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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Temptations -- Born To Love You

I'll have a Temptations day today. It's kind of strange -- sometimes I actually develop a downright hankering for such sessions -- last week I was devouring Manhattan songs as if they were the donuts I had myself denied for too long ... I just had to have them.
Anyway, today's Temptations song is from the 1965 album Temptin' Temptations. I haven't listened to this song in a while, and when it came up in i-tunes this morning, I remembered how peculiar David Ruffin's voice sounds on that recording. At times he sounds more like his brother Jimmy (1:26) than himself. Amazing. I always detect traces of the other one in their voices, but on this record I almost feel as if both of them were singing ...
Of course, once David let's loose, there is no longer any question about whose gritty, intensely emotional voice we're listening to.

I had almost forgotten how much I love this song. 


Gua said...

This is not one of my favorites from this album, but I still like it. One of the reasons I don't like it is David's lead. It sounds strained and forced.

Raggedy said...

It is so amazing to me how different people "hear" music/voices sometimes. I know you know more about singing than I will ever do, but I think David sounds "intense" on this record ... On the other hand -- you know how I feel about David. lol