The first new studio album since 2010 by soul giants the Temptations, All The Time, will be released by UMe on 4 May.
The album contains their versions of songs made famous by Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, The Weeknd and others, alongside three new original tracks. It features the group’s current line-up of co-founder and sole surviving original member Otis Williams alongside Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene. All The Time arrives 54 years after the appearance of the Temptations’ first Motown album Meet The Temptations, released as they began to build their rare and legendary place in the history of soul music.
The new set will be available in CD, vinyl LP and limited edition white vinyl LP formats. The digital edition includes two tracks available for immediate download and streaming with preorders of the album, plus two bonus track remixes. The set is produced and arranged by Dave Darling, who has worked with Glen Campbell, Brian Setzer and Tom Waits, among others.
Among many notable inclusions, the Temptations’ version of Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’ becomes a gospel-tinged love song, and the group bring their unique presence to The Weeknd’s Fifty Shades Of Grey track ‘Earned It.’ Willams’ unmistakeable speaking voice rings out over the introduction of Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud.’
The new songs on All The Time are ‘Waitin’ On You,’ ‘Be My Wife’ and the funky ‘Move Them Britches.’ The bonus tracks on the digital album are a ‘Gospel Mix’ of ‘Stay With Me’ and a ‘Heathens Mix’ of ‘Move Them Britches.’
Last autumn, the new musical Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations became the highest-grossing production in the 50-year history of the Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California. It has five-week engagements at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC in June and July, at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in August and September and at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre in October, ahead of its Broadway debut.
As the modern-day Temptations continue to tour the world, Williams observes: “I’m 76 now. Looking back, I never could have imagined where my life has taken me. I’m so proud of what the Temptations have achieved, and I’m grateful for every opportunity we’ve been so fortunate to receive. The music carries me. Together, we lift our voices with love and wonder. We had a great time recording All The Time and we hope everyone enjoys it.”
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