The Four Tops – Second Album (RSDBF)

The Four Tops – Second Album (RSDBF)

Out November 25, 2022 for RSD Black Friday 2022 


Reissued for the 62nd anniversary of Motown Records. This is the 1965 studio album by Motown’s vocal quartet The Four Tops. The album reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Black Albums chart and No. 20 on Billboard 200. It contains three hit singles: “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)”, which reached No. 1 on both the Black Singles and Pop Singles charts, “It’s the Same Old Song”, which reached No. 2 and No. 5 respectively, and “Something About You”, which reached No. 9 and No. 19.

“Several years ago, shortly after the Four Tops had joined forces with Motown Record Corporation, I witnessed one of their first sessions with Motown. For me it was a special experience, for it was the first recording session I had ever seen. The place was alive with electricity. The control room was crowded with Motown people, who were taking time out from their normal activities to get another look at these guys. Today I can’t even remember what tunes they were recording, but the rest of the experience is still clear and sharp in my mind. The Tops themselves, Levi Stubbs, Lawrence Payton, Abdul Fakir and Renaldo Benson were cool and collected and conducted themselves like “pros.” Everyone else, producers, writers, engineers, and just witnesses like myself were sponta-neously steamed up by the job these fellows were doing. Certain things were obvious, the Tops had a groove, they kept it moving with the talent and training built in-to their voices, and they really worked with each other. In view of this, it’s been a sort of special pleasure of mine to keep my eyes open for the Four Tops. They have made this very easy for me to do this for since that time they have kept themselves in the fore-front. The pros in the trade have known about the “Tops” for a long time, and it was accepted that it was only a matter of time before they hit it big. It surely looks like they knew what they were talking about because not only have they hit it big, but they have kept it rolling. This is indeed their second album. The first one en-titled, “Four Tops” is a smash, and the demand for another album, with their continuing and growing popularity was overwhelming.” – SCOTT ST. JAMES

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. I Can’t Help Myself
2. love Feels Like Fire
3. Is There Anything That I Can Do
4. Something About You
5. It’s The Same Old Song
6. Helpless

1. Just As Long As You Need Me
2. Darling, I Hum Our Song
3. I Like Everything About You
4. Since You’ve Been Gone
5. Stay In My Lonely Arms
6. I’m Grateful


Produced by Holland & Dozier
Cover art by Dick Kranz
Originally released in 1965 on Motown Records.
Produced for release by Jordi Soley
Manufactured by Anagram Music. Made in the U.S.A.
Licensed for USA and Canada.