Pop Tops has been one of the most prominent groups of Spanish pop music. During its short career (1967-1974) patented a pop musical style with fusion of soul, gospel and baroque classical music, influenced by the famous British ensemble Procol Harum. Pop Tops was the Spanish group achieved more sales abroad, where ever walked its activity (Europe and America).
is an album recorded by the , issued on in 1970. Produced by longtime associate , the album returned the to the top forty on the album charts where it peaked at #21 on the albums chart yielding the popular Top 30 hits, (#11), which was co-written by and their cover of (#24), which featured rare co-leads by members , and singing alongside prominent lead . The album also served as inspiration behind singer 's , the hit title track, which was written by .
This is a great collection of rare and hard to find tunes compiled by Jeffrey Glenn. Hundreds of odds & ends by little known groups, famous singers, and famous singers before they became famous.
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.
The Ultimate Collection series was a rare success from Motown, one of the first of the label's many compilation series to do justice to some of the finest performers, arrangers, and musicians of the soul era. Nearly every artist with an entry was given the luxury treatment, with a disc-filling running time, excellent compilation decisions, and a pleasing design scheme that reflected the artists in their prime. The Four Tops' entry is arguably the best in the series, since the 25 tracks prove the perfect length to summarize the group's decade at Motown. From 1963 to 1972, the group reached the R&B charts 28 times, and all but a very few are presented here (among the missing are three decidedly unnecessary covers: "MacArthur Park," "If I Were a Carpenter," and "River Deep – Mountain High").
You'd be hard pressed to find two better singles on a debut album than "Ask the Lonely" and "Baby I Need Your Loving." These were the cornerstones of The Four Tops' first LP, and besides netting them one Top Ten and Top 20 pop single each, as well as a Top Ten and Top 20 R&B single, it established Levi Stubbs' resounding voice as another unforgettable one at Motown. Even the tunes that didn't do so well, like "Left with a Broken Heart" or "Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worth While)," were marvelously sung. It was a debut to remember.