The Temptations Wish It Would Rain

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The Temptations Wish It Would Rain
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 29, 1968
Recorded1967–68
StudioHitsville USA, Detroit
GenreSoul
Length32:00
LabelGordy
GS 927
ProducerNorman Whitfield, Smokey Robinson, Henry Cosby, Harvey Fuqua, Deke Richards, Johnny Bristol
The Temptations chronology
The Temptations in a Mellow Mood
(1967)
The Temptations Wish It Would Rain
(1968)
Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations
(1968)
Singles from The Temptations Wish It Would Rain
  1. "I Wish It Would Rain"
    Released: December 21, 1967
  2. "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)"
    Released: April 18, 1968
  3. "Please Return Your Love to Me"
    Released: July 16, 1968
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

The Temptations Wish It Would Rain is the seventh studio album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label released in 1968. It was the final release from the group's "Classic-5" era, during which David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, and Otis Williams constituted the Temptations' lineup.

Wish It Would Rain also marks the last Temptations solo album to focus on the classic "Motown Sound", and the last to feature production from Smokey Robinson.

Overview[edit]

Included on Wish It Would Rain are the hit singles "I Wish It Would Rain" and "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)", both featuring Ruffin on lead vocals and co-written by Motown writer Roger Penzabene, who committed suicide on New Year's Eve 1967 because of the breakup described in these two songs. "I Wish It Would Rain's" b-side, "I Truly, Truly Believe", is a rare solo showcase for Franklin, the group's bass singer.

The third single, "Please Return Your Love to Me", features Kendricks on lead, and was released in July after Ruffin's departure. The song's b-side, "How Could I Forget" (led by Paul Williams), is not included here, because it was newly recorded on June 29 to accompany the a-side.

Background[edit]

Ruffin himself did not sing on "How Can I Forget" because, by late June, he was no longer part of the Temptations. The group had already been dealing with Ruffin's ego clashes and his desire for special treatment for at least a few months, and warded off his desire to have the name of the group changed to "David Ruffin & the Temptations" (in response to The Supremes being renamed "Diana Ross & the Supremes"). After Ruffin failed to show up for a series of engagements in Cleveland, Ohio that month (instead going to visit his then-girlfriend Gail Martin, daughter of Dean Martin, and see her open her own musical show), Otis Williams and the other Temptations decided Ruffin had gone too far and fired him.

Dennis Edwards was brought in as Ruffin's replacement, amidst cries of "Where's David?" from the crowds at live shows, and Ruffin's attempts to jump onstage and steal the microphone from Edwards during the shows. Edwards was officially introduced as the Temptations' new lead singer on July 9, 1968, at a live show in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and the group enlisted extra security to prevent Ruffin from attending and disrupting their shows,

Edwards would make his on-record debut with the next Temptations album, Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations. Starting with the group's next solo studio album, also titled Cloud Nine, producer Norman Whitfield began edging the group towards a Sly & the Family Stone-esque sound (dubbed "psychedelic soul"), using Edwards' gruffer voice as the centerpiece for several psychedelic-based hit singles and albums.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)" (lead: Ruffin)Roger Penzabene, Barrett Strong, Norman WhitfieldNorman Whitfield3:33
2."Cindy" (lead: Ruffin)Smokey RobinsonSmokey Robinson3:08
3."I Wish It Would Rain" (lead: Ruffin)Penzabene, Strong, WhitfieldNorman Whitfield2:48
4."Please Return Your Love to Me" (lead: Kendricks)Strong, Whitfield, Barbara NeelyNorman Whitfield2:26
5."Fan the Flame" (lead: Ruffin)Al Cleveland, Terry Johnson, RobinsonSmokey Robinson2:44
6."He Who Picks a Rose" (lead: Ruffin)Edward Holland, Jr., Emilio "Father" Smiley, WhitfieldNorman Whitfield2:28
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Why Did You Leave Me Darling" (lead: Ruffin)James Dean, Deke RichardsDennis Lussier2:11
2."I Truly, Truly Believe" (lead: Franklin)George Gordy, Margaret Gordy, Allen StoryHenry Cosby2:44
3."This is My Beloved" (lead: Kendricks)Nickolas Ashford, Valerie SimpsonHarvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol2:13
4."Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got" (lead: P. Williams)Strong, WhitfieldNorman Whitfield2:46
5."I've Passed This Way Before" (lead: Ruffin, Franklin)Dean, William WeatherspoonJames Dean, William Weatherspoon2:43
6."No Man Can Love Her Like I Do" (lead: P. Williams)Holland, Whitfield, Eddie KendricksNorman Whitfield2:16

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