50th Anniversary/The Singles Collection/1964-1972 [3 CD] [Box]
10. You Keep Running Away
Performer: The Four Tops
Producer: Michele Horie; Harry Weinger (Compilation)...
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: Recording information: Golden World (01/29/1964-12/21/1971); Hitsville U.S.A. Studio, Detroit (01/29/1964-12/21/1971); London (01/29/1964-12/21/1971); Los Angeles, CA (01/29/1964-12/21/1971); Studio A (01/29/1964-12/21/1971); Studio B (Golden World) (01/29/1964-12/21/1971); Golden World (03/15/1971-01/14/1972); Hitsville U.S.A. Studio, Detroit (03/15/1971-01/14/1972); London (03/15/1971-01/14/1972); Los Angeles, CA (03/15/1971-01/14/1972); Studio A (03/15/1971-01/14/1972); Studio B (Golden World) (03/15/1971-01/14/1972); Golden World (05/05/1970); Hitsville U.S.A. Studio, Detroit (05/05/1970); London (05/05/1970); Los Angeles, CA (05/05/1970); Studio A (05/05/1970); Studio B (Golden World) (05/05/1970); Golden World (10/19/1966-01/25/1972); Hitsville U.S.A. Studio, Detroit (10/19/1966-01/25/1972); London (10/19/1966-01/25/1972); Los Angeles, CA (10/19/1966-01/25/1972); Studio A (10/19/1966-01/25/1972); Studio B (Golden World) (10/19/1966-01/25/1972); Golden World (10/20/1966-08/01/1970); Hitsville U.S.A. Studio, Detroit (10/20/1966-08/01/1970); London (10/20/1966-08/01/1970); Los Angeles, CA (10/20/1966-08/01/1970); Studio A (10/20/1966-08/01/1970); Studio B (Golden World) (10/20/1966-08/01/1970). Editor: Harry Weinger. No, here's the ultimate Four Tops singles collection. Like Motown Select's 50th anniversary releases for the Temptations, Diana Ross & the Supremes, and Martha & the Vandellas, this is a three-disc anthology packaged like a hardcover book. It features nearly 60 pages of images, sleeve scans, detailed track information, and in-depth liner notes -- much of which is sensibly repurposed from those like-shaped Complete Motown Singles volumes. The A-sides and B-sides appear chronologically -- a terminally impressive sequence that includes the Top Five R&B singles "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," "It's the Same Old Song," "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)," "Reach Out I'll Be There," "Standing in the Shadows of Love," and "Bernadette." The singles are shared with the Supremes on disc two, while the third disc is heavy on the "bonus tracks": 14 sides from the U.K.-only singles, as well as Italian versions of "I Can't Help Myself," "Reach Out I'll Be There," and "Walk Away Renee." For most fans, this is overkill and then some. For voracious newcomers and collectors -- perhaps even those who shelled out for all the Complete Motown Singles volumes -- this is an essential release, if somewhat frustratingly so. ~ Andy Kellman
Immaculate choreography, flawless harmonies, and the instantly recognizable lead vocals of Levi Stubbs made the Four Tops one of the best and longest-running groups to come out of Berry Gordy's Motown hit factory in the 1960s. Their interpretations of Holland-Dozier-Holland's songs ("Reach Out I'll be There," "Standing in the Shadows of Love," "Bernadette," et al) rank them as one of the premier soul vocal groups of all time. Incredibly, they kept the same line-up for over 40 years (only shifting when the first member died).
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