The Temptations - All Directions


The Temptations - All Directions

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  "All Directions" was released by The Temptations in July 1972. The LP features the #1 hit "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", a twelve minute cover of a Whitfield-produced Undisputed Truth single. "Papa" won three Grammy awards in 1973, best R&B performance by a group for the Temptations, best R&B instrumental performance for Whitfield and arranger/conductor Paul Riser's instrumental version of "Papa" on the single's b-side, and best R&B song for Whitfield and lyricist Barrett Strong. All Directions was Strong's final LP as the Temptations lyricist, Strong in fact had no direct involvement in the album as both of his compositions for it, "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and "Funky Music Sho' Nuff Turns Me On", were covers (originally by The Undisputed Truth and Edwin Starr, respectively). Strong left Motown shortly afterwards to restart his career as a recording artist.

 

The Temptations - All Directions

U.K. Tamla Motown STML 11218 (1972).

Album produced by Norman Whitfield.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong.

The records centre label contains a "factory sample" sticker, but are otherwise unmarked.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

Features twelve minute extended version of "Papa Was A Rolling Stone".

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