The Temptations – Sky´s the Limit – CD

The Temptations - Sky´s the Limit - CD

The Temptations – Sky´s the Limit – CD

Sky’s the Limit is the fourteenth studio album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label released in 1971. It includes the #1 hit “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)”, the Top 40 hit “Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World)”, and the original version of “Smiling Faces Sometimes”, later a Top 5 hit for The Undisputed Truth. In addition, Sky’s the Limit features the final Temptations’ recordings for founding member Eddie Kendricks, the main lead vocalist on “Just My Imagination”. During the recording of the album, Kendricks departed the group for a solo career. His best friend Paul Williams would soon follow him out of the group due mainly to health issues. The album tracks show Whitfield’s gravitation back towards a ballad format: half of the LP is made up of such tracks. Previous Whitfield co-compositions such as “Gonna Keep on Tryin’ (Till I Win Your Love)” –originally recorded by Edwin Starr, later The Temptations; from The Tempts’ Cloud Nine album.

“I’m the Exception to the Rule” (recorded by The Velvelettes in 1964), and “Throw a Farewell Kiss” (also a Velvelettes original) were revived and recorded for this album. Sky’s the Limit took the group into expansive territory that was barely hinted at in their early work. The album’s got some incredible tracks in the Whitfield mode – long numbers that build and build, opening up into long righteous soul grooves with more than a bit of funk – a hard-rolling style that the harmonies really work wonderfully to match – giving Motown some of its most powerful sounds of the time.

TRACKLIST:

01. GOTTA KEEP U`P TRYIN’ TILL I WIN YOUR LOVE (3:53)
Lead singer: Eddie Kendricks
02. JUST MY IMAGINATION (Running Away with Me) (3:49)
Lead singers: Eddie Kendricks & Paul Williams
03. I’M THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULE (3:24)
Lead singers: Eddie Kendricks & Dennis Edwards; spoken introduction by Otis Williams
04. SMILING FACES SOMETIMES (12:43)
Lead singers: Eddie Kendricks & Dennis Edwards
05. MAN (2:41)
Lead singer: Eddie Kendricks
06. THROW A FAREWELL KISS (3:38)
Lead singer: Dennis Edwards
07. UNGENA ZA ULIMWENGU (Unite the World) (4:30)
Lead singers: Dennis Edwards & Melvin Franklin
08. LOVE CAN BE ANYTHING (Can’t Nothing Be Love but Love) (9:20) Lead singers: Eddie Kendricks, Dennis Edwards & Melvin Franklin

All selections written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, except for “Throw a Farewell Kiss”,
written by Norman Whitfield and Edward Holland.
Recorded at Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A) & Golden World Studios (Studio B), Detroit, Michigan,
between August 1970 and March 1971.