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In A Mellow Mood by The Temptations
Released: Nov 1967
In a Mellow Mood was part of Berry Gordy's late-'60s bid for milquetoast respectability. As one of Motown's slickest and most professional ensembles, the Temps were right for the gig, and their best moments found them coloring around the edges of these hoary pop standards, like David Ruffin's vocal runs near the end of "A Taste of Honey," and the choral harmonies of "What Now My Love." The multi-part chants and Otis Williams' bellowing lead made "Ol' Man River" an album highlight. But not even Ruffin's memorable rasp could keep "The Impossible Dream" from descending into bathos.
Mosi Reeves
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