The Temptations and The Four Tops are arguably the two greatest male vocal ensembles assembled during the heyday of Motown Records, and rank among the most innovative and vital groups in soul music history. The Temptations brought the distinctive interplay and individual splendor of the doo-wop era into the ’60s. Their long string of spectacular hits featured numerous brilliant lead vocalists, among them David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks and Dennis Edwards, plus the exceptional bass stylist Melvin Franklin anchoring the bottom end of marvelous productions from Smokey Robinson and Norman Whitfield, among others. By contrast, the Four Tops maintained the same personnel for over 40 years, powered by Levi Stubbs’ bombastic baritone. They incorporated influences from the elegant jazz and show tunes of their early days on the cabaret circuit, while smoothly adapting to the changes in pacing and presentation required to excel in more contemporary settings. Each has suffered major personnel defections and heartbreaking losses over their lengthy tenure. Otis Williams is the only original Temptation, and Abdul “Duke” Fakir the lone surviving Four Tops’ stalwart. But their current members ably continue the traditions of their predecessors, performing the vintage anthems longtime fans will remember and newer songs from recent releases, most notably tunes from last year’s Temptations’ record Still Here.