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Lost and Found: Four Tops "Breaking Through" (1963-1964)


Download links and information about Lost and Found: Four Tops "Breaking Through" (1963-1964) by Four Tops. This album was released in 1999 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Pop genres. It contains 19 tracks with total duration of 01:01:03 minutes.

Artist: Four Tops
Release date: 1999
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Pop
Tracks: 19
Duration: 01:01:03
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No. Title Length
1. This Can't Be Love 2:35
2. On the Street Where You Live 2:37
3. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You 3:20
4. Nice 'N' Easy 2:56
5. Maybe Today 3:12
6. Stranger On the Shore 2:38
7. Young and Foolish 2:44
8. Discovered 3:46
9. I Left My Heart in San Francisco 4:05
10. Fascinating Rhythm 1:32
11. End of a Beautiful Friendship 2:21
12. If My Heart Could Sing 4:10
13. Can't Get Out of This Mood 2:41
14. When I'm Alone I Cry 3:06
15. Until I Met You 2:32
16. I'm Falling for You 3:40
17. Every Day I Have the Blues / Goin' to Chicago Blues 3:47
18. I Could Have Danced All Night 2:22
19. I'm Falling for You (featuring Billy Eckstine) 6:59



The Four Tops' early years as a jazz-vocal group are generally glossed over in capsule histories. Long before they signed to Motown — nearly a full decade as a matter of fact — they had been one of the popular Detroit jazz-vocal groups, earning the admiration of such luminaries as Smokey Robinson and Billy Eckstine, whom the group supported. After some persuasion, the group signed with Motown on the condition that they could record jazz. Over the course of a year, they cut nearly two albums' worth of material, which boiled down to one album, Breaking Through. Berry Gordy pulled the record at the last minute, believing that it would have been a commercial failure. Gordy's fears were not unfounded — indeed, had the album that comprises Breaking Through (1963-1964) been put out in 1964, it likely wouldn't have found much of an audience. Still, Breaking Through is a strong record, firmly within its tradition and working well on those terms. The Four Tops may not sound as distinctive singing jazz as they did with pop-soul, but they are convincing, as are the Motown house band. Neither of them take many chances, however. The songs are primarily standards, plus four new songs that feel like standards, all given good generic arrangements. This may sound like a dismissal, but it isn't; it's hard to do this kind of music right, but the group most certainly does. And it's not just one member that shines; everyone gets to take a lead, and the results are uniformly strong. Even so, Breaking Through appeals primarily to hardcore fans of the group, plus a handful of straight-ahead vocal-jazz aficionados. Reminiscent of a cross between Eckstine and the Four Freshmen, it's good stuff, but it's essentially a curiosity.