Helpless Dancer

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The Faces

Currently I am reading Andy Neill’s biography of The Faces which also covers in some detail the pre Faces careers of the band taking in amongst others Small Faces, Jeff Beck Group, Steampacket, The Birds and many more it is a great read and can be bought HERE

Below is one of my favourite Faces performances.

The recorded version came via Rod Stewart’s solo album “Every Picture Tells A Story” which as everyone knows was more or less a Faces record anyway.

The song was of course originally recorded by The Temptations and was another step away from the group’s softer records recorded with Smokey Robinson as producer, a change that Norman Whitfield had begun with “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” earlier in the year.

“I’m Losing You” features a much more dramatic arrangement than most contemporary Motown songs: a rock-styled guitar riff (devised by Temptations road manager/band director Cornelius Grant), sharp horn blasts, and the Temptations’ doo-wop vocals paint the backdrop for one of David Ruffin’s trademark raspy lead vocals.

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July 2, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Books, Cover Stories, R&B, Soul, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Clouds

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“Cloud Nine”  – The Temptations

Dennis: The childhood part of my life
Wasn’t very pretty, see…
Temptations: Boom, boom-boom, boom
Dennis: I was born and raised
In the slums of the city,
Temptations: Boom, boom-boom, boom
Dennis: It was a one-room shack
That slept ten other children beside me,
Temptations: Boom, boom-boom, boom
Dennis: We hardly had enough food
Or room to sleep
Temptations: Boom, boom-boom, boom
Dennis: It was hard times…
I needed somethin’ to ease my troubled mind

Paul: Hmmmm listen…
My father didn’t know the meaning of work
Temptations: Boom, boom-boom, boom
Paul: He disrespected mama,
And treated us like dirt
Temptations: Boom, boom-boom, boom
Paul: I left home seeking a job
That I never did find
Temptations: Boom, boom-boom, boom
Paul: Depressed and down-hearted
And I took to cloud nine
Temptations: Boom, boom-boom, boom

Paul: I’m doing fine
Up here, on cloud nine
Paul: Listen, one more time
Paul: I’m doing fine
Up here, on cloud nine
Dennis: Folks down there tell me…

Dennis: They say give yourself a chance,son,
don’t let life pass you by,
Temptations: Woo, woo, woo-oo
Dennis: that the world of reality’s a rat race
Where only the strongest survive,
It’s a dog-eat-dog world
And that ain’t no lie,
Temptations: Ain’t no lie
Dennis: It ain’t even safe no more
To walk the streets at night

Eddie: I’m doing fine
Temptations: On cloud nine

Dennis: Let me tell you ’bout cloud nine…
Temptations: Cloud nine
Paul: You can be what you want to be
Temptations: Cloud Nine
Dennis: You ain’t got no responsibility
Temptations: Cloud Nine
Eddie: And every man, every man is free
Temptations: Cloud nine
Dennis: You’re a million miles from reality
Otis: Reality

Temptations: I wanna’ stay up
Eddie and Otis: Higher
Temptations: Up up, Up and away

Temptations: Cloud nine

Eddie: I wanna’ say I love the life I live,
And I’m going to
Eddie/Otis: live, the life I love
Eddie: Up here on cloud nine…
I, I, I, I, I, I’m ridin’ high
Temptations: On cloud nine

Dennis: You’re as free as a bird in flight
Temptations: Cloud nine
Melvin: There’s no difference between day and night
Temptations: Cloud nine
Eddie: It’s a world of love and harmony
Temptations: Cloud nine
Dennis: You’re a million miles from reality
Otis: Reality

Temptations: I wanna’ stay up
Eddie and Otis: Higher
Temptations: Up up, up and away

Temptations: Cloud Nine
Paul: You can be what you want to be, ah
Temptations: Cloud nine
Dennis: You ain’t got no responsibility
Temptations: Cloud nine
Eddie: Every man in his mind is free
Temptations: Cloud nine
Dennis: You’re a million miles from reality
Temptations: Cloud nine
Paul: You can be what you want to be

Temptations: all of them weave in and out with ad libs
and choruses of “Boom-booms”

fade to end

cloud nine

 

To buy the music of The Temptations click HERE

 

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