THE TEMPTATIONS The Temps In The Motown Studios (1965-1972)

The Temps In The
Motown Studios (1965-1972)

A Cappella Temps

Maybe it’s not as classic as our Beach Boys Pet Sounds a cappella post (HERE), but it’s cool, nonetheless. 15 original performances from 1965 to 1972, stripped of all instrumentation, leaving only the vocal mastery of The Temptations. There’s the occasional can leakage and some primitive technique, but overall it’s a pretty clean vocals-only album that just might hit the spot. Unreleased rip from the Get Ready DVD, HERE.

Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)
Cloud Nine
I Can’t Get Next To You
Runaway Child, Running Wild
I Wish It Would Rain
(I Know) I’m Losing You
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
You’re My Everything
Get Ready
My Girl
Don’t Look Back
My Baby
The Way You Do The Things You Do


  • 1
    January 3, 2011 - 13:46 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • 2
    January 3, 2011 - 14:05 | Permalink

    Oh man, this is gonna be GREAT! I have an a capella version of them doing "My Girl," from their box set, and it's a prized performance. Thanks Willard.

  • 3
    January 3, 2011 - 23:16 | Permalink

    Thanks for this Captain
    Years ago – I managed to convince my parents that for a Birthday Present we should go to the Latin Casino, in the Philadelphia area, to see The Temptations – we did and still remember the sounds and their moves around that microphone stand. Philadelphia was also the last stop, sad as it was, for David Ruffin – he passed away near what some might know as The Mann Music Center. One of the first 'underground radio stations' in the Philadelphia area was WDAS-FM – and one of the DJ's – Harve Holiday – on Sunday Nights used to host an "oldies" show – anytime he would play something by The Temptin' Temps or play one of David Ruffin's singles – he never mentioned Ruffin by name – always spoke of him as "The Man With The Glasses"
    All the best

  • 4
    January 3, 2011 - 23:42 | Permalink

    Thank you most kindly. Do you by chance have anything from a 70's band called (Sanford/Townsend Band) . Thanks Mate.

  • 5
    January 4, 2011 - 05:50 | Permalink

    I found this a revelation, even more than the Beach Boys (or Beatles) because the sound was in a way less about classic harmony than about multiple coordinated leads. Also, the backing tracks on their greatest material (Papa … for instance, which I wouldn't mind hearing without the singing) are so good that they distract from the vocals (and that ain't right). Listening this way made it clear to me just how well I know each of those voices, even if I'm not good at putting names to them. And it gave me appreciative access to "Ball of Confusion" which for some reason never really grabbed me before. So thanks!

  • 6
    January 4, 2011 - 06:28 | Permalink

    Very cool. Thanks for the comment.

    Sorry, Frankie. Only know Sanford-Townsend by name.

  • 7
    Blank Frank
    January 4, 2011 - 14:02 | Permalink

    Good one, W!! The Temps were THE singers in the Motown stable. I also gotta agree with Pete. The instrumental backing would be a revelation too.

  • 8
    January 4, 2011 - 16:08 | Permalink

    Wish I had it. The a cappella stuff is a bonus extra from the Get Ready DVD of Temps videos.

  • 9
    Johnny Pierre
    January 4, 2011 - 20:23 | Permalink

    There's some tasty cakes here…for example, "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" stands up without the instrumentation fer sure…

  • 10
    January 4, 2011 - 20:25 | Permalink

    Even when they don't, it's always fun to hear old songs in new ways. Thanks for the comments.

  • 11
    March 28, 2011 - 16:30 | Permalink

    Hey thanks for this. It's such a revelation to hear the very same performances that I found and legitamtely released on my DVD entitled "Get Ready The Definitive Performances 1965- 1972". Yes the very same DVD where I paid all of the estates royalties for everything. Really appreciate you ripping me off.

    Thanks so much,

    David Peck
    Reelin' In The Years Productions

  • 12
    March 28, 2011 - 16:45 | Permalink

    Does that mean you want it removed? All you have to do is ask if that's the case. Or… you can leave it and garner sales from the link back to Amazon we've had posted since the beginning, which credits the DVD's source for anyone interested in the real thing, not just lame mp3s.

  • 13
    October 31, 2012 - 16:18 | Permalink

    Quite simply, one of the greatest things I’ve ever heard. No way to thank you enough!


  • 14
    September 4, 2013 - 16:32 | Permalink

    where can I buy the temps in the Motown studios

  • 15
    September 4, 2013 - 17:42 | Permalink

    Comment #1 or the “Get Ready” link in the text.

  • 16
    November 19, 2013 - 18:27 | Permalink

    Holy tempting’ temps this is amazing! Can anybody identify which temp is doing the singing on each line of Papa?? What soulful voices…Edwards, Ruffin, Kendicks, Otis…

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