“Still Waters Run Deep” by Four Tops - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1970Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

The Four Tops began the 1970s with a slightly new sound. The cheesy covers prevalent on “Yesterday’s Dreams” were kept at bay, largely due to the intervention of Frank Wilson on production duties. Wilson had introduced vaguely psychedelic touches into the sound of the Temptations and that aim was repeated here. The odd flute here and a touch of flange there makes for a slightly more palatable proposition for my tastes but the difference is marginal. The album was well received though and spawned another couple of Top 40 hits for the group with “Still Water (Love)” and a remake of Tommy Edwards’ “It’s All In The Game”. The cover of the Supremes’ “Reflections” is worthwhile, with Levi Stubbs soulful croon in full flow. This is an inessential album for me but others disagree. It served as an inspiration for Marvin Gaye’s 1971 “classic” album “What’s Going On”, the title track of which was co-written by the Tops’ Obie Benson. ‘Nuff said…

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A1 [03:09] 3.6.png The Four Tops - Still Water (Love) (William Robinson, Frank Wilson) Soul
A2 [03:25] 5.2.png The Four Tops - Reflections (Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland) Soul
A3 [02:44] 5.0.png The Four Tops - It’s All In The Game (Charles Dawes, Carl Sigman) Pop
A4 [02:53] 4.5.png The Four Tops - Everybody’s Talkin’ (Harry Nilsson) Soul
A5 [02:26] 3.9.png The Four Tops - Love Is The Answer (William Robinson, Kathy Wakefield, Frank Wilson) Soul
B1 [03:09] 4.1.png The Four Tops - I Wish I Were Your Mirror (Frank Wilson, Pam Sawyer) Soul
B2 [03:07] 4.2.png The Four Tops - Elusive Butterfly (Bob Lind) Pop
B3 [02:59] 4.1.png The Four Tops - Bring Me Together (Kathy Wakefield, Frank Wilson) Soul
B4 [03:09] 3.0.png The Four Tops - L.A. (My Town) (Sherlie Matthews) Pop Ballad
B5 [02:42] 4.5.png The Four Tops - Still Water (Peace) (William Robinson, Frank Wilson) Soul Ballad

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