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    Four Tops - The Ultimate Collection (1997)
    Genre: R&B | 25 Tracks | MP3 320 kbps | 208 MB

    The Ultimate Collection series was a rare success from Motown, one of the first of the label's many compilation series to do justice to some of the finest performers, arrangers, and musicians of the soul era. Nearly every artist with an entry was given the luxury treatment, with a disc-filling running time, excellent compilation decisions, and a pleasing design scheme that reflected the artists in their prime. The Four Tops' entry is arguably the best in the series, since the 25 tracks prove the perfect length to summarize the group's decade at Motown. From 1963 to 1972, the group reached the R&B charts 28 times, and all but a very few are presented here (among the missing are three decidedly unnecessary covers: "MacArthur Park," "If I Were a Carpenter," and "River Deep -- Mountain High"). Though the tracks aren't presented chronologically, thoughtful sequencing makes for an even better listen; The Ultimate Collection opens with "Reach Out (I'll Be There)," perhaps the ultimate pop single of the '60s, and flows smoothly through the best of their 1964-1967 prime: "Baby I Need Your Loving," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," "It's the Same Old Song," "Bernadette," and "Standing in the Shadows of Love." And though the hits began to dry up after the Holland-Dozier-Holland machine departed Motown in 1968, the Four Tops' later years are represented well with "It's All in the Game," "Still Water (Love)," "(It's the Way) Nature Planned It," and the driving non-album hit "A Simple Game." Unless you're the type of fan who needs the box set (2001's Fourever), this is all the Four Tops-on-Motown you really need to hear.

    01 - Reach Out I'll Be There
    02 - Standing In The Shadows Of Love
    03 - Bernadette
    04 - Ask The Lonely
    05 - Baby I Need Your Loving
    06 - Without The One You Love (Life's Not Worth While)
    07 - It's The Same Old Song
    08 - Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
    09 - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
    10 - Something About You
    11 - I Got A Feeling
    12 - I'm In A Different World
    13 - Walk Away Renee
    14 - What Is A Man
    15 - A Simple Game
    16 - Still Water (Love)
    17 - (It's The Way) Nature Planned It
    18 - It's All In The Game
    19 - You Keep Running Away
    20 - If You Don't Want My Love
    21 - 7-Rooms Of Gloom
    22 - I'll Turn To Stone
    23 - Shake Me, Wake Me, (When It's Over)
    24 - Sad Souvenirs
    25 - Yesterday's Dreams




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