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Psychedelic Shack (song)
This single represents the Temptations and Whitfield's full-blown submergence into psychedelia, with hard rock guitars, synthesizer sound effects, multitracked drums, and stereo-shifting vocals giving the record a sound unlike that of even the earlier Temptations "psychedelic soul" recordings.
The song is a dedication of sorts to psychedelic shacks, describing the activities and atmosphere within. The record begins with the sounds of a person entering a psychedelic shack and droppingthe needle on a record, which is, interestingly enough, the Tempts' last big hit, "I Can't Get Next to You". The use of the re-recording of "I Can't Get Next to You" from its 45 RPM single makes "Psychedelic Shack" one of the first songs to use sampling, a technique that would become a stable of hip hop music in the coming decade.
- Lead and Background Vocals by Dennis Edwards, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, and Otis Williams
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