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Vinyl record 7" 45 RPM. Psychedelic soul. Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong. 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 Feline Daemon - Various - Industrial Hell (Best Of 2009) 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 it.
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 approached 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 Bob Babbitt on bass.
That Old Feeling - Ralph Marterie And His Orchestra - Dancers Choice Long, an arranger who had previous experience with scoring films in Paris, worked on the orchestral arrangement and conducted several members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in performing the horns and strings for the recording.
The Temptations had heard the Funk Brothers' tracks and loved them, but were "totally knocked out", according to Otis Williams, when they heard "the finished 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 The Temptations - Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) / Unite The World (Ungena Za Ulimwengu) lead vocal during his entire tenure with the group.
The Temptations 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 Marlow - InsideOutside and the Temptations' de facto leader, Otis Williams.
Dissatisfied and frustrated with Williams' leadership, Kendricks began to withdraw from 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" was 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 ". By the fall ofKendricks decided that he should leave the group and go solo. During a November engagement at the Copacabana nightclub in New York The Temptations - Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) / Unite The World (Ungena Za Ulimwengu)tensions came to a head. Otis Williams' mother had just died, and his voice cracked onstage during a performance, drawing Kendricks' ire.
Attempting to avoid yet another fight, Williams and Melvin Franklin left the Copa immediately after the show, infuriating Kendricks to the point that he left as well and didn't return for the next show.
The rift became irreparable at that point, and it was mutually agreed by all parties involved that Kendricks would be leaving The Temptations. Kendricks arranged a solo deal with Motown's Tamla label, and would go on to have hits such as "Keep on Truckin'" and "Boogie Down"while Paul Williams retired from the stage and assisted the Temptations with choreography until committing suicide in All selections produced by Whitfield.
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