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Four Tops - Reach Out album

Four Tops - Reach Out album
  • Performer Four Tops
  • Title Reach Out
  • Date of release 1967
  • Style Soul
  • Other formats WMA MP2 DXD AA ASF DMF TTA
  • Genre Soul
  • Size MP3 1353 mb
  • Size FLAC 1207 mb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 631

Reach Out is an album recorded by the Four Tops, issued on Motown Records in July 1967. It was the final Four Tops LP to be produced by Motown's main songwriting and production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland, who departed the label in late 1967 over money disputes.

Along with Reach Out, I’ll Be There, the Four Tops were infusing soul and R&B with new levels of maturity and taste, making the songs impossible to ignore and validating them with a new certainty of purpose. This was a time when formal albums were created around a single hit, with the album Reach Out being a true exception to the rule, though one should certainly consider that by this time, the marketplace was catering to those who were used to purchasing full and thoughtful albums, demanding that 33’s be laced with a body of material that was cohesive

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The Four Tops’ 1966 song Reach Out, I’ll Be There is a feel-good Motown Records classic and one of the group’s biggest hits. The Four Tops were a vocal quartet from Detroit, led by singer Levi Stubbs. Reach Out, I’ll Be There was written by Motown’s defining songwriter trio nd-composed of Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian and Eddie Holland. While Dozier and Brian Holland handled the production and composition of their songs, Eddie Holland would write the lyrics and arrange vocals

The Four Tops recorded this in just two takes, and had practically forgotten about the song until it was released, assuming it was a "throwaway" album track. Motown boss Berry Gordy had other ideas and released it as a single. Gordy had a knack for identifying hit songs, and got this one right. This was one of many hits the nd team wrote for The Four Tops. Some of these songs sounded remarkably similar, but the Motown writers didn't have time to start from scratch with every song, since they were expected to crank out lots of songs in a hurry.

Listen to Reach Out, I'll Be There - Album Version, Stereo from The Four Tops's 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of the Four Tops for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. The Four Tops are an American Motown musical quartet, whose repertoire has included doo-wop, jazz, soul music, RnB, disco, adult contemporary, showtunes, and even psychedelic rock. View full artist profile.

Though it's one of the best Four Tops records of the '60s, Reach Out still feels weighted down by a few vain attempts at adult pop crossover. It certainly starts out right, with the glorious "Reach out, I'll Be There," the group's second pop/R&B chart-topper. After a faithful cover of the Left Banke's "Walk Away Renee," though, listeners are forced to sit through trite versions of "If I Were a Carpenter," "Last Train to Clarksville," and "I'm a Believer" to get to real highlights like the dramatic, impassioned.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Reach Out I'll Be There
Written-By – Holland, Dozier, Holland*
A2 Walk Away Renee
Written-By – B. Calilli*, M. Brown*, T. Sansone*
A3 7 - Rooms Of Gloom
Written-By – Holland, Dozier, Holland*
A4 If I Were A Carpenter
Written-By – Hardin*
A5 Last Train To Clarksville
Written-By – G. Goffin, C. King*
A6 I'll Turn To Stone
Written-By – Holland*, Holland*, Dozier*, R. Dean Taylor
B1 I'm A Believer
Written-By – N. Diamond*
B2 Standing In The Shadows Of Love
Written-By – Holland, Dozier, Holland*
B3 Bernadette
Written-By – Holland, Dozier, Holland*
B4 Cherish
Written-By – T. Kirkman*
B5 Wonderful Baby
Written-By – Wm. Robinson*
B6 What Else Is There To Do (But Think About You)
Written-By – C. Paul*, M. Broadnax*, S. Wonder*

Companies, etc.

  • Copyright (c) – Motown Record Corporation
  • Lacquer Cut At – RCA Studios, Chicago
  • Pressed By – RCA Records Pressing Plant, Hollywood
  • Record Company – Motown Record Corporation


  • Artwork By [Cover Art] – James Meese
  • Lacquer Cut By – Ω
  • Producer – Holland & Dozier


RCA Records Pressing Plant, Hollywood pressing denoted by "H" stamp in runouts.
660 on front and back covers, MS 660 on spine, S-660 on labels.

© 1967 Motown Record Corporation. Printed in U.S.A.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix A on label): HS-1456-3 U4RS-5746
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix B on label): HS-1457-2 U4RS-5747
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A etch; H U4RS... stamp): HS-1456 Ω H U4RS-5746-1-E
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B etch; H U4RS... stamp): HS-1457 Ω H U4RS-5747-1-E

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
660, MM 660, M-660 Four Tops Reach Out ‎(LP, Album, Mono) Motown, Motown, Motown 660, MM 660, M-660 US 1967
06007 5303913, MS-660 Four Tops Reach Out ‎(LP, Album, RE, 180) Speakers Corner Records, Motown 06007 5303913, MS-660 Germany 2009
SLW-1676 Four Tops Reach Out ‎(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) World Record SLW-1676 Taiwan 1968
535001 Four Tops Reach Out ‎(LP, Comp, RP) Motown 535001 France 1980
M 5149 Four Tops Reach Out ‎(LP, Album, RE) Motown M 5149 Australia 1981