onsdag 29 april 2015


The second of three successful original studio LP:s from the combo - in time surrounded by "Second Album" and "Reach Out". The period 1965-67 - also including a big selling live album and a Greatest Hits - was their most victorious in US and at the same time made them the second Motown act (after The Supremes) with a household breakthrough in Europe. When the hit machine Holland-Dozier-Holland left the label 1967 and they were assigned to other producers/songwriters their popularity started to decline, but they've continued to perform and record as "Four Tops" through a number of member and label changes up to today. This however is from the hight of their carreer and ability. The two sides seems to have different aims. First has a lot of what I love with Motown - a combination of catchy melodies, emotional performance and firm up-tempo - while the second contains more ordinarily produced covers. Though all those are well sung and played I stick with the true H-D-H magic on side one which also has two of my favorites - "I Got A Feeling" and "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever". The mono mix is as expected from Motown this period - clear,steady and dynamic. Also issued as stereo (MS 647). UK first on Tamla Motown (STML/TML 11037). Premiere US had label as shown here and glossy cover. (YZÄ*) (TÖMÖ*) (ÖXCÅ*) (FÖRH*)

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