THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH Cosmic Truth (1975) – Norman Whitfield’s Psych Lab

Cosmic Truth (1975)
Norman Whitfield’s Psych Lab

The common knock on The Undisputed Truth is that they were the sorry step child to The Temptations. Truth be told, musically anyway, Undisputed’s sound was often more akin to the spaced psychedelia of early Parliament/Funkadelic. But, those with finely tuned ears will immediately recognize The Temps’ songwriting and production styles, courtesy of one of the original brick layers of the Motown sound, and one of the greatest 60s songwriters ever, Norman Whitfield. What Whitfield did for The Temps in the late 60s, he also did for The Truth in the early 70s – expanding the perimeters of modern soul to encompass highly stylized rock, funk and psychedelia. The bands even shared some of the same material (it was The Truth who first recorded Whitfield’s “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”). It’s been said that producer Whitfield used the band (his studio creation) as lab rats to experiment with new sounds, more guitars and spacier constructs, and Cosmic Truth is a great example of his vision. The Truth’s take on the Temps’ “(I Know) I’m Losing You” shows how Whitfield could stretch a song’s root components to the breaking point, infusing extended guitar solos and jazzy interludes, while reinventing vocal arrangements from the ground up. The fuzz bass and stinging guitar work in “1990” are worthy examples, and the soulful take on Neil Young’s “Down By The River” (the LP’s only non-Whitfield composition) is worth a listen, too. Speaking of NORMAN WHITFIELD… hit the archives for more of his work, including his first two productions for ROSE ROYCE, Car Wash and Rose Royce II (HERE), THE TEMPTATIONS Psychedelic Soul 2CD (HERE, w/Rare Extended Mixes) and 1969’s Puzzle People & 1970’s Psychedelic Shack (HERE). Find Cosmic Truth on vinyl at Amazon, HERE.

Earthquake Shake (5:54)
Down By The River (6:35)
UFO’s (4:18)
Lil’ Red Ridin‘ Hood (4:02)
Squeeze Me, Tease Me (3:53)
Spaced Out (3:11)
Got To Get My Hands On Some Lovin (2:36)
1990 (4:02)
(I Know) I’m Losing You (6:52)


  • Willard
    November 2, 2009 - 16:20 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • ksn
    November 3, 2009 - 18:14 | Permalink

    great post, thanks much!

  • Joe
    November 3, 2009 - 23:26 | Permalink

    Can't wait to check this out, thanks for the great share…

  • Anonymous
    November 4, 2009 - 00:49 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard, this is great!

  • autumnleaf
    April 13, 2010 - 02:16 | Permalink

    this is just one of the many gratefully downloaded recordings that I have benefited from your generous postings…thanks so much and I am hoping to return the favor soon.

  • D.J.
    January 13, 2011 - 23:01 | Permalink

    Thanks Capt Willard. very much appreciated, I think it's time to get out the black light bulb & incense.

  • August 8, 2011 - 05:43 | Permalink

    The version of Down By the River on here is spectacular. “Mellow” Neil Young covers are a dime a dozen, but it’s rare to hear anyone covering a Crazy Horse song and making it their own so effectively. Belongs on a movie soundtrack. The rest of the album is great too. Thanks for sharing such a gem!

  • 12vjoe
    November 3, 2011 - 16:24 | Permalink

    Far out! Thanks!

  • November 3, 2011 - 16:44 | Permalink

    Thank you!

  • Bensheff
    November 5, 2011 - 08:46 | Permalink

    Many Thanks Great Album

  • biggray
    December 13, 2012 - 13:51 | Permalink

    Much obliged. Thanks Captain.

  • heartsofstone
    April 13, 2015 - 09:43 | Permalink

    Thanks for this great “lost” classic

  • snakeboy
    April 13, 2015 - 17:04 | Permalink

    Thanks for not downloading the “same old stuff” as other blogs.

  • April 18, 2015 - 14:50 | Permalink

    looks real interesting, thanks W!

  • RoBurque
    October 3, 2015 - 21:05 | Permalink

    Cosmic indeed! Thank you, Cap’n., for all of the time and effort that you have put into your blogs for so long. I’m still in your boat;-)

  • Kaburo de Limodre
    February 27, 2016 - 19:56 | Permalink

    Many thanks for this psychedelic masterpiece

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