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The Four Tops 9/25/2001

Review

The last of the major Motown groups to receive proper box-set treatment, the Four Tops in a sense got the best of the bunch, since this tells a ripping history while providing a cornucopia of rarities. The latter part of that statement is what prevents the set from being a true must-have for those who just want a comprehensive history, because there are too many major songs present in alternate mixes or versions that are slightly different than the hits that brought the group its deserved fame and fortune. Not that any of these are bad -- it's just that it presents the group's history through a slightly skewed prism, enough to prevent it from being thoroughly comprehensive. Still, it's an accurate history and a wholly engaging one, largely because the Four Tops had a fairly extensive pre-history before joining Motown, and they continued to have hits after leaving Motown, thereby giving the box a real narrative thrust -- especially because the late-'50s recordings that dominate the first half of the first disc are as gritty and powerful as their mid-'70s recordings were smooth, stylish, and sexy. Like many comprehensive four-disc box sets, it spends too much time in the post-hit era. Sure, the Four Tops continued to chart until the early '80s, but this extends into the early '90s, meaning that the record just sort of peters out to a less-than-satisfying conclusion. Nevertheless, that's a minor quibble, because the box does tell the story very effectively and is filled with great music, great sound, and solid liner notes, especially notable for its rare pictures. For the hardcore who have been waiting a long time for a Four Tops set, such loving presentation and abundance of alternate takes and mixes makes it worth the wait. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Could It Be You The Four Tops 3:18
  3. 2 Ain't That Love The Four Tops 2:28
  4. 3 Pennies from Heaven The Four Tops 2:30
  5. 4 Until I Met You [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 2:34
  6. 5 Baby I Need Your Loving The Four Tops 2:43
  7. 6 Where Did You Go? The Four Tops 2:25
  8. 7 Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worth While) The Four Tops 2:53
  9. 8 Left With a Broken Heart The Four Tops 2:56
  10. 9 Ask the Lonely The Four Tops 3:0
  11. 10 Just a Little Love (Before My Life Is Gone) The Four Tops 3:12
  12. 11 My Heart Is Calling You [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 3:11
  13. 12 I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 3:24
  14. 13 It's the Same Old Song The Four Tops 2:46
  15. 14 Is There Anything That I Can Do The Four Tops 3:3
  16. 15 Something About You The Four Tops 2:48
  17. 16 No Good Without You [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 2:36
  18. 17 Just as Long as You Need Me The Four Tops 3:7
  19. 18 Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over) The Four Tops 2:41
  20. 19 Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever The Four Tops 2:45
  21. 20 Brenda [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 2:37
  22. 21 For Once in My Life The Four Tops 2:45
  23. 1 Reach Out (I'll Be There) The Four Tops 3:4
  24. 2 Standing in the Shadows of Love The Four Tops 2:36
  25. 3 Bernadette The Four Tops 3:0
  26. 4 7-Rooms of Gloom [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 2:30
  27. 5 I'll Turn to Stone [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 2:29
  28. 6 You Keep Running Away The Four Tops 2:48
  29. 7 Walk Away Renee The Four Tops 2:43
  30. 8 Your Love Is Wonderful The Four Tops 2:30
  31. 9 If I Were a Carpenter The Four Tops 2:48
  32. 10 Just Another Lonely Night The Four Tops 2:29
  33. 11 Oh, I've Been Bless'd The Four Tops 3:4
  34. 12 Yesterday's Dreams The Four Tops 2:57
  35. 13 Can't Seem to Get You out of My Mind The Four Tops 3:21
  36. 14 I'm in a Different World The Four Tops 3:7
  37. 15 What Is a Man The Four Tops 2:33
  38. 16 So Far [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 2:35
  39. 17 Don't Let Him Take Your Love from Me The Four Tops 2:34
  40. 18 Do What You Gotta Do The Four Tops 4:6
  41. 19 MacArthur Park The Four Tops 6:31
  42. 20 I'll Pay Double The Four Tops 2:59
  43. 21 Nothing The Four Tops 2:41
  44. 22 Barbara's Boy The Four Tops 2:54
  45. 23 Stranded on the Road of Love [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 3:1
  46. 1 It's All in the Game The Four Tops 2:50
  47. 2 Love (Is the Answer) The Four Tops 2:26
  48. 3 Still Water (Peace) /Still Water (Love) [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 5:53
  49. 4 Ballad to: The One I Love [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 3:18
  50. 5 River Deep, Mountain High The Four Tops 4:51
  51. 6 I'm Glad About It The Four Tops 3:17
  52. 7 Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten Out My Life) The Four Tops 3:6
  53. 8 In These Changing Times The Four Tops 3:24
  54. 9 A Simple Game [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 3:7
  55. 10 You Stole My Love [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 3:0
  56. 11 So Deep Within You [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 3:19
  57. 12 I Can't Quit Your Love The Four Tops 3:41
  58. 13 (It's the Way) Nature Planned It The Four Tops 3:38
  59. 14 Keeper of the Castle The Four Tops 2:54
  60. 15 Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got) The Four Tops 3:4
  61. 16 Love Music The Four Tops 3:35
  62. 17 Remember What I Told You to Forget The Four Tops 3:49
  63. 18 Are You Man Enough The Four Tops 3:20
  64. 19 Sweet Understanding Love The Four Tops 2:58
  65. 20 I Just Can't Get You Out of My Mind The Four Tops 4:0
  66. 21 One Woman Man The Four Tops 4:35
  67. 22 Main Street People (Intro)/Main Street People The Four Tops 5:4
  68. 1 One Chain (Don't Make No Prison) The Four Tops 3:20
  69. 2 Midnight Flower The Four Tops 3:43
  70. 3 Seven Lonely Nights The Four Tops 2:56
  71. 4 We All Gotta Stick Together The Four Tops 4:47
  72. 5 Catfish The Four Tops 3:51
  73. 6 For Your Love [Previously Unreleased][12-Inch Version] The Four Tops 3:59
  74. 7 When She Was My Girl The Four Tops 3:22
  75. 8 Tonight I'm Gonna Love You All Over [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 4:55
  76. 9 I Believe in You and Me The Four Tops 3:59
  77. 10 The Temptations and Four Tops Medley: Reach Our I'll Be There/Get Ready The Four Tops 5:47
  78. 11 I Just Can't Walk Away The Four Tops 4:20
  79. 12 Sexy Ways The Four Tops 4:4
  80. 13 Hot Nights The Four Tops 3:51
  81. 14 Red Hot Love [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 3:49
  82. 15 Indestructible [12-Inch Extended Edit] The Four Tops 4:28
  83. 16 Loco in Acapulco The Four Tops 4:33
  84. 17 If Ever a Love There Was The Four Tops 4:47
  85. 18 Till You Return to Me The Four Tops 4:4
  86. 19 The Four of Us [Previously Unreleased] The Four Tops 4:11

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