The Grammy Award®-winning Temptations announce their much-anticipated new album, TEMPTATIONS 60. Released by UMe, a leading global music company, the new album consists of nearly all-original songs that are both modern and classic in feel and sound. In addition to tracks produced by group members, the album brings the iconic group together again with some of its beloved producers, including the legendary and award-winning Smokey Robinson and Narada Michael Walden. Dr. Otis Williams, the group’s founding member and the album’s executive producer, said, “Our new album carries with it, our legacy, our love of music and our hope that through our music we can uplift and bring people together. Most of all, we want fans to enjoy it and share it with family and friends around the world. It’s a thank you gift from our hearts to all of our fans, past, present and future.”
TEMPTATIONS 60 is available for preorder, HERE.
As The Temptations have done throughout their career, their latest album balances love songs with topical tracks, showcasing their enduring strength across the generations. Williams co-produced, with Dennis Nelson and Thomas “TC” Campbell, five of the album’s 12 tracks, including the harmony-infused ballad, “Calling Out Your Name” and the up-tempo tracks “You Don’t Know Your Woman” and “How Do You Spell Love.” Williams also co-produced an updated version of “Come On,” a song that had been the first recording by Otis Williams & the Distants, a precursor to the Temptations, in 1959, and features a special monologue about the group’s history.
The first single released from the album, “Is It Gonna Be Yes or No,” is written and produced by and features Motown superstar Smokey Robinson. In all the years Robinson has delivered such timeless Temptations’ hits “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “Get Ready” and more, the duet marks the only time he and The Temptations have sung lead together, save for a recording of “The Christmas Song” in 1989.
TEMPTATIONS 60 also features two brand-new songs produced by Grammy-Winning Narada Michael Walden, who produced their last platinum-selling album, Phoenix Rising. He delivers the biographical beauty, “When We Were Kings,” available NOW, which sums up the Temptations legacy to this point, and “Breaking My Back,” a love song that evokes the classic Tempts’ catalog.
Longtime Temptation leading vocalist and songwriter Ron Tyson, and Thomas “TC” Campbell produced two tracks, including “Time for the People,” a powerful statement addressing modern issues–a “Ball of Confusion” for the 21st Century–and the island-flavored love song, “I Want It Right Now.” Dave Darling, who produced the group’s last album, All the Time, brought to the album a stunning cover of the Vintage Trouble song, “My Whole World Stopped Without You.”
Reflecting the rich musical influences of the third decade of the 21st Century, the album opens with a uniquely contemporary track “Let it Reign,” featuring Queens Hip Hop Artist K. Sparks. Much in the way “Cloud Nine” marked a bold update in the group’s sound back in the late 60’s, so too does this song, a modern-day shift from the group’s vintage roots, that weaves together the powerful fusion of hip-hop, smooth jazz and soulful flavors.
The Temptations are one of the most iconic, best-selling brands in the entertainment world; Billboard magazine named them “The No. 1 R&B Artist of All Time.” With original member Dr. Otis Williams, the group’s track record of continuing to sell decades worth of history-making music is breathtaking.
About The Temptations
The Temptations presence across multi-media platforms has never been more vivid, and their popularity is ever-increasing. Most recently, adding to their dozens of sampled tracks, their hit “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” was used as the foundation of the Migos smash hit, “Avalanche.”
The Temptations rank No. 1 in Billboard magazine’s most recent list of Greatest R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of All Time, and the group appears in the magazine’s list of 125 Greatest of All Time Artists. Rolling Stone magazine commented that The Temptations are “Indisputably the greatest black vocal group of the Modern Era…,” and listed the group’s Anthology album among the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The group has five GRAMMY® Awards, including Motown’s first-ever statuette, awarded to The Tempts for “Cloud Nine” for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance by a Duo or Group, Vocal or Instrumental and a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award. The group’s No. 1 hits “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” are in the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. The group has been inducted into the Rock & Roll, National Rhythm & Blues Music, and Vocal Group Halls of Fame, and they have a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame.
The Temptations were among the first African American musical artists to crossover into mainstream America and appear on mainstream television programs. In 1968 and 1969 respectively, Diana Ross and the Supremes and The Temptations starred in primetime network television specials “TCB (Taking Care of Business)” and “G.I.T. (Getting It Together) on Broadway.” Never before had two contemporary African American groups headlined their own #1 nationally rated television specials, all produced by Motown, an African American owned company. The “TCB” special was named the #1 rated variety show in 1968 and received an Emmy nomination. The original cast soundtrack album, TCB, reached #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. At the time, this was an unparalleled accomplishment for African American entertainers. The Temptations helped change the face of primetime television and fueled the growth in the performing arts and entertainment world for African Americans artists forever.
Throughout the group’s evolution, they have released countless gold, platinum and multi-platinum chart hits, many of which are considered American masterpieces. They have 16 No. 1 R&B chart albums, 44 Top 10 R&B chart hits, including 14 No. 1 R&B singles, and four No. 1 Hot 100 singles.
TEMPTATIONS 60 Tracklist
- Let It Reign featuring K. Sparks
- When We Were Kings
- Is It Gonna Be Yes or No featuring Smokey Robinson
- Time For The People
- Elevator Eyes
- My Whole World Stopped Without You 4:04
- You Don’t Know Your Woman (Like I Do)
- How Do You Spell Love
- Calling Out Your Name
- I Want It Right Now
- Breaking My Back
- Come On