1982 The Temptations – Reunion

Reunion is a 1982 album by The Temptations for Gordy Records. The album was released during the 1982 Temptations Reunion tour, which reunited David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks with the Temptations after a decade-long absence. The album also features then-current Temptations Dennis Edwards, Glenn Leonard, Richard Street, and founding members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin. Reunion featured the hit single “Standing on the Top”, produced by and featuring Motown funk star Rick James, who had previously used the Temptations as the background vocalists for his 1981 hit “Super Freak”.

The Reunion tour, which began in April 1982 was only partially successful. Ruffin, a cocaine addict, missed several shows, causing the group to be fined thousands of dollars for each performance he missed, and Eddie Kendricks’ falsetto voice had weakened due to constant smoking. Group leader Otis Williams decided that the reunion would not be a permanent thing, and fired Ruffin and Kendricks shortly after Christmas 1982.

Tracks

1  Standing On The Top (Rick James) 9:51
2  You Better Beware (Barrett Strong) 5:02
3  Lock It In The Pocket (Kerry Gordy, Benny Medina) 4:30
4  I’ve Never Been To Me (Ken Hirsch, Ronald Miller) 5:58
5  Backstage (Smokey Robinson) 4:30
6  More On The Inside (Smokey Robinson) 3:45
7  Money’s Hard To Get (Kerry Gordy, Benny Medina) 4:43
8  Like A Diamond In The Sky (Smokey Robinson) 3:07
9  Don’t Hold It In (Angelo Bond, Berry Gordy, Melvin Ragin) 4:11

Media

Musicians

1 Standing On The Top

BassOscar Alston
DrumsLanise Hughes
GuitarTom McDermott
ClavinetRick James
KeyboardsErskine Williams
SynthesizerLevi Ruffin
HornsPunk Funk Horns
PercussionNate Hughes
Background VocalsLisa Sarna
Background VocalsJoanne Mcduffie
Background VocalsTabby Johnson
VocalsDavid Ruffin
VocalsDennis Edwards
VocalsEddie Kendricks
VocalsGlenn Leonard
VocalsRichard Street
VocalsRick James


2 You Better Beware

BassJervonny Collier
DrumsJerry Jones
GuitarBruce Nazarian
KeyboardsRudy Robinson
SynthesizerBobby Nunn
SynthesizerBenjamin Wright
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsDavid Ruffin


3 Lock It In The Pocket

BassNathan Watts
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarWah Wah Watson
KeyboardsKerry Ashby
SynthesizerKerry Ashby
VocalsDennis Edwards


4 I’ve Never Been To Me

BassFred Washington
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarDennis Herring
PianoBill Elliot
PianoKen Hirsch
SynthesizerBill Elliot
PercussionGary Coleman
VocalsDennis Edwards


5 Backstage

BassEddie Watkins Jr
DrumsQuentin Dennard
GuitarBob Bowles
GuitarLouis Russell
KeyboardsClarence McDonald
Background VocalsBilly Durham
VocalsDennis Edwards


6 More On The Inside

BassEddie Watkins Jr
DrumsQuentin Dennard
GuitarBob Bowles
GuitarLouis Russell
KeyboardsClarence McDonald
Background VocalsBilly Durham
VocalsDennis Edwards


7 Money’s Hard To Get

BassNathan Watts
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarWah Wah Watson
KeyboardsKerry Ashby
SynthesizerKerry Ashby
VocalsDennis Edwards


8 Like A Diamond In The Sky

VocalsDennis Edwards


9 Don’t Hold It In

BassFred Washington
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarWah Wah Watson
SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsDennis Edwards

Liner Notes

Producer – Rick James (Track 1)
Producer – Iris Gordy (Track 2)
Producer – Berry Gordy (Tracks 3, 7, 9)
Producer – Ronald Miller (Track 4)
Producer – Smokey Robinson (Tracks 5, 6, 8)
Producer – Suzee Ikeda, Melvin Ragin (Track 9)
Producer (Executive) – Berry Gordy
Arranged By – Rick James (Track 1)
Arranged By – Ken Hirsch (Track 4)
Arranged By – Paul Riser (Tracks 5, 6)
Arranged By – Melvin Ragin (Track 9)
Arranged By (Horns) – Benjamin Wright (Tracks 3, 7)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Rudy Robinson (Track 2)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – William Bickelhaupt (Tracks 3, 7)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Kerry Gordy (Track 7)
Arranged By (Background Vocal) – Daniel Kane (Track 4)
Arranged By (Background Vocal) – Ronald Miller (Track 4)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Curtis Nolen, Raymond Crossley (Track 3)
Engineer – Tom Flye (Track 1)
Engineer – Warren Woods (Track 2)
Engineer – Barney Perkins, Bob Robitaille, Russ Terrana (Tracks 3, 4, 7)
Engineer – Bobby Brooks, Fred Law (Tracks 3, 7)
Engineer – Glen Jordan, Jane Clark (Track 9)
Engineer – Howard Lee Wolen (Tracks 5, 6)
Engineer (Assistant) – Ann Fry (Track 1)
Engineer (Assistant) – Michael Johnson(Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 9)
Engineer (Assistant) – Fred Law, Steve Catania (Tracks 3, 4, 7)
Engineer (Assistant) – Kevin Sorrells (Track 4)
Engineer (Assistant) – Ginny Pallante (Track 9)
Product Manager – Suzee Ikeda
Remastered By – Bill Inglot, Dan Hersch

Art Direction – Johnny Lee
Design – Terry Taylor
Photography By – Ron Slenzak

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