1983 The Temptations – Surface Thrills

Surface Thrills is the first of two 1983 albums released by the American R&B vocal group, the Temptations, on Motown Records’ Gordy label.

In this album the group attempts to fuse their vocal harmonies with rock music production, resulting in a radical departure from the Temptations’ signature soul sound. It was produced by Dennis Lambert and Steve Barri and features musical contributions from Jeff Porcaro of Toto, Raymond Lee Brown of Earth, Wind & Fire, and longtime James Brown collaborator Fred Wesley.

Surface Thrills yielded two singles, the title track and “Love on My Mind Tonight”, with only the latter being moderately successful. This is the last Temptations album to feature falsetto Glenn Leonard, who departed from the group after eight years. Leonard’s replacement would be singer-songwriter Ron Tyson, who made his Temptations debut with the following album, Back to Basics.

Tracks

1  Surface Thrills (Harold Payne) 4:32
2  Love On My Mind Tonight (Peter Beckett) 4:54
3  One Man Woman (Peter Beckett) 5:12
4  Show Me Your Love (JL Wallace; Kevin Bell; Terry Skinner) 4:07
5  The Seeker (Dan Walsh; Harvey Price) 4:35
6  What A Way To Put It (Ron Kersey; Sam Dees) 5:03
7  Bring Your Body Here (Exercise Chant) (Louis Price; David English; Benjamin Wright; Otis Williams) 5:15
8  Made In America (Dan Walsh; Harvey Price) 4:05

Media

Musicians

1 Surface Thrills

Drums (programming)Robbie Buchanan
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
MoogRobbie Buchanan
Fender RhodesRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


2 Love On My Mind Tonight

Drums (programming)Robbie Buchanan
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
Fender RhodesRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
MoogRobbie Buchanan
SaxRichard Elliot
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


3 One Man Woman

BassFred Washington
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
Fender RhodesRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerGabriel Katona


4 Show Me Your Love

BassFred Washington
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
Fender RhodesRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerGabriel Katona
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


5 The Seeker

BassFred Washington
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
Fender RhodesRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SaxGary Herbig
SaxGeorge Bohanon
TrumpetNolan Smith
TrumpetRay Brown
TromboneFred Wesley
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionRoger Nichols


6 What A Way To Put It

BassFred Washington
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
Fender RhodesRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SaxGary Herbig
SaxTerry Harrington
TromboneFred Wesley
TromboneGeorge Bohanon
TrumpetRay Brown


7 Bring Your Body Here (Exercise Chant)

BassFred Washington
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
Fender RhodesRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SaxGary Herbig
SaxTerry Harrington
TromboneFred Wesley
TromboneGeorge Bohanon
TrumpetNolan Smith
TrumpetRay Brown
PercussionRoger Nichols


8 Made In America

BassFred Washington
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
SaxGary Herbig
SaxTerry Harrington
TromboneFred Wesley
TromboneGeorge Bohanon
TrumpetNolan Smith
TromboneRay Brown
PercussionRoger Nichols

Liner Notes

Producer – Dennis Lambert, Steve Barri
Co-producer – Benjamin Wright, The Temptations (Tracks 6,7)
Arranged By – Dennis Lambert (Tracks 1, 2)
Arranged By – Benjamin Wright (Track 6)
Arranged By (Horns) – Benjamin Wright (Tracks 5, 8)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Paul Jackson, Jr (Tracks 3, 8)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Robbie Buchanan (Track 4)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Benjamin Wright (Tracks 5, 7)
Arranged By (Vocals) – BDennis Lambert (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Benjamin Wright (Track 7)
Engineer (Assistant) – David Schober, Fred Law, Tim Dennen
Mastered By – Mike Reese
Mixed By – Jeremy Smith
Recorded By – Jeremy Smith
Recorded By (Additonal) – Tony Peluso

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Motown Record Corporation
Copyright (c) – Motown Record Corporation
Recorded At – Bill Schnee Studios
Recorded At – Hitsville USA Studios, Detroit
Recorded At – Artisan Sound Recorders
Distributed By – Victor Musical Industries, Inc.
Manufactured By – Victor Musical Industries, Inc
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Lacquer Cut At – The Mastering Lab