Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by mango, Sep 3, 2019.
Papa was a mobile drone
a day I'll always remember...
You really should hear the complete version, though . . .
. . . even though the Temptations themselves weren't thrilled anymore at having become what they considered lab rats for Norman Whitfield's musical experiments. Or, that singer Dennis Edwards
didn't like "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"---the "third of September" dating of the protagonist's death hit a little too close to home, since his own father's death happened on the third of a month. (The
story is that Whitfield made Edwards go through too many takes until he got the angriest-sounding rasp he thought possible for Edwards, whose own natural rasp could sound angry enough with
the right lyric.)
They may not have loved the recording, but "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" remains a harrowing masterpiece. Which was, by the way, the name of the next Temptations album (Masterpiece) and its
title track. And it led to the end of the group's relationship with Whitfield, who audaciously put his production credit on the front of the album jacket (in even larger type than All Directions). . .
when the Temptations and others thought their albums were already sounding more like Norman Whitfield albums with them as the hired voices. Though, personally, I still think All Directions
(highlighted by "Papa") and Masterpiece are two of the Temptations' best albums.
Probably my favorite Temptations song.
That bass line in the intro pulls me right in!