Back to Front

Back to Front

by The Temptations



No vocal group is better qualified to pay tribute to R&B's golden era than the Temptations, who do exactly that on Back to Front (an album containing mostly covers of soul classics from the '60s and '70s). Some soul connoisseurs will question whether or not the 2007 lineup heard on Back to Front should even be called the Temptations; Otis Williams is the only remaining original member, and the other participants include 1983 arrival Ron Tyson and three singers who didn't come on board until the '90s (Terry Weeks) or 2000s (Bruce Williamson and Joe Herndon). But then, lineup changes are nothing new for the Temptations, who had plenty of them during their '60s and '70s heyday -- and the important thing to remember about Back to Front is that the disc is quite faithful to the spirit of the pre-'80s Temptations even though Williams is the only one who was actually part of the group before the '80s. The Temptations, of course, were synonymous with the Motown sound back in the day, but Back to Front celebrates classic soul outside of Motown with enthusiastic covers of gems ranging from Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" and the Emotions' "Don't Ask My Neighbors" to L.T.D.'s hits "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again" and "Love Ballad." The Temptations of 2007 pay tribute to Stax Records (Motown's most important competitor in the '60s) on Sam & Dave's "Hold On! I'm Comin'" and the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself," and they acknowledge the Philadelphia International/Gamble & Huff sound on Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody." Back to Front is not in a class with the Temptations' most essential '60s and '70s recordings, but it is an enjoyably satisfying tribute to R&B's pre-urban contemporary, pre-hip-hop era.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2007
Label: New Door Records
UPC: 0602517401983
catalogNumber: 000945102

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Temptations   Primary Artist
Duane Benjamin   Trombone
Kevin Brandon   Double Bass
Mark Cargill   Violin,Concert Master
Billy Cox   Bass (Vocal)
Yvette Devereaux   Violin
Andrew Gouche   Bass
Roman Johnson   Keyboards
Vann Johnson   Background Vocals
Miguel Martinez   Cello
Anthony Patler   Hammond Organ
Robin Ross   Viola
Benjamin F. Wright   Conductor
Susan Chatman   Violin
Peggy Baldwin   Cello
Patrick Morgan   Viola
James Cornwell   Percussion
Louis Jr. VanTaylor   Flute,Saxophone
Bobby Ray Watson   Bass
Chad Wright   Drums
James Ford   Trumpet
Benjamin Wright Orchestra   Track Performer
Ron Brown   Saxophone
Richard Adkins   Violin

Technical Credits

Luther Ingram   Composer
Barry White   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Lester Abrams   Composer
Shelly Berger   Producer,Executive Producer
Victor Carstarphen   Composer
Pierre Delanoë   Composer
Reginald Dozier   Engineer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Len Ron Hanks   Composer
Manny Kurtz   Composer
Gene McFadden   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Mack Rice   Composer
Skip Scarborough   Composer
Tom Weir   Engineer
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Benjamin F. Wright   Arranger,Producer
Zane Grey   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Otis Williams New Group   Executive Producer

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