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The Four Tops: The Singles, plus (2-CD)

(2000/BR) 48 tracks

Article properties: The Four Tops: The Singles, plus (2-CD)

  • Interpret: The Four Tops

  • Album titlle: The Singles, plus (2-CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2000
  • Label BR MUSIC

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 8712089812123

  • weight in Kg 0.2
Four Tops, The - The Singles, plus (2-CD) CD 1
01 Baby I Need Your Loving
02 Without The One You Love
03 Ask The Lonely
04 I Can't Help Myself
05 It's The Same Old Song
06 Something About You
07 Shake Me, Wake Me
08 Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
09 Reach Out I'll Be There
10 Standing In The Shadows Of Love
11 Bernadette
12 7 Rooms Of Gloom
13 I'll Turn To Sone
14 You Keep Running Away
15 Walk Away Renee
16 If I Were A Carpenter
17 I'm A Believer
18 Yesterday's Dreams
19 I'm In A Different World
20 What Is A Man
21 Do What You Gotta Do
22 Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me
23 Barbara's Boy
24 It's All In The Game
25 Still Water (Love)
26 Just Seven Numbers
27 In These Changing Times
Four Tops, The - The Singles, plus (2-CD) CD 2
01 Macarthur Park (part 2)
02 A Simple Game
03 (It's The Way) Nature Planned It
04 So Deep Within' You
05 I Can't Quit Your Love
06 Keeper Of The Castle
07 Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got)
08 Sweet Understanding Love
09 I Just Can't Get You Out Of My Mind
10 One Chain Don't Make No Prison
11 Midnight Flower
12 Seven Lonely Nights
13 We All Gotta Stick Together
14 When She Was My Girl
15 Let Me Set You Free
16 Don't Walk Away
17 Tonight I'm Gonna Love You All Over
18 Back To School Again
19 Nobody Loves Youm Like I Do
20 Indestructible
21 Loco In Acapulco
The Four Tops Ain't That Love The leonine roar of Levi Stubbs and the advanced,... more
"The Four Tops"

The Four Tops

Ain't That Love

The leonine roar of Levi Stubbs and the advanced, jazz-steeped harmonies of the rest of The Four Tops were seldom absent from the high end of the charts once they signed with Motown and teamed with production geniuses Holland-Dozier-Holland. But the road to stardom was long and arduous for the quartet.

Products of Detroit's North End, Stubbs (born June 6, 1936), first tenor Abdul 'Duke' Fakir (born December 26, 1935), second tenor Lawrence Payton (born March 2, 1938; he was their harmony arranger), and baritone Renaldo 'Obie' Benson (born June 14, 1936) came together at a 1954 party. "We just got together and sang a tune or two," says Duke. "It sounded pretty good the way we did it. So we got this idea, we said, 'Look, why don't we tomorrow call a rehearsal and see if we can sing a couple of other tunes?' We rehearsed, and we found out we had a kind of a unique sound." They initially called themselves The Four Aims.

Pal Roquel 'Billy' Davis, who cut his songwriting chops in his group The Five Jets, sent Chess Records a demo tape of the group. A bus ticket to Chicago soon came in the mail. Davis landed his homies a contract and ended up writing hits for The Moonglows (See Saw) and Flamingos (A Kiss From Your Lips). Before the quartet cut for Chess, a new moniker was a must. "We had to change that name because of the Ames Brothers," says Fakir. "Since our theme was aiming for the top - that's why we picked the name the Aims - we just switched it around and used the Tops." Chess' commitment to the Tops lasted long enough to issue one swinging 1956 single, Could It Be You b/w Kiss Me Baby. The Tops made their bones on the road, opening for jazz crooner Billy Eckstine in 1959 at the Thunderbird in Las Vegas.

The group stopped off at Columbia Records in 1960 to lay down the rocking Stubbs original Ain’t That Love, produced by the legendary John Hammond (Lonely Summer graced the flip). Obie wasn’t there; Uncle Sam’s Army had whisked him away, so his temporary replacement was Thearon ‘T-Man’ Hill, formerly of The Royal Jokers (Benson was back well before the Tops found stardom). Other than a ’62 revival of Pennies From Heaven for Riverside, that was it until the Tops heard from Berry Gordy in 1963. “He said anytime we wanted to come to the company, he’d love to have us,” says Duke. “After we tried all these different companies and nothing happened, we took him up on his word and went back to Detroit.”  When The Tops got hot on Motown in the summer of 1965, Columbia reissued Ain’t That Love and scored a #93 pop seller.

With such unforgettable mid-'60s Motown smashes as Baby I Need Your Loving and I Can't Help Myself, Holland-Dozier-Holland brought out the inherent power in Levi's delivery. "He could always wow the audience," says Duke. "He's always had that lead voice and that lead atmosphere." Fakir is the only Top still with us. Payton's June 20, 1997 passing from liver cancer broke the quartet up after 43 amazing years. Benson was next to go on July 1, 2005 of lung cancer, and Stubbs died October 17, 2008 (a stroke had previously left him unable to tour).

 

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