Oh, The Temptations. When people think of this incredible Motown group, the words “My Girl” immediately come to mind. It is the ultimate love song for that special girl in their lives. I am so thankful that I grew up on this music. The harmonies, the brass in the background, and just the soul rhythm made you get the warm fuzzies all over. This was The Temptations. Madness To Creation is getting educated in Day 1 of 28, Celebrating Black History Month, with this incredible album.
What people don’t realize is that this group took risks with this album. Think about it, this was the first album where the legendary Smokey Robinson was not producing the album. This is the album where they got a little experimental(probably sign of the times) but I look at it as expanding upon one’s musical horizons. “Gettin’ Ready” by The Temptations had so many moments where the album got some shine.
Of course, we need to talk about the songs “Get Ready” and “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”. “Get Ready” is quite arguably their biggest smash besides “My Girl”. The song went number one on the R&B charts and achieved top 20 success in a predominantly white Top 40 chart. The classic band Rare Earth got on the map by offering their take of the song. “Get Ready” was also the last song that Smokey Robinson wrote for The Temptations before venturing off to his legendary career.
“Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” would see Norman Whitfield as their producer instead of Smokey Robinson. Whitfield saw his vision of The Temptations differently. He believed that a group was only as good as their next hit. At this time, soul music was at the crossroads. This album saw the intertwining of blues, a bit of jazz and a whole lotta soul in the mix. Case in point, the songs “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby” and “I’ve Been Good To You” offered some experimentation in their arrangements and a more of a blues feel. Because they took chances in the studio, this album launched The Temptations to an even wider audience.
If you want a mix of psychedelic soul, with dancefloor songs and songs that will cause you to sway with your loved one, then “Gettin’ Ready” by The Temptations has that. The tracks I strongly recommend besides the two smash hits are “Fading Away”, “Lonely Lonely Man Am I” and “Little Miss Sweetness”.