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1990 (The Temptations album)

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Released  December 7, 1973
Length  37:31
Artist  The Temptations
Producer  Norman Whitfield
Recorded  1973
1990 (1973)  A Song for You (1975)
Release date  7 December 1973
Label  HIP-O Select
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Genres  Soul music, Psychedelic soul, Funk
Similar  The Temptations albums, Soul music albums

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1990 is a 1973 album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label, their final LP written and produced by Norman Whitfield.


The LP was the center of a number of problems. The Temptations were dissatisfied with Whitfield's socially conscious message tracks, which were by now failing commercially, and desired to get back to singing ballads. Whitfield relented some here, placing message tracks such as "1990" and "Ain't No Justice" alongside love songs such as "Heavenly" and "You've Got My Soul on Fire".

The album's first single, the Rose Royce-backed and Dennis Edwards-led funk track "Let Your Hair Down", was its only Top 40 hit. The ballad "Heavenly", sung by Richard Street and Damon Harris, was caught in the center of a disc jockey boycott against Motown. A Motown executive did not thank the United States' DJs while accepting an award for the Temptations at the 1974 American Music Awards, and, as a result, the DJs refused to play "Heavenly". "You've Got My Soul on Fire", another Edwards-led funk track, also stalled out on the pop charts.

The Temptations remained dissatisfied with Whitfield's "slave-driver" like production mentality and his tendency to overshadow the Temptations' contributions to their own records by emphasising his production techniques and creating extended instrumental tracks with only a few verses of vocals. Group leader Otis Williams complained to Motown chief Berry Gordy, who replaced Whitfield with Jeffrey Bowen for their next LP, 1975's A Song for You. Whitfield left Motown soon afterward, and started his own label, Whitfield Records, which released several hits from Rose Royce.

The temptations 1990

Side One

All songs written and produced by Norman Whitfield.

  1. "Let Your Hair Down" - 2:40 (lead singer: Dennis Edwards)
  2. "I Need You" - 3:05 (lead singer: Damon Harris)
  3. "Heavenly" - 3:57 (lead singers: Richard Street, Damon Harris)
  4. "You've Got My Soul on Fire" 3:53 (lead singer: Dennis Edwards)
  5. "Ain't No Justice" - 6:08 (lead singer: Damon Harris)

Side Two

  1. "1990" - 4:06 (lead singer: Dennis Edwards)
  2. "Zoom" - 13:42 (lead singers: Dennis Edwards, Richard Street, Melvin Franklin, Damon Harris, Otis Williams)


  • Dennis Edwards: vocals
  • Damon Harris: vocals
  • Richard Street: vocals
  • Melvin Franklin: vocals
  • Otis Williams: vocals
  • Norman Whitfield: producer
  • The Funk Brothers and Rose Royce: instrumentation
  • Songs

    1Let Your Hair Down2:41
    2I Need You3:05


    1990 (The Temptations album) Wikipedia

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