The Temptations that made For Lovers Only in 1995 were far from the group that stormed the charts in the ’60s and ’70s only baritone Otis Williams remained from the original lineup (he gets all of one lead vocal here), and they were still shaken by the recent death of founding bass man Melvin Franklin. So they went back to first principles–the radiant close harmonies, each voice leaning on the others, that have been their secret weapon from the beginning–and beyond, to pop standards of the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. The album’s synthy instrumental arrangements already sound dated (especially a G-funk take on “Time After Time”), despite respectful cameos from Milt Jackson and Stevie Wonder. But the singing (most of the leads are handled by Ali-Ollie Woodson and Ron Tyson, who both joined in the ’80s) is splendid: rough-edged and vulnerable, audibly taking refuge in standards like “Night and Day,” recasting familiar lyrics about romance as wrenching eulogies. This reissue adds a remix of “Night and Day” that originally appeared on the What Women Want soundtrack to the original track listing as well as new liner notes. –Douglas Wolk
1. Some Enchanted Evening
2. I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
3. At Last
4. Night And Day
5. Time After Time
6. Melvin’s Interlude
7. Life Is But A Dream
8. What A Difference A Day Make
9. I’m Glad There Is You
10. South Shell Interlude
11. That’s Why (I Love You So)
12. For Your Love/You Send Me (Medley)
13. Night And Day (Remix)
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Every song on this cd is awesome. The Temptations still got IT! I recommend that anyone whom has not purchased it, do so. Also good listening on road trip to an R&B weekend!
Robyn Robinson –
Absolutely love it I wore out the first one it was skipping had to buy a replacement ?
Juanita L. Bethea –
Yes, I have it–you know I love Ali Woodson.
Bill Carter –
The Tempts successfully recorded an album of standards when they did “In A Mellow Mood”. in 1967. They revisited the idea in this 1995 release. Polished orchestration and some really great arrangements made “For Lover’s Only” one of my all time favorites. Theo Peoples gave some impressive leads while Ali Woodson gave the album that earthy sound ala David and Dennis. The cover, This is the last album that Melvin sings on. Ray Davis replaced him on some tunes but the group never misses a beat and this album is not for Temptation Lovers Only. It’s for great group harmony lovers, everywhere.
Debbie Staton –
Love,Love this cd!!. As with all their cd’s Not A Bad Song on this cd. My favorite songs on this one are time after time and some enchanted evening . (Really the whole cd) the harmony in these songs are beautiful. And of course any song with Ollie Woodson singing is my favorite. This cd is the one you sit down with a glass of your favorite drink and enjoy the MUSIC
Letitia Butler –
I bought this album about 10 yrs ago. I heard a cut one day my and my late husband were riding in the car and I almost fell out it was so beautiful. I started looking on line all I could look for the Temptation because I didn’t know the album name. It’s one of the most beautiful albums I’ve ever heard.