Wings of Love

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Wings of Love
Studio album by The Temptations
Released March 10, 1976
Recorded 1975 - 1976
Genre Soul, funk, disco
Label Gordy
GS 971
Producer Jeffrey Bowen
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Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Wings of Love is a 1976 album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label. 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"

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, leaving "China Doll" in the capable hands of Richard Street. The upshot of Bowen's obsession with Edwards is that fans will enjoy hearing Edwards exercise a greater vocal range than normal, particularly on the album's ballad-heavy second side.

It at least received praise for being one of the most beautiful album covers in the group's discography. It returned to an old Motown marketing device of using abstract art to detract from the artists.

Track listing[edit]

All lead vocals by Dennis Edwards except where indicated

Side one[edit]

  1. "Sweet Gypsy Jane" - 4:28
  2. "Sweetness In The Dark" - 3:06
  3. "Up The Creek (Without A Paddle)" - 3:28
  4. "China Doll" - 3:26 (lead singer: Richard Street)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Mary Ann" - 7:41
  2. "Dream World (Wings Of Love)" - 5:38
  3. "Paradise" - 3:26