Curtis M. Harris
Musical thoughts and musings
Created 08 May 2021
  • The Temptations
    03 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    If you just want the album reviews and playlists, scroll on down. The classic 1960s lineup from left to right: Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams, Paul Williams, and David Ruffin You shou...
  • LP Review: 2000s Temptations Albums
    03 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Why even go through the charade of calling these albums “Temptations albums”? It’s Otis Williams plus some dudes. One boring ass album after another with faceless vocals. Ear-Resistable (2000) Album G...
  • LP Review: 1990s Temptations Albums
    03 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    SPECIAL (1989) The Temptations fully embrace New Jack Swing. The good news is that they don’t go for the loudest forms of New Jack. It’s sanded down, so their voices aren’t lost in the mix. It works b...
  • LP Review: Together Again
    03 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Released: 1987 Look, this album didn’t deserve a full review especially considering how the previous two Temptations albums were Ds. But since this was Dennis Edwards’s final final hurrah with the Tem...
  • LP Review: To Be Continued...
    03 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Released: 1986 Noooooooooooooo, we’re getting the creep. Not the good TLC kind, but the album-length creep. This thing is 10 songs and 45 minutes long. We don’t need that much music on one album. Espe...
  • LP Review: Touch Me
    03 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Released: 1985 So I kind of tongue-in-cheek lambasted the previous album (Truly For You [C+]) for mimicking Earth, Wind & Fire too much. But at least the Temptations were mimicking some good shit whil...
  • LP Review: Truly For You
    03 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Released: October 1984 Well, with Dennis Edwards gone for a solo career (at least for the moment), the Temptations turned to Ali-Ollie Woodson as their new primary lead singer. They also decided to mi...
  • LP Review: Back to Basics
    02 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Released: 1983 After a decade, the Temptations reunite with their with most successful collaborator: Norman Whitfield. This was the man who had produced a slew of hits for the group while also kinda g...
  • LP Review: Surface Thrills
    02 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Released: February 1983 This is a fairly nondescript album. It features some of music’s biggest session musicians (Jeff Porcaro, Fredde Washington, John Robinson, Paul Jackson, Paulinho da Costa, etc....
  • LP Review: Reunion
    01 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Released: 1982 The respite of Power (B) aside, the Temptations had been in a funk since 1975. You know who else was in a funk? Former Temptations Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. So naturally, Motown...
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