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|"Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)"|
|Single by the Temptations|
|from the album Greatest Hits II|
|Released||May 7, 1970|
|Recorded||April 12 and 14, 1970|
|Studio||Hitsville USA (Studio A)|
|Label||Gordy – G 7099|
|The Temptations singles chronology|
|UK single cover|
|"Ball of Confusion"|
|Single by B.E.F. featuring Tina Turner|
|from the album Music of Quality and Distinction Volume One|
|B-side||"Ball of Confusion" (instrumental)|
|Tina Turner singles chronology|
The song was used to anchor the Temptations' 1970 Greatest Hits II LP. It reached #3 on the US pop charts and #2 on the US R&B charts. Billboard ranked the record as the #24 song of 1970. It reached #7 in the UK Singles Chart.
Although a nearly eleven minute long backing track was recorded by the Funk Brothers, only slightly more than four minutes was used for the Temptations' version of the song. The full backing track can be heard on the 1971 self titled debut album of the Motown group the Undisputed Truth.
Cash Box said of the song that the Temptations came up with "another shocker featuring studio-work voltage and the charge of new-Temps lyric power" and "another electrifying experience".
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