Wings of Love
|Wings of Love|
|Studio album by|
|Released||March 10, 1976|
|Genre||Soul, funk, disco|
|The Temptations chronology|
Producer Jeffrey Bowen preferred Dennis Edwards to the rest of the group, and wanted to produce an Edwards solo album instead of a group album. As a result, Bowen de-emphasized the rest of the group's vocals and placed them at levels far below Edwards' leads, prompting his dismissal as the Temptations' producer after this album's release. Unsurprisingly, Edwards sings lead on all but one of the songs on the album; "China Doll" has Richard Street taking the lead vocal.
The album was an unsuccessful release, both commercially and critically. Wings of Love's only single, "Up the Creek (Without a Paddle)" was co-written by Sly Stone, the inspiration for many of the Temptations' late 1960s/early 1970s "psychedelic soul" records; because of tax reasons, he could not take a publishing credit on the song. Stone and other members of the Family Stone appear on "Up the Creek", as well as "Sweet Gypsy Jane" and "China Doll"
All lead vocals by Dennis Edwards except where indicated
- "Sweet Gypsy Jane" – 4:28
- "Sweetness in the Dark" – 3:06
- "Up the Creek (Without a Paddle)" – 3:28
- "China Doll" – 3:26 (lead singer: Richard Street)
- "Mary Ann" – 7:41
- "Dream World (Wings of Love)" – 5:38
- "Paradise" – 3:26
- Dennis Edwards - vocals
- Glenn Leonard - vocals
- Richard Street - vocals
- Melvin Franklin - vocals
- Otis Williams - vocals
- Sly Stone, Truman Thomas - clavinet, organ and ARP
- Freddie Stewart - bass, guitar
- William "Billy Bass" Nelson - bass, guitar
- Rusty Allen - bass
- Ollie E. Brown - drums, percussion
- Pat Rizzo, Steve Madaio - trumpet
- Donald Charles Baldwin - Moog, Moog programming, keyboards, rhythm and vocal arrangements
|Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)||16|
|Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)||32|
|US Billboard 200||29|
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- "Swedishcharts.com – The Temptations – Wings of Love". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
- "The Temptations US Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2017.