Compiled by Bob Stanley, who also put together the acclaimed, big-selling Thom Bell “Ready Or Not” set, it’s the perfect introduction to Whitfield’s work. Atmospheric, cinematic things like Rare Earth’s ‘Come With Me’ sit alongside floor-fillers such as David Ruffin’s wild ‘Me And Rock & Roll (Are Here To Stay)’.
Whitfield started out at Motown and worked up to his instantly recognisable, dark, orchestrated sound. By the turn of the 70s he was the king of ‘psychedelic soul’, a genre that he basically invented, selling millions of records along the way. He was responsible for the Temptations’ second wave of hits, including party classic ‘Psychedelic Shack’. Whitfield concentrated on the Undisputed Truth, a group he put together and kept in his roster when he started his own Whitfield label in 1975.
“Psychedelic Soul” is an illuminating cross-selection from Norman Whitfield’s exceptional career.
1. I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE - Marvin Gaye
2. THE LOOK OF LOVE - Gladys Knight & The Pips
3. PSYCHEDELIC SHACK - The Temptations
4. I SAW YOU WHEN YOU MET HER – The Undisputed Truth
5. WAR - Edwin Starr
6. OOH BOY - Rose Royce
7. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME - Yvonne Fair
8. ME AND ROCK & ROLL (ARE HERE TO STAY) – David Ruffin
9. PAPA WAS A ROLLIN’ STONE - The Temptations
10. GOOD LOVIN’ - Mammatapee
11. YOU + ME = LOVE - The Undisputed Truth
12. LOVE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT - Masterpiece
13. I’VE BEEN WAITIN’ - Spyder Turner
14. AND ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE - Willie Hutch
15. LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE - Rose Royce
16. WISHING ON A STAR - Jr Walker
17. JUST ONE LOVE - Stargard
18. COME WITH ME - Rare Earth