Temptations Live!

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Temptations Live!
Live album by The Temptations
Released March 6, 1967
Recorded October 3, 1966
Venue The Roostertail's Upper Deck, Detroit, Michigan
Genre Soul
Length 47:45
Label Gordy
GS 921
Producer N/A
The Temptations chronology
Greatest Hits
(1966)Greatest Hits1966
Temptations Live!
The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul
(1967)The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul1967
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Review scores
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Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Temptations Live! was the first live album to be released by The Temptations. Recorded on October 3, 1966 in the Upper Deck of the Roostertail Club in Detroit, Michigan,[2] and released on album by Gordy (Motown) Records in 1967, the album features David Ruffin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, and Otis Williams performing their regular live repertoire for a highly receptive crowd mostly consisting of young women. Included in the set are Temptations hits such as "My Girl", "My Baby", "Get Ready", "Ain't Too Proud to Beg", "Don't Look Back", and the group's then-current single, "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep". Out of the several live albums the group recorded during their career, this is the only one to feature David Ruffin, the album remained on the Billboard 200 album chart for 51 weeks peaking at number 10.

Track listing[edit]

Superscripts denote lead singers for each track: (a) David Ruffin, (b) Eddie Kendricks, (c) Paul Williams, (d) Melvin Franklin.

Side one[edit]

  1. Intro by Scott Regen – 0:03[3]
  2. Medley – 4:49
    1. "Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)" (Norman Whitfield, Edward Holland, Jr.) b
    2. "The Girl's Alright with Me" (Whitfield, Holland, Eddie Kendricks) b
    3. "I'll Be in Trouble" (Smokey Robinson) b
    4. "I Want a Love I Can See" (Robinson) c, a
  3. "What Love Has Joined Together" (Robinson, Robert Rogers) – 3:01 b
  4. "My Girl" (Robinson, Ronnie White) – 3:08 a
  5. ""Yesterday"/"What Now My Love" (Lennon–McCartney, Gilbert Bécaud, Pierre Delano, Carl Sigman) – 3:08 a, d
  6. "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" (Whitfield, Holland) – 2:23 a
  7. Group Introduction – 0:49
  8. "I Wish You Love" (Albert Beach, Charles Trenet) – 1:52 b
  9. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (Whitfield, Holland) – 2:57 a

Side two[edit]

  1. "Old Man River" (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 4:44 d
  2. "Get Ready" (Robinson) – 2:10 b
  3. "Fading Away" (Robinson, Rogers, Warren Moore) – 1:55 b
  4. "My Baby" (Robinson, Rogers, Moore) – 2:10 a
  5. "You'll Lose a Precious Love" (Robinson) – 2:50 a
  6. "Baby, Baby I Need You" (Robinson) – 1:50 c, b
  7. "Don't Look Back" (Robinson, White) – 7:07 c

Compact disc bonus track[edit]

  1. "The Way You Do the Things You Do" (Robinson, Rogers) – 3:24 b


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Temptations Live! on Allmusic
  2. ^ Temptations Live! (remastered) (booklet). The Temptations. New York City: Motown. 2012. 314549515-2. 
  3. ^ Scott Regan's introduction was expanded to 1:09 for the 1999 CD remaster of this album; "The Way You Do the Things You Do" was added or this release as well.