David Ruffin: David (The Unreleased Album)
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US Hip-O-Select Oct-2012, originally released in 2004
The original album shelved back in 1970 by Motown
76 minutes of music!
1) Each Day Is a Lifetime
2) I Want You Back
3) Out in the Country
4) You Can Come Right Back to Me
5) I Can't Be Hurt Anymore
6) Rainy Night in Georgia
7) I've Got a Need for You
8) Anything That You Ask For
9) Let Somebody Love Me
10) For the Shelter of Your Love
12) Don't Stop Lovin' Me
13) It's Gonna Take a Whole Lot of Doin'
14) I Want Her to Say It Again
15) Your Heartaches I Can Surely Heal
16) Get Away Heartbreak (Keep on Moving)
17) You Make Me Do Things I Don't Want to Do
18) Mountain of Memories
19) Heaven Help Us All
Mono singles mixes:
20) Each Day Is a Lifetime - (Mono Single Mix)
21) Don't Stop Lovin' Me - (Mono Single Mix)
22) You Can Come Right Back to Me - (Mono Single Mix)
23) Dinah - (Mono Single Mix)
Some of those, who knew David, say
that he was anything but the capricious troublemaker or the tragic figure as
portrayed in the Temptations mini-series.
However, he had his demons, which was one of the reasons the
relationship between him and Motown's decision-makers
grew tense soon after David had left the Temptations and launched his solo
career. This also caused the shelving of,
arguably, his best album ever, David, which was due to come out in the early summer
1971 as his third solo set. Now thanks
to the compilation producer Harry Weinger and the
remastering wizards, Suha
Gur and Ellen Fitton,
we finally get to hear that 'lost album'
plus as bonus tracks seven outtakes and plus
still mono mixes of the four songs that came out as two singles in the first
half of '71.
The limited edition of 'David'
Unreleased LP & More (23 tracks,
76 min.) was issued this June by Hip-O Select (www.hip-oselect.com).
The songs for the album were recorded between
the period of August '69 and July '71, and mostly David worked with such
producers as Clay McMurray, Henry Cosby, Johnny Bristol, Ivy Jo Hunter
and Smokey Robinson. The two
singles didn't chart. Henry Cosby
produced a mid-paced pleader called Each Day Is A Lifetime (b/w an
ordinary beater, Don't Stop Lovin' Me, by Duke
Browner ' this side actually bubbled under at # 112-pop) and for the
follow-up Smokey Robinson and Terry Johnson finished a driving
mover titled You Can Come Right Back To Me, with some strange noises in
instrumentation. It was backed with
Smokey's and Al Cleveland's powerful ballad, Dinah, which Gene
Page arranged and which was initially meant for the Miracles.
Clay's input for the album still included a
cover of the Jackson 5's first hit, I Want You Back, which was
turned from a teeny dancer into an adult uptempo
pleader. A sunny and melodic beat ballad
named Out In The Country is a cover of Bobby Taylor's recording,
and on the version of Rainy Night In Georgia David forgets Brook
Benton's delicate reading and instead 'ruffens'
That You Ask For is
a catchy and richly orchestrated Motown dancer.
Already in 1969 Johnny Bristol produced
a storming and energetic mover titled I've Got A Need For
You, and his second collaboration is also an uptempo
dancer, the catchy and melodic For The Shelter Of Your Love.
Henry Cosby produced an average
plodder called I Can't Be Hurt Anymore and Ivy Jo Hunter cut a
beat ballad named Let Somebody Love Me, which was first recorded by Chuck
Also among the rejects there were many
gems. Clay produced a vibrant mover
called It's Gonna Take A Whole Lot Of
Doin', and Johnny Bristol produced a beater titled I
Want Her To Say It Again, which Gladys Knight and the Pips recorded
first for their '69 Nitty Gritty
album. Bristol is also responsible for a
catchy dancer named Your Heartaches I Can Surely Heal and a messy,
psychedelic beater called Get Away Heartbreak (Keep On
Moving). Henry Cosby produced
another beater, You Make Me Do Things I Don't Want To
Do, which originally was meant for Marvin Gaye, and Martin Cohen
produced Mountain Of Memories, an impressive beat ballad with energetic
singing but which sounds slightly unfinished.
Personal favourite is a truly powerful and gospelly
rendition of Heaven Help Us All, which is still intensified with an
overwhelming orchestration and background singing.
Add the Funk Brothers, the Andantes,
the Originals and the Spinners, among others, to the mix and you
are into a real treat. A remarkable CD!
- Heikki Suosalo
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