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THE TEMPTATIONS’ ‘CLOUD NINE’ ALBUM REISSUED BY MOTOWN/UMe IN LIMITED COLOR VINYL EDITION

Los Angeles – October 19, 2018 – Released by Gordy/Motown in February 1969, Cloud Nine put The Temptations at the forefront of “psychedelic soul.” Featuring the debut of lead singer Dennis Edwards and produced by Norman Whitfield, the album is highlighted by the GRAMMY®-winning No. 2 Billboard R&B / No. 6 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Cloud Nine;” the full-length version of the No.1 R&B / No. 6 Billboard Hot 100 smash “Run Away Child, Running Wild;” and other Tempts classics. Today, Cloud Nine is reissued by Motown/UMe in a limited vinyl LP edition on psychedelic, spaced-out color swirl vinyl matching the album’s vivid original cover art.

Purchase The Temptations’ Cloud Nine limited edition color vinyl LP: https://UMe.lnk.to/CloudNineColorPR

The Temptations’ ninth studio album, Cloud Nine topped Billboard’s R&B Albums chart at No. 1 for 13 weeks and it peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. The GRAMMY Award won for the album’s title track (Best Rhythm & Blues Performance by a Duo or Group, Vocal or Instrumental) was the group’s first, as well as the first for Motown Records.

The album’s “Run Away Child, Running Wild” is a sprawling, nine-minute and 21-second piece that moves from its first half with vocals (the part extracted for the album’s second single) into an instrumental jam session, featuring Motown’s Funk Brothers band with Earl Van Dyke on swirling organ, and Dennis Coffey and “Wah Wah” Watson on guitars.

Influenced by Sly & the Family Stone’s provocative fusion of rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, and funk, and set against the social and political turbulence of late 1960s America, Cloud Nine introduced a notable new direction for The Temptations’ style, while also helping to pave the way to 1970s funk/soul.

“You can’t expect to last if you don’t make some changes with the times,” Temptations leader and founding member Otis Williams said of the album. “What really grabbed me was Sly & the Family Stone’s first hits.”

“‘Cloud Nine’ and ‘Run Away Child, Running Wild’ not only work as pop protest

but bear witness to how funky these smoothies have become.” – Robert Christgau

The album is not all psychedelic soul, however, with “Hey Girl” and “Don’t Let Him Take Your Love From Me” strongly showcasing The Temptations’ classic harmonies, aural depth, and unvarnished feeling. “Don’t Let Him Take Your Love From Me” had been previously recorded by Jimmy Ruffin, while “Hey Girl” was originally a Top 10 ballad in 1963 for Freddie Scott.

The Temptations’ first new album in eight years, All The Time, was released May 4, 2018 by UMe. Praised by the Associated Press for its “musical magic,” the album features the legendary group’s inspired renditions of songs by Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, John Mayer, Maxwell, Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, and The Weeknd, and three new, original Temptations songs.

Following this year’s acclaimed, sold-out engagements in Washington, Los Angeles, and Toronto, the electrifying Temptations musical, Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations, will open on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on March 21, 2019, following previews that begin February 28. Presented by the most recent recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,” playwright Dominique Morisseau, Olivier Award-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo, and two-time Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff, Ain’t Too Proud explores the group’s extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to Motown fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

The Temptations: Cloud Nine

 

SIDE A

  1. Cloud Nine
  2. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
  3. Run Away Child, Running Wild

 

SIDE B

  1. Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing
  2. Hey Girl
  3. Why Did She Have To Leave Me (Why Did She Have To Go)
  4. I Need Your Lovin’
  5. Don’t Let Him Take Your Love From Me
  6. I Gotta Find A Way (To Get You Back)
  7. Gonna Keep On Tryin’ Till I Win Your Love



THE TEMPTATIONS ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM, ‘ALL THE TIME’

Legendary Group’s First New Album in Eight Years to be Released Worldwide by UMe on May 4

Los Angeles – March 16, 2018 – Legendary group The Temptations are pleased to announce their first new album in eight years, All The Time. To be released worldwide by UMe on May 4 in CD, vinyl LP, limited-edition white vinyl LP, and digital formats, All The Time features inspired renditions of songs by Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, John Mayer, Maxwell, Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, and The Weeknd, and three new, original Temptations songs. The album’s digital format includes two tracks available for immediate download and streaming today with album preorder, as well as two bonus track remixes. The limited edition white vinyl LP and new Temptations merchandise are available for worldwide preorder exclusively from The Temptations’ online store.

Preorder The Temptations’ All The Time: https://lnk.to/AllTheTime

All The Time is produced and arranged by Dave Darling, also known for his work with Glen Campbell, Brian Setzer, Tom Waits, and Janiva Magness, among others. The new album soars with The Temptations’ strongest lineup in 20 years, led by founding member Otis Williams. Among the cover versions, the group transforms Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” into a stirring soul-gospel love song, while in their hands “Earned It,” originally recorded by The Weeknd for Fifty Shades of Grey, becomes an emotional tour-de-force, and “Thinking Out Loud,” originally by Ed Sheeran, is soulfully reflective and features Williams’ spoken introduction. The album’s new original songs are the yearning “Waitin’ On You,” the romantic “Be My Wife” – a sure steppers favorite – and the funked-up “Move Them Britches.” The digital album’s two bonus tracks are a spare ‘Gospel Mix’ for the rendition of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and a special ‘Heathens Mix’ for “Move Them Britches.”

Listen to The Temptations’ rendition of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”:
https://lnk.to/StayWithMe

Listen to The Temptations’ original song “Waitin’ On You”: https://lnk.to/WaitnOnYou

Watch / embed the “Waitin’ On You” lyric video: https://lnk.to/WaitinOnYouLV

54 years ago this month, The Temptations released their first Motown album, 1964’s Meet The Temptations. For nearly 60 years, The Temptations have reigned as one of popular music’s most beloved and successful groups worldwide, lauded by Billboard in 2017 as the Number One R&B Artist of All Time. The Temptations rose to the top of the charts with 16 Number One R&B albums and 43 Top Ten R&B hit songs across four decades, including 14 Number One singles. Their hits “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” and “Get Ready” are timeless, iconic classics, while the group’s later forays into funk and psychedelia, including “Cloud Nine” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” are just as influential. The group is one of Rolling Stone’s ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time,’ and MOJO celebrated The Temptations with a December 2017 feature, saying “the music now sounds more mind-blowing than ever.”

The Temptations were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999, and into the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2013, the same year they were honored with the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY® Award. Winner of four GRAMMY Awards, they received Motown’s first-ever GRAMMY in 1969 for “Cloud Nine.” Additionally, a two-part, scripted miniseries on the group, broadcast by NBC in 1998, was a ratings smash and won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or Movie.

The “Tempts” continue to actively tour, performing worldwide throughout the year. “I’m 76 now,” says Otis Williams, “Looking back, I never could have imagined where my life has taken me. I’m so proud of what The Temptations have achieved, and I’m grateful for every opportunity we’ve been so fortunate to receive. The music carries me. Together, we lift our voices with love and wonder. We had a great time recording All The Time and we hope everyone enjoys it.”

Last fall, an electrifying new Temptations musical, Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations, made headlines as the highest-grossing production in the Berkeley, California Repertory Theatre’s 50-year history. The show is confirmed for exclusive five-week engagements at Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center this June and July, at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre in August and September, and at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre in October and November before it debuts on Broadway. Ain’t Too Proud, with the iconic hits, harmonies and signature dance moves that have made The Temptations a cherished part of our cultural history forever, explores their extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to Motown fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The thrilling story is presented by Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, Olivier Award-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo, and two-time Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff.

The Temptations are: Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs, and Willie Greene.

 

The Temptations: All The Time [digital]

1. Stay With Me
2. Earned It
3. Pretty Wings
4. Thinking Out Loud
5. Waitin’ On You
6. Remember The Time
7. Be My Wife
8. Still Feel Like Your Man
9. When I Was Your Man
10. Move Them Britches
Bonus Tracks
11. Stay With Me (Gospel Mix)
12. Move Them Britches (Heathens Mix)

The Temptations: All The Time [CD; vinyl LP; ltd. edition white vinyl LP]
LP Side 1

1. Stay With Me
2. Earned It
3. Pretty Wings
4. Thinking Out Loud
5. Waitin’ On You

LP Side 2

6. Remember The Time
7. Be My Wife
8. Still Feel Like Your Man
9. When I Was Your Man
10. Move Them Britches