The Temptations - One by One: The Best of Their Solo Years 2CD (1996)

The Temptations - One by One: The Best of Their Solo Years 2CD (1996)

Artist: The Temptations
Title: One by One: The Best of Their Solo Years
Year Of Release: 1996
Label: Motown [530 615-2]
Genre: Funk / Soul, R&B
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / FLAC (tracks +.cue,log)
Total Time: 2:33:28
Total Size: 368 mb / 995 mb

An interesting concept for a compilation, devoted to the most significant solo tracks by Temptations vocalists David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Dennis Edwards, and Paul Williams. In other words, this two-CD, 35-track compilation isn't really a Temptations CD at all, although it's more appropriate to list it under their entry than anywhere else. The ex-Tempts' solo outings had their high points, like David Ruffin's Top Ten hit "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)," and Eddie Kendricks's "Keep on Truckin'." But overall, this isn't anything special, with a pleasantly generic late-period Motown sound that sometimes begs the inevitable unfavorable comparisons with the Temptations' own work, from the perspectives of both material and execution. Kendricks comes off best here, but Motown fans will be interested in the chance to track down many obscure minor hits and flops by the singers, and even a few unreleased cuts. It's too late to do anything about it, but the best of these solo hits would have been far more appropriate selections for the Emperors of Soul box than most of the group-performed post-"Papa Was a Rolling Stone" material that made the cut.
Disc: 1
1. My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)
2. I've Lost Everything I've Ever Loved
3. I'm So Glad I Fell For You
4. Which Way To My Baby
5. The Double Cross
6. It's So Hard For Me To Say Good-Bye
7. This Used To Be The Home Of Johnnie Mae
8. Can I
9. If You Let Me
10. Girl You Need A Change Of Mind
11. Date With The Rain
12. Eddie's Love
13. Feel Like Givin' Up
14. Once You Had A Heart
15. I Miss You
16. Common Man
17. Darling Come Back Home
18. Keep On Truckin'
19. Tell Her Love Has Felt The Need
Disc: 2
1. Boogie Down
2. Shoeshine Boy
3. Happy
4. Get The Cream Off The Top
5. Walk Away From Love
6. Heavy Love
7. Statue Of A Fool
8. He's A Friend
9. When The Lights Come Down On Love
10. Everything's Coming Up Love
11. Just Let Me Hold You For A Night
12. You're My Peace Of Mind
13. Don't Look Any Further
14. (You're My) Aphrodisiac
15. Coolin' Out
16. Soulmate
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