50th Anniversary Anthology

50th Anniversary Anthology

by The Four TopsThe Four Tops

CD(Remastered / Digi-Pak)



Not to be confused with the Four Tops compilation simply entitled Anthology (which only covers their Motown recordings), 50th Anniversary Anthology is a double-CD set spanning their first Motown hit in 1964 to the late '80s. Does it include all of the popular numbers that most fans want from a greatest-hits collection? Definitely. Is it as good as Anthology, or slimmer compilations that focus exclusively on their Motown hits from the 1960s and early '70s? No, because there's way too much dispensable post-mid-'70s stuff on disc two. Still, for those who want an anthology that includes non-Motown hits (particularly their early-'70s Dunhill singles) and are reluctant to splash out for the four-CD Fourever box set, this is the best available alternative. And unquestionably, the first two-thirds or so of this collection is excellent, including all the big Motown hits; plenty of good, less celebrated lower-charting Motown singles, like "I'll Turn to Stone" (the B-side of "7-Rooms of Gloom"); and their early Dunhill hits, in which they capably imitated Philly soul stars the O'Jays and the Spinners. But the group floundered as the '70s waned, and by the time of the ribald 1976 disco hit "Catfish," they were on the verge of not only losing their personality, but of embarrassing themselves. The proceedings don't stop there, unfortunately, tacking on a bunch of other small post-1976 hits ("When She Was My Girl" was the only big one), culminating in Levi Stubbs' gruesome contribution to the Little Shop of Horrors, "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space." It was a long way from "Baby I Need Your Loving," though luckily it's the classic stuff that dominates the program.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2004
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0044003961722
catalogNumber: 000048802

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Four Tops   Primary Artist
Supremes   Guest Appearance
Abdul Fakir   Vocals,Group Member
Lawrence Payton   Vocals,Group Member
Levi Stubbs   Vocals,Group Member
Obie Benson   Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Tim Hardin   Composer
Michael Pinder   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   String Arrangements
Bill Meyers   rhythm arrangement
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
J.R. Bailey   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
R. Dean Taylor   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Wade Marcus   Producer
Phil Spector   Composer
Michael Brown   Composer
Holland-Dozier-Holland   Producer
Nick Ashford   Producer
Howard Ashman   Composer
Gil Askey   Arranger
Steve Barri   Producer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Composer,Producer
Vernon Bullock   Composer
Leonard Caston   Composer
Tony Clarke   Producer
Ian Curnow   Producer,Remixing
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Reginald Dozier   Composer
Mikki Farrow   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Producer
Berry Gordy   Contributor
Lawrence Gottlieb   Composer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Arthur Greenslade   Arranger
Phil Harding   Producer,Remixing
Norman Harris   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Don Hockett   Arranger,String Arrangements
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer
McKinley Jackson   Composer
Charles Koppelman   Executive Producer
Dennis Lambert   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Sandy Linzer   Composer
Jerry Long   Arranger
Alan Menken   Composer
Michael Omartian   Arranger
Lawrence Payton   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Musical Director
Brian Potter   Composer,Producer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Jimmy Roach   Arranger
Bobby Sandstrom   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
Ron Tyson   Composer,Producer
Kathy Wakefield   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer
David Wolfert   Composer,Producer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Bert de Coteaux   String Arrangements
Marc Blatte   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Frank Wilson   Composer
Richard Knight   Composer
Richard Beasley   Composer
Stu Hackel   Liner Notes
Rudy Clark   Composer
Tony Sansone   Composer
Fred Bridges   Composer
Charles Dawes   Composer
LaVerne Ware   Composer
Joe Hunter   Producer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Ken Williams   Composer
Robin Schwartz   Licensing
Frank Beaty Wilson   Producer
Michael Williams   Composer
Jack Goga   Composer
Val Benson   Composer
Doris McNeil   Composer
John Barnes   rhythm arrangement
Louis St. Louis   Composer
Bob Calilli   Composer
Michael Price   Composer

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