This weekend marks the fourth anniversary for AM, Then FM.
Thanks to all who have visited, especially those who have become friends.
So, as we mark four years, here are four from the Four Tops. I don’t dig them as much as I dig the Temptations, but there are a few things I like.
“I’m A Believer” and “Wonderful Baby,” the Four Tops, from “Reach Out,” 1967. (The buy link is to an import two-fer CD which also has “On Top,” a 1966 LP.)
On which they cover what was then the white-hot single by Neil Diamond and the Monkees. An acquired taste perhaps.
“Wonderful Baby,” a deep cut from this smash-filled LP, is a Smokey Robinson tune.
“California Dreamin’,” the Four Tops, from “Soul Spin,” 1969. (The buy link is to another import two-fer CD, this one with “Yesterday’s Dreams,” a 1968 LP.)
This is a nice, laid-back cover of the tune by the Mamas and the Papas, from an LP full of covers. It’s a bit too lushly orchestrated to really be described as having a soul spin, but the vocals certainly are soulful.
“Are You Man Enough?” the Four Tops, from the “Shaft In Africa” soundtrack, 1973. It’s out of print but is available digitally.
Four years ago, one of the first tunes I ever posted was “Theme from Shaft,” by Isaac Hayes. Time for a sequel.