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.
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
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.
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