THE TEMPTATIONS Psychedelic Shack (1970) & Puzzle People (1969)

Psychedelic Shack (1970)
Puzzle People (1969)
You Can’t Go Wrong Here

Two classics from the Temps, bridging their transition from soul monsters to psych/rock adventurers. While the Temptations didn’t really need any help to be great, credit producer/composer Norman Whitfield with expanding the band’s musical palate with psych-timely effects – from fuzz to phase – to elevate The Temptations’ spacey soul to a higher level. A late 60s experience if there ever was one. Puzzle People has a couple of off-hand covers, but that’s the worst that can be said about it, while Psychedelic Shack is still considered a desert island disc for many. Just make sure you’ve got the proper mind supplies for this genre-bender… and a dance floor. I still remember the kid in school that turned me on to these albums. For nothing else but that.


PSYCHEDELIC SHACK
Psychedelic Shack
(3:51)
You Make Your Own Heaven And Hell Right Here On Earth (2:47)
Hum Along And Dance
(3:54)
Take A Stroll Through Your Mind (8:38)
It’s Summer (2:36)
War (3:12)
You Need Love Like I Do (Don’t You) (3:58)
Friendship Train (7:49
)

PUZZLE PEOPLE
I Can’t Get Next to You
(2:57)
Hey Jude
(3:35)
Don’t Let The Joneses Get You Down (4:48)
Message From A Black Man (6:05)
It’s Your Thing (3:15)
Little Green Apples (3:49)
You Don’t Love Me No More (2:39)
Since I’ve Lost You (2:46)
Running Away (2:51)
That’s the Way Love Is (3:23)
Slave (7:30)

14 Comments

  • 1
    Anonymous
    March 25, 2010 - 14:11 | Permalink

    thanks, capt! my house will soon be rocking out, psychedelic soul style!

  • 2
    badassmuthafka
    March 25, 2010 - 17:22 | Permalink

    You have become like that kid for me. Thank you for turning me on to such great stuff. This is freakin' fantastic!!

  • 3
    justme
    March 26, 2010 - 01:54 | Permalink

    The Temptations were a great group to say the least. They are on my very short list of favorites. I have both of these albums at a lesser bit rate. Thanks!

  • 4
    Art Ducko
    March 26, 2010 - 07:33 | Permalink

    I described Alex Chilton's Box Tops as psychedelic soul, but here's the real deal. It's got a good beat, & you can groove your nation to it. Cool!

  • 5
    Pat Carty
    March 26, 2010 - 14:40 | Permalink

    Great work as always, keep it going.

  • 6
    jackie p
    March 28, 2010 - 13:35 | Permalink

    Thanks for another great post!

  • 7
    Anonymous
    April 1, 2010 - 04:44 | Permalink

    Wow! Nice little blast from the past by the Temps!! Great music Willard! Not to mention cool f'ing album covers! They don't make them like this anymore. THX! You da' man! —Goose

  • 8
    Anonymous
    April 25, 2011 - 21:45 | Permalink

    Hey Capt.
    The MU download links are dead. Any chance you could re-up somewhere? Thanks, a million!

    Just stumbled across the blog this past week, and am LOVING it! Thanks, and keep up the good work!

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    W
    April 26, 2011 - 12:14 | Permalink

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  • 10
    man fr germany
    January 12, 2013 - 00:46 | Permalink

    hi
    the link is down
    could you please reupp?
    many many thanks for all the great posts!!

    • 11
      Willard
      January 12, 2013 - 01:24 | Permalink

      New link up, thanks.

  • 12
    PsychO
    July 10, 2013 - 19:43 | Permalink

    Can you please re-up Psychedelic Shack?

    • 13
      Willard
      July 10, 2013 - 21:22 | Permalink

      New link up, thanks.

  • 14
    Rhod
    August 30, 2014 - 22:49 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard

    Mojo magazine had a list of the 40 most psychedelic albums and this one was number 32. I am trying to get the full list so this was a great help

    Regards

    Rhod

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