Temptations can’t resist R&B classics on new CD
October 29, 2007
Posted by Doug Pullen | The Flint Journal October 29, 2007 12:03PM
With last year’s “Reflections,” the Temptations brought their vocal magic to the music of their Motown peers.
With the newly released “Back to Front,” they’ve turned their attention to the songs of competing labels, like Stax and Philly International.
The “Reflections” album was their first for New Door Records. It did so well, the group’s Otis Williams says, that “the company said, ‘Hey, well, let’s do it again.'”
So they did.
On “Back to Front,” the quintet tackles classics such as Barry White’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” Sam and Dave’s “Hold on I’m Comin'” and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’ Teddy Pendergrass-era nugget, “Wake Up Everybody.”
They also ventured into pop, putting their unique five-part vocal stamp on the Doobie Brothers’ “Minute by Minute” and the Bee Gees’ lilting “How Deep Is Your Love,” the CD’s first single.