B-side of Oh Mother Of Mine
Both sides of the Temptations’ début single were co-written by Mickey Stevenson and members of the group; Otis Williams had helped to pen the A-side Oh Mother Of Mine, while here falsetto Eddie Kendricks collaborated with Stevenson to produce this dated Fifties R&B rocker.
It’s unquestionably the weaker of the two sides; where the band had sounded nearly perfect on the A-side, here the apparently unenthused Funk Brothers thrash out an utterly unengaging uptempo number which aims for “raucous” but ends up with “uneven”. The lyrics are again unintelligble, and the two-handed lead vocal (shared between Kendricks and Paul Williams, an arrangement which had worked reasonably well on the A-side) is dreadful, Williams mumbling and stumbling his way through a perfunctory would-be rock-out, Kendricks literally squealing as he aims to find the top of his not-yet-matured falsetto range.
If this unstructured, forgettable mess had been the A-side, it’s possible we’d never have heard of the Temptations again. One to miss, I’m afraid.
MOTOWN JUNKIES VERDICT
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