The Temprees – 1972 – Lovemen

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Sublime harmony soul from The Temprees one of the few southern groups who could really match the brilliance of the east coast scene of the time!

Along with The Mad Lads and The Dramatics, The Temprees recorded some very sweet and soulful romantic ballads for Stax Records. Although their peak was short, classic ballads like “Explain It To Her Mama“, “Dedicated To The One I Love” and the immortal “Love Can Be So Wonderful” place The Temprees in the same league as The Stylistics, The Delfonics and The Dells.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original We Produce Records(Stax) including covers.

A1 Explain It To Her Mama (2:57)
A2 If I Could Say What’s On My Mind (4:25)
A3 (Girl) I Love You (3:12)
A4 I Love You, You Love Me (4:47)
A5 We’ve Only Just Begun (4:47)
B1 Dedicated To The One I Love (6:53)
B2 My Baby Love (2:54)
B3 I’m For You, You For Me (4:47)
B4 Love….Can Be So Wonderful (3:31)

Heavenly heavenly vocal group soul!

Although recorded in Memphis for the Stax subsidiary of We Produce, the sound of the record is much more in keeping with some of the best of the New Jersey group soul records from the time, fragile at times, with a sweetness that’s quite different than the bolder sound of early 70s Stax! The vocals are very raw, but woven together perfectly, into a soaring sound that will reach up and rip your still-beating heart right out of your chest!


The Memphis, TN. balladeers’ finest LP. Lead singer Jasper “Jabo” Phillips, Dale Juan Calvin, and Harold Scott put the “l” in “lush.” Only two fast numbers are on Lovemen. “Explain It to Her Mama” and “My Baby Love” are both tight, but are not the caliber of the slow jams. Without a lot of fanfare, the Temprees recorded some of the ’70s’ sweetest soul music. “If I Can Say What’s on My Mind” really hits home; men and women can relate to the message which depicts the innocence of attraction and the inability to say what you really mean. “Girl I Love You, You Love Me” is a love vow with an exclamation point; it sounds like a lyric you’d write after a passionate love session. Their version of “Dedicated to the One I Love” is the definitive version; you won’t find a better rendition of the super ballad and quiet storm staple. They’re too tender to be dudes on “Love…Can Be So Wonderful“, a silky-smooth soul waltz powered by a prominent organ that will rip your heart out. As sweet as the Temprees were, they were virtually ignored at Stax, and continue to be slighted in the reissue market; a good compilation CD is way overdue.

Listen up “Love Can Be So Wonderful”

A million thanks to Raphy and cafecafecafe who cleaned this one perfectly and for their constant help.

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  • Trag
    Posted at 17:54h, 12 September 2008 Reply

    I found out about this album years ago and have never been able to find it. Finally I get to to hear the whole thing. Thanks!

  • hooch
    Posted at 18:03h, 12 September 2008 Reply

    Many thanks Nikos – really looking forward to hearing this!

  • Marcha
    Posted at 20:03h, 12 September 2008 Reply

    by the way, for those who don’t know, (girl) i love you was sampled by alicia keys on teenage love affair ^^

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 20:03h, 12 September 2008 Reply

    This is Stax 2nd period (1968 – 1975) and though had lost their most valuable artists, they recovered quickly. Johnnie Taylor gave Stax its first big post-Atlantic hit with “Who’s Making Love” in 1968. Producer and songwriter Isaac Hayes stepped into the spotlight with Hot Buttered Soul , which sold over three million copies in 1969. By 1971, Hayes was established as the label’s biggest star, and was particularly noted for his best-selling soundtrack to the 1971 blaxploitation film Shaft. Hayes’ recordings were among the releases on a third major Stax label, Enterprise, which had been founded in 1967.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 20:14h, 12 September 2008 Reply

    Other great artists recorded for Stax 2nd period were The Soul Children, The Dramatics, The Staples Singers, David Porter, Jean Knight, Kim Weston, Mel and Tim, Luther Ingram, The Rance Allen Group and many others. The last big chart hit for Stax was “Woman to Woman” from Shirley Brown in 1974,(you can get it : and the single’s success help delay the inevitable demise of the company for several months. By 1975 all of the secondary Stax labels had folded, with only the main Stax label remaining which finaly bankrupt in December 75.

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 20:31h, 12 September 2008 Reply

    “Dedicated To The One I Love” released in 1959 by “The Shirelles”, an all girl r&b group who also were the first major female vocal group of the rock and roll era. The Shirelles re-released the song in 1961. The Mamas and the Papas released their version in 1967, and this version by The Temprees was released in 1972. A fantastic song. All versions were really great.

  • jane
    Posted at 20:59h, 12 September 2008 Reply

    My Mom had this one. She raised me off oldies. This is what i call REAL MUSIC. Thanks for remind me the good times…

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 22:16h, 12 September 2008 Reply

    Much Thanks Nikos, Raphy, cafecafecafe!! I’m lovin’ the sample video. I can’t wait to hear the other tracks.

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 23:42h, 12 September 2008 Reply

    Yup…this is IT! :Β¬)


  • jahcisco
    Posted at 23:43h, 12 September 2008 Reply

    Thanks. Much appreciated.

  • jaguar
    Posted at 00:22h, 13 September 2008 Reply

    Fantastic LP.

    Great group harmonies.

    I remember buying as a new release.

    Many thanks.

  • musicmeiho
    Posted at 00:55h, 13 September 2008 Reply

    Excellent!! I remember this well Thank U

  • Funkygirl
    Posted at 01:05h, 13 September 2008 Reply

    This is my all time favorite version of this song!!!! thank u so much for posting. πŸ™‚

  • Kosta
    Posted at 03:09h, 13 September 2008 Reply

    thanks!! i have 6 tracks of this album taken from eMusic compilations…stunning tracks also in Love Maze and Three…they are great!!!

  • manny
    Posted at 03:45h, 13 September 2008 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • Messiah of Soul Power Music Group
    Posted at 09:40h, 13 September 2008 Reply

    Thanks Raphy, Cafe and Nikos! This is right up my alley! I’m still stuck on the Whatnauts! Nikos you definitely have an ear for groups with the most soulful ballads! Thanks again good brother. Peace


  • nikos1109
    Posted at 13:01h, 13 September 2008 Reply

    Hi Messiah, what’s up brother? i am glad you like them. yeah! The Whatnauts soo good! i think Softones too. There’s a lot to come like The Main Ingredient. Peace.

  • Oak
    Posted at 17:16h, 13 September 2008 Reply

    love this too. Thanks for sharing nikos

  • Larry
    Posted at 19:13h, 13 September 2008 Reply

    Sweet! had no idea of that group. Thanks for the Stax lessons too.

  • Jenny D.
    Posted at 19:16h, 13 September 2008 Reply

    60s and 70s R&B was the best. Can’t stand the urban crap of today.

  • Ryan
    Posted at 19:52h, 13 September 2008 Reply

    Thank u 4 posting this Smooth soul gem!

  • Raphy
    Posted at 00:21h, 14 September 2008 Reply

    A Big Group, A Big LP>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>THANKS! THANKS! THANKS!
    Big [email protected]!

  • Mel
    Posted at 02:35h, 14 September 2008 Reply

    Yes, finally a great group and album!

  • LOR
    Posted at 13:02h, 14 September 2008 Reply

    Can’t thank you enough for this harmony soul gem.

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 15:08h, 14 September 2008 Reply

    Great post. Thanks.

  • Boo_2b
    Posted at 16:06h, 14 September 2008 Reply

    Thaks for posting this LP, its great.

  • Sammy
    Posted at 19:12h, 14 September 2008 Reply

    Excellent choice again. what a great collection of albums. Keep on man!

  • DG
    Posted at 22:20h, 14 September 2008 Reply

    Can’t wait for this. it looks very good.

  • Joce
    Posted at 22:28h, 14 September 2008 Reply

    Thanks for another Stax classic. wonderful blog.

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 09:03h, 15 September 2008 Reply

    The Temprees were already veterans in the Memphis club scene, when they released this fine little record. Their sound was somehow a crossbreed of Motown and Philly, and as their name reveals, they were true Temptations fans. That’s why they were more popular in Philly and Detroit than in their hometown. And that was mainly the reason Nixon had signed them to his We Produce label, so that Stax would be in position to embrace the whole soul spectrum. Loveable sound, loveable high falsetto lead vocals by Jabo Phillips and a fine overall performance by the rest.

  • Frai
    Posted at 10:11h, 15 September 2008 Reply

    Much Appreciated! This one’s on fire! Lovin the ” Dedicated To The One I Love” cover.

  • escapista
    Posted at 10:12h, 15 September 2008 Reply

    what a great discovery with tons of wonderful music! keep on groovin’! yasou

  • Agne
    Posted at 10:16h, 15 September 2008 Reply

    Damn this one is very nice. Thanks for made it possible! Love what you all are doing nikos. Great site.

  • Jeremy T. Jones
    Posted at 14:26h, 15 September 2008 Reply

    Respect! absolutely top class sweet soul record.

  • Rich
    Posted at 18:27h, 15 September 2008 Reply

    nikos thank u for this one i’ve been waiting since u had it up on the other website u use to be on. so many thanx for finally posting it.

  • jean
    Posted at 00:21h, 16 September 2008 Reply


  • Anonymous
    Posted at 01:48h, 16 September 2008 Reply

    Thank you again and again……..

  • pr0blem child
    Posted at 11:12h, 16 September 2008 Reply

    Dope Album yall

  • ReLax
    Posted at 12:22h, 16 September 2008 Reply


  • oz
    Posted at 19:37h, 16 September 2008 Reply

    simply Beautiful!!!thanks a lot for this great Album!

  • kizza
    Posted at 17:30h, 17 September 2008 Reply

    Haven’t heard this before! Thanks for putting me up on this gem!

  • Doctor Okeh
    Posted at 21:00h, 22 September 2008 Reply

    big props for this one guys… Raphy cafecafecafe, & Nikos!
    these cats are top notch!

  • El Slick
    Posted at 18:18h, 08 October 2008 Reply

    Had a friend that played keys in the road band. “Dedicated” along with The Dramatic’s “In the Rain/ Whatcha See” and Al Green (everything) reigned boss summer of ’72….what a musical summer!

  • cafecafecafe
    Posted at 23:46h, 20 October 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos. You know it’s a terrible one.

  • dramaticblue
    Posted at 03:41h, 02 March 2009 Reply

    Great Group and you have a excellent site.

  • karen
    Posted at 01:54h, 19 April 2010 Reply

    I’m looking for the lyrics to ” If I could say whats on my mind”

  • jessie's son
    Posted at 19:19h, 18 October 2010 Reply

    this album and the many others i’ve been privileged to download from your site have brought immense joy to me. It’s so refreshing to hear such beautiful voices and harmonies. Elements thaat unfortunately are missing in todays sound.

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