Law of the Land (album)

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Law of the Land
Studio album by The Undisputed Truth
Released 1973
Recorded 1973
Genre Soul, Psychedelic Soul, Funk
Length 42:11
Label Gordy (Motown)
GS 959
Producer Norman Whitfield
The Undisputed Truth chronology
Face to Face With the Truth
(1972)
Law of the Land
(1973)
Down to Earth
(1974)

Law of the Land is the third album by the Norman Whitfield's Motown group The Undisputed Truth.

Details[edit]

Law of the Land was the last Undisputed Truth album recorded by the group's original line-up, as founding members Billie Rae Calvin and Brenda Joyce Evans would leave shortly after its release. Joe Harris would then be joined by four new members, Virginia "V" McDonald, Tyrone "Big Ty" Douglas, Tyrone "Lil Ty" Barkeley and Calvin "Dhaak" Stephenson, all of whom had been part of The Magictones, a local Detroit soul group.

Like many early Undisputed Truth albums, Law of the Land mostly contains songs that had already been recorded by other artists. The album features covers of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly With His Song", The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends" and Dionne Warwick's "Walk On By". Law of the Land also contains the original version of "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (US #63, US R&B #24), which Norman Whitfield rerecorded into a huge hit for his other group, The Temptations. The album's title track was also recorded by both The Temptations and The Undisputed Truth; The Tempts' version was released as a UK-only single in 1973, and just missed out on the UK Top 40, reaching #41, while The Undisputed Truth's version was a minor R&B hit in America, peaking at #40. The album also includes two other minor R&B hits, "Girl, You're Alright" (#43) and "Mama, I Got A Brand New Thing (Don't Say No)" (#46).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Law of the Land" (Norman Whitfield) 4:26
  2. "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong) 3:28
  3. "Girl You're Alright" (Clay McMurray, Pam Sawyer) 2:58
  4. "Killing Me Softly with His Song" (Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel) 4:52
  5. "Just My Imagination" (Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong) 3:44
  6. "This Child Needs Its Father" (Dino Fekaris) 3:27
  7. "Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don't Say No)" (Norman Whitfield) 3:33
  8. "Feelin' Alright" (Dave Mason) 4:55
  9. "Love and Happiness" (Al Green, Mabon Hodges) 3:15
  10. "With a Little Help from My Friends" (Paul McCartney, John Lennon) 4:25
  11. "If I Die" (Peter Rivera) 3:15
  12. "Walk On By" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) 3:57

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Albums[1] 191
Billboard Top Soul Albums[1] 52

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[2]
US US
R&B
1972 "Girl, You're Alright" 43
"Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" 63 24
1973 "Law Of The Land" 40
"Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don't Say No)" 46

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Undisputed Truth US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  2. ^ "The Undisputed Truth US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-08-25.