My late mum would dance around our kitchen singing the Four Tops, so utterly captured by the music... listening to them makes me feel closer to her than anything else in the world can. I love to put on Reach Out and shut my eyes, it's the only time I can vividly see her. Love. The sound of my childhood, and the feel of the relationship between me and my wonderful Mum.
Of the 28 studio albums, 13 have been headlined as "The Four Tops", while the rest were just "Four Tops". Of the Motown recordings, which most people would be most familiar with, only the three collaboration albums with The Supremes featured the definite article. As such, I'm inclined to say that if one of the titles should redirect to another, "Four Tops" is the correct one.
I just want to say that the official greatest hits album released by Motown does say THE FOUR TOPS on the cover. I think I'll trust Motown to tell me the name of the group over a few last.fm users. Also, my father lived through the era, and says the group has always been called THE FOUR TOPS. What are y'all gonna do next.....start telling us to call THE TEMPTATIONS just TEMPTATIONS?!?
These guys are the sound of my mum dancing round the kitchen singing and acting all silly, she loved them to pieces and the lyrics to Reach Out sound as if they're made for being what she would say to me now if she could. Missing you more every day mum xxx