Sunday, April 27, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: THE FOUR TOPS - GOLD
This double-disc collection gathers all the important Motown hits, which is usually what you want, the big ones. But the Temptations were one of the few Detroit groups that managed to score after leaving the family as well. So we're missing out on mid-70's hits Keeper Of The Castle and Ain't No Woman (Like The One I Got), and the 80's comeback When She Was My Girl. There is a better compilation to be made, but this is pretty generous. The hits will always impress, but the relative failures can be just as exciting. They aren't the overplayed ones, familiar from a hundred different movie soundtracks. Late 60's gems Yesterday's Dreams, I'm In A Different World and Can't Seem To Get You Out Of My Mind have all the important elements of classic Motown, especially the great Funk Brothers backing, and that urgent vocal that set Stubbs apart from the others. With his extra grit, on the right song he could best Stevie, Smokey and Marvin.