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Just My Imagination

Music by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong

Originally Performed by Temptations

Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" is a song by American soul group The Temptations, written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong. Released on the Gordy (Motown) label, and produced by Norman Whitfield, it features on the group's 1971 album, Sky's the Limit. When released as a single, "Just My Imagination" became the third Temptations song to reach number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The single held the number 1 position on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart for two weeks in 1971, from March 27 to April 10. "Just My Imagination" also held the number one spot on the Billboard R&B Singles chart for three weeks, from February 27 to March 20 of that year

Today, "Just My Imagination" is considered one of the Temptations' signature songs, and is notable for recalling the sound of the group's 1960s recordings. It is also the final Temptations single to feature founding members Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams. During the process of recording and releasing the single, Kendricks left the group to begin a solo career, while the ailing Williams was forced to retire from the act for health reasons. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine listed "Just My Imagination" as number 389 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was covered by the Rolling Stones on their Some Girls album.

    Release Date: 1971


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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The Temptations : Greatest Hits : Solo : Songbook : 073999061291 : 142341117X : 00306129

The Temptations : Greatest Hits

14 of the best songs from this Motown quintet that was a sensation in the '60s. Includes: Ain't Too Proud to Beg, Beauty Is Only Skin Deep, Cloud Nine, Get Ready, I Can't Get Next to You, Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me), My Girl, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, The Way You Do the Things You Do, and more.

Songlist: Ain't Too Proud To Beg, Ball Of Confusion, Beauty Is Only Skin Deep, Cloud Nine, Get Ready, I Can't Get Next To You, I Wish It Would Rain, I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, I'm Losing You (I Know), Just My Imagination , My Girl, Papa Was A Rollin' Stone, The Way You Do The Things You Do, You're My Everything

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by The Temptations | 4002b | Songbook | $14.95 | PVG


Catacoustic Groove : This New Place : 00  1 CD

Catacoustic Groove : This New Place

This bright young seven member group has burst upon the scene with their first album, This New Place. The title is all about where the group finds itself at the moment, with new members, new music, new travels and new fans. The CD focuses on Motown and R&B. The group is heavily influenced by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Otis Redding. Our favorite tracks include a revamped version of Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," "Who's Lovin' You" which was originally recorded by Smokey Robinson and finally the grooviest of them all, "Let's Get it On" from Marvin Gaye. Nine other groovin' songs.

Songlist: Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Midnight Train To Georgia, Crazy Love, These Arms of Mine, She's Not Just Another Woman, Sara Smile, Just My Imagination, Mustang Sally, Who's Lovin' You, Let's Get It On, Haven't Found a way

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2921c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Harbor Lights : Almost Acappella : 00  1 CD : 8496

Harbor Lights : Almost Acappella

When we want to hear authentic Doo Wop, we think of Indiana. That's right, Indiana-4-man, 1-woman Harbor Lights is the real deal, with the genuine New York Doo Wop sound. On "Almost" they nail Doo Wop standards like "Come Go With Me," "Little Star," "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." They add a female lead to Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," and reinterpret pop hits like the Temptations' "Just My Imagination" and Peter & Gordon's "I Go To Pieces" becomes an a cappella classic. Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool" is a sweet, nostalgic winner, as is Richie Valens' "Donna." Some accompaniment. "Almost" is the soul of East Coast Doo Wop from America's heartland!

Songlist: Come Go With Me, Poor Little Fool, Gee Whiz, Little Star, Stand By Me, Pretty Little Angel Eyes, Just My Imagination, I Go To Pieces, Donna, The Lion Sleeps Tonight

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8208c | 1 CD | $12.98 | Primarily a cappella


Magic Touch : Sincerely - A Cappella Starlight Sessions Vol. 3 : 00  1 CD

Magic Touch : Sincerely - A Cappella Starlight Sessions Vol. 3

There are some doo-wop groups from whom the clean, smooth, crisp sound just seems to flow like a street corner water fountain, like it did with the original groups who burst onto the airwaves in the 1950s and 60s. The 5-man Magic Touch is one of those groups, and 'Sincerely' just goes to show how appealing and timeless the combination of great arranging, soaring harmonies and classic material can be. Some favorites: 'Ain't No Woman Like The One I Love,' 'Just My Imagination,' 'Rama Lama Ding Dong,' 'Twilight Time,' Bobby Darin's 'Dream Lover' (OK, we know it was a hit for Del Shannon), 'In The Still of the Night' and the title tune, but we have to say that these are 19 of the best doo-wop tunes we've ever heard!

Songlist: Tonight I Fell In Love, This Is My Love, Ain't No Woman (Like One I Got), I Was Such A Fool, No Says My Heart, Morse Code Of Love, Please Say You Want Me, So Much In Love, Just My Imagination, Rama Lama Ding Dong, Twilight Time, Sincerely, To Be Love (Forever), Rockin Robin, Dream Lover, Could This Be Magic, Heart Of Saturday Night, Any Day Now, In The Still Of The Night

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8231c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Musical Island Boys : Four : 00  1 CD

Musical Island Boys : Four

From the other "down under" here is an excellent recording from the Wellington, New Zealand based quartet Musical Island Boys who are a certifiable barbershop boy band phenomenon. Winners of the Gold medals at the 2014 Barbershop International competition they are one of only a couple non-US quartets to become champions. And it's easy to see why these lads have done so well when you hear their excellent renditions of these top-notch arrangements. All four singers are of Pacific Islander heritage including Samoan and Maori and perhaps it's the great tradition of singing in their cultures that give them the special touch they so clearly demonstrate. Recommended

Songlist: I Just Can't Wait to be King, Ain't Too Proud to Beg, Somewhere Out There, Just My Imagination, Sam Cooke Medley, Pokarekare Ana, Stone In Love With You, Talofa Teine, Only You (And You Alone), Hakuna Matatat

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4017c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella


Rockapella : Motown and More : 00  1 CD

Rockapella : Motown and More

How does an a cappella legend sound? Judging by Rockapella's "Motown & More," more sweet, tight, soulful and rockin' than ever! Having grown up 50 miles from the Motor City, this reviewer was weaned on the Motown sound, which dominated the top 40 airwaves with wonderful artists like the Temptations, the Supremes, the Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder. So here come the hits on "Motown & More," and they are to the original tunes like little Michael Jackson was to himself on "Thriller." Tight Vocal Percussion replaces drum sets, of course, but Scott Leonard's arrangements of standards like "Brick House," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone," "(Stop) The Love You Save," "My Cherie Amour," "Dancing In The Street," "Use Ta Be My Girl," "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" and "Just My Imagination" (which segues smoothly into a sample of John Lennon's 'Imagine'), is the "& More" here! Let's be frank, Scott, Jeff, George, John & Steven could sing rings around most of the early Motown vocalists, and we're hearing exactly how amazing so-called "covers" can be, when re-invented by one of our favorite, and still one of the premier a cappella bands in the world, Rockapella. We loved this album from start to finish, especially because we have loved Motown ever since we were big enough to reach the faux-chrome radio knob on our '64 Comet. Great stuff!

Songlist: Blame It On The Boogie, Brick House, Papa Was A Rollin' Stone, (Stop) That Love You Save, Dancing Machine, Pretty Much You, My Cherie Amour, Dancing in the Street, Use Ta Be My Girl, My Girl, Ain't To Proud to Beg, Just My Imagination

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2695c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella


Standards : The Standards Collection : 00  1 CD

Standards : The Standards Collection

We've been big fans of the Standards, five sweet-singing brothers from Idaho, twice when they nearly won the Harmony Sweepstakes Finals, and then there were their four excellent CDs. "Collection" is a sometimes accompanied, 16-song best-of album that may be better described as a "tour de force" album. Our favorites are of course the a cappella cuts, "I Got A Feelin'," "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," a kickin' vocal percussion arrangement of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl," a dreamy, soaring "In Absence," wonderful vocal "horns" on the Mamas and the Papas' hit "California Dreamin'," the rhythmic, powerful "I Can't Break Away," and live covers of Bill Withers' "Lean On Me," "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," the Motown hit "Just My Imagination," "Brown Eyed Girl," Smoky Robinson's hit "My Girl," the Doo-Wop anthem "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and the jazzy, surprising "Single Grain of Sand." These last seven tunes remind us of why we loved The Standards, one of the best live shows in the business, wonderful harmonies, strong vocal percussion, leads to die for. "Collection" is big fun, don't miss it!

Songlist: Give Me Some More, I'm In A Hurry, I Got A Feelin', Dance of the Mamba, Put A Little Love in Your Heart, Brown Eyed Girl, In Absence, California Dreaming, I Can't Break Away, Lean On Me, Put A Little Love in Your Heart (Live), Just My Imagination, My Girl, Lion Sleeps Tonight, Single Grain of Sand

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2060c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella


Standards : Give Me Some More : DVD

Standards : Give Me Some More

It's great for us to cue up "Give Me Some More," and once again be blown away by the live show of Quinn, Nicholas, Nathan, Morgan and Jordan, the brothers from Idaho who twice nearly won the Harmony Sweepstakes Finals. Not only can we sit in with the lucky, up-close Nashville audience, but we get to sit down with the guys after a song and hear them talk about their creative process, how they came to choose, arrange or write a song, and see how passionate they feel about their music. The Standards' live show has only grown more entertaining and polished from their years of touring and live concerts. There are nine cuts here, all a cappella, and all of them energetically choreographed. Our favorites are the intro title tune "Give Me Some More," "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," a rockin', sing-along arrangement of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl," a sweet cover of Bill Withers' "Lean On Me," a very fun, audience-participation cover of the Motown hit "Just My Imagination," Smoky Robinson's anthem "My Girl," the high-energy country rocker "I Got a Feelin'," a totally jungle arrangement of the Doo-Wop anthem "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," the jazzy, surprising "Single Grain of Sand" and closing with a surprising group-written and choreographed original, "Dance of the Mamba" with black lights and day-glow costumes that will knock your socks off! Wait a minute, we picked every song-this reminds us of why we love The Standards, one of the most fun live shows in the business, wonderful harmonies, strong vocal percussion, top-drawer leads, cool choreography. "Give Us Some More!"

Songlist: Give Me Some More, Put A Little Love In Your Heart, Lean On Me, I'm In A Hurry, Brown Eyed Girl, Just My Imagination, I Got A Feellin', Lion Sleeps Tonight, Single Grain of Sand, Dance of the Mamba, Group interviews

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2060dvd | DVD | $14.95


Individual Folios

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Just My Imagination : TBB : Mac Huff : The Temptations : DVD : 08201074 : 073999328080

Mac Huff : Just My Imagination

The 1971 #1 hit by the Temptations has a great groove, and this easy-to-sing arrangement by Mac Huff reproduces the wonderful vocal harmony. Available: TTB, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:40.

Arranger: Mac Huff Performed By: The Temptations

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Voicing: TBB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08201074 | Showtrax CD Available

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