Edinburgh label Athens of the North has just reissued this classic soul track which was originally released in 1971 by the Temptations. Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for the Motown label, Smiling Faces was also covered that same year by The Undisputed Truth and released in their debut album..(I’ve featured this version on my blog back in 2015!)
There have been many more versions over the years, performed by the likes of David Ruffin, Rare Earth and Bobby Humphrey to name but a few with today’s version seeing a re-release in 2007 and again last month. I have to admit that I like the smoothness of the East of Underground’s version, its got a funkier, soul feel to it and the vocals remind me of Curtis Mayfield.. Check it out above and order your copy of this single from here.