Tuesday, March 29, 2005


I'm jealous... Posted by Hello


Well hello. Is that a fine looking 8 track or what. Betcha 5 dollars this will outlast us all--and sounds better than cassette of the time or beyond. Hell it might even have a reissue vinyl beat. Of course this is a copy of the Temptations 1971 classic, Sky's The Limit. This is an album that is argueably the last great collaboration between producer Norman Whitfield and songwriting partner Barrett Strong. I tend to agree. This is the late '68 to '71 lineup, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin and Dennis Edwards. Sky's The Limit was the last Temptations effort for Paul Williams.

What I love about this album is the fact that the '70s were coming on strong and if this lineup has proceeded together, they probably would have brought a certain bearing to a lot of "excessive" Whitfield work that followed....

What's really cool about this? Well Kendricks is here, he always gives the work a certain warmth and charm, especially on "Just My Imagination" and the brilliant and eerie "Smiling Faces Sometimes." On the former you can hear how sick those harmonies could get. After this set, Kendricks officially exited. By 1972 the group added Richard Street and Damon Harris. The Tempts always remained a great group--but "The Sky's The Limit" is an end of an era...
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