The Temptations – A Song For You (STMA 8021) (1975)

TempsI kept waiting for the duff track and it didn’t happen. Nearly a decade and a half (and five significant line-up changes) into their career, A Song For You proved that the Temptations could keep up with trends while retaining their identity, demonstrating what a durable and malleable brand the group had become. The story goes that Mr. Gordy himself helped midwife the record, making sure that the band got the best chunes going–the effort paid off big time. A US R&B #1 album (and Top 15 US pop), featuring two US R&B #1 singles (and another Top 10), Song is literally a game of two strong halves; side one brings a trunk of stripped-down, aggressive funk while side two features brooding, emotionally resonant ballads. Both approaches work with the former belying the Temps veteran status and the latter acknowledging maturity without succumbing to it. Inexplicably, this album garnered only one and two stars respectively in the first two Rolling Stone Record Guides. WTAF?

Another of Saturday’s less-than-a-pound-apiece batch from Hythe. 
It wasn’t total victory; though the vinyl’s in pretty good nick, there’s a tuck-in flap missing from my top loader copy.

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