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"Law of the Land" is a soul song written by Norman Whitfield for the Motown label. A socially-conscious funk track with elements of early disco music, it details the rules of human society that people have to accept and live by.

"Law of the Land"
Single by The Temptations
from the album Masterpiece
Released 1973
Format 7"
Recorded January 1973
Genre Psychedelic Soul, Funk, Disco
Length 4:46
Label Tamla Motown (UK)
TMG 866
Songwriter(s) Norman Whitfield
Producer(s) Norman Whitfield
The Temptations singles chronology
"Hey, Girl (I Like Your Style)"
(1973)
"Law of the Land"
(1973)
"Let Your Hair Down"
(1973)
"Hey, Girl (I Like Your Style)"
(1973)
"Law of the Land"
(1973)
"Let Your Hair Down"
(1973)
"Law of the Land"
Single by The Undisputed Truth
from the album Law of the Land
Released 1973
Format 7"
Recorded April 1973
Genre Psychedelic Soul, Funk, Disco
Length 3:37
Label Gordy (Motown)
G 7130F
Tamla Motown (UK)
TMG 943
Songwriter(s) Norman Whitfield
Producer(s) Norman Whitfield
The Undisputed Truth singles chronology
"Mama, I Got a Brand New Thing (Don't Say No)"
(1973)
"Law of the Land"
(1973)
"Help Yourself"
(1974)
"Mama, I Got a Brand New Thing (Don't Say No)"
(1973)
"Law of the Land"
(1973)
"Help Yourself"
(1974)

Contents

DetailsEdit

The song was recorded by both of Whitfield's groups, The Temptations and The Undisputed Truth, in 1973 (January and April, respectively), and both versions were given single release. The Temptations' version was released as a UK-only single by Tamla Motown, and just missed out on the UK Top 40, reaching #41. That version was included on volume eight of the Motown Chartbusters compilation album series. The Undisputed Truth released their version of song that same year, and it became a minor hit in America, making #40 on the R&B Charts.

PersonnelEdit

Temptations versionEdit

Undisputed Truth versionEdit

  • Lead and background vocals by Joe Harris, Billie Rae Calvin and Brenda Joyce Evans

CoversEdit

The Undisputed Truth, having been disbanded for the entirety of the 1980s, reformed with Brainstorm vocalist Belita Woods to record a new version of the song for Motown lover Ian Levine and his Motorcity Records label. The rerecorded song (with some new lyrics added) was released as an 8-minute long 12" single in 1991.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Undisputed Truth, The* - Law Of The Land (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-04.