Reunion (The Temptations album)

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Reunion
Tempts-reunion.jpg
Studio album by The Temptations
Released April 7, 1982
Recorded 1982
Genre R&B, Soul, Funk
Length 45:37
Label Gordy
Producer Berry Gordy, Rick James, Smokey Robinson, Barrett Strong, Iris Gordy
The Temptations chronology
The Temptations
(1981)The Temptations1981
Reunion
(1982)
Surface Thrills
(1983)Surface Thrills1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 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.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalist(s)Length
1."Standing on the Top (arranged by Rick James)"Rick JamesEdwards, Ruffin, Kendricks, Street, Leonard, Franklin, James9:48
2."You Better Beware (arranged by Rudy Robinson, Curtis Nolen and Raymond Crossley)"Barrett StrongRuffin5:00
3."Lock It in the Pocket (arranged by Benjamin Wright, William Bickelhaupt and Kerry Gordy)"Kerry Gordy, Benny MedinaEdwards4:30
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalist(s)Length
4."I've Never Been to Me (arranged by Daniel Kane, Ken Hirsch and Ron Miller)"Ron Miller, Ken HirschEdwards5:57
5."Backstage (arranged by Paul Riser)"Smokey RobinsonEdwards Street4:31
6."More On the Inside (arranged by Paul Riser)"RobinsonEdwards3:49
7."Money's Hard to Get (arranged by Benjamin Wright, Kerry Gordy and William Bickelhaupt)"K. Gordy, MedinaEdwards4:44

Personnel[edit]

Performers

Musicians

[3]

Production[edit]

  • Executive Producer: Berry Gordy
  • Tracks 3, 7 and 9 produced by Berry Gordy; track 9 co-produced by Melvin Ragin. Recording and mix by Barney Perkins, Bob Robitalle, Bobby Brooks, Fred Law, Glen Jordan, Jane Clark, Russ Terrana.
  • Track 1 produced by Rick James. Recording and mix by Rom Flye, Ann Fry and Michael Johnson.
  • Track 2 produced by Iris Gordy and Barrett Strong. Recording and mix by Warren Woods.
  • Track 4 produced by Ron Miller. Recording and mix by Barney Perkins, Bob Robitalle, Russ Terrana, Fred Law, Kevin Sorrells, Michael Johnson.
  • Tracks 5, 6 and 8 produced by Smokey Robinson. Recording and mix by Howard Wolen and Louis Russell.

Charts[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[4]
US US
R&B
1982 Reunion 37 2

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[4]
US US
R&B
US
AC
UK
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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