The Magnificent 7 (album)

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The Magnificent 7
The Magnificent 7 (Four tops album) coverart.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1970
Recorded1970
GenreSoul, R&B
LabelMotown
ProducerFrank Wilson, Duke Browner, Clay McMurray, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
The Supremes chronology
Right On
(1970)
The Magnificent 7
(1970)
New Ways but Love Stays
(1970)
The Four Tops chronology
Changing Times
(1970)
The Magnificent 7
(1970)
The Return of the Magnificent Seven
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [2]

The Magnificent 7 is a collaborative album combining Motown's premier vocal groups, The Supremes and The Four Tops. Issued by Motown in 1970, it followed two collaborative albums the group did with The Temptations in the late 1960s. The album featured their hit cover of Ike & Tina Turner's "River Deep – Mountain High", which reached #14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

Apart from "Knock on My Door" (written by Patti Jerome and Joe Hinton), the rest of the tracks on the LP were also covers of rock and soul songs, including the duet by Dinah Washington and Brook Benton "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)", Bobby Scott's "A Taste of Honey", Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People", Ed Townsend's "For Your Love" and Laura Nyro's "Stoned Soul Picnic", as well as hits by other Motown artists: the Tops' own "Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worth While)", the duet "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Gaye's and Kim Weston's "It's Got to Be a Miracle (This Thing Called Love)", The Spinners' "Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music" and former Supremes' bandmate Diana Ross' 1970 debut solo single, "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)".

"River Deep - Mountain High" was released as a single in the Netherlands, with "Knock on My Door" on the flip side. Two more singles were issued in the United Kingdom in 1972: "Without the One You Love" with "Let's Make Love Now" on the B side; and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" backed by "Where Would I Be Without You, Baby".

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Knock on My Door" (Joe Hinton, Patti Jerome) - 2:15
  2. "For Your Love" (Ed Townsend) - 2:54
  3. "Without the One You Love" (Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland) - 3:10
  4. "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) - 4:20
  5. "Stoned Soul Picnic" (Laura Nyro) - 3:10
  6. "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" (Clyde Otis, Murray Stein) - 2:59
Side two
  1. "River Deep – Mountain High" (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector) - 4:52
  2. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) - 2:29
  3. "Everyday People" (Sylvester Stewart) - 2:52
  4. "It's Got to Be a Miracle (This Thing Called Love)" (Vernon Bullock, Sylvia Moy, William "Mickey" Stevenson) - 3:55
  5. "Taste of Honey" (Ric Marlow, Bobby Scott) - 2:57
  6. "Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music" (Martin Coleman, Richard Drapkin) - 2:59

Personnel[edit]

The Supremes
The Four Tops
Technical

Chart history[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[citation needed] 113
UK Albums Chart[citation needed] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Magnificent 7 at AllMusic
  2. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony (1992). The Rolling Stone Album Guide: Completely New Reviews : Every Essential Album, Every Essential Artist. Page 685: Random House. ISBN 0679737294.