There is a very long way from The Temptations debut hit "My Girl" in 1965 to 1970's psychedelic and political "Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)". Its themes are very much of the era - crooked politicians, segregration, the Vietnam War, etcetera - and the music is far from the poppy Motown sound of earlier singles like "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" and "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep". "Ball Of Confusion" is hard, angry funk, and all in all an amazing song, that shows how the Motown hit factory was evolving with the times. And a year after this came What's Going On - 'nuff said!
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