The Temptations’ ‘Masterpiece’

The Temptations’ ‘Masterpiece’ is an album produced and written by Norman Whitfield and released on February 21, 1973 by Gordy.

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Track Listing : 1.Hey Girl (I Like Your Style) (Norman Whitfield) – 04:36 . 2.Masterpiece (Norman Whitfield) – 13:49 . 3.Ma (Norman Whitfield) – 04:46 . 4.Law Of The Land (Norman Whitfield) – 05:08 . 5.Plastic Man (Norman Whitfield) – 05:53 . 6.Hurry Tomorrow (Norman Whitfield) – 08:06

Musicians : Temptations – Band . Dennis Edwards – Vocals (Tenor) . Damon Harris – Vocals (High Tenor/Falsetto) . Richard Street – Vocals (Tenor) . Melvin Franklin – Vocals (Bass) . Otis Williams – Vocals (Tenor/Baritone) . The Funk Brothers – Instruments . Earl Van Dyke – Piano, Organ . Johnny Griffith – Organ . Robert Ward – Guitar . Melvin “Wah-Wah Watson” Ragin – Guitar . Joe Messina – Guitar . Paul Warren – Guitar . Robert White – Guitar . Eddie Willis – Guitar . Aaron Smith – Drums . Richard “Pistol” Allen – Drums . Uriel Jones – Drums . Andrew Smith – Drums . Leroy Taylor – Bass Guitar . Bob Babbitt – Bass Guitar . Eddie Watkins – Bass Guitar . Eddie “Bongo” Brown – Bongos, Congas . Jack Ashford – Tambourine, Maracas, Sticks . Jack Brokensha – Tympani, Vibes, Bells, Gourd . Maurice Davis – Trumpet . Ted Lucas – Harmonica

Production : Produced By Norman Whitfield . Orson Lewis – Engineer

Package : Des Strobel – Design . Parvis Sadighian – Sculpture . Jim Britt – Liner Photo

Recorded 1972-73.

Released On February 21, 1973 By Gordy.

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allmusic
While still better than the average Motown effort of the period, Masterpiece never quite becomes the triumph it obviously wants to be, proving once again that a “Masterpiece” usually occurs as a matter of serendipity rather than careful design. […]

chrismass61 @ RateYourMusic
Thatand the fact that on the back of the original album there was a big Whitfield photo above tiny Temptations photos, induced them to fire him. Their loss: even if they have recorded some good albums after him, their classic period was over. […]

Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
his time Whitfield wrote everything, without a single co-writeand his slow-paced discursive approach gets to be hard to take. He seems to have decided the main problem with “Papa” was that it wasn’t long enough, so he gives us a 14 minute title track – unfortunately, neither the words nor the music are interesting […]

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