Customer reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Audio CD. As a long-time Tops' collector, I was psyched by the arrival of this new four-disc, career-spanning box set. Amid the 85 tracks, 40 are making their debut on CD. Amongst those, ten were previously unreleased, four were previously unreleased in the U.
While it's not perfect what is? The first disc leads off with samples of the Tops' pre-Motown work. The Tops signed with Motown inand their first One Woman Man - The Four Tops* - Main Street Peoplethe cancelled jazz set Breaking Through finally released inis represented by the ultra-smooth "Until I Met You.
It established a winning formula: lyrics that entail Levi yearning for or proclaiming his love for a girl he has lost or can't have; pulsating music cut in a high key out of Stubbs' regular vocal range, the subsequent strain causing his pleas to sound Pusher - Falco - Data De Groove more dramatic; background vocals with a full, almost Spectorian resonance, thanks to the addition of Motown's resident session singers, the Andantes.
In lateHolland-Dozier-Holland abruptly left Motown in a dispute over financial compensation. They are proof that the Tops could make a hit out of practically anything. Besides the aforementioned singles and some assorted album tracks fromdisc two also includes a pair of unique, previously unreleased collaborations: "Oh, I've Been Blessed" by Levi and the Vandellas with Stubbs recording over a track that once featured Martha Reeves and "Stranded On The Road of Love" with Edwin Starr the Tops and Starr made separate recordings - which were later merged - on the same backing tracks.
Neither rises above One Woman Man - The Four Tops* - Main Street People. As disc three and the seventies begin, Frank Wilson had taken over as the Tops' producer for the landmark Still Waters concept album.
Wilson ditched the Andantes from the background and put more emphasis on the Tops harmonies. Payton was given more solo parts as well. Duringthe Tops received little promotional support from Motown and struggled on the charts.
Some of the Tops' best recordings from their first two Dunhill albums - produced by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter - make up the last third of disc three. Missing is their disco hit "H. Compensation comes, however, from the previously Big River (Take 1) - Bob Dylan And The Band - The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol.
1 in the U. In the Tops signed with Casablanca and released two of their strongest albums ever. The Tops performed a scorching medley with the Temptations on the Motown 25 reunion special - included here - which was one of the evening's highlights. A much stronger effort was their Arista album Indestructible, the singles of which are found here. A classy collaboration with Grover Washington Jr. Payton's death in ended the recording legacy of the original Four Tops.
This collection serves as an outstanding tribute to the unparalleled harmony they shared, in and out of the recording studio. Before I set this review in motion This 4-CD-Set is loaded with alternate takes, previously unreleased material and singles One Woman Man - The Four Tops* - Main Street People before released on CD From Doo-Wop and sophisticated supper club, to One Woman Man - The Four Tops* - Main Street People Soul and everything in between, the Four Tops always presented an emotionally packed, superior product--with a smooth as butter delivery.
Like most compilation box sets, there will be the inevitable complaints about this or that song missing, stereo vs mono, etc. Still it's nice to have such a variety of songs spanning nearly 40 years, liner notes, and detailed discographies for both singles and albums, with release dates and chart positions in one place. Tuesday 15 October Wednesday 16 October Thursday 17 October Friday 18 October Saturday 19 October Sunday 20 October Monday 21 October Tuesday 22 October Wednesday 23 October Thursday 24 October Friday 25 October Saturday 26 October Sunday 27 October Monday 28 October Tuesday 29 October Wednesday 30 October Thursday 31 October Friday 1 November Saturday 2 November Sunday 3 November Monday 4 November Tuesday 5 November Wednesday 6 November Thursday 7 November Friday 8 November Saturday 9 November Sunday 10 November Monday 11 November Tuesday 12 November Wednesday 13 November Thursday 14 November Friday 15 November Saturday 16 November Sunday 17 November Monday 18 November Tuesday 19 November Wednesday 20 November Thursday 21 November Friday 22 November Saturday 23 November Sunday 24 November Monday 25 November Tuesday 26 November Wednesday 27 November Thursday 28 November Friday 29 November Saturday 30 Jackie - Sinéad OConnor - The Value Of Ignorance (VHS) Sunday 1 December Monday 2 December Tuesday 3 December Wednesday 4 December Thursday 5 December Friday 6 December Saturday 7 December Much of the group's catalog is now controlled by Universal Music Groupas a result of various transactions involving many of the record labels for which the Four Tops recorded for over the years.
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RPM magazine. Four Tops. Barbara's Boy. Stranded on the Road of Love. Track Listing - Disc 3. It's All in the Game. Love Is the Answer. Ballad to: The One I Love. Lawrence Payton. River Deep, Mountain High. I'm Glad About It. In These Changing Times. A Simple Game. Michael Pinder. You Stole My Love. So Deep Within You. I Can't Quit Your Love.
It's the Way Nature Planned It. Keeper of the Castle. Love Music. Are You Man Enough. Sweet Understanding Love. One Woman Man. Track Listing - Disc 4. Midnight Flower. Seven Lonely Nights. We All Gotta Stick Together. For Your Love. Graham Gouldman. When She Was My Girl. Michael Williams.
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