Thursday, February 21, 2013
40 Year Itch : The Masterpiece
[Out of Print]
Producer Norman Whitfield followed up The Temptations's All Directions and its 12 minute #1 single " Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" with Masterpeice, the most self serving album title since Big Star's #1 Record. Cut down from 13:35 to 4:22, the wah wah guitar and violin strewn title track was a #1 R and B hit.
Whitfield's nearly side long arrangements dominated the album. There's more Funk Brothers instrumentation here than the voices of The Temptations and, believe me, The Temptations knew whose "masterpiece" this was.
In 1973 an embattled Whitfield would leave Motown to start up a new label signing The Undisputed Truth, Rose Royce and Willie Hutch.