All Directions

Label
Uni/Motown
Release date
26 Mar 2013
Running length
8 tracks
Running time
29:47

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On 3:11 8,523
2 Run Charlie Run 3:01 5,250
3 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone 6:50 145,444
4 Love Woke Me Up This Morning 2:22 6,158
5 I Ain't Got Nothin' 3:33 5,255
6 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 4:08 6,732
7 Mother Nature 3:11 5,770
8 Do Your Thing 3:31 4,953

About this album

All Directions is a 1972 album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label, produced by Norman Whitfield.


The LP features the #1 hit “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”, a twelve-minute cover of a Whitfield-produced Undisputed Truth single. “Papa” won three Grammy Awards in 1973: Best R&B Performance by a Group for the Temptations, Best R&B Instrumental Performance for Whitfield and arranger/conductor Paul Riser’s instrumental version of “Papa” on the single’s b-side, and Best R&B Song for Whitfield and lyricist Barrett Strong. All Directions was Strong’s final LP as the Temptations’ lyricist; Strong in fact had no direct involvement in the album as both of his compositions for it — “Papa was a Rollin’ Stone” and “Funky Music Sho’ Nuff Turns Me On”, were both covers (originally by The Undisputed Truth and Edwin Starr, respectively). Strong left Motown to re-start his career as a recording artist.

According to group leader Otis Williams, the Temptations fought “tooth and nail” not to record “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” or “Run Charlie Run”, a socially conscious Black power track (dealing primarily with the phenomenon of white flight) that called for them to repeatedly call out, in an affected Caucasian accent, “the niggers are comin’!” The group was certain that “Papa” and All Directions would flop, and that they would be back to singing ballads like “My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” again. Although the first single, “Mother Nature”, charted at number 92 on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart, “Papa” was a number-one hit and is today one of the Temptations’ signature songs.

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  • BROOKLYN-BORN

    Everytime i hear papa was a rolling stone i think about the movie,so sad.

    21 Nov 2008 Reply

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