The incandescent talent of David Ruffin was too big for even the Temptations to hold. As Smokey Robinson observed, The only way David could survive at Motown was as a solo artist. And so Ruffin left the Temptations in 1969 to strike out on his own with a series of releases that further established him as one of Motown s great voices. These two records, released in 1973 and 1974, respectively, did not spawn any hit singles but instead reflected Ruffin s growth as an artist away from the Motown formula and towards a life spent in the fast lane. David Ruffin, produced by Bobby Miller, whose writing credit appears on eight out of the 10 tracks, is a psychedelic soul masterpiece, and features the definitive version of Gamble and Huff s I Miss You (Part 1). Me N Rock N Roll Are Here to Stay, meanwhile, marked the fiery collision of Ruffin with the brilliant producer Norman Whitfield, with the creative sparks to prove it. Both records appear here on CD for the first time outside of a long out of print, limited edition set, with notes by Gene Sculatti.
'David' Unreleased LP & More includes the 12 tracks originally scheduled for release in 1971 as LP Motown 733, plus seven amazing bonus tracks from the album sessions and four mono single mixes. It's the great David Ruffin and Motown's Funk Bothers band, directed by several of the company's best producers including Smokey Robinson, Johnny Bristol, Henry Cosby, Clay McMurray and Ivy Jo Hunter. Among the highlights: Each Day Is A Lifetime, the proposed album s first single; the dramatic I Can t Be Hurt Anymore ; the mournful Let Somebody Love Me; Out In The Country, co-written by a young Rick James; plus stunning covers, including an adult take on the Jackson 5's I Want You Back; Brook Benton's Rainy Night In Georgia; and a sanctified rendition of Stevie Wonder's Heaven Help Us All.
Brothers in life and brothers at Motown, Jimmy and David Ruffin took advantage of a lull in their respective solo careers to record this underrated 1970 album, released here on CD for the first time! Features the hit single Stand by Me and a couple of unreleased tracks from the album sessions, You're What I Need (Not What I Want) and an alternate mix of Stand by Me without audience overdubs. The 16-page booklet includes a new essay, track annotation and a look at a previously unpublished, alternate album cover!
Everything's Coming Up Love is a 1976 album from Temptations singer, David Ruffin.
Who I Am is a 1975 album from the former Temptations singer, David Ruffin. Recorded by Van McCoy who produced and arranged the album in Media Sound Studios, New York City. It provided Ruffin with his second biggest hit of his solo career, "Walk Away From Love".
The incandescent talent of David Ruffin was too big for even the Temptations to hold. As Smokey Robinson observed, The only way David could survive at Motown was as a solo artist. And so Ruffin left the Temptations in 1969 to strike out on his own with a series of releases that further established him as one of Motown s great voices. These two albums from 1969 have only come out on CD in the U.S. as a part of a long out of print, limited edition box set, and only overseas on high-priced Japanese reissues; each of them rank among the greatest soul albums of the late 60s. 1969 s My Whole World Ended went to #1 on the R&B album charts on the strength of its hit title cut and I ve Lost Everything I ve Ever Loved, while Feelin Good went to #9 on the R&B album charts and sported the hit I m So Glad I Fell for You. Liner notes by Gene Sculatti…sheer soul genius.