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the temptations

Cloud Nine



Released: 23rd Jun 2014


Best known for their silky soul vocals & smooth-stepping routines, the Temptations were firmly entrenched as the undisputed kings of Barry Gordy's Motown stable when cutting-edge producer Norman Whitfield walked into the studio & announced that it was time to shake things up.

The resulting freakout became the first half of the stellar 'Cloud Nine', an album that would become one of the defining early funk sets, with songs that not only took Motown in a new direction, but helped to shape a genre as well. the brash experimentation away from traditional Motown on the 3 seminal tracks which open the album shattered the doorway between past & present as surely as the decade itself imploded & smooth soul gave way to blistering funk.

Cloud Nine