The Magnificent 7 (album)

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The Magnificent 7
The Magnificent 7 (Four tops album) coverart.jpg
Studio album by The Supremes and The Four Tops
Released September 1970
Recorded 1970
Genre Soul, R&B
Label Motown
Producer Frank Wilson, Duke Browner, Clay McMurray, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
The Supremes chronology
Right On
(1970)Right On1970
The Magnificent 7
New Ways but Love Stays
(1970)New Ways but Love Stays1970
The Four Tops chronology
Changing Times
(1970) Changing Times1970
The Magnificent 7
(1970) The Magnificent 71970
The Return of the Magnificent Seven
(1971) The Return of the Magnificent Seven1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 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 The 5th Dimension'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' band mate 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) - 4:15
  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


The Supremes
The Four Tops

Chart history[edit]

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