Label: Gordy - S939,Gordy - GLPS-939 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Funk / Soul • Style: Funk
Cloud Nine is the ninth studio I Heard It Through The Grapevine - The Temptations - Cloud Nine by American musical group The Temptations for the Gordy Motown label released in The album is a watershed for several reasons. In addition, it marks the beginning of the Temptations' four-year delve into psychedelia recording, at the behest of producer Norman Whitfieldin a fusion genre referred to I Heard It Through The Grapevine - The Temptations - Cloud Nine " psychedelic soul.
Norman Whitfield took the Temptations into psychedelic territory after a suggestion from the group's de facto leader, Otis Williams. Gamble agreed with Williams that Sly Stone 's funkier production style and multi-lead vocals was here to stay and that it was time to learn to adapt to it. The Temptations had been successful with romantic ballads such as " My Girl " and mid-tempo numbers such as " I Know I'm Losing You ", but Williams, taking Gamble's advice, felt that it was time to update the group's sound.
Regardless of his original opinion of Sly Stone's work, by the fall ofWhitfield had the Temptations recording " Cloud Nine ", which featured all five He Has A Story To Tell - Alan Silvestri - Beowulf (Music From The Motion Picture) Otis Williams, the newly drafted Dennis Edwards, and founding members Eddie KendricksPaul Williamsand Melvin Franklin trading lead vocals over a Family Stone-like instrumental track.
Although Otis Williams denies the connection, "Cloud Nine's" lyrics have frequently been cited as empathizing with drug use. Halfway through its running time, "Run Away Child" segues into an instrumental jam session the single mix only includes the vocal half of the song. Future Temptations songs produced by Norman Whitfield, such as " Hum Along and Dance ", " Smiling Faces Sometimes ", and " Papa Was a Rollin' Stone ", would further emphasize extended instrumental passages, often allowing said passages to overshadow the songs' vocals and as a result, The Temptations had him replaced by Jeffrey Bowen after the album.
Earl Van Dykewho performs the prominent organ solo during the instrumental section of the record, recorded his own instrumental version of "Run Away Child, Running Wild", which was released as a single the same year. The rest of the Cloud Nine album is made up of more standard Temptations fare, most of which is relegated to the flip side of the LP.
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