The Temprees – 1973 – Love Maze

The title track “Love Maze” features a heart-piercing lead, and impeccable backing harmonies; tender sweeties “Let Me Be the One” and “Passion” travel the same romantic road.

Most prefer the Temprees doing dripping, slow ballads, and there’s not enough of them on this multi-styled, rag-tag disc.

Selections like “Something So Right” and “Come On Y’all” might not appeal to those who enjoy southern soul. The Temprees emulate the Stylistics on “Trust In Me” and “People Make the World Go ‘Round“, featuring their clear vocals and the Stax gang at their finest.

A1 Love’s Maze 5:21
A2 Wrap Me in Love 2:32
A3 Let Me Be the One 4:09
A4 Something So Right 6:03
A5 At Last 2:57
B1 You Make the Sunshine 4:56
B2 You Make Me Love You 3:12
B3 Come Y’all 4:10
B4 Trust in Me 3:48
B5 People Make the World Go Round 6:37

The Temprees are an American soul vocal trio from Memphis, Tennessee, most popular during the 1970s. The band released several albums on We Produce records, an offshoot of Stax Records. In 1972, the band performed in front of more than 100,000 fans at the famous Wattstax festival in Los Angeles.

Originally formed as The Lovemen, the trio – lead singer Jasper “Jabbo” Phillips, whose powerful falsetto featured on most of their recordings, Harold “Scotty” Scott and Deljuan “Del” Calvin – met in the mid-1960s, when they were in junior high school, along with Larry Dodson, future lead singer of The Bar-Kays. The group was first signed to Stax Records in 1970 by producer Josephine “Jo” Bridges on her ‘We Produce’ subsidiary. Later with the collapse of Stax, they moved briefly in 1976 to Epic Records, (a subsidiary of CBS), for two singles.

The band released three albums, LovemenLove Maze, and Temprees 3 on We Produce, mainly produced by Bridges, Stax executive/producer and former Motown engineer Tom Nixon and arranger-producer Lester Snell, a regular collaborator with Isaac Hayes.

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