Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)

1970 song by The Temptations / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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"Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" is a 1970 hit single by the Temptations. It was released on the Gordy (Motown) label, and written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong.

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"Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)"
Single by the Temptations
from the album Greatest Hits II
B-side"It's Summer"
ReleasedMay 7, 1970
RecordedApril 12 and 14, 1970
StudioHitsville USA (Studio A)
GenrePsychedelic soul
LabelGordyG 7099
Producer(s)Norman Whitfield
The Temptations singles chronology
"Psychedelic Shack"
"Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)"
"Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World)"
UK single cover
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"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
"Music Keeps Me Dancin'"
"Ball of Confusion"
"Let's Stay Together"

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.[3] Billboard ranked the record as the #24 song of 1970.[4] It reached #7 in the UK Singles Chart.[5]

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".[6]

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