The Temptations’ ‘Masterpiece’ is an album produced and written by Norman Whitfield and released on February 21, 1973 by Gordy.
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
Released On February 21, 1973 By Gordy.
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 […]