The story of David Ruffin is one of the saddest in music history. So much talent, and a promising career that man possessed. Tragically, it all ended in a Philadelphia morgue in 1991. Had David Ruffin stayed clean, it is possible that the Temptations would have scored numerous other hits with the man, whom many feel was a better voice in Motown than even Marvin, and Smokey. There is no denying however, that his raspy tenor was easily the most recognizable voice of the Temptations, if not Motown altogether. That he never received top billing over the Temps was both a good and bad thing. Good, because no one person should ever be bigger than the whole of the group, but bad, because it underrated him, as many other famous Motown singers, like Smokey, Diana Ross, and Junior Walker did receive top billing over their groups. I thought it was great when, around 69 or 70, at a Temptations concert in Detroit, during the performance of one of the staple Ruffin-led Temps hits "Ain't Too Proud to Beg;" David Ruffin made his way through the audience, past security, and snuck up onto the stage, took the microphone, and began belting out the tune like he had never missed a beat with his former band. This CD captures the solo work of a man who never should have gone solo in the first place. It is great music, but certainly, the accompaniment of the Temps is sorely missed here. Best songs: "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)" and the biographical "Statue of a Fool," in which David sadly sums up his life with these words, "...So build a statue, and oh build it high so the world can see, then inscribe "The World's Greatest Fool" and name it after me..." I hope that the Righteous Brothers were right when they sang, "...If there's a Rock & Roll Heaven, well you know they've got a helluva band..." If they were right, then he will definitely be singing on lead vocals. We miss you David Ruffin.