With 2006's Grammy-nominated Reflections
, The Temptations
performed the Motown classics they always loved but never had the chance to previously record. Now, with Back To Front
(New Door Records/UMe), released October 23, 2007, you'll find these Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and one of the most popular and enduring singing groups of all time performing some of the biggest Pop and R&B songs in history.
For Back To Front
, their 48th album of new recordings, and second for New Door Records/UMe, The Temptations put their incomparable stamp on such classics as "Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up" (the ageless Barry White
smash), Sam and Dave
's seminal "Hold On, I'm Comin'," the Staple Singers
' self-assuring "Respect Yourself," the Bee Gees' monumental "How Deep Is Your Love" and the timeless standard "Let It Be Me" as well as "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again" (popularized by L.T.D.
with Jeffrey Osborne
). Also featured are "Wake Up Everybody" (the crossover giant from Philly soul legends Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
featuring Teddy Pendergrass
), "I'm In Love," "Minute By Minute" (the Doobie Brothers
' hit), "Don't Ask My Neighbors" and "Love Ballad," (made popular by jazz giant George Benson
Included among The Temptations' very own numerous and immortal hits are the '70s R&B/pop No.1 "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," the No.1 R&B '60s smashes "Get Ready" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," and the No.2 '80s R&B hit "Treat Her Like A Lady."
The Tempts' album successes in the new millennium have included 2000's Grammy-winning, Top 20 R&B hit Ear-Resistable
; 2001's Top 30 R&B-charting Awesome
; 2004's Top 20 R&B-peaking Legacy
and 2006's Top 20 R&B smash Reflections
, which received massive critical and fan acclaim plus a Grammy nomination. And most recently their 2006 DVD Get Ready! The Definitive Performances 1965-1972
was certified platinum. The Temptations have sold more than 35 million records in their legendary career, a feat that only a few artists have achieved.
In 2007, The Temptations, with original member the venerable Otis Williams, Ron Tyson (a member since 1983, the lineup's second longest tenure), Bruce Williamson, Terry Weeks and Joe Herndon, continue to raise the standard by which all singing groups are measured.
The Temptations continue to tour across the country. In addition to that schedule, they will perform several songs, including many from Back To Front
, on Kurt Browning's "Gotta Skate" ice skating show airing Sunday, November 11 on NBC TV.
1. Never, Never Gonna Give You Up (Barry White)
2. Hold On! I'm Comin' (Sam and Dave - Isaac Hayes
and David Porter
3. Wake Up Everybody (Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes feat. Teddy Pendergrass - Victor Carstarphen, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead)
4. Minute by Minute (Doobie Brothers - Michael McDonald
and Lester Abrams)
5. I'm in Love (Bobby Womack
6. Don't Ask My Neighbors (Skip Scarborough)
7. Love Ballad (George Benson - Skip Scarborough)
8. Let It Be Me (Gilbert Becaud, Pierre Delanoe and Manny Kurtz)
9. How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees
- Barry Gibb
, Maurice Gibb
and Robin Gibb
10. (Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again (L.T.D., Jeffrey Osborne - LenRon Hanks and Zane Grey)
11. Respect Yourself (Staple Singers - Luther Ingram and Mack Rice)
Current Tour Schedule:
12/11 Sioux City, IA Orpheum theater
12/12 Omaha, NE Orpheum theater
12/14 Ann Arbor, MI Washtenaw Community College
12/15 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza theater
12/16 Galesburg, IL Orpheum theater