Four Tops Story (TMSP 1124) (1974)

SAM_0586Handy, not especially rare double Lp compendium of eight years worth of FT highlights. For a band that perpetrated plenty of filler on those latter M’town albums, not to mention subsequent ABC/Dunhill ones, Story represents good value for money (esp. if you’re only spending a pound as I did). Unlike the Temptations’ roughly contemporary treble disc Anthology, which included inappropriate pop-crossover material like “Ol’ Man River” and “Try To Remember”, there was no room here for Gordy’s “grown-up entertainment” experiments from On Broadway, so misguided dreck like “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and “The Sound of Music” was sensibly airbrushed from history.SAM_0587It’s interesting to note that most of the post-1967 singles heard on sides 3 and 4 did not follow the barrel-chested, full-throttled pleading style of the band’s initial successes, but trod a more thoughtful path; again, unlike the Temps who went all funky.SAM_0588

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