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Four Tops: Anthology [Feb. 11th, 2004|11:03 pm]
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I withhold some of the love I probably ought to owe Motown because everything from their classic period is so... Motown. You can detect the contributions of particular creative geniuses, of course, but there's raw talent and then there's raw professionalism, and the more of the latter Motown artists had the more they were likely to give everything in their performances over to the corporation. And the Four Tops? They were PROS. Which means that after they leave Motown a few songs into disc 2, they're flailing hard, in a very professional way--trying to sing for the corporation without the corporation. Hence "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)," which is as good as flailing gets. As for Levi Stubbs' solo performance of "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space" from Little Shop of Horrors, I wonder if Marx had something to say about that. Pleasant surprise: Norman Whitfield's production of "Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me." Were the Temptations sick that day or something?