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1972

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The level of this (the musicianship, the artistry of the lyrics) rises so far above some of the indie crap that had come up in this list so far...

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5

Groovy. Interesting lyrics for 'Run Charlie Run' but a powerful message. 'Papa was a rolling stone' is a phenomenal single from this album and I know it well. Even though this song sits on permanent rotation in my spotify playlist, I enjoyed every second of this version. It holds it's breath in suspense, setting the mood with anticipation. When the lyrics finally fly, it's the most powerful they've ever felt. Love the ending riff for Do Your Thing. This album is criminally short. Such is the nature of the vinyl record.

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Maybe because I'm used to their more upbeat songs but this album was a drag. Maybe the songs work on their own but together it was a single melody, slow and depressing.

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5

An incredible album. Many have heard of Papa Was A Rolling Stone, but many of the tracks on this already short album are striking pieces.

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5

this is such a great album. absolute classic soul. all of their voices are incredible. even the 10 min song was perf. MWAH

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5

old school R&B. I like it.

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5

Funky, surprisingly topical, and filled with the feeling of grooving in the summer in your youth.

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5

Classic - loved hearing papa was a rolling stone. Really funky. And surprised to hear “the ni**as are coming”

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5

Pure funk. Very cool.

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5

I always knew Papa Was a Rolling Stone was a Certified Banger™, and I am very happy to see the rest of the album has no trouble matching it's prowess.

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Man, the Temptations... What a wildly schizophrenic band. I feel like most of their albums have the same issue. You'll be grooving along to some truly quality funk and then, all of the sudden, it switches to track after track of doo-wop, Jackson 5 style R&B. Just stick with the monster funk, guys! It's so good when you're just funkin' it up.

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Good songs here and there, but overall really not my style...

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5

A perfect blend of Motown and Funk. Solid 5. Every song is a fucking goddamn gorgeous banger. Run Charlie Run and their cover of First Time Ever I Saw Your Face is to die for.

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5

Love the temptations and a few of my favourites are on this album.

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5

Classic

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5

Super funky and socially conscious. I can dig it.

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5

Loved Papa was a rolling stone and run Charlie run

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5

Wow this was a surprise, knew a few of the tunes, the entire album was great though

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5

Fantastic

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5

So good.

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Interesting

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5

Beautiful

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5

Absolutely fantastic album. Same thing - heard of Temptations but never went through the album. Even the unknown songs are great. And both ends - pure happy funky, to very relaxed and chill R&B motown. Great great great.

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5

Sho’ Nuff it was funky "'Cause funky music sho nuff turn me on" "Look, the niggers are coming" "I watch you go to church on Sunday But you forget all you learned on Monday Well, you see your smiling face can't hide Well well well, how you hate your brother inside" "He came into this world with a mind so clean You took it, molded it, and made it mean" Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone always love this when I hear it a lot of Motown songs of this era and definitely earlier would pretty much be finished before the first vocals in this one love the "whammy" style or whatever you call it although considering the era probably just the production not sure but sounds great had to look it up and it was played by "Wah Wah Watson" so a pedal presumably Shoo-wop-shoo-wop The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face I love every single version of this song but had yet to hear this version, I cant believe that is a guy singing Isaac Hayes - Do Your Thing "version" is a fantastic closer

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5

Quite a lot in here that I had heard without realising what it was, superb album I will definitely return to.

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5

groovy, too short 8c 5/5? mm probably

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5

Vraiment tres bon. Un album que je reviendrai assurement

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5

Funky MF! Altså Papa was a rolling Stone er 3 stjerner i sig selv, og så lidt flere numre giver 4-5 stjerner

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5

Classic Motown, "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" & "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" stand out tracks but not much wrong with all of this Album. One for the collection deffo!

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I'm discovering as I'm going through this list that I have a previously unknown affinity for funk music. This would be a five star album of it was literally just 'Papa Was A Rollin' Stone'. Everything else is just a bonus.

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5

Кайф!

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5

Funky rollercoaster of emotions? Yes please! To think they almost didn't include "Papa" and "Run Charlie Run", and that they expected the album to flop because of these songs, is completely insane. Papa is the only song in this album that I was already familiar with (and love!). Discovering the others was an absolute treat. Was dancing and groovin' from the first track. "Do your Thing" will probably be the soundtrack to those days when I need a little extra motivation from the heavens. And boy does Otis Williamses' baritone voice get me every time. Don't know another voice like it.

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5

Very soulful! Heavy "Shaft" vibes.

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5

It was the third of september! Papa was a rolling stone

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5

This album is everything!

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5

This album is timeless, and shows the absolute staying power the Temptations have in the American canon. absolutely stunning.

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5

Strong open with Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On. I normally hate a live track, but this gets the nod. I wasn't expecting social commentary either - this is ace (Run Charlie Run). And despite my much chronicled loathing of overlong songs, Papa Was a Rolling Stone is such an exercise in moody groove, I can't not love it. It gets a bit more old school with Love Woke Me Up, but that's almost a relief after three very different and brilliant tracks. I Ain't Got Nothing shouts back to The Flamingos, and is moody and ace again. The First Time is trad again, and while not the best version of such a lovely song, definitely a great one.

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5

I'll be honest, Run Charlie Run shocked the shit out of me based on the time period. This album bumps, and has no fluff at all.

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5

Was gonna give it 4 stars, but after hearing it again, with the current state of music, I've changed it to a 5

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4

Great mood music for weekend mornings!

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4

Great album, lots of covers but all done in that great temptations groove

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4

Nice and easy, good vibes

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4

Lots of good soul, including Papa Was a Rolling Stone

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4

Good, led me down a nice path in Spotify after it finished. Better for that than the full album was but still enjoyable.

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4

I do like the sound of funky music

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4

Classic funk album

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Loved the vibe on this album. Check out James Blake's cover of "the first time ever i saw your face".

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4

This album restored my life rhythm from the clutches of enveloping bedridden mental isolation. At the onset of their overtly sensual first song, I could tell the whole album was going to radiate a bonafide groove. While listening to Papa Was a Rolling Stone and I Ain’t Got Nothin, I could imagine the lyrics being sung by an old scratchy banjo player with a minimal banjo part (the lush string parts would be missed though) and raspy, saturated singing. “And when he died, all he left us was alone.” The four minute intro to this song was a story in itself. Aside from these two songs, Mother Nature stood out to me as well. This plastic world is sho nuff killing us all!

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Yeah great, this version of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face is an excellent effort.

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Soul! Fun!

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I'm not into the slower jams, but when it's going (which is most of the album) this is solid. Definitely worth a listen.

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4

The album has some weak songs here and there, but most of the songs are nice and fun to listen to. I also liked the varied topics that were in these songs. Topics like love, having nothing, black power and more. Really Liked it. Favorite songs: - Run Charlie Run - Love Woke me Up This Morning - I Ain't Got Nothing - The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face - Do Your Thing

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Pretty good nice variation while keeping the same sound and lyrical content is nice

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I feel like these guys have been slighted by what music has passed through time, like I only remember the chorus of papa rollin' stone instead of the heartfelt lyrics or the ' first time I ever saw your face' ballad but not the black power run Charlie and the heavier feelings of Mother Nature. and the producing of it. lots of creativity. it's Motown but not the glossy happy. geez does this happen to every genre where the culture that follows only remembers the pop and not the underbrush. when this happens in classical music, we assume it's the 'quality' that keeps certain music above the rest,, but I have always found it more interesting to listen acrooossss and under and now I've talked too much which is not honoring this music.

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Listened 26/1/21

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4

Funky. And I recognised a few songs so can see why it’s here.

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LOVE IT!!!

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4

Fantastic music. Always makes me think of my dad and his love for old soul.

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4

Papa Was a Rollin Stone is a Magnum Opus. The rest of the album is funky good.

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4

Funky

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The Temptations are awesome - sugary poppy doo-wop group turned psychedelia-embracing politically conscious funk superstars! Fave track - "Papa was a Rolling Stone" 12 minutes of prog funk, what's not to love!

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Great stuff. Run Charlie Run shocked me - not what I expected from The Temptations... Papa Was a Rolling Stone is a great groove. Love the opening track. This is another album that slowed down a little as it went on. But that seems to just be how the cookie crumbles.

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I really enjoyed the album!

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4

Liked the first half better than the second, but overall a good album. Favorite Track(s): “Papa Was A Rollin Stone”

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Expected nothing but fantastic production from Motown! Lyrically intense subject matter but delivered with groove and funk, from beginning to end I was on the edge of my seat wondering where the album will take me next! Always loved their hits, now I know their most acclaimed album.

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4

Bloody good

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4

Really nice to have in the background. Might listen to again

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Smooth 4.3*

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4

Oki

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4

Bien. Sin más.

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4

If this doesn't get you bobbing your head, you're wrong. I read the Wikipedia and "Run Charlie Run" is really interesting. A song about white flight is not something I expected. Plus, the band thought this album was going to flop. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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4

Loved this album. It was great work music - it's peppy while still being soothing.

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4

Short and to the point, nice.

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4

Very fun. I’m not deeply familiar with albums in the R&B genre and I’ll be glad to hear a couple more albums here. I think I developed a deeper appreciation for how they use the vocals and instruments differently from rock. This album had some good variety in the songs too.

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4

Papa was a rollin stone

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Good R&B. 12 minute version of Papa was a Rolling Stone!

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4

classic vibes: from sultry r&b, to funky cruising, to love ballad. an essential listening for anyone who likes montages in movies

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4

Classic. Forgot what a variety they had!

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4

Classic soul

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4

70s Temptations were cool as fuck

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4

Absolutely excellent stuff especially the first three tracks - tailed a little bit but not enough for me to stop this being a four

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4

Funky, funny and warm. A total surprise and an amazing album.

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I learned that Papa Was a Rollin' Stone was a cover! Crazy! Anyway, this album is awesome.

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Funky Music sho nuff turns me On Run Charlie Run Papa was a rollin' stone Do your thing Très bon

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Вроде просто хороший старый американский рок, одна песня с нвордом. Кое-что добавил к себе в любимые

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4

Amazing!!

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i really am enjoying this. a good blend of funk and rock. good stuff.

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4

Really funkeh. Also first song repeat of the 1001 experience as The First time I ever saw your face is a soul classic

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I keep getting repeat artists who don’t have a ton of records on the list. But okay. This is good. Better than the last one, more meaningful and soulful. I feel like the vocals are much tighter. The last two tracks are pure gold. Favourite track: “Mother Nature”

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4

Excellent. Especially the funky 'a-side' really appreciate the political songs.

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4

Very funky album has a lot to say about race and segregation. Beats are great.

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4

Terrrrrrrrrrible

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4

Short album, full of classics.

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4

Slows down quite a lot in the middle, but otherwise very good.

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Enjoyed funk, beats. Good vocals.

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First album - 9th July 2021

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I'm not really a listener of The Temptations, but you can't deny how good they are. This album is just an example of that.

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Love it! Great album and that album cover; perfect.

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AVR. 7,4 TOP 3: 1. Papa Was a Rollin' Stone (9.2) 2. Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On (+7.9) 3. Run Charlie Run (+7.2) TRACKLIST 1. Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On (+7.9) 2. Run Charlie Run (+7.2) 3. Papa Was a Rollin' Stone (+9.2) 4. Love Woke Me Up This Morning (+6.9) 5. I Ain't Got Nothin (+6.9) 6. The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face) (+7) 7. Mother Nature (+7,1) 8. Do Your Thing (7)

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Especially enjoyed the opening song and Mother Nature. I can see why Papa Was A Rollin' Stone is the most well-known but this album is much more than one good song.

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4

Funky as funk

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4

This album is worth the listen. A classic not only due to age but quality

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4

It’s the temptations!

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Papa was a rolling stone is an awesome song, but not very listenable. Rest of the album fucking rocks, considering a 5 actually. Do your thing, and run charlie run doesent live up to the others to me, and I'll settle for a 4. Great album though.

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4

Great soul/funk from July 27/72 and length 33:33 :))

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Side A here absolutely crushes, including a contender for the best song ever, the full 12 minute version of Papa Was a Rollin Stone. The second half is noticeably a bit lighter and chintzier, though they do a respectable version of First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. Overall pretty good, but definitely lopsided in its quality

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4

One of their best. I grew up listening to earlier Motown, but this record is right up there with 'What's Going On' in terms of social awareness. I wasn't aware that the Temptations made records such as this, but I'm very glad it's been brought to my attention. The music itself is funky, soulful, and has an excellent grove. All in all, a great record.

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Een lekkere jazz

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Smooth and classic civil rights tunes

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4

Soul. Funk

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4

Love this. Funky first half, ballad side B. Beautiful arrangements and playing, terrific vocals.

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The temptations made the album that they wanted to make, even though they were sure that it would be a commercial failure. The process was right, but their expectation was wrong because this album was a huge success. The funky version of the Temptations is the best version. Their earlier hits were great songs, but this album has so much going on in it. It's incredibly innovative and well-suited to the era in which it was made. This album is like a poppier version of Maggot Brain by Funkadelic 4/5

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4

After a couple very mediocre albums this was finally a pretty nice one again. I like me some quality classic soul and the funk influences meshed pretty nicely. I especially liked Papa Was A Rollin Stone and Mother Nature. the ballad I Aint Got Nothing was pretty boring though. Still, a very enjoyable album.

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4

Just lush. A great band at their very best.

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Love that funky vibe. I didn't expect the social commentary on white flight in Run Charlie Run. I have to keep adjusting my perception of the Temptations. Papa Was A Rolling Stone and I Ain't Got Nothin are top tracks, although I preferred the more funky sounds of the Cloud Nine album overall.

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4

funky perfection Favourite songs: Papa Was A Rollin' Stone, I Ain't Got Nothin', The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face

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4

A timeless sound. "Mother Nature" is really really good, as is "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". Would re-visit.

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4

Ultra smooth! The vocals on these tracks are downright heavenly!! Especially on "The First Time Ever" and "Do Your Thing". "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" still slaps, too!

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4

Really liked the first three tracks - especially their version of “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” - best version I’ve heard. Sorta shocked myself into thinking “this is a four?? Maybe even a five?? NFW!” Then I heard the rest of the songs. Probably a coin flip at 3.5. Heads.

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4

Soul y funk. Demasiadas canciones lentas para llegar al 5...

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4

more funky than I was expecting from The Temptations

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4

fun

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4

Très Bon. À garder dans ma liste potentiel de vinyles à acheter.

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4

O disco é incrível, mas super breve. Tive que ouvir duas vezes para sentir que havia escutado o álbum inteiro.

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8/10

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4

One absolute banger of a tune that takes up 1/3 of the album. The other 2/3 I could take or leave. Best track: Papa Was a Rollin' Stone

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4

It's been a while since I got a Parliament or a Chic album. This just proves you can never get enough of some good funk.

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4

Cool, funky, edgy, emotional, powerful. I can dig it!

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4

Interesting back story on "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" (12 min) & "Run Charlie Run".

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4

Great bit of funk and soul. The 12 min papa was a rolling stone is an exceptional track.

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4

Lovely groove. Especially liked "Papa was a rolling stone"

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4

Great listen classic funk

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4

Stone cold classic.

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4

Poppa was a rolling stone is a classic. Glad to see the rest of the album holds up as well

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4

It’s so easy/nice listening to them

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4

Run Charlie run wand papa was a rolling stone were awesome. Rest was great

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4

There are a lot of great moments on this record. The instrumentation is really great and the singing is incredibly smooth. I really enjoy the horns as well. Highlights: 1, 2, 3, and 5.

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4

It's smooth listening past the first few songs. It starts off abrasive with a bad mix, but gets way better as the album progresses. Overall it's just a good soul album. Favorite track: Love Woke Me Up This Morning

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4

Fun and groovy

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4

"Papa was a rolling stone" was my favorite

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4

groovy.

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4

Like the first time you hear Bob Saget do standup

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4

Funky and groovy classics! I was really digging the long version of Papa Was A Rolling Stone

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4

Can't say I've ever listened to a whole Temptations album but I bet it will be good. Oh wait. This is so funky and political. Not the Temptations that live in my head, masters of the upbeat love song. Obviously Papa Was A Rollin' Stone is a masterpiece. I appreciate the groove, but just a little more energy here and there might have been nice. Faves: Funky Music, Pappa, Do Your Thing.

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4

The only really great song on this album is "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (I had no idea this was a cover until today) but it's an incredible song and it alone makes this album worthy of being on this list. Any song with the balls to spend nearly 4 minutes of instrumental before the first word is uttered gets points in my book. The rest of the album is entertaining too, but nothing comes close to that one.

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4

Some nice Motown here… some of the songs surprised me from the Temptations, as I haven’t listened to their “deeper cuts” before. But I liked the album. Nothing beats the full version of “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone.” Epic!

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4

Oh great, I thought, The Temptations! This will be fun! I was thinking it would be songs like My Girl and Ain't Too Proud to Beg. You know, happy songs with choreo. I forgot that The Temptations could go serious, like twelve minutes of Papa Was a Rolling Stone serious. Run Charlie Run is startling and dark. I Ain't Got Nothin' is for and about lonely people. The songs about finding and having love are even wistful and sad sounding. So, no, not overly fun. But good and interesting.

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4

I was unfamiliar with all these tracks, except Papa Was a Rollin' Stone. I really enjoyed the variety of funk to doo-wop. Good fun!

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4

I mean, I usually like Motown stuff and The Temptations are really good- but this one didn’t seem very special to Me. The standout Track was def Papa was a Rollin Stone, but the rest of the album just kinda blurred in a mellow way. It was good, just not amazing. I can definitely feel the switch from R&B here to Funk with the departure of the 60s into the 70s. *Edit Just listened a bit closer the 2nd time, and wow this album is amazing. Especially all the Side 1 stuff, really really good. Towards the end it kinda teeters but still really good. High 4- not quite a 5. Might change my mind again on listen #3

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Íkonísk verk í bland við lágstemmdari lög. Allar 11 mínúturnar og 46 sekúndurnar af Papa was a rollin' stone eru þess virði að hlusta á. Oft.

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4

not what i was expecting - way cooler

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Run Charlie run

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4

bara snilld basically

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4

Was dreading this, but was actually quality.

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4

Lovely sounding album with smash good feeling song Papa Was a Rollin Stone. Solid.

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4

Good album. First three or four tracks are highlights

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4

Funky songs

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4

Definitely not the "My Girl" Temptations. This was much different than I was expecting and much grittier.

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This was ok? Kinda dated, not as cool as other disco I've heard. 3/5.

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3

did not age well. One fantastic song though

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3

I should have listened to this one more - only did one listen and I enjoyed it, but it didn't blow me away. But i think i didn't give it enough attention

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3

1972. Key Songs: Love Woke Me Up This Morning, The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face

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3

Papa still a classic but even the Intro is a but droney for no reason. Solid alb

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The album's A side (first 3 tracks) are a powerhouse statement for R&B with incredible instrumentation and vocal arrangements. Going into the B side, the power of the first 3 tracks overwhelm the quality of the remaining 5 tracks. Some feel uninspired. Stand-outs: Run Charlie Run, Papa Was A Rollin' Stone

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3

Fantastic songs but not a cohesive album...

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3

Very solid album, nothing to dislike about that kind of music

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Pleasant, soulful collection of songs. Incredible collection of voices. Enjoyed it and would happily have it on in the background. Something wrong with the production/EQ on the first couple of tracks though, which spoils it a bit.

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3

Fun for a good disco mood. Even though I love my 70s soft rock it was not my cup of tea

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3

like some of the music, the vocals not my favorite.

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3

Quite enjoyed it.

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3

A lot of classics on here.

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3.1

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First song was very hip-hop with the heavy drum beat. Rest of it was more mellow Temptations with the doowop, but wasn't as interesting as I would like. Still very enjoyable

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3

loved this

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3

This album with the top song "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" was nice to listen to.

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3

Uplifting and joyful

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3

This was nice but not tempted to give 5 stars.

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Mix between really good funk (papa was a rolling stone) and ballads that are very shmaltzy. Run Charlie run is challenging racism, flight response of whites from blacks.

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3

Heerlijk soul albumpje 👌

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Funky 2,5/5

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This album is a mixed bag of tracks, and I couldn't get a feel for an overall theme or style. Is that why its called "All Directions", I wonder?

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don't tempt me

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Early album. Not strung together like a solid album as a whole. Solid, classic Motown.

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Not the usual temptations style you usually hear, it was alright.

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Not too bad. Funky. Has "Papa was a Rolling Stone"

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un par de canciones buenas.

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I liked it - I recognized some of it that I didn't know was from the same album.

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Side A was excellent. Classic Soul. Side B was a bit dull and repetitive sounding.

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Their funk songs are better than their romantic songs.

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8 canciones y 34 minutos son suficientes para dejar huella. Desde el primer tema hasta el final pasando por Papa Was a Rollin' Stone. Interesante como base de mucha música que se inspiró en ellos.

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Papa was a rolling stone is a great song, but the rest of this album is just OK. I prefer earlier Temptations. By the way, WOW track 2 dropped a lot of N-bombs on us.

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great album. Knowing that they DID NOT want to record run charlie run makes it a little hard to listen to. I ain't got nothing is the standout.

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Eh. Whatever.

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güzeldi soulmus. zenci vokaller bi piyano temposuna ayak uyduruyo

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Me gustó bastante.

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Some good tunes, couple of classics actually, but also some forgettable filler

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funky, not what i expected

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An album that sounds like 2 completely separate EPs spliced together. When it's good it's really good, but a bit incoherent as a whole

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Typically mismatched Motown album, but enjoyable.

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Not quite what I expected but it was good enough. Great version of 'Rolling Stone"

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Fantastic record!

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funky. i dont think its memorable yet but maybe in a few.

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It was alright not my cup of tea

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An album that ultimately promises more with those early track. After this it just kind of meanders to and end but still, a great way to start your day

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Grand - very mellow. Singles are stand out classics. Rest hard to remember (And I listened twice!)

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Was really excited for this album today and it just wasn't as good as I was expecting. Mainly because I have a bias for 60's Temptations - namely "The Temptations Sing Smokey" album that I grew up listening to in my grandparent's house. Honestly didn't know how big their discography was before I scrolled through it on Spotify. Giving it a 3 because it's still pretty groovy even though they are #NotMyTemptations

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Pretty solid

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Fun stuff but Papa Was A Rolling Stone doesn’t need to be 12 minute long

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New to me. Very good soul/funk

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Its fine.

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Love the Temptations. A little more social justice oriented than I was expecting- a nice suprirse!

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decent

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Nice, but not their best IMO

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Funky

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Pretty good, pretty groovy. Really liked "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" - that was the definite high point.

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Good tunes

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It was a good jazz/soul album. It wasn't that exciting however. Very average.

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Somehow the longest half hour album I've ever heard, good tracks but some went on a bit too long

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Funky stuff, but papa was a rolling stone is obviously the standout

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Not bad, some good slick grooves in it and very soulful. Nothing to get me overly excited about. Very Shadynasty

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Boa sequencia de R&B

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Drags a bit The rest of the album is good, but in the middle slows down a bit too much.

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Whatever the merits of the artistic direction and songs on All Directions, it was an instant pleasure to be submerged in the professionalism on display here. The Temps themselves are all really strong singers, which wasn't such a big deal at the time because the 60s and 70s were awash in great soul singers, but it seems like a big deal now. Then there's the killer studio cats backing the session and the arrangements by Paul Riser. It's hard to imagine now, but there was a world class roster of studio musicians that arrangers that producers could and did call on to create widescreen, cinematic productions. But all that aside, it's perfectly possible to use those resources to make putrid records. Fortunately, that's not the case here. Papa Was a Rolling Stone is the tune everyone knows, but there is a lot more to like, depending on your tastes. All Directions, as the title would indicate, is not a unified artistic statement the way comparable albums from Stevie Wonder or Curtis Mayfield would be from this period. For example, Love Woke Me Up This Morning is a soul ballad in the style of the Delfonics. It won't change your world, but it's a solid piece of work. I Ain't Got Nothin' harks back to the 50s and doowap with it's "shoowap bedap" chorus, but it's been brought up to date. You could argue that the use of the N word is tasteless on Run Charlie Run, but it's an otherwise solid piece of funk, as are Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On and Do Your Thing. Mother Nature is a mid-tempo feature for new lead singer Damon Harris and he acquits himself admirably with a passionate vocal. The only weak link on the entire album is a cover of Roberta Flack's The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face--it's almost always a mistake to try to cover a definitive version--she owns that song, and the Temps' listless version is a distinct dis-improvement. If there's a knock against All Directions, it's that, with the possible exception of Papa Was A Rolling Stone, there's little here that going to knock your socks off. Instead, All Directions is more of a steady groover, providing understated pleasure almost all the way through. Why is it on this list, then? My guess would be almost entirely because of Papa Was A Rolling Stone. Kind of a dumb choice, but nothing new there.

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3. classic group and enjoyed listening, but rating any higher would have been due to the name value, not the actual album. Enjoyable enough!

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Acull un dels millors temes de la década, 'Papa Was a Rolling Stone'. Però la resta del disc es fa tediosa de vegades i queda la sensació que van posar tot el focus en l'altíssim nivell del single, deixant de banda la resta, soul/r&b més que digne i amb un savoir faire fora de tot dubte, però molt lluny de l'excel.lència del seu millor moment

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Not the best funk we've had on the list, but pretty enjoyable

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3.5/5 i'll have to relisted to it, it had potential!

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Multi-layer songs,

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Overall this was good. Not something I would have picked up on my own and not what I expected from The Temptations.

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-Certainly generally appealing and catchy -"Run Charlie Run," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone," and "Do Your Thing" are good -Very nice R&B, but nothing really makes me want to come back to it

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On, Run Charlie Run, Papa Was A Rollin' Stone Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Seems to be one of those albums that is included on this list for one specific track (Papa Was A Rollin' Stone). Good song, two songs that precede it are good too (insane chorus on Run Charlie Run), rest of the album is completely forgettable. 2.5 that I'll round up because Papa is already a third of the album's runtime.

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A great funk/soul album marred by poor mixing. The left channel is so quiet (especially on the first track) that the experience is like going to a concert with a cotton ball in one ear.

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Very short album, but still with a couple of very long songs. All sound similar, although with a few different voices popping up. Run Charlie run has some lyrics you would not expect to see in a pop record nowadays! The First time ever I saw your face is my favourite of these songs

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It was good

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Magic from the 70s! Great drivetime listen

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Första låten sa n ordet. Rolig.

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They were better than that. The only really must-hear track is "Papa Was A Rolling Stone". (5/10) FT: see above

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Scrapes a 3 with Papa Was A Rolling Stone tipping the balance

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With the little i know of the Temptations this sounded a little different to what I expected. A mix of funk, jazz and psychedelia. It has its moments and is an interesting record but not to my personal tastes. Musically its way ahead of where i expected it to be. 3/5

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6/10

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Really good listen.

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"Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" is that song where you want to roll the windows down and just enjoy the drive through a city. Funky, at times complex but mostly just straight up fun, All Directions is as omni-entertaining and enjoyable as the title may suggest. The more soulfully slow songs are par for the genre, but at just over 34 minutes, this is an effective minimum dose of the Motown great.

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Rating: 7/10 Some nice and funky music. Though I understand the band had some issues recording the song "Run Charlie Run", and I gotta be honest, hearing them sing "the n*****s are coming" was not that great 😅

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You have some Funk, some Soul, very 70s. Not very cohesive, they have some bops and the cover of Papa Was a Rolling Stone is great but then there are some very slow ballads and the B-side drags a bit.

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The first three songs on this album are everything I love about 70s R&B/Soul - great simple mix, space in the arrangements, and of course the music - funky grooves that especially on the big hit "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" are so restrained as to become mysterious. I remember hearing that song in the car a lot as a kid but I'm not sure I ever heard the full 12 minute version - I love it. After those first three though, things dull more than a little for me. Maybe it's more of the "early" Temptations smooth doo-wop style - there's nothing remotely bad about it, I just prefer the funkier/edgier material. The final cut "Do Your Thing" is a return to the funk, albeit at a very deliberate/slow pace but that just creates a great tension. This album for me could have been much more - in sum those 4 great cuts would have been a high 4 for me but the middle slowdown on the album drops it to a 3. 7/10 3 stars

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A really good album! Run Charlie Run and Papa was a Rollin’ Stone are standouts but other songs on the album are quite groovy. 6/10

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Though not a soul and r&b guy, i thoroughly enjoyed this album. Great class!

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Good solid stuff all around. Papa Was A Rolling Stone is iconic; always glad to hear that one again.

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Its been good enough to just let it freeflow on into other motown stuff. Maybe im just in that kind of mood. im gonna break tradition and go with 3, even though i cant name a hit

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Dragging

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All Directions is the second album from the Temptations recommended to me from this list. I still feel only slightly familiar with the band. I can't name any of their tracks off the top of my head. "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" was the only track I recognized by name. The long instrumental intro was a pleasant suprise, and the track was probably my favorite from the album. I enjoyed listening to this album. The Temptations are talented musicians and this was music that I wouldn't normally listen to on my own. I like hearing different music. I think there is room for several of the tracks to grow on me. Perhaps the music sounds like it is anchored in the 70s, or perhaps I'm the wrong demographic for the this genre, but I'm not sure it I'd listen to the whole album again. (3.5 stars)

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Certainly not bad, but nothing that snagged my attention to make me want to keep listening either.

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Plenty of songs on here I knew but had no idea were by The Temptations! Not necessarily an album I’d listen to all the time but definitely a good summer BBQ or driving album. 7/10 on first listen.

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I mean, its the Temptations so I don't want to rate it too low- but this album is none of my favorite songs.

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"Papa was a Rollin' Stone" was alright, other than that not that interesting.

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It's fine.

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Papa was a rollin stone cover was the standout, everything else fine.

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No 'Papa' we're not talkin' bout this album. 3 stars cut of 'Papa'

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Solid

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Straight out of the tin soul music.

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Great harmonies and sweet vocals, a few songs over-produced (e.g., opening track). I hope there are other Temptations albums on this list because I'm not sure why this one is included other than having their biggest single Papa Was a Rollin Stone (and yes, it's a classic). Run Charlie Run is also politically charged and I guess its content is a significant new direction for these guys. But these aren't the first guys to sing about such stuff are they? I mean, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On came out a year earlier. I feel like it's a 3.5 but I'm struggling to find its legacy.

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Some music does not age well. This is probably an example of that. I got up to the second track and... yikes. You hear "the n-words are coming" and I was wondering what they were thinking. I get that it was about white flight, but still I was very taken aback. Also, go ahead and watch YouTube "SNL Shindells". It's a parody of doo-wop groups, and because of that, songs like "I Ain't Got Nothin' " have been RUINED for me. I will say the 12-minute "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" was probably the highlight for me. But this was definitely not a good album for me.

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Smooth soul

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Bien, bonito. Pero no tiene mis canciones favoritas de ellos.

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Lovely listen, it really is. I can repeat an album that has an 11+ minute funk epic!

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Je ne garderai pas un grand souvenir de cet album, ni du premier album de la part de ce groupe d'ailleurs. Petit point sur la situation de rob, qui depuis mon dernier review datant d'une heure, n'a toujorus pas daigné écrire le moindre review de son côté. Une situation innaceptable, qui nous met tous directement en danger en nous exposant au courroux de Robert. Affaire à suivre.

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Ces mecs-là nous avaient fait une impression mitigée avec leur premier album, eh bien le résultat est exactement le même avec celui-ci. La soul psychédélique est un style de musique qui ne parle à personne, rentrez-vous bien ça dans la tête.

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I had a disjoint (but not disjointed experience) listening to All Directions. The pieces on it feel more like scenes than songs, peopled with a family familiar and proficient with their music. Beginnings, endings, in-the-midsts-of. That's anything but conventional, but I couldn't get into the music-for-itself, especially the strings. That makes this another rare album which I see clearly as part of the canon but not for me.

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Easy listening, lots of covers

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Niks mis mee. Zit meteen in zo'n Quentin Tarantino - Jackie Brown sfeer als ik dit soort muziek hoor.

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Best aardig...

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Good album, but I think they have better tunes on other albums.

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This is great

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Great production by Norman Whitfield and a stonking version of Papa. Otherwise, Roberta Flack did Ewan's tune better and no other stand out tracks for me.

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Enjoyed

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Good bits of old fink fun. Favourites: "Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On", "Papa Was A Rollin'", "Love Woke Me Up This Morning"

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A decent R&B/rock crossover LP. The driving track feels a bit overlong for how threadbare it is, but most of the other songs are equipped with catchy enough hooks and plenty of envelope filter to get the job done without too much fuss.

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This was a very strange album for me because it went against everything I knew about The Temptations going into it. It is crazy for me to picture a clean cut group singing 'My Girl' and 'Just My Imagination' but then hear something like 'Run Charlie Run' coming from those same voices. I was flabbergasted by this stark contrast, but outside of that, I didn't get much out of this album overall. I just thought it was a solid R&B album with some mildly interesting funk and lounge music aspects thrown in. The performances are pretty strong throughout, but nothing stood out to me as being exceptional. I felt that it was pretty inconsistent in terms of flow with funky songs being immediately followed up by slower songs that kind of diminished the vibe I think they were going for. I can definitely see why people like this one, but I don't think it's for me. 2.5/5.

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This album started so strong with powerful vocals and brass, then the rest was hit and miss. “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” was too extended of a version, but “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” is a beautiful song.

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It was good to hear some less popular Temptations songs but I think there is a reason they were less popular. Also, Papa was a rollin stone has no need to be almost 12 minutes long. Get over yourself. Very middle-of-the-road album for me.

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Non male, però a parte alcune tipo 'I ain't got nothin'', non spicca nulla

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First time listening to a full album by The Temptations, to say I enjoyed what I heard is an understatement. The boys are smooth. I'm pinching myself for never taking the time to appreciate their music beyond "My Girl."

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⭐⭐⭐.5 / 5 Um belo funk, a qualidade do groove é única. Pessoalmente gosto mais da primeira faixa "Funky Music..." do que da clássia "Papa was a Rolling Stone", pois prefiro algo mais upbeat. Algumas faixas não pegaram muito pra mim. Mais algumas faixas faria mal algum. :)

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This was a bit of a mystery. I was not really very fond of most of this album, but somehow in the middle of a bunch of 3-minute songs is their almost 12-minute "magnum opus" (to quote the Wikipedia article on the Temptations), "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," which is about as perfect as such a long song can be. That track is a definite five, but I can't say that for the album as a whole.

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bnito album creo q tiene un contexto racial nolose

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Papa was a rollin' stone.

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I had higher expectations for this one that it didn’t live up to. Just ok. 3

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For as much soul as this music has, it's a very slow burn. There's some serious story telling and reflects a darker side of life.

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I can’t say enough about Papa was a rolling stone. It’s a monster song of epic proportions. They threw everything into it, brilliant song-writing, singing and orchestration and it results in one of the greatest funk/soul R&B songs of all time. The rest of the album doesn’t rise to the same level unfortunately, and its just mediocre filler.

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Papa was a Rolling stone is still ubiquitous 50 years later. The bass-line is instantly recognizable, as are the wah-wah guitar and trumpet. Of course, The Temptations don’t play any instruments, nor do they write songs - but they are great vocalists. Overall the album is too ballad driven for me. It’s interesting that they nailed their signature tune on their fifteenth album.

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I was hoping I'd like this more. There are better Temptations songs, imo

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Meh didn’t care for it

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Not sure what to say. OK to listen to, but nothing really stood out.

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Not very tempting 1.8

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Very good background music, but I feel like I'm just a sucker for pop songs

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A few of the songs were bops, but I'm not a fan of this easy-going stuff. It gets a two because I can see the significance of this record, and it was in no way unenjoyable or unmemorable

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Tästä ei jäänyt oikein mitään käteen. Yksi tuttu, joskin erittäin keskinkertainen kappale ja loppulevy samaa tasapaksua r&b/funk/whatever diiibadaabaa. Peruskakkonen koska kuuntelu ei suuremmin myöskään häirinnyt.

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- this is ok - yeah this is alright

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Got old pretty quick. Just 18 minute songs that all sound the same. Sad cos I was excited about this one

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first 3 songs are bangers. the rest is filler

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it the entire album was just papa was a rolling stone, it would get 4 stars... however, somewhere these are not the temptations i know, and somebody taught them the n word in song 2 that sounds out of place. really mediocre outside of one stellar song.

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torn between a 2 and 3 for this. wouldn't listen to it again, but didn't annoy me.

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Nothing I love more than an 11 minute song in the middle of an album.

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Did not expect that first song. Zoinks. Papa clocks in at 12mins...

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My least favorite song was Run Charlie Run.

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Not very interesting. Not very motowny. Kind if boring.

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Papa was a rolling stone was 11 minutes of fun. the rest of it came and went

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Not what I expected when I started to listen - more of the soft soul type music than the up tempo soul I had imagined. It was a decent listening album, but it was a little melancholy and Daddy Was a Rolling Stone was so long as to put me close to sleep.

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Turhan jumittelevaa jammailua minun makuuni. Papa was a rolling stone jäi tietysti mieleen, siinä oli tarttuva melodia ja biisi oli sen verran pitkä, että ei pystynyt menemään ohi. Ei jatkoon.

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I was fine. But I didn't really like it

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Meh. Not into it. I love the slow funk. But songs like Papa are to slow and feel a bit like Shatner's spoken word.

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Not bad, but im not very impressed either.

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This artwork didn't really catch on me. I struggled to keep my focus while listening.

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If they panned it anymore the sound would circle around the earth and into the other ear. Can only think they wanted the sounds to come from 'All Directions'? Really distracting, couldn't deal with it.

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A lot repetitive songs, good basslines on many though

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Short album, primarily covers... "Papa" was only enjoyable song but didn't need 12 minutes of it... Just meh for me.

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2/5 first listen. Couple good songs.

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Apart from Papa was a rolling stone, I found this run of the mill - even First time ever I saw your face. Disappointing.

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Some more language

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Some great songs, however, it's just not my thing.

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i think the first few songs were super fun but honestly it just got really boring. nothing was memorable!

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not for me.

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Some surprising tracks in there - e,g, Run Charlie Run.

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Not for me. Some good stuff but overall not great.

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An alright album with a few nice tracks on it. Not really my style however.

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Groovy start, didn’t finish.

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To be honest, I did not care for this. Does not deserve a 1 star, though.

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Beetje flauwe hap.

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Ben nooit echt een soulman geweest. Best te pruimen, maar ook niet echt spectaculair

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Starts out strong. And ends silky-smooth. But, I ain't feelin' that mild ground. Favorite tracks: Funky Music Sho Nuff Turn Me On, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, Do Your Thing ☆☆1/2

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Apart from a few songs I found this album underwhelming. Maybe I caught it on the wrong day.

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Okay, I loved papa was a rollin stone. So funky. The rest was... meh.

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Never realized the Temptations released an "Explicit" song. This album sounds like an "end of career" album. It strays from what made the Temptations cool and tried to hard to incorporate what was commercially cool in the early 70s. Not their best work. Plus, the guy with the high voice has always annoyed me and he's featured a lot on this one.

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meinlaust

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This album is like a guy who falls asleep at a red light. Obviously he was driving because he got to the stop light. The beginning of Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone is the moment after he passed out. Like the car is still idling, but nothing is happening. Four minutes later he jerks himself awake. “I wasn’t asleep!” Then he starts driving. Was he overly tired from a double shift? Was he drunk? I don’t know. All I know is that someone was asleep at the wheel here.

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Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On, but Motown isn't all platinum and diamonds. This album illustrates that pretty clearly. Not sure if it's just me being fickle or this is really a subpar listen, but I wasn't entertained until I read the credits. It showed that Chef 'I'm gonna make love to you, woman" from Southpark (Isaac Hayes) has writing credits on this album. Freaky!

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"Papa was a Rolling Stone" is the most known song on album but otherwise underwhelming. Classic Motown music but didn't really care for it. 3/10.

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Not for me.

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Pants. Flared pants. Who chooses these. Not impressed with the definition of classic.

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