hits
(1966)Greatest Hits1966
Singles from Gettin' Ready
  1. "Get Ready" / "Fading Away"
    Released: February 7, 1966
  2. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
    Released: May 3, 1966
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[2]

Gettin' Ready is the fourth studio album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label released in 1966. 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. As with previous Temptations albums, several songs are written by members of The Miracles: Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore, Ronnie White, and Marv Tarplin.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Say You" (Charles Jones, Robert Dobyne, Robert Staunton) (lead singers: David Ruffin, Melvin Franklin)*
  2. "Little Miss Sweetness" (Smokey Robinson) (lead singer: David Ruffin)
  3. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (Edward Holland, Jr., Norman Whitfield) (lead singer: David Ruffin)
  4. "Get Ready" (Robinson) (lead singer: Eddie Kendricks; adlibs: Melvin Franklin)
  5. "Lonely, Lonely Man Am I" (Holland, Eddie Kendricks, Whitfield) (lead singers: Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin)
  6. "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" (Janie Bradford, Barrett Strong, Whitfield) (lead singer: Eddie Kendricks)

Side two[edit]

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

1998 CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Give It Up" ** (lead singer: Paul Williams)
  2. "The Man Who Don't Believe In Love", ** (lead singer: Paul Williams)





  • 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"


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

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1966) Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[3] 40
US Billboard 200[4] 12


"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

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "The Temptations Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Temptations US Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2017.