My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: All Directions was recorded in 1972 and released in July of the same year.
What I think: I’m sort of a low-level Temptations fan and admittedly go more for their ballads than their socially conscious songs. This album has a little of both and it’s really those socially conscious songs that are the star here. We all know “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” and while you may have heard it on the radio, this is a twelve minute version that probably works better with the shorter edit. It seems to me they are trying to capture the spirit of Mayfield and Hayes with the long track, but never quite get there. That being said the core of the song is really great. The other big socially conscious song in “Run Charlie Run”, describes White Flight in a very distinct manner. The only ballad that really gets me is “Love Woke Me Up This Morning”. Other than that they are mostly too sappy. There is often too much piano and strings where there should be Steve Cropper guitar and/or horns. In the end that is probably more of a stylistic preference, but that’s how I like my Soul.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Naw… I think we can skip this one.
Rating (Out of 5): 2
All Directions Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (212/276)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%