10 Nov Temptations – All Directions (180Gr. vinyl)
Out November 25, 2022.
Limited Edition. Official reissue on deluxe 180-gram virgin vinyl.
A superb album produced by Motown’s psychedelic mastermind Norman Whitfield. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 in 1972, making it the band’s most successful non-collaborative album on the chart It also became their twelfth album to reach #1 on the Top R&B Albums chart. All Directions features the #1 hit “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”, which was a twelve-minute cover of a Whitfield- produced Undisputed Truth single. “Papa” won three Grammy Awards in 1973: Best R&B Performance by a Group for The Temptations, Best R&B Instrumental Performance for Whitfield and arranger/conductor Paul Riser, and Best R&B Song for Whitfield and lyricist Barrett Strong. It is widely regarded as one of The Temptations’ signature numbers.
Elemental Music, together with Universal Music Group, present the best selection of 60’s & 70’s R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz, Blues, Pop-Rock and Folk out of print titles from the vaults of classic labels such as Polydor, Motown, Chess, MGM, A&M, Mercury or Capitol Records, among others.
1. Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On (Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong)
2. Run Charlie Run (C. Maurice King, Jan Forman)
3. Papa Was A Rolling Stone (Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong)
1. Love Woke Me Up This Morning (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson)
2. I Ain’t Got Nothing (C. Maurice King, Evans King)
3. The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face)(Ewan Maccoll)
4. Mother Nature (Nick Zesses, Dino Fekaris)
5. Do Your Thing (Isaac Hayes)
Sincere gratitude and appreciation is extended to the following musicians who helped make this album possible:
Guitars: Billy Cooper, Joe Messina, Melvin Ragin (Better Known as Wah Wah), Robert Ward, Paul Warren, Robert White, Eddie Willis
Drums: Richard “Pistol” Allen, Uriel Jones, Aaron Smith, Andrew Smith
Piano: Earl Van Dyke
Organ Johnny Griffith
Bass: Bob Babitt, James Jamerson, Leroy Taylor
Tambourine, Maracas, Sticks, etc.: Jack Ashford
Tympani, Vibes, Bells, Gourd: Jack Brokensha
Bongo, Congo: Eddie “Bongo” Brown
Exclusively Arranged and Conducted by: Paul Riser
Mastering Engineers: Norman Whitfield and Orson Lewis
Produced by: Norman Whitfield