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Encyclopedia > Ball of Confusion
"Ball of Confusion
(That's What the World is Today)"
"Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today)" cover
Single by The Temptations
from the album Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Released May 7, 1970
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA (Studio A); April 12 and April 14, 1970
Genre Psychedelic soul
Length 4:06
Label Gordy
G 7099
Writer(s) Norman Whitfield
Barrett Strong
Producer(s) Norman Whitfield
Chart positions
The Temptations singles chronology
"Psychedelic Shack"
(1969)
"Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today)"
(1970)
"Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World)"
(1970)

"Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today)" is a 1970 hit single for the Gordy (Motown) label, recorded by The Temptations and produced by Norman Whitfield. A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... The Temptations (often abbreviated as The Tempts or The Temps) are an American Motown singing group whose repertoire has included doo-wop, soul, psychedelia, funk, disco, R&B, and adult contemporary. ... Greatest Hits, Vol. ... May 7 is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (128th in leap years). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Hitsville U.S.A. was the nickname given to Motown Records first headquarters. ... April 12 is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (103rd in leap years). ... April 14 is the 104th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (105th in leap years). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Psychedelic soul is a subgenre of soul music that thrived during the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Norman Whitfield Norman Jesse Whitfield (born in Harlem, New York in 1943) was a songwriter and producer for Berry Gordys Motown label during the 1960s. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes . ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Temptations (often abbreviated as The Tempts or The Temps) are an American Motown singing group whose repertoire has included doo-wop, soul, psychedelia, funk, disco, R&B, and adult contemporary. ... Psychedelic Shack, released December 28, 1969, is the name of a 1970 hit single for the Motown label performed by The Temptations and produced by Norman Whitfield. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Motown Records, Inc. ... The Temptations (often abbreviated as The Tempts or The Temps) are an American Motown singing group whose repertoire has included doo-wop, soul, psychedelia, funk, disco, R&B, and adult contemporary. ... Norman Whitfield Norman Jesse Whitfield (born in Harlem, New York in 1943) was a songwriter and producer for Berry Gordys Motown label during the 1960s. ...


Like "Psychedelic Shack" before it, "Ball of Confusion" delves head-on into psychedelia, this time with a strong political message. The lyrics list a multitude of problems that were tearing the world apart in 1970: the Vietnam War, segregation, white flight, drug abuse, crooked politicians, and more. "Round and around and around we go", the Temptations sing, "where the world's headed/nobody knows." The end of each section of the Temptations' lists of woes is punctuated by bass singer Melvin Franklin's line, "And the band played on." Psychedelic Shack, released December 28, 1969, is the name of a 1970 hit single for the Motown label performed by The Temptations and produced by Norman Whitfield. ... Psychedelia is a term describing a category of music, visual art, fashion, and culture that is associated originally with the high 1960s, hippies, and the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, California. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... The Rex Theatre for Colored People, Leland, Mississippi, June 1937 Racial segregation is characterized by separation of people of different races in daily life when both are doing equal tasks, such as eating in a restaurant, drinking from a water fountain, using a rest room, attending school, going to the... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... opium alkaloids, and minor tranquilizers. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A basso (or bass) is a male singer who sings in the lowest vocal range of the human voice. ... Melvin Franklin (far left), with the Temptations in 1967. ...


"Ball of Confusion's" lyrics are delivered over an up-tempo instrumental track with two drum tracks (one for each stereo channel), multitracked wah-wah guitars, and an ominous bassline by Funk Brother Bob Babbitt that opens the song. Norman Whitfield's dramatic count-in, always recorded at the very start of a recording for synching purposes only, was left in the mix for this record. Different kinds of guitars The guitar is a fretted and stringed musical instrument, used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... The Funk Brothers were the house band at Detroits Motown Records from 1959 to 1972, when the company moved to Los Angeles. ... Bob Babbitt is a American bassist, most famous for his work as a member of Motown Records Funk Brothers house band. ...


Despite its strong political themes, the record consciously avoids implying a definitive point-of-view or a defiant stance. This is because the Temptations song "War", which Norman Whitfield intended as a spring 1970 single release, was not released due to Motown's concern the song's forward message could alienate more conservative listeners. Whitfield took "War" and reworked it as a single for Gordy solo artist Edwin Starr (for whom it became a #1 hit), while he and lyricist Barrett Strong wrote the more subtle "Ball of Confusion" for the Temptations. War is a soul song written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for the Motown label in 1969. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Edwin Starr (January 21, 1942 – April 3, 2003) was a soul music singer. ... Barrett Strong (born February 5, 1941 in West Point, Mississippi) is an African-American singer and songwriter. ...


When they first saw the sheet music for the song, The Temptations didn't think they would be able to pull off the rapid-fire delivery required for the song. Lead singer Dennis Edwards had the quickest tongue in the group, and was assigned to deliver the more difficult lines in the song. Eddie Kendricks was given a rare chance to sing in a tenor voice for his verses. Dennis Edwards performs Papa Was a Rollin Stone with The Temptations, on the December 2, 1972 episode of Soul Train. ... Eddie Kendricks, on the cover of his 1981 album Love Keys. ...


"Ball of Confusion" is among the Temptations' most covered songs, with versions by the Neville Brothers, Tina Turner, Love and Rockets, Widespread Panic, Duran Duran, and Anthrax, among others. It was used to anchor the 1970 Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 LP. The song reached #3 on the US pop charts and #2 on the US R&B charts. The song was also sampled on UNKLE's Never, Never, Land album in the song "Eye for an Eye". The Neville Brothers, an R&B, Soul and a Jazz group, was formed in 1976 in New Orleans, LA. Group Members Aaron Neville Art Neville Charles Neville Cyril Neville Ivan Neville Discography The Neville Brothers (March 1978) Fiyo on the Bayou (April 1981) Nevillization I (September 1982) Nevillization II (February... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939) is a Grammy Award-winning American pop/rock singer, Buddhist and occasional actress. ... Love and Rockets were formed in 1985 by Bauhaus alumni Daniel Ash (guitars, saxophone, and vocals), David J (bass and vocals) and Kevin Haskins (drums, synthesizers) after Peter Murphy was not interested in reforming Bauhaus. ... Widespread Panic is a southern rock band from Athens, Georgia. ... Duran Duran are an English New Wave band notable for a long series of catchy, synthesizer-driven hit singles and vivid music videos. ... Greatest Hits, Vol. ... UNKLE is a British musical outfit founded in 1994 by James Lavelle. ... Never, Never, Land is the second album by the band U.N.K.L.E.. It was released in September 2003. ...


Credits

Dennis Edwards performs Papa Was a Rollin Stone with The Temptations, on the December 2, 1972 episode of Soul Train. ... Eddie Kendricks, on the cover of his 1981 album Love Keys. ... Paul Williams (July 2, 1939 – August 17, 1973) was an American second tenor/baritone singer. ... Melvin Franklin (far left), with the Temptations in 1967. ... Otis Williams (second from right), with the Temptations in 1967. ... Norman Whitfield Norman Jesse Whitfield (born in Harlem, New York in 1943) was a songwriter and producer for Berry Gordys Motown label during the 1960s. ... Barrett Strong (born February 5, 1941 in West Point, Mississippi) is an African-American singer and songwriter. ... The Funk Brothers were a group of Detroit musicians who were the house band at Detroits Motown Records from 1959 to 1972, when the company moved to Los Angeles. ...

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