Label: Motown - GSCD 441 • Series: The Universal Masters Collection • Format: CD Compilation, Remastered • Country: South Africa • Genre: Funk / Soul •
Psychedelic Shack is the twelfth studio album by The Temptations for the Gordy Motown label released inwhich represents the Temptations' full-blown submergence into psychedelia. Completely written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong and produced Psychedelic Shack - The Temptations - Classic WhitfieldPsychedelic Shack almost completely abandoned the " Motown Sound " formula for this LP; hard rock guitars, synthesizer sound effects Radio Controlled Life - Lizard - Lizard, multitracked drumsand stereo -shifting vocals giving most of the album's songs a harder, less traditional feel than the Temptations' previous work.
During the recording of the album, Paul Williams, already possessing a fragile condition because of sickle-cell diseasewas now also fighting complications from five years of heavy alcoholism. Williams would frequently be unable to record or perform, and the Temptations had to resort to hiring Richard StreetPsychedelic Shack - The Temptations - Classic old friend of Otis WIlliams' and lead singer of minor Motown act The Monitorsas a stand-in for Paul Williams.
At the same time, Eddie Kendricks' growing animosity towards Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin, and the group's general frustration over their lack of creative control and their treatment at the hands of Motown, resulted in an increased amount of infighting and set the stage for Kendricks' imminent departure in early Like most Temptations albums from the group's "psychedelic period", producer Norman Whitfield held full creative control over Psychedelic Shack.
The only freedom afforded the Temptations themselves for this album was the occasional opportunity for Kendricks to arrange the vocal harmonies. The album begins with a knock at the door, and the sound of footsteps as a stranger wanders into an unfamiliar location. Finding a Psychedelic Shack - The Temptations - Classic the stranger drops the needle on the song that happened to be in the player—The Temptations' number-one hit " I Can't Get Next to You ". Setting the tone for much of the album, "Psychedelic Shack's" vocals, guitar lines and drums shift back and forth across the stereo spectrum, and all five Temptations trade lead vocal duties at irregular intervals.
The song would be covered in by Whitfield-groomed Motown act The Undisputed Truthwhose version was released as the follow-up to their classic hit " Smiling Faces Sometimes ", another song originally Holy Sinner - Reactor - Raw Meat by The Temptations. While this version of "Hum Along and Dance" is the original recording of the composition, the song is better known in cover versions by Rare Earth from Maand The Jackson 5 from G.
All five Temptations trade lead vocals across the two tracks. Side B begins with "It's Summer", the only ballad on the album. Instead of love and relationship issues, "It's Summer" explores the positive elements that come with the onset of summer, with basso Melvin Franklin reciting the song's lyrics in spoken verse.
The Temptations would later record a sung version of "It's Summer", and release it as a single for the Solid Rock album. Motown received a significant number of requests to release "War" as a single; instead of risking the careers of the Temptations with such a politically charged song, the song was rerecorded by Edwin Starr before Motown allowed its release as a single.
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Are friendship trains any dumber than bed-ins? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Psychedelic Shack - The Temptations - Classic article is about the album. For the song, see Psychedelic Shack song. The Temptations. Retrieved March 15, — via robertchristgau.
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