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Keepers of the Castle: Their Best 1972-1978

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The Four Tops 7/29/1997

Review

When the Four Tops moved from Motown to Dunhill in the early '70s, they encountered the dilemma faced by most '60s soul giants, from Motown or elsewhere: how to update their sound while maintaining some degree of personality. Commercially at least, things got off to a smashing start with "Keeper of the Castle," "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I Got)," and "Are You Man Enough?" (all included here). Yet it was evident that the Four Tops, removed from the magic of '60s Motown, would be trend followers rather than pacesetters. Most of this 14-song compilation shows them as a competent but rather generic '70s soul vocal group, adding Philly soul and funk elements to their sound without asserting much of an identity. Even "Are You Man Enough?," as good as it is, is something of a son-of-"Back Stabbers"; "Ain't No Woman," similarly, could be easily mistaken for a Spinners cut by the unschooled. Save the occasional standout like "Love Music," not much else here measures up to the early Dunhill hits, though if you want one post-early-'70s Four Tops compilation, this is probably the best. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got) The Four Tops 3:4
  3. 2 Are You Man Enough The Four Tops 3:23
  4. 3 One Chain (Don't Make No Prison) The Four Tops 4:5
  5. 4 Catfish The Four Tops 6:32
  6. 5 Midnight Flower The Four Tops 4:8
  7. 6 I Just Can't Get You Out of My Mind The Four Tops 3:57
  8. 7 I Can't Hold Out Much Longer The Four Tops 3:55
  9. 8 Save It for a Rainy Day The Four Tops 3:32
  10. 9 Love Music The Four Tops 3:34
  11. 10 Sweet Understanding Love The Four Tops 2:58
  12. 11 Seven Lonely Nights The Four Tops 2:55
  13. 12 Inside a Brokenhearted Man The Four Tops 3:25
  14. 13 Keeper of the Castle The Four Tops 2:53
  15. 14 We All Gotta Stick Together The Four Tops 4:46

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