Released on the Gordy Motown label, and produced by Norman Whitfieldit features on the group's album, Sky's the Limit. The single held the number 1 position on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart for two weeks infrom March 27 to April Today, "Just My Imagination" is considered one of the Temptations' signature songsand is notable for recalling the sound of the group's s recordings. It is also the final Temptations single to feature founding members Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams.
During the process of recording and releasing the single, Kendricks left the group to begin a solo career, while the ailing Williams was forced to retire from the act for health reasons. The song was covered by the Rolling Stones on their Some Girls album. A full orchestral arrangement with strings and French horns adorning a bluesy rhythm track and bass line provides the instrumentals. Music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine of allmusic notes that the song is narrated by a man who imagines a relationship with the woman he loves, is canny enough to realize that his daydreams are fiction, yet is overwhelmed by them.
The lyrics capture his resignation to his fantasies. The song as a whole captures their full emotional effect on him. In the bridge, the narrator prays that he will never lose her love to another, or he will "surely die". For Erlewine, "the Temptations' performance has a dream-like quality, quietly drifting through the singer's hopes and desires. Whitfield and Strong wrote the song inbut with the Temptations' psychedelic soul singles consistently keeping them in the US Top 20, Whitfield and Strong decided to shelve the composition and wait for the right time to record Adolph And Eva - John Morris - The Producers. In latethe Temptations' single "Ungena Za Ulimwengu Unite the World ", a psychedelic soul song about world peace, failed to reach the Top 30, and Whitfield decided to record and release "Just My Imagination" as the next single.
He Run To Me - Various - In My Imagination - Here Come The Boys Volume 2 Barrett Strong, and asked him to pull out "that song we were messing around with a year ago Norman Whitfield began the recording of "Just My Imagination" by preparing the song's instrumental track.
Whitfield arranged and recorded the non-orchestral elements of the instrumental with Motown's studio band, The Funk Brotherswho for this recording included Eddie "Chank" Willis on guitar, Jack Ashford on marimbaJack Brokensha on timpaniAndrew Smith on drums, and III.
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The Temptations had heard the Funk Brothers' tracks and loved them, but were "totally knocked out", according to Otis Williams, when they heard "the Run To Me - Various - In My Imagination - Here Come The Boys Volume 2 record with all the strings".
While all five Temptations usually sang lead on singles during the psychedelic soul era, "Just My Imagination" is primarily a showcase for Eddie Kendrickswho sang lead on such Temptations hits as " Get Ready ," " The Way You Do the Things You Do ," and " You're My Everything "; in fact, this is the only Temptations hit in which Dennis Edwards did not have a lead vocal during his entire tenure with the group.
The Run To Me - Various - In My Imagination - Here Come The Boys Volume 2 remained at Hitsville overnight recording "Just My Imagination," and while the other four members went home at six o'clock in the morning, Kendricks remained in the studio, spending several additional hours recording takes for his lead vocal. The song was recorded in the midst of a bitter feud between Kendricks and the Temptations' de facto leader, Otis Williams. Dissatisfied and frustrated with Williams' leadership, Kendricks began to withdraw TAchetes Le Journal - Les Requins - Same the group, and picked several fights with either Williams or his best friend, bass singer Melvin Franklin.
When Kendricks told his friend ex-Temptation David Ruffin about his problems in the group, Ruffin convinced Kendricks that he should begin a solo career. After a final altercation during a November Copacabana engagement, both Kendricks and Williams agreed that it would be best for Kendricks to leave the group. By the time "Just My Imagination" Run To Me - Various - In My Imagination - Here Come The Boys Volume 2 recorded, Williams and Kendricks were no longer on friendly speaking terms.
Nevertheless, Williams was impressed by Kendricks' performance on the recording, and in his Temptations biography referred to "Just My Imagination" as "Eddie's finest moment". Paul Williamsthe Temptations' original lead singer and Kendricks' lifelong best friend, who sings the first line in the bridge "Every night, on my knees, I pray By the time "Just My Imagination" was cut, Paul Williams' contributions to the Temptations' recordings had been reduced, and the group had Otis Williams' old associate Richard Street lined up as Paul Williams' replacement.
As for Kendricks, he was eventually replaced by Damon Harriswho would be featured in the group's hit " Papa Was a Rollin' Stone ". On-screen, Kendricks stood several feet away from the other Temptations, and made little eye contact with them; Otis Williams later remarked that one could see the group was no longer a complete unit:.
But there was such a bittersweet feeling. Eddie had really changed. Paul was on his last legs. Watch the clip of us doing the song on Ed Sullivan we're not together. Eddie is off by himself. There was no more group. Sure enough, when we played the Copa that week, Eddie left between shows. He didn't come back. Billboard Hot chart at number 71 and later number one on both the Hot and the U. The single was included along with "Unite the World" on the Temptations' ninth regular studio album, Sky's the Limitwhich included the final Temptations recordings to feature Eddie Kendricks.
He began working on his solo album All By Myself shortly before officially leaving the group. Unable to promote the song because they did not have anyone to do his parts in concert, the song failed miserably so the company pushed the "B-side" — the group's re-recording of "It's Summer", initially the B-side of "Ball of Confusion", at the last-minute, and Norman Whitfield had The Undisputed Truth record "Smiling Faces Sometimes", for whom it was a major hit.
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