Navigation
Twitter
« Joe Simon Step by Step--The Complete Pop Hits (2-CD Set) | Main | THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD: Original Soundtrack LP »
Saturday
Sep222018

The Four Tops The Complete ABC/Dunhill Singles (2-CD Set)

  • With 47 Pop and 52 R&B hits Spanning Nearly 25 Years of Recordings, The Four Tops Are One of the Greatest Vocal Groups of All Time

  • They Dominated the Charts While at Motown, but When the Label Moved to Los Angeles in 1972, The Four Tops Stayed in Detroit and Signed with ABC/Dunhill

  • There They Scored a Series of Hits, Many of Them with the Production Team of Steve Barri, Dennis Lambert, and Brian Potter

  • Still with the Original Line-Up of Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Lawrence Payton, and Lead Singer Levi Stubbs

  • Among the Hits Were the Top Ten Pop Hits “Keeper of the Castle” and “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got)”

  • Also the Top Ten R&B Hits “Are You Man Enough,” “Sweet Understanding Love,” “One Chain Don’t Make No Prison,” “Midnight Flower,” and “Catfish”

  • However, Because Label President Jay Lasker Threw Out the Single Tapes, Many of These Songs Have Never Been Available Digitally

  • Now, Real Gone Music Presents The Complete ABC-Dunhill Singles, a 2-CD Set That Offers the Definitive Look at the Missing Chapter in the Career of One of Pop and Soul Music’s Greatest Vocal Groups

  • Of the 33 Songs on This Collection, 27 Have Never Been on CD in Their Original Single Versions and 13 Have Never Been on CD at All

  • Remastered by Aaron Kannowski, Who Remastered Real Gone’s Previous Dunhill Singles Collections of The Mamas and The Papas, The Grass Roots, and Steppenwolf, and Searched the Globe for the Best Sources

  • Liner Notes by Ed Osborne Feature Quotes from Producers Steve Barri and Dennis Lambert

  • Seldom Seen Photos Included

  • Long in the Works and Well Worth the Wait!

    Order Now!

    The Four Tops The Complete ABC/Dunhill Singles (2-CD Set)

    With 47 Pop hits and 52 R&B hits to their credit spanning nearly 25 years of recordings, The Four Tops are one of the greatest vocal groups in the history of pop music, hands down. But a big chunk of their hits, the ones they recorded for the ABC/Dunhill label, have been almost entirely unavailable in the CD era. This 2-CD collection from Real Gone Music answers the prayers of soul fans worldwide by presenting, for the first time ever on CD, all 33 rare single sides that the Tops recorded for the ABC/Dunhill label from 1972 through 1978. Just how rare are these tracks? We’ll get into that in a sec; but first, a little history. Though The Four Tops (Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Lawrence Payton, and lead singer Levi Stubbs) had dominated the charts with their classic recordings for Motown in the ‘60s, when the label decided in 1972 to move to Los Angeles, the group, like many of their celebrated label-mates, felt it was time for a change. They thus signed with ABC Records’ Dunhill imprint and hooked up with producer Steve Barri (The Grass Roots) and songwriters Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, who re-created their classic Motown sound on Top Ten hits like “Keeper of the Castle” and “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got).” In all, The Tops recorded 17 A-sides (including a Spanish-language version of “Keeper of the Castle”) for ABC/Dunhill during their six years on the label, notching a total of 11 Billboard Pop hits and 15 R&B hits, but those original hit singles(and their even rarer B-sides) have been almost impossible to find on CD. Why? Well,in a sad tale we’ve told before on our previous Dunhill singles collections featuring The Mamas and The Papas, Steppenwolf, and The Grass Roots, legend has it that label head Jay Lasker threw out the tapes, deeming them worthless. A few singles—those identical to the album versions—have leaked out on CD, but here is the breakdown: of the 33 tracks (the seven earliest mono, the rest stereo), 27 have never been available on CD in their correct single versions, and 13 songs have never appeared on CD in any version! Like on our previous collections, the “Dunhill dream reissue team” of engineer Aaron Kannowski, liner note writer/A&R man Ed Osborne, and co-producer Gordon Anderson is at the helm for this release; Osborne’s notes (which are always a fun, informative read) feature quotes from original writers/co-producers Steve Barri and Dennis Lambert, with great photos to boot. Special notice must also be given to Aaron Kannowski, who once again went to the ends of the earth to track down sources for this collection. It’s the missing chapter in the career of one of the greatest vocal groups of all time...a very, very proud addition to our Real Gone Music roster and a Four Tops collection you’re gonna want to spin again and again!

    DISC ONE

    1. Keeper of the Castle
    2. Jubilee with Soul
    3. Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got)
    4. The Good Lord Knows
    5. Are You Man Enough
    6. Peace of Mind
    7. Sweet Understanding Love
    8. Main Street People
    9. I Just Can’t Get You Out of My Mind
    10. Am I My Brother’s Keeper
    11. One Chain Don’t Make No Prison
    12. Turn on the Light of Your Love
    13. Midnight Flower
    14. All My Love
    15. Seven Lonely Nights
    16. I Can’t Hold On Much Longer

    DISC TWO

    1. We All Gotta Stick Together
    2. (It Would Almost) Drive Me Out of My Mind
    3. Mama You’re All Right with Me 
    4. I’m Glad You Walked into My Life 

    5. Catfish
    6. Look at My Baby
    7. Feel Free
    8. I Know You Like It
    9. Strung Out for Your Love
    10. You Can’t Hold Back on Love
    11. The Show Must Go On
    12. Runnin’ from Your Love
    13. H.E.L.P.
    14. Inside a Brokenhearted Man
    15. Just in Time
    16. This House
    17. Guardian De Tu Castillo

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend