Picks and Pans Review: Emperors of Soul

updated 12/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Temptations

Though in recent years the group has become basically a Vegas lounge act, this five-CD set reminds us of how vital these entertainers and their sound once were. All the hits are here ("The Way You Do the Things You Do" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" among dozens of others), along with rare single B-sides and several unreleased tracks. There is even a "hidden" gem (a vocal-only version of "My Girl") that will make collectors drool. And a gorgeous detailed booklet, chock-full of facts and photos, tops off one of this year's most musically satisfying boxed sets. (Motown)

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