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Cloud Nine

The Temptations

1969

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Cloud Nine

Rating

3.42

Votes

3648

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(à lire impérativement avec la voix de Jacques Chirac) Écoutez, je dois dire que j'ai été très déçu par cet album. La pochette laissait présager une véritable bouffée d'air soul au milieu de tous ces albums de rock générés par Robert. De la soul, oui, mais de la soul psychédélique, j'émets des réserves.

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The Temptations are a weird group. They were early pioneers in funk but they came out of the motown scene. Most bands who straddle the genre line like this produce songs that sort of smear the line between. Not The Temptations. Oh, no. The songs on this album are very solidly either funk or motown. I love the funk tracks so much. They hit the pocket and just grind. They're great. The motown tracks no so much. They're great examples of motown soul ... I just don't dig the genre.

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5

I loved this album. After a long day at work getting back and putting this on whilst cooking dinner was an absolute winner

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5

My vague knowledge of The Temptations remains vague, but now I know for sure that I love them

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👍🏼

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5

I absolutely love this album. It's got a lot of funk to it, and it has a great groove. The instrumental choices were very nice and characteristic of the era, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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5

Obviously, The Temptations Cloud Nine was groundbreaking at the time for its use of funk, but how does it hold up? To modern ears, the earnestness of the lyrics grates a little. Social consciousness is one thing, but these lyrics are pretty on the nose. But how about the music? The playing and arrangements of the first three tracks in the relatively new funk style are impeccable. They groove relentlessly. And sure enough, it's the Temps, so the vocals kick ass. After the initial blast of funk, the rest of the album reverts to the Temptations signature smooth soul. This is not necessarily a bad thing. There's a lot to be said for soulful and varied vocals, competent if conventional arrangements, and the solid songcraft and musicianship from the Motown stable. I've got to be honest. I prefer 70s soul to 60s soul, but Cloud Nine is one of the more solid efforts of the period. There is little of the outright filler, pointless covers of hit material, and outright pandering to crossover audiences that was all too common on Motown releases. I'll subtract half a point for some painful earnestness and out of subjective personal preference. 4 1/2 out of 5

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The funky version of the Temptation works for me. There were times when I thought the mix could have been a bit better. Sometimes the falsetto stands out a bit too much from the rest of the arrangement. The songs, though, are top notch 4/5

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I went on youtube for this shit. Like it was 2011. Maybe that's why I liked it so much. Sitting in a simpler time. Good energy. Ah. The Temptations!

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The A side could be an easy 5, but the back half drags into good but generic motown that brings the record down a bit.

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Super 70s production - very wide stereo sound, funky bass lines, crunchy guitar and rhodes riffs, soulful singing - lots of love jams. Good to throw on and just vibe. Favorite song: Love is a Hurtin' Thing

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4

Feel good album. Started very soulful and got heavy 50s-pop toward the end. Not a huge fan of their rendition of "Heard It Through The Grapevine". Otherwise, good stuff.

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Don't think I've ever sat down and listened to a Temptations record before. Production sounds amazing, crisp and warm, it does the slightly disorienting 60s stereo thing where the drums are hard panned to one channel, so it's not a headphones record. Pretty ballsy putting a 9-minute track third, but it mostly worked here. Sounds like it's straddling the line between classic Motown and 70s soul - I preferred the Motown-style tracks. Really refreshing to hear another version of Grapevine that hasn't been played to death

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This was fun. I know this album gets pegged as the Temps' big funk and psychedelic turn, but much of it is not. It's more that they took their signature sound and tweaked it slightly to go with the tone of what was on the charts at the time. It actually works pretty well. The more funk-driven tracks of side 1 are the real deal. The title track is a stone cold classic. I'm just realizing "Runaway Child" clocks in at 9+ minutes. It's pretty awesome as well, and kind of surprising coming from this group. Honestly the only side 1 song that left me a little cold was the cover of "Grapevine," which brought nothing new to the song. Dennis Edwards absolutely deserves credit here for making his mark as a vocalist in the wake of David Ruffin's departure. He was never going to top Ruffin, but he sounds great here, his grit balanced nicely by Eddie Kendricks’ splendid vocal. The album could have been a flat-out failure, and it's actually a really fun listen. I'm actually digging several of the more conventionally Temptations-y romantic songs. They're lovely, classic Motown songs, which are always a delight to hear. Fave Songs: Cloud Nine, Run Away Child Running Wild, I Gotta Find a Way (To Get You Back), Why Did She Have to Leave Me, Love is a Hurtin' Thing

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Pleasant but unremarkable.

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It was okayish funky. I enjoyed it but I didn't love it

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Grosse erreur de la part des Temptations, qui n'ont pas eu la présence d'esprit, a la sortie de leur album, de le rendre disponible sur les plateformes de streaming. Ceci plafonne par consequent directement leur note a 3/5. A l'heure du digital, il est tout bonnement scandaleux de ne proposer un album qu'exclusivement disponible sur Youtube. J'ai d'ailleurs alerté mon bon ami robtouillère de ce petit scandale, qui s'est empressé de le signaler directement à Robert Dimery, grâce à sa proximité extrême avec ce dernier. Des mesures devraient etre prises très bientôt, à bon entendeur.

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Soul

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5

Great album. I wasn't familiar with individual songs, but it's a great mix.

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5

This album is great, all around fantastic.

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Me gusto un chingo este álbum tiene una buena vibra y en escala de fumable esta mega top

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5

Good.

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5

Loved it! So many good songs

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5

What a back catalogue

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5

Great sound. Truly an album of its time.

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5

good album

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5

Great album. Too bad it's not available on Youtube Music.

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5

Beautiful album. Can definitely see why it would make the list

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5

Very fun

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5

It was interesting love to dance to that kind of music...

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5

This little pitstop on the evolution of soul into funk through Motown is everything I needed. It's uplifting and melodic but also raw at times. The title track as an album opener is such a heavy hitter.

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5

Funky, groovy, great album. Couldn't stop myself from tapping my feet to just about every song. Favourite Tracks: Cloud Nine, Love is a Hurtin Thing, Dont Let Him Take Your Love From Me

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10/10 based af

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5

Pleasantly surprised by this album. Sort of thought they were all my girl type music (not that thats bad, i just dont need a whole album of it). but this album was funky and cool

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Dope man

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Mesmos cantores de My Girl

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5

Great. Loved it

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The temptations got me on Cloud 9. And I think the main guy is a Eunique

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5

Perfect Temptations album, very diverse songs that never get bored: great album in every aspect

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4.5/5. Quite solid. some lengthy cuts, but no skips

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5

Had to get a free trial with Apple Music to listen to this. And very glad I did. Fascinating, almost 'concept' album bordering soul and psychadelia. Definitely caused me to re-evaluate The Temptations, and for the better

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Another great discovery from this endeavour is that 1969 is most likely the greatest year in music to date. Perhaps common knowledge to some already. Fuck there was a lot of good music pumped out to see off the decade.

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Weird version of Grapevine but still interesting. Amazing playing and great vocals. Can anyone in the world dislike classic rnb?

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Awesome tracks in the first half but there are some fillers at the end

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I feel the only weak spot here is their version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine". Rest of the album is some classic soul and funk, along with some excellent story telling. Favorite tracks: "Runaway Child, Running Wild", "Don't Let Him Take Your Loving From Me"

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groovy!!!

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Didn't expect this to be so funky! Really liked it

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Some great, dark, a psychedelic soul. Shame had to listen on YouTube on my phone.

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OH! FUNKY!

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extremely groovy.

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I've never heard this version of "Heard it Through the Grapevine."

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Not my thing, I can appreciate it though.

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A bit of a departure from their previous albums but still holds up with the new sounds they were looking for

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The dudes voice is FRIED on this record, but it makes it even more smooth somehow. Classic Motown basslines and instrumentation here. I mean, it’s the Temptations, cmon man. Favorite track: Cloud Nine Least favorite track: Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing

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I like the kind of psychedelic instrumental arrangements. I think the vocals sometimes keep it from being a real favorite for me, but every other part is really good.

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Psychedelic Temps!

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Didn't hit me as hard as the prior offering by the Temptations, though I think the album version I pulled up may not have been the best mastering, the sound seemed a little muddy. Still great.

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Old school funk from the old school Temptations. Lyrics in this sometimes seem to harken back to slavery, or at least that was what I was feeling. No doubt they were politically charged people in their day.

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Love good mo-town, and this is a great collection of songs! Highlights: -I Heard It Through The Grapevine -Why Did She Have To Leave Me -I Need Your Lovin

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Great album! While I've heard of The Temptations never really gave them an actual listen and super impressed!

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i love the temptations

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Groovy. Cool soul vibes.

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Good upbeat early disco/mid-funk vibes, and a completely new version of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine".

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Hey look, an album from '69 that I actually liked! Recommended season: Summer

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No es su mejor disco pero también es bueno

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Really enjoyed it!

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Take me to funk town, I vibed really hard with half of the songs, the more ballad like ones I didn't enjoy as much

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Classic love/heartbreak album that seems to be timeless.

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good, but not the best of motown

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Levy oli hankalasti löydettävissä (ei spotify/tidal, ei kirjastossa, mutta youtubesta löytyi soittolista). Vaivannäkö kuitenkin kannatti tällä kertaa, oli oikein sujuvaa 60-luvun rokkia. Varsinkin levyn alkupuoli oli tosi menevää, mutta loppua kohdin meno vähän laimeni.

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Some great songs, some not so hot covers

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Vrolijke liedjes, leuk om op de achtergrond te zetten bij zomers weer

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Groove and soul

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Pretty nice. Classical soul infused with funk and jazz elements. I particularly liked Runaway Child.

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I mean it's the temptations!

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As to be expected by The Temptations, this album was fantastic. Not perfect, but still amazing.

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Great background / working noise

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Pretty soulful.

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Great album.. can’t really go wrong with the Temptations.

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This album is a total whip. The temptations always provide just what I need.

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Oh thank God, what a palette cleanser after the last album. This is great. I don’t have a lot of thoughts about it other than it’s great. Soulful, fun. Favourite track: “Don’t Let Him Take Your Love from Me”

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I loved it! Specially Cloud Nine, Runaway Child, y I need your loving

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Great example of soul/motown! Love the basslines and vocal harmonies!

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Really dug the motown soul. Good music to drive to. Reminds me a bit of Otis Redding.

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Funky goodness

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Cozy!

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The whole album wasn't on spotify so it might be higher or lower than a 4. I loved it

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28th July 2021 Listened on my phone in the morning and finished the morning after cos Spotify didn't have all the songs. Had to finish on YouTube which was annoying. Yeah they're pretty legendary and have some amazing tunes

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Love that Motown beat. Unmistakable sound. Cloud 9 - This is way funkier than I associate with the Temptations - no big band sound. Just guitars and drums. There's an almost live sensibility to it - lead vocalist comes off the mic. I am guessing this was recorded live in studio and not produced and pieced together. I Heard it Through the Grapevine. Now, I associate this with Marvin Gaye or Gladys Knight. Was this a Temptation song first? Apparently this is a cover, but it's good. Run Away Child, Running Wild - Back to that funkier, rock sound of Cloud 9. This is a surprisingly fresh and rocking album. Not the way I think of The Temptations, and I like it. "I Want My Mama" scream is jolting and terrifying. Quite a message, and then the instrumental jam that follows is impressive! Love is a Hurtin' Thing - Much more produced with that backing horn section and strings. Soulful song though. I like it. Great album! Hey Girl - Another soulful song - simple lyrically, "Hey Girl, don't go away." It's more about mood. Probably the worst song on the album. Just meh. Why Did She Have to Leave Me - A better version of Hey Girl. More story, more vocals. Side A of this album is definitely the side to listen to. Side B is more derivative, but it's a great sound! I Need Your Lovin' - More don't leave me. I was wrong, and I'll fix it stuff. I think the well is drying up. Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me - Interesting spin on the old familiar. The broken man who is being left is pleading with her to not let HIM take her from him. Crazy. Typical Temptations song. simple drum kit snare/closed cymbals with horns and a guitar. Decent rhythm, but this side of the album does get repetitive. I Gotta Find a Way to Get You Back - How many girls leave this guy and send him to a desperate plead to get her back. Got a little saxophone on this one though! I do like this song's vibe more than the others on this topic. Gonna Keep Tryin' Til I get Your Love - Bass line is super reminiscent of Sugar Pie Honey Bunch I can't Help Myself, which was a Four Tops song. Interesting.

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Fantastic.

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Yes, I've heard of the Temptations but I couldn't list any of their records off of the top of my head. Yes, I've heard "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", but I haven't heard this version. Maybe I've never heard the Temptations' version of the song. I think all of the tracks on this album were new to me. This was a good album to listen to. "Cloud Nine" has a great intro, and was a great way to start the album. I'm sure there are tracks that deserve a second listen to get a full appreciation of the album. I'd listen to this album again.the tracks on this album were new to me. This was a good album to listen to. "Cloud Nine" has a great intro, and was a great way to start the album. I'm sure there tracks that deserve a second listen to get a full appreciation of the album. I'd listen to this album again.

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Couldn’t find this actual album but great tracks and live this period of the Temps.

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Psychedelic soul is a super interesting genre and something I have not explored with the Temptations. There are experiments that don’t quite work, like a cover of ‘I heard it Through the Grapevine’ but there are some really great sounds on this album. ‘Runaway Child, Running Wild’ is a standout for me and a great jam. Of course this is still a Temptations record and so we still get those lush harmonies for which the group is known

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Psychedelic soul! Gotta love it. 4 stars.

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A classic. And it's a classic for a reason.

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Soulful

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Side one is kinda revelatory...what if The Temptations worked together ... the song Cloud Nine might just be the result. Next is a great take on Heard it Through The Grapevine and the 9 minute closer is another funky, introspective freak out that packs a real punch. Love side one. Side two gets back to more familiar territory, silky smooth vocals, lush production with plenty of strings...syrupy sweet. This is a great album for someone who wants a taste of the classic Temptations sound and a glimpse into their experimental side. 4.25 stars

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Smooth soul meets earthy funk. I liked this a lot.

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A good departure from thier older stuff. Not a big fan of this version of grapevine but I like the dip into psychadelia.

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The first half of the album is amazing The second half is solid

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Tremendous

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4

Not too bad at all!

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4

Dejlige toner, dejligt funky - Feel good for alle pengene

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4

Groovy shame I couldn’t listen to the whole album

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Disco cool, la pasé muy bien, no conocía nada de los temptations, según yo. 8/10

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8/10. Liked it

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8/10 pretty cool, i don't expect albums of this genre to have 9 minute songs, and this one did it well.

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'Cloud Nine', el tema, és tot un clàssic; sembla la inauguració dels 70 i l'avançament de la blaxplotation abans que comenci la década. 'Runaway Child, Running Wild' és una altra joia, com si anessin preparant la bogeria musical que editarien pocs anys després sota el nom de 'Papa Was a Rolling Stone'. El problema amb la resta del disc és el mateix que amb la majoria de discos d'ells, hi ha massa palla. El so, però, i la brillant transformació del grup conforme als nous temps que havien de venir fan del disc un de molt disfrutable... i de molt recomenable

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This was a lot more funky than I was expecting. Still a few old school Temptations songs on it but mostly a different vibe than I'm used to with them. I hadn't heard most of these songs before but still really enjoyed the album.

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Days since I heard music that is so fun and full of life: 0

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je crois que j'ai bien aimé mais je me souviens presque de rien, la pochette est trop belle cependant

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Du bon son.

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Un bon moment

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4

it was good stuff

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Happy, lighthearted upbeat vibes, enjoyable music, but nothing really stands out to a 5 star level

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Nice, classic with a psychedelic twist. A little different and I usually like Motown and soul anyway.

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4

Very solid album through and through but not a ton I would personally listen to over and over on my own playlist. Potentially closer to a 3.5 but earned a 4 for me on the strength of the whole album.

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Listened to on 2/1/22 3.5/5 Favorite Song: I need your lovin Super fun album with jazz influences would listen to again

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4

Solid album great for background music while I prepare breakfast. If you are a fan of Mowtown R&B Funk it's a great album. Also, perfect length @ 35 min total it wasn't too short or too long.

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The album is good, I liked it a lot. The title track is a really awesome and Runaway Child, Running Wild really surprised me for how good it was, I loved the lyrics and instrumentation of these two songs. The rest of the album is also good, I liked the fact that a good amount of the songs in this record are about losing the woman you love.

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4

Early temptations were good but they got better for sure

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Psychedelic soul!

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4

A very uneven album, but the funky tracks are so fire that I don't even care. Best track: Cloud Nine

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4

Enjoyable Motown Soul

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4

A true classic

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Flawed but brilliant. A side is more psychedelic soul than the B side and although both sides are great in their individual ways, the songs on the B side, whilst being nearer to the original Temptations' sound are not as good as those earlier songs.

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05/06/2022 This was a nice one to get on a Friday. A week full of bullshit ending with a smooth funky album like this was nice to go out on.

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Pretty fun!

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It’s good stuff just not my stuff

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Spotify only had 3 of the songs on this available, thankfully i've heard most of it before over the years anyway. Another example of an album that I don't mind at all going for 35min, while Kanye West and Arcade Fire albums go for over an hour. 3/5.

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3

Not bad but not really my style. Mildly enjoyable.

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Enjoyed, will listen to this more

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I thought I would have liked it more. Some good songs.

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3

Very good feel. Not my favorite of this era but a good album nonetheless

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3/4 of the album is copyrighted

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3

Okayisch, not amazing

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Always like Motown music but find it can be similar and hard to stand out. Enjoyed it though.

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Good fun!

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3

Good, might return. Not all songs on spotify

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3

Pretty smooth, but nothing extra special. Nice funky sound.

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Pleasant to listen to - 3.5

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3

A gusssssto

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Está buenísimo para un lunes de estar haciendo otras cosas con esta musiquita de fondo. Y nomás.

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3

Motown love song vibes. Classic temptation feel. Stronger and longer rhymed heaps. Liked it but didn’t super vibe with it

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Title track is amazing. Rest is fine. 6/10

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Niet alles stond op spotify.

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3

Enjoyable! Classic music. Recognised a couple. Sometimes not sure what to say about this music

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3

Helt bängeri nog. Skön soul

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3

A short little album with some inoffensive sounds on it, but there's absolutely nothing memorable about it.

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Power soul. Se puede escuchar!

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J’adore the temptations c’est un artiste que je vais reecouter mais l’album est moyen. 3*

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Me ha gustado. En Spotify solo hay 3 canciones ¿por qué?, pero en Youtube está completo. El sonido de la Motown que uno imagina o recuerda está claro que es éste. Aunque no es de mi gusto suenan muy bien.

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3

Was alright. Didn't blow me away like. Lot of these classic albums suffer from a bad case of the samesies

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Kolejny albumik ktorego niestety nie ma na spotifaju, niestety bo unikalne brzmienie ten murzynski band potrafil wyciagnac, historie zycia i smutku rodem z soulu, funkowe brzemia z nutka psychodelii, nie brzmi to zbyt komercyjnie, a jednak albumik spopularyzowal wyrazenie cloud nine i to jakim trakiem openingowym, nie spodziewalem sie uslyszec tylu barw glosow na jednym traku, dodatkowo w akompanjamencie murzynskiego bembnienia, na uwage zasluguje tez wyjatkowo wyrozniajacy sie tamburymi, o ile zazwyczaj ten instrument gdzies ginie wsrod gitarek czy drumsow, tak tutaj skupia na sobie uwage, trzeba sie bedzie rozejrzec za flakami tego albumiku, bo jednak jutubowa jakosc to nie jest wystarczajacy poziom dla takiego materialu, na plejke nie leci nic bo brak spotifaja, po raz drugi w historii listowania

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6

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It was decent.

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Production: 13/20 Songwriting: 11/20 Innovation: 11/20 Bangers: 5/20 Emotional response: 11/20 =51 Perfectly pleasant

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pretty cool - had to skip the "crying child" and to be honest I dont particularly like the falsetto in parts, but I know it was a time and place. some great stuff

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old prog rock? not my cup of tea, but can see appeal

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It's The Temptations, doing what The Temptations do best, Temptationing all over the place. Always a nice listen.

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Niets buitengewoons.

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3

Surprisingly good

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3

It was Ok. Not my thing. Just like the last two albums, it felt less like an album and more like a collection of songs. Please don't let the next one be a mediocre late 60's album.

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3

I understand it was significant to pop culture but I’m unimpressed. There’s so many more albums that are better than this. Both from the same era and genre. This seems less based on musicality than significance in pop culture. Kendricks has an annoying voice and I’ve just never been impressed with the temptations. That style is so bad. A lot of good qualities but used poorly.

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I liked a lot of songs, but I wouldn't say that I loved any. They all had a very similar feel.

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Liked this a lot

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Depth and glorious sound. Could wish for less on unrequited love. The lyrics at times let down the talent of the vocals.

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An enjoyable listen but not much on here that will warrant a revisit. Opening track is wonderful, Runaway child is also fantastic but most of the rest is daily forgettable. Even their version of Grapevine is underwhelming

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Good album from what I heard but all tracks weren’t available on Spotify.

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Heard about this band in one of the courses I'm taking. Surprisingly stylish even to the modern ear(which is practically me). Enjoyed the experience, especially the bass being prominent.

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Cool album and probably ground breaking at the time but not one I'd come back to often.

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3.5

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Good shit. I'd totally listen to this again.

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Could not access the full album anywhere but the one song I could find was a banger! Will rate it average

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Evil Woman is great

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Enjoyable. Something I wouldn't normally have gone for. A couple of very strong tracks but not a complete stand out for me.

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Good vibes

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Definitely a more far out sound than I expected from The Temptations. Classic harmonies, one wild 9 minute track, and funky grooves throughout. Nothing super memorable but nothing outright bad either.

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No se puede escuchar entero en Spotify España.

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The Temps breaking from their familiar Motown Sound to get funkier including a 9+ minute near-masterpiece in Runaway Child. With a little traditional late 60s soul style thrown in, this is a good Temptations album.

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Starts out strong, really liked the first three songs (except for the crying child in Run Away Child, which was a bit off-putting. That song was too long, as well). The rest of the album is decent, but nothing really amazing.

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All songs were pretty decent but none that really stood out to me.

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Not all on spotify

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Pretty decent album filled with love motown and funk.

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Really awkward to listen to as most of the songs were blanked out on Spotify. Had to keep jumping between there and YouTube to compete the album in sequence.

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Not bad. Groovy at first then seemed to go back to trad Motown

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'Runaway child, running wild' is an interesting song. It centres around a headstrong kid that wants to run away but when he realises what the street is really like he's desperate to get home again but can't make it. The song closes with a haunting repeated plea of 'momma'. It reminded me of the Van Morrison song 'Beside you', where 'little jimmy' s gone' and Dylan's 'Visions of Johanna' where 'little boy lost, takes himself so seriously'. All three songs come from 1968, and the image of the lost child seems to be a common trope (based purely on these three songs but I could research the shit out of it if you push me). It was only a few years after the Moors murders but I doubt these had the required cultural impact in America as they did in England (though I'm sure there were equivalent travesties) but with increased forms of news media and means of communication along with increased urbanisation, perhaps there was more of a collective awareness / fear of the archetype of the lost child. Or perhaps the lost child was just the most aappropriate symbol for the turmoil of the social and political context of 1968 (assassinations of Marton Luther King, Robert Kennedy, Vietnam protests etc.) I always thought the temptations were a bit throwaway and by the book but there are some delicious numbers on this album.

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Moving away from standard Motown fare, they begin making more jammed out funk and soul tracks. Great fun. Best Tracks: Cloud Nine; Runaway Child, Running Wild; Why Did She Have To Leave Me (Why Did She Have To Go)

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3.5

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Spotify wouldn't let me play the whole album but had a couple bangers (Heard It Through The Grapevine). Love a bit of motown, Dave Dew would play it when I was a kid. 3/5

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It was ok

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Ik kan dat wel waarderen, die 70's groovy shizzle 😎

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Best aardig, maar zal het niet snel nog eens draaien.

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So-so. Inoffensive, a little dull. The wikipedia entry for the album was more entertaining. (i.e. didn't know that Gladys Knight and the Pips were first on the slate with I Heard It Through the Grapevine. As for the performance shenanigans of the Dennis Edwards era...life is sometimes more scandalous that fiction.)

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Blues, voces sureñas, percusión. Estilo de otra época

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Nice soul album

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3.7 - Fun and funky but I'm not getting the touted "watershed" in "psychedelic soul." "Runaway Child, Running Wild" is the closest to a mind-bending surrealist track, and I love the "momma momma" breakdown. Otherwise, to me it sounds like standard Motown.

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Si un día me apetece escuchar un buen álbum de música funk esta seria una de mis opciones a escuchar. Buen álbum :)

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Classy, great vocals throughout. Feels like good music for lovin.

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Album intéressant, très porté sur la voix assez funk

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didn't grab me, but okay.

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Àlbum incomplet a spotify. Pel poc que he pogut escoltar, interessant barreja de soul i psicodèlia

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Ret funky album, men var i så psycadelic, som jeg troede.

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its alright

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I love the Temptations, but this album was just fine.

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3.66

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6/10

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Yeah, I dig this. The very definition of a three and a half star album for me. It's got a couple of points that are superior - and, in the case of the title track, one of my favourite soul numbers, period - but too much filler creeps in to give it that replay factor. But it's better than average, for sure.

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This is pretty hard to argue with. I don't know that I walked away with anything that I can't live without, but Love is a Hurtin' Thing I thought was pretty great and everything on here is very tight.

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The temptations going psychodelic, interesting concept but fails to fullz convince after a few songs

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They are not breaking any ground, but they do not annoy in any way either. It is good sounding music but I just don’t see how this album showcases them as vocalists as the instrumentation is the highlight. Flat from beginning to end, no single moment better or worse than another.

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Hard to find but worth it, some catchy numbers and great crooning

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This album was fine. Some solid doo op sound then throw in a less than mediocre cover of Heard it Through the Grapevine. This album was also lacking in some of their all time hits which is a disappointment.

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Quick and to the point. Is it something I'd listen to regularly? No, but I still liked hearing more from The Temptations than just the hits I'm used to.

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Liked it but didn't love it. This is another style that I prefer in tiny doses and don't enjoy one after another as it becomes tedious and a tad annoying

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Full album not on spotify

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Solid slab of soul

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Good detective and porn music from the 60s-70s (in the beginning of the album). It was okay... Standard soul album about love and charming babes. 2.6/5

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Their best tracks are not in this album, but it's alright

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I've never heard any tracks off of this album. After I had, I realized that the Temptation are as great as I thought. This was an awesome listen.

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Slowly moving towards proper "psychadelic soul", but not there yet.

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Pretty good. Nothing too memorable unfortunately. I imagine the Temptations have bigger hits, but I'm drawing a blank right now. Favorite tracks: Cloud Nine, Love is a Hurtin' Thing, I Need Your Lovin'. Album art: Groovy. Only half-committed to the psychedelic experience, but I'll allow it. 3/5

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Real nice album, great grooves to get you through the morning! (Since that's when I listened to it). I got very excited that Heard it through the grapevine was on here but turns out this is a different version. Cloud Nine was probably my favorite song of the bunch, none were terribly memorable but as a whole this was a fun album.

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Only 4 of the songs are on Spotify, which is far from handy, but I found versions of the rest on other albums or compilations though. Side 1 very different to side 2, and much better, but neither is really up my street. Title track and heard it through the grapevine are my favourite songs

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A new era for The Temptations as they dive into the freethinking, freewheeling psychedelic era of the late Sixties. They tackle far more serious topics like abuse and estrangement from families, alongside the standard love songs that put them on the map. This album is not an overt embrace of psychedelia, though (that comes later) and it can prove frustrating after the first three songs, but the love songs are top notch as well. Good stuff all around. Favorites: Cloud Nine, Runaway Child, Running Wild, Hey Girl, I Need Your Lovin'.

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first listen great motown sound

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2/1/22 Not really my style of music, but enjoyed it for what it was. Favorite Song: Cloud Nine

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Smooth. Almost a little too smooth

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Smooth, but just okay for me. Nothing offensive, unfortunately I have nothing to say on this. It's fine?

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Cloud Nine is a standout track. I wish there were more tracks like it on the album. Runaway Child stands out too, but not in a good way - some of the production choices kinda irk me. The rest of the album is pleasant and all but it literally put me to sleep.

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It was good, but I expected to enjoy it more based solely on the fact that in general I like the Temprations. Not convinced that this so called psychedelic soul suits them so well.

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Some really great songs pack this gem. 3/5.

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Standard 60's poppy soul music. No real standouts here as nearly every song sounds like the every other. Plus, this contains probably the worst version of Heard It Through the Grapevine I've ever heard. Altogether, this album is not terrible, but nothing special either. Thus, 3/5.

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Ach, ich weiß nicht. Das ist alles irgendwie gut, will bei mir aber nicht so recht zünden. Ganz schlechte 3.

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Idk anything about it but I kinda feel that Motown is always hard to beat.

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Some really superb vocals and vocal harmonies here. Yes, that's what they are known for, but it's justified. Reading the Wiki entry I learned this is the album when they departed from their original sound and started embracing psychedelic music. Good for them for their creative exploration. Not sure I'll come back to this one, but I appreciate what they were doing.

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why not on spotify :(

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Nice

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I really like The Temptations, I absolutely love the '60s era classic Motown pop Temptations and I can fuck with the Sly Stone inspired '70s era Temptations (there's an album called Psychedelic Shack, what's not to love?!). I'm pretty surprised this album made the list though. It's not one I have listened to much before, it's a halfway house album really. It is still peppered with moments of '60s style soul (moments that are less good than what they had done before) and there are some very clear hints of the more experimental direction the band were heading in, but at this point the ideas still seem only half formed. Hopefully Temptin' Temptations and All Directions are on this list, they are albums that far better represent the two sides of The Temptations.

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Hits like Will Smith at the Oscars

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Pretty album - some parts are a little close to Sly Stone for comfort

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Sun-kissed Lots of desperate breakup songs set to jaunty soul-funk instrumentals It's good, nothing to write home about Full vocal ranges "Runaway child, running wild, better go back home where you belong" "Girl (girl come home, so I can dry my weeping eyes) why don't you come on home" Where is home? Where you feel loved.

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6/10 Best song - Hey Girl

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Pleasant all the way through, outstanding vocals.

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A bit annoying only half the album is on Spotify, so I used Youtube. I have never heard more than the few super iconic songs of this group, and this isn't a genre I typically listen to so I was quite excited to give this album a go! 1. Cloud Nine - Quite funky, I liked it a lot. 8/10 2. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Nice song. Google says it is a cover, but it's a good one. 7/10 3. Runaway Child, Running Wild - Really liked this one, intense theme. 8/10 4. Love is A Hurtin' Thing - A lot calmer. 8/10 5. Hey Girl - Very sedate compared to the other songs so far. I quite liked the more relaxed tune. 7/10 6. Why Did She Have To Leave Me (Why Did She Have To Go) - Lovely vocals. 8/10 7. I Need Your Lovin' - More of the same, not as good. 6/10 8. Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me - I liked this one, I really liked the drums and horns. 7/10 9. I Gotta Find A Way (To Get You Back) - The repetitiveness of this album is getting to me. It's still a good song but dampened by everything that's come before it in the album. 7/10 10. Gonna Keep On Tryin' Till I Win Your Love - I liked the tune, it's a rather sweet song. I really like the instrumental at 2:15. 7/10 Objectively excellent music, but not my style - didn't save anything and doubt I will ever listen again, but I can appreciate it for what it is. Rather repetitive at times, but a good album. 3/5 is my initial thought

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First three tracks are really great examples of early funk, very fun to listen to, they've got a great groove. The rest are standard soul for the time, nothing super groundbreaking, but a good album nonetheless. 3.5 👍

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great to hear some of the origins of psychedelic soul

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First point is that half of tracks are "greyed"out on spotify so can't be heard. What's left is tight and funky. It also has that lovely dry production that you yearn for. The Temptations go into a funky-psychedelic phase with this album ...lots of intermittent effects laden guitar. Solid 3.5

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easygoing funk that floats on by. a pleasant but forgettable pit stop

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Un disquito de soul bonito, agradable, pero sin más brillo. No había ninguna de las que conocía antes de los Temptations y la única conocida (Heard It Through The Grapevine) la verdad es que me gustan más otras versiones. Sin pena ni gloria junta sus 3 estrellas.

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The cover places the album solidly in the late 60's. And the title track Cloud Nine is a drug song, right? Great stuff; love hearing the voices individually and together. Great version of Grapevine. Runaway Child has great parts and also completely off-putting sections. Not a fan of Love is a Hurtin' Thing. Overall this album is a fun listen I'm glad I took the time to hunt it up on YouTube. Trying to find it also schooled me on how extensive the Temptations oeuvre really is. Impressive.

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Decent without being amazing.

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This is a really nice album through and through, so groovy and the band really puts their voices into the performances. They also put some strange additions into "Runaway Child, Running Wild" that then upended what had been a solid, and positive experience. The wish that such a strange addition of a crying child made better sense than it did here is not granted, and it really puts an itch on one's head that no scratch will alleviate.

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Pretty cool; funkier than expected

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Lots of well known songs. It is good music. I am not sure I would listen to the whole album again, but if it was playing I wouldn't object.

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This was fine. Not helped by Spotify hiding half the tracks but what was there was alright.

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After losing original lead vocalist David Ruffin (watch his performance of "My Girl" in "Summer of Soul" to see what they were missing) the Temptations recruited Dennis Edwards and supposedly moved towards a more psychedelic-influenced sound to suit the changing musical landscape of the time. "Sly and the Family Stone" was a key influence in this, which made me very excited to hear how the band would approach a new direction (only being familiar with their biggest hits from earlier in the 60s). Honestly, perhaps listening to it fifty years on reduces the impact of this change in direction. "Cloud Nine" is a really promising start, with a propulsive bass-line, funky wah-guitar and an instantly memorable hook "I'm doing fine… on Cloud Nine". References to a "dog-eat-dog world" and escape from reality hint at some social commentary and exploration of interesting themes… but we then diverge into a fairly rudimentary cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine". The third track, "Runaway Child… Running Wild" is a fun, groovy jam clocking in at nine minutes. It's hypnotic and holds some interest, even though the screams of "I want my mama" are a little grating. From then on, the second side is more standard fare, without the "psychedelic soul" left-turn feel I'd been expecting from this album. The songs feel much more like standard Temptations pop tracks, with a Motown influence and a tight three-minute pop structure. Of course, there's nothing wrong with this: it's all music to bop and sway to, with lush string production (see stand-out "I Gotta Find A Way (To Get You Back)") and stabs of brass and horns livening things up. The magic of the group as performers is also without question: vocally they are, of course, excellent. Eddie Kendricks sports a beautiful falsetto in "I Need Your Lovin'", and Melvin Franklin's bass parts add some lovely decoration. The soft, lilting "Why Did She Have To Leave Me" and "Gonna Keep On Tryin' till I Win Your Love" are my other standouts here. It's not at all bad, but I'd just hoped for a bolder approach after reading up on the background of "Cloud Nine". This album maybe pushes Cloud Six-and-a-Half.

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This is a good listen. Have a go and enjoy

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Kolmella biisillä arvioituna ihan lepposaa rallattelua. En jaksanut etsiä youtubesta tms. spottarista löytymättömiä kipaleita...

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Many tracks missing on Spotify, but what I heard was decent.

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Heard It Through The Grapevine is given an upbeat cover and I don't hate it! meh on the whole album.

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A couple songs I enjoyed, but overall not my thing. Much more into the KC sound than something like this.

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Happy music...very funky. I love their song „Papa was a rollin‘ stone“. But generally not my type of music.

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Pretty good album. Probably progressive for the time but not overly interesting with no memorable songs 2.5

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4/10 - GOOD VIBES

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Tuttu nimi ja joitain tuttuja biisejäkin. Harmillisesti tämä nyt vaan ei ole yhtään mun genre vaikka ihan laadukkaalta musiikilta kuulostaakin. Harvinaisesti kuuntelin tämän vaan kerran läpi, koska en kokenut saavani mitään uutta irti lisäkuunteluilla. Ihan kiva mutta ei jatkoon.

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2/5 nothing to remember

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Nice 60's funk vibe, but i feel it too old. Best song ,,Cloud Nine".

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Not really my thing, but recognize the importance.

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Hm... sounds oke, but... nah

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Naw. Seemed disjointed. Give me neo-soul, not psychedelia-soul.

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This soul music album has a psychedelic spin to it - since it was released in 1969 - and is the ninth album from The Temptations. The spin worked, earning 1 of the 2 hit singles a Grammy, and confirming that this is the change the group would stick with for the future. Soul music isn't my genre of music, so that affected the rating.

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ok

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First listen. Temptations are good. Just an old style that isn't that listenable today as it was before. Still a good album. 2/5

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Fine, but nothing here substantially jumped out to me save for the cover of "Grapevine." I liked that version and had never heard it before. Definitely beats the shit out of John Fogerty pronouncing "heard" as "hoid." My whole body shuddered just thinking about it.

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Didn't like as much as I thought I would

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Cannot find on Spotify

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Was ok -not a fan

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This was just ok for me, nothing outstanding. 2

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Not my thing

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Fine

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Psychedelic Temptations were not my thing. I feel like David Ruffin was also missed. The title track was pretty good, but beyond that nothing stood out.

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doesn't really get going. threatens to be good but is just a bit bland.

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Ahhhhh !!! une p-bass avec des flats dans un ampeg b-15🤤 non mais ça sonne tu ben??? Ils abusent un peu du 5-6-1-6-1 comme lick sur tout, partout mais ça marche bien Le début de l'album est plutôt bon, motown psyché sur les bords mais vers la fin c'est plus générique. Les drums sonnent thin je trouve comparé à la bass qui tone sans bon sens Sympa malgré tout même si la fin fade out d'une toune ordinaire fait que la fin de l'album est assez pouet pouet

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The raspy falsetto teetering on the edge of tones were hard for me to cotton to. I’d never heard that version of Heard It through the Grapevine! Credit to their prolific catalogue and their historical presence/impact, but this is not an album I’ll be spinning for the heck of it.

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Otros de the temptations me han gustado mas

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Not on spotify

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Ikke tilgængeligt

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Kun 3 sanger tilgjengelig!?!?! *hytte med neven*

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Only 4 tracks available to stream

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N/A

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To raro xd

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No está en Spotify.

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Loved the guitar in Cloud Nine. Loved this band growing up. They have better albums

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Not good as others

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I was, to put it mildly, very disappointed in this album, was expecting something else I guess and this...was not it. And that version of Grapevine, a tuna casserole of a song.

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À la base, je ne suis pas un grand fan du groupe, mais je comprends pourquoi cet album est sur la liste vu le changement de direction par rapport à ce que le groupe faisait. Il y a certaines bonnes grooves, mais dans son ensemble c'est un peu long et ça ne me donne pas envie d'y revenir. La reprise de I Heard It Through The Grapevine n'est pas vraiment réussi pour moi.

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Donc, comme je disais, il y a Cloud Nine, le reste, c’est de la bouette. Haha !

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Canción Cloude nine: Batería paneada a la derecha, guitarra a la izquierda, voces coro a la izquierda.

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