Legendary group The Temptations are pleased to announce their first new album in eight years, All The Time. To be released worldwide by UMe on May 4 in CD, vinyl LP, limited edition white vinyl LP, and digital formats, All The Time features inspired renditions of songs by Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, John Mayer, Maxwell, Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, and The Weeknd, and three new, original Temptations songs. The album's digital format includes two tracks available for immediate download and streaming today with album preorder, as well as two bonus track remixes.
All The Time is produced and arranged by Dave Darling, also known for his work with Glen Campbell, Brian Setzer, Tom Waits, and Janiva Magness, among others. The new album soars with The Temptations' strongest lineup in 20 years, led by founding member Otis Williams. Among the cover versions, the group transforms Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" into a stirring soul-gospel love song, while in their hands "Earned It," originally recorded by The Weeknd for Fifty Shades of Grey, becomes an emotional tour-de-force, and "Thinking Out Loud," originally by Ed Sheeran, is soulfully reflective and features Williams' spoken introduction. The album's new original songs are the yearning "Waitin' On You," the romantic "Be My Wife" – a sure steppers favorite – and the funked-up "Move Them Britches." The digital album's two bonus tracks are a spare 'Gospel Mix' for the rendition of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" and a special 'Heathens Mix' for "Move Them Britches."
Listen to The Temptations' rendition of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me": https://lnk.to/StayWithMe
54 years ago this month, The Temptations released their first Motown album, 1964's Meet The Temptations. For nearly 60 years, The Temptations have reigned as one of popular music's most beloved and successful groups worldwide, lauded by Billboard in 2017 as the Number One R&B Artist of All Time. The Temptations rose to the top of the charts with 16 Number One R&B albums and 43 Top Ten R&B hit songs across four decades, including 14 Number One singles. Their hits "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," and "Get Ready" are timeless, iconic classics, while the group's later forays into funk and psychedelia, including "Cloud Nine" and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," are just as influential. The group is one of Rolling Stone's '100 Greatest Artists of All Time,' and MOJO celebrated The Temptations with a December 2017 feature, saying "the music now sounds more mind-blowing than ever."
The Temptations were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999, and into the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2013, the same year they were honored with the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY® Award. Winner of four GRAMMY Awards, they received Motown's first-ever GRAMMY in 1969 for "Cloud Nine." Additionally, a two-part, scripted miniseries on the group, broadcast by NBC in 1998, was a ratings smash and won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or Movie.
The "Tempts" continue to actively tour, performing worldwide throughout the year.
"I'm 76 now," says Otis Williams, "Looking back, I never could have imagined where my life has taken me. I'm so proud of what The Temptations have achieved, and I'm grateful for every opportunity we've been so fortunate to receive. The music carries me. Together, we lift our voices with love and wonder. We had a great time recording All The Time and we hope everyone enjoys it."
Last fall, an electrifying new Temptations musical, Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations, made headlines as the highest-grossing production in the Berkeley, California Repertory Theatre's 50-year history. The show is confirmed for exclusive five-week engagements at Washington, DC's Kennedy Center this June and July, at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre in August and September, and at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre in October and November before it debuts on Broadway. Ain't Too Proud, with the iconic hits, harmonies and signature dance moves that have made The Temptations a cherished part of our cultural history forever, explores their extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to Motown fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The thrilling story is presented by Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, Olivier Award-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo, and two-time Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff.