Who Sang Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing? The Supremes and The Temptations

The Temptations Joined Together: The Complete Studio Duets cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2004-4-27
length: 2:45
producer: Tom Baird and Frank Wilson
vocal: Dennis Edwards
writer: Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson
Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby.
Ain't nothing like the real thing.
Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby.
Ain't nothing like the real thing.

I got your picture hangin' on the wall,
But it can't see or come to me when I call your name.
I realize it's just a picture inside a frame.

I read your letters when you're not near me,
But they don't move me, and they don't groove me
Like when I hear your sweet voice whispering in my ear.
I play the game, a fantasy.
I pretend I'm not in reality.
I need the shelter of your arms to comfort me.

I got some memories to look back on
And though they help me when you're gone,
I'm well aware nothin' can take the place of you being there.
No other sound is quite the same as your name.
No touch can do half as much to make me feel better,
So let's get together.

Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby.
Ain't nothing like the real thing.
Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby.
Ain't nothing like the real thing.

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Opening Medley: When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes / Come See About Me / Stop! In the Name of Love / Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart / You Keep Me Hangin’ On
  • 2 Try It Baby
  • 3 I Second That Emotion (extended)
  • 4 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
  • 5 I’m Gonna Make You Love Me
  • 6 This Guy’s in Love With You
  • 7 Funky Broadway
  • 8 I’ll Try Something New
  • 9 A Place in the Sun
  • 10 Sweet Inspiration
  • 11 Then (extended)
  • 12 The Impossible Dream
  • 13 Medley: You Can’t Hurry Love / You Keep Me Hangin’ On
  • 14 Got to Get You Into My Life
  • 15 You Gave Me Something (and Everything’s Alright)
  • 16 A House Is Not a Home
  • 17 If You Should Walk Away
  • 18 Amen
    CD 2
  • 1 Stubborn Kind of Fellow
  • 2 I’ll Be Doggone
  • 3 The Weight
  • 4 Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing
  • 5 Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
  • 6 Sing a Simple Song
  • 7 My Guy, My Girl
  • 8 For Better or Worse
  • 9 Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
  • 10 Why (Must We Fall in Love) (extended)
  • 11 I’ll Try Something New (single mix)
  • 12 Stubborn Kind of Fellow (single mix)
  • 13 Try It Baby (single mix)
  • 14 Funky Broadway (mono mix)
  • 15 The Weight (mono mix)
  • 16 Sing a Simple Song (mono mix)
  • 17 My Guy, My Girl (mono mix)
  • 18 Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Mary Wilson solo version)
  • 19 I’m Gonna Make You Love Me (alternate mix with spoken intro)
  • 20 Not Now, I’ll Tell You Later (extended alternate mix)