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This excellent album captures the Temptations’ smooth, soulful, and often passionate sound. It is the last album produced by Smokey Robinson and the final album with Ruffin, Kendricks, and bass singer Melvin Franklin taking turns on lead vocal: Mr. Ruffin being dismissed due to disruptive behavior, including insistence on the group’s name being changed to “David Ruffin and the Temptations” mimicking the name change of the Supremes to Diana Ross and The Supremes.

Besides the excellent vocals, we have the Motown studio musicians, named at the time as the Soul Brothers by Motown CEO Berry Gordy, Jr, but not credited on this album or other such albums of the era, and historically referred to as the “Funk Brothers”, in top form.


A1 I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)  3:33
A2 Cindy  3:08
A3 I Wish It Would Rain  2:48
A4 Please Return Your Love To Me  2:26
A5 Fan The Flame  2:44
A6 He Who Picks A Rose  2:28
B1 Why Did You Leave Me Darling  2:11
B2 I Truly, Truly Believe  2:44
B3 This Is My Beloved  2;13
B4 Gonna Give Her All The Love I’ve Got  2:46
B5 I’ve Passed This Way Before  2:43
B6 No Man Can Love Her Like I Do  2:16



“If you want to find the truth in life, don’t pass music by.”  — Eric Burdon

Eric Burdon and the Animals were effective performers at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.   They recorded “Monterrey”, written about the festival’s performers.  Perhaps this was the first rock song written about a concert event (before Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” or Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.”) The lyrics are weak, and Burdon even gets Ravi Shankar’s name wrong (“Shanknar”) but there is something special to this song that barely made it to the fifteenth spot on the US pop charts.  It opens up with solo koto (or perhaps a similar instrument like the Chinese guzheng) and includes snippets of instrumental sound-painting as some the musicians that performed at the festival are described. In addition, woodwinds and  strings are added. It really is a celebration of the time, helped by the lyrics general naiveté and the song’s relentless, expanding energy, as it picks up tempo as it progresses.

The album containing “Monterrey”, The Twain Shall Meet, was released in May of 1968 and is a solid and capable mixture of hard and psychedelic rock, and has much in common with the first albums of harder rock groups and some of the progressive rock groups that followed soon after.  If one ignores the weakness in the lyrics and focuses on the music, this album provides a intriguing historical perspective on the early days of hard rock and provides insight into the transition from hard rock to what is commonly labelled as progressive rock.

Track listing [from Wikipedia]

Side one

  1. Monterey” (4:18)
  2. “Just the Thought” (3:47)
  3. “Closer to the Truth” (4:31)
  4. “No Self Pity” (4:50)
  5. “Orange and Red Beams” (3:45)

Side two

  1. Sky Pilot” (7:27)
  2. “We Love You Lil” (6:48)
  3. “All Is One” (7:45)

All selections written by Eric Burdon, Vic Briggs, John Weider, Barry Jenkins, & Danny McCulloch except “Orange and Red Beams”, written by McCulloch.




Connie Hawkins and the Pittsburgh Pipers defeated Larry Brown and the New Orleans Buccaneers in the seventh game of the very first ABA playoff in front of 11,000 fans, up considerably from their average attendance of around 3,000.  Worth mentioning is the price paid for the New Orleans Bucs franchise: exactly $1000.

In other basketball news, the Los Angeles Lakers beat previous Western champion, the San Francisco Warriors, and the Boston Celtics defeated previous NBA champions, Wilt Chamberlain and the 76ers (with Wilt’s getting 34 rebounds in game 7 but his teammates shooting poorly and Wilt receiving limited touches on offense) to meet in the finals where the Lakers (with Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Archie Clark, and Gail Goodrich) lost the seven game series for the fifth time in seven years to the Celtics, this time in six games.

Wilt Chamberlain, perhaps still upset about the 76ers previously withdrawing a verbal commitment to give Chamberlain part ownership of the team, would demand a trade, indicating the possibility of going to the ABA, and soon Chamberlain would be sent to the Lakers for Archie Clark, Darrall Imhoff, and Jerry Chambers.

This was the first and last year of the ABA Anaheim Amigos,  purchased for $30,000 and sold less than a year later for $450,000, renamed to the Los Angeles Stars, and moved from the Anaheim convention Center to the LA Sports Center.


Comments on: "Fifty Year Friday: Temptations, Wish it Would Rain; Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Twain Shall Meet; ABA and NBA finals" (4)

  1. Where do you get off calling Eric’s lyrics weak? He wrote a beautiful song about a beautiful event, and you want to diss it? Yeah, he is known for making vocal mistakes, as in Sky Pilot, but he was brave enough to leave them in. Most likely he suffers from dyslexia, but that is Eric Burdon. The man is a genius, with the best male voice in rock n roll/white blues.
    You have a nice little blog here, very imformative, but you ruin it with judgmental statements. You can’t take away our music, so why do you want to take away our pleasure? Yeah, it’s your opinion, but keep it to yourself.

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    • rawgod: Not following your comment. What paragraph or sentence are you referring to? The two references to Burdon’s lyrics in the post are positive comments. I am not going to refrain from expressing my opinion, positive or negative, but mystified what you are finding to be a negative comment on Burdon’s lyrics.


  2. Quote, “The lyrics are weak.” And then, “If one ignores the weakness in the lyrics…” If those are positive comments, I’d hate to see you being negative.
    You’re right of course, you get to express your opinions, but expect to get reactions from those to see the world differently. Eric was a poet, who made people feel like they were in the crowd at Monterey, knowing the bands they were seeing and listening to. AC/DC, now there’s a band with weak lyrics, all the time. Eric sang songs, not just threw words at a mike thinking their fans couldn’t hear them anyway.

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  3. rg– I see where the issue was — I was looking at this post when I replied to your comment: https://zumpoems.com/2018/08/17/fifty-year-friday-roy-ayers-stoned-soul-picnic-eric-burdon-the-animals-every-one-of-us/

    Since this was a older post, when I saw your commentary on the admin comments page, I just went to the more recent post of an Eric Burdon album. If I were in your shoes, I would look at the positive comments I have made and the fact that I highlight a quote of Mr. Burdon’s. If you are a big fan of his lyrics, I can understand you being sensitive about less than enthusiastic comments on some of the lyrics in this particular album — but note that I quote the lyrics from the later album in the more recent post, which are quite good. Seems to me one has to admire the increased quality of Burdon’s lyrics over time — quite impressive as he appears to write the music first and then fit in the lyrics — a very difficult task. That I consider that he improves over time, is not meant to be something to offend anyone that might disagree with that evaluation.

    My advice to you is to build a broader tolerance for other people’s opinions. I constantly find that others don’t like music that I think very highly of. Same with lyrics. Art is meant to be interpreted by the audience, and one should accept that some people have different opinions.

    If you want to have effective discourse, you should point out what makes the lyrics on this album strong. Reviewing them again, not through listening, but reading the actual lyrics, I find that I also disagree with my characterization of the lyrics. To be fair, most of these lyrics on this album, are quite effective in communicating the author’s intent. And so, your post made me take another look at the lyrics, separate from the music, which was really educational for me, but how much more effective might you be if you took some lyrics from this album and shared how they resonate with you — or underscore what makes them particularly well-crafted and effective, eloquent, or satisfying.

    Or if you wish, just indicate that you think the lyrics are great. That is fine and I will respect that just as much as any detailed analysis.


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