The Temptations – 1970 – Psychedelic Shack

Well, what do we have here?
1. The best black group of all time (for sure)
2. the best black producer of all time (maybe)
3. the best black lyricist of all time (maybe)
4.The best black record company(for sure)
But do we have the best Psychedelic Soul Record of all time?
i need your help. please tell me your opinion.

Side one
a1. “Psychedelic Shack” – 3:51

a2. “You Make Your Own Heaven and Hell Right Here on Earth” – 2:46

a3. “Hum Along and Dance” – 3:53

a4. “Take a Stroll Thru Your Mind” – 8:37


Side two
b1. “It’s Summer” – 2:36

b2. “War” – 3:11

b3. “You Need Love Like I Do (Don’t You)” – 3:58

b4. “Friendship Train” – 7:49

Psychedelic Shack is a 1970 album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label, which represents the Temptations’ full-blown submergence into psychedelia. Completely written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong and produced by Whitfield, Psychedelic Shack almost completely abandoned the “Motown Sound” formula for this LP; hard rock guitars, synthesizer sound effects, multitracked drums, sampling, and stereo-shifting vocals giving most of the album’s songs a harder, less traditional feel than the Temptations’ previous work.

Psychedelic Shack was the final album completed before the third incarnation of The Temptations (Dennis Edwards, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, and Otis Williams) broke apart.

Like most Temptations albums from the group’s “psychedelic period”, producer Norman Whitfield held full creative control over Psychedelic Shack. The only freedom afforded the Temptations themselves for this album was the occasional opportunity for Kendricks to arrange the vocal harmonies. The album cover, a collage/illustration by Hermon Weems, places photographs of the Temptations in a depiction of a psychedelic shack: an establishment in urban neighborhoods where people could go to “enhance their minds” through art, music, and mind-altering drugs.


Name Chart (1970) Peak position
Psychedelic Shack U.S. Billboard Pop Albums 24
Psychedelic Shack U.S. Top R&B Albums 1
Psychedelic Shack U.S. Billlboard Pop Singles 7
Psychedelic Shack U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 2


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  • Alex
    Posted at 04:57h, 26 May 2008 Reply

    yeh i got this on wax and it def. it top 5 psych soul of all time

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:37h, 26 May 2008 Reply

    Hey, just found your blog. You’ve got some great LPs. I’ve read quite a bit about these Psych influenced Temptations LPs, can’t wait to give them a listen. I’m a big fan of the info your giving with each album too. Peace

  • Brain Damage
    Posted at 15:34h, 14 November 2008 Reply

    The best psychedelic soul record of all time ? Yes, I think I agree. It’s my favourite Temptations album. Timeless, perfect from beginning to end. Norman Whitfield was a visionnary producer and this album is, i.m.h.o., his crowning achievement.

    Thanks a lot, I just discovered your blog and I’m amazed. Great records, high quality rips and scans, intelligent and sensitive comments…

    Maybe I won’t post a message on every post, but I became an instant fan. Keep the flame alive

  • MAF
    Posted at 03:58h, 26 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks for this classic. I remember dancing in front of the console stereo/8-track to this LP at my parents…..Awesome

  • notis
    Posted at 18:45h, 26 December 2008 Reply

    Maby not the best, but one of the three best soul pshyc. albums.

  • Chris
    Posted at 06:14h, 29 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks for posting the funky Motown gems as well. Peace

  • Mr Sam
    Posted at 22:18h, 25 April 2009 Reply

    Just great!!!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 22:04h, 05 May 2009 Reply

    yes, whitout any doubt this is the best psychedelic album of all times.

  • Tricky59
    Posted at 10:09h, 06 February 2010 Reply

    Played this one night when I was home alone in 1970, sadly drinking a bottle of rum. Finished up lay on the floor with ‘You Just Dance And Hum Along’ also blowing my mind.

  • Anthony
    Posted at 17:42h, 22 July 2011 Reply

    Definately ONE of the best Psych Soul LPs of all time if not the most popular.

    Is it the best? A good argument that it is. But even the temps on ‘Cloud 9’ could claim that title.

    Here’s some competeitors for the title:

    Sly aand the Family Stone – Stand
    Sly and the family – There’s a Riot going On
    the Chamber Brothers – Love peace and Understanding
    Curtis Mayfield’s – Curtis
    Shuggie Otis – ‘Inspiration informtion’
    Purple Image- Purple image
    Chariman of the Board -Skin I’m in
    teh Politicians – PyschSoulFunkaDelica
    Eddie hazel – Games, dames and things
    Prince – Around the world in a day

    Just to name a few. Love your blog!

  • obserwer
    Posted at 20:42h, 23 May 2012 Reply

    love this one. tnx for other alikes 😉

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