Reunion (The Temptations album)

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Studio album by The Temptations
Released April 7, 1982
Recorded 1982
Genre R&B/Funk
Length 45:37
Label Gordy
Producer Berry Gordy, Rick James, Smokey Robinson, Barrett Strong, Iris Gordy
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[2]

Reunion is a 1982 album by The Temptations for Gordy Records. The album was released during the 1982 Temptations Reunion tour, which reunited David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks with the Temptations after a decade-long absence. The album also features then-current Temptations Dennis Edwards, Glenn Leonard, Richard Street, and founding members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin. Reunion featured the hit single "Standing on the Top", produced by and featuring Motown funk star Rick James, who had previously used the Temptations as the background vocalists for his 1981 hit "Super Freak".

The Reunion tour, which began in April 1982 was only partially successful. Ruffin, a cocaine addict, missed several shows, causing the group to be fined thousands of dollars for each performance he missed, and Eddie Kendricks' falsetto voice had weakened due to constant smoking. Group leader Otis Williams decided that the reunion would not be a permanent thing, and fired Ruffin and Kendricks shortly after Christmas 1982.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocalist(s) Length
1. "Standing on the Top" Rick James Edwards, Ruffin, Kendricks, Street, Leonard, Franklin, James 9:48
2. "You Better Beware" Barrett Strong Ruffin 5:00
3. "Lock It in the Pocket" Kerry Gordy, Benny Medina Edwards 4:30
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocalist(s) Length
4. "I've Never Been to Me" Ron Miller, Ken Hirsch Edwards 5:57
5. "Backstage" Smokey Robinson Edwards Street 4:31
6. "More On the Inside" Robinson Edwards 3:49
7. "Money's Hard to Get" K. Gordy, Medina Edwards 4:44




  • Oscar Alston, Freddie Washington, Jervonny Collier, Nathan Watts, Eddie Watkins: bass guitar
  • Paulinho da Costa, Gary Coleman, Nathan Hughes: percussion
  • Bill Elliott: electric piano, synthesizer
  • Kerry Ashby, Rudy Robinson, Erskine Williams, Clarence McDonald: keyboards
  • Bobby Nunn, Levi Ruffin: synthesizer
  • Ken Hirsch: piano
  • Chris Powell: saxophone
  • Ken Scott, LaMorris Payne: trumpets
  • Benjamin Wright: synthesizer, arranger
  • Ndugu Chancler, Ed Greene, Jerry Jones, Lanise Hughes, Quentin Dennard: drums
  • Robert Bowles, Bruce Nazarian, Dennis Herring, Louis Russell, Wah Wah Watson, Tom McDermott: guitars




Year Album Chart positions[4]
1982 Reunion 37 2


Year Single Chart positions[4]
1982 "Standing On the Top - Pt. 1"
(featuring Rick James)
66 6 53
"More On the Inside" 82
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


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  4. ^ a b "The Temptations US albums/singles chart history". Retrieved 2012-07-11. 

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