"Masterpiece" is a 1973 soul single by American vocal group The Temptations. The song's architect, Norman Whitfield, titled the song "Masterpiece" because he felt it was a perfect blending of strings, horns, rhythm players, voices, studio tricks, and sweetening elements. However, the word masterpiece does not appear in the song's lyrics. As with their Whitfield-produced hit from the previous year, "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", the Temptations do not make their first appearance until after a long instrumental section. This added to already building tension between the group and Whitfield and led some music writers to start referring to the Temps as "the Norman Whitfield Choral Singers". Released from the album of the same title, it reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and spent two weeks at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart. It would be their last Top Ten pop hit with Motown Records.
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