Joined Together: The Complete Studio Duets

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The two albums the Supremes and the Temptations did together in the late '60s might have been fun to do, and sometimes fun to hear, but certainly weren't highlights in the career of either group. If you're going to hear them at all, however, you should do so in the context of this two-CD set, which leaves no stone unturned in its presentation of not just the original albums 1968's Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations and 1969's Together, but also a bunch of previously unreleased tracks and alternate mixes. The albums themselves were uneven, relying too heavily on so-so covers of hits by other artists, remakes of some old Motown smashes, and the odd ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The two albums the Supremes and the Temptations did together in the late '60s might have been fun to do, and sometimes fun to hear, but certainly weren't highlights in the career of either group. If you're going to hear them at all, however, you should do so in the context of this two-CD set, which leaves no stone unturned in its presentation of not just the original albums 1968's Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations and 1969's Together, but also a bunch of previously unreleased tracks and alternate mixes. The albums themselves were uneven, relying too heavily on so-so covers of hits by other artists, remakes of some old Motown smashes, and the odd inappropriate MOR hit and popular standard, though the number two hit "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" from the first of the LPs was a highlight. Particularly on Together, there were also some odd trendy production flourishes, like the electric sitar in "The Weight," the freak-out fuzz guitar and quasi-Eastern psychedelic effects that open "Uptight Everything's Alright," and the funk-rock cover of Sly Stone's "Sing a Simple Song." As for the bonuses on this CD, all of the previously unreleased tracks come from the sessions for Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations, and in both the good and bad senses are characteristic of the songs chosen for the released album. They muster fair covers of the Beatles' "Got to Get You into My Life" and the Impressions' "Amen," and do a strange medley of "You Can't Hurry Love/You Keep Me Hangin' On" with some fierce psychedelic-tinged rock guitar on the fadeout. On the other hand, it was a wise decision to excise the too show bizzy medley of Supremes hits, and not such a wise decision to make it the opening cut on this CD compilation. The nine alternate mixes, in the way these things usually turn out, aren't compulsory listening for anyone but fanatics, though there are a few notable differences: "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" has a spoken introduction by producer Frank Wilson, and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" has Mary Wilson handling all the solo vocals. Note that these aren't the only extras on this set: it also offers previously unavailable extended versions of "I Second That Emotion" and "Then" from Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations and "Why Must We Fall in Love" from Together. Finally, to close things out there's a previously unreleased extended alternate mix of "Not Now, I'll Tell You Later," a 1963 Temptations recording with background vocals by the Supremes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602498612620
  • Catalog Number: 000162402
  • Sales rank: 50,370

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Diana Ross & the Supremes Primary Artist
Diana Ross Indexed Contributor
The Supremes Background Vocals
Mary Wilson Vocals
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Composer
John Lennon Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Gene Page Arranger
Bob Crewe Composer
Joe Hinton Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Dan Penn Composer
Nick Ashford Composer, Producer
Tom Baird Arranger, Producer
H.B. Barnum Arranger
Al Cleveland Composer, Producer
Henry Cosby Composer, Producer
Joe Darion Composer
Hal David Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Bob Gaudio Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
George Gordy Composer
Alberto Hamilton Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Terry Johnson Producer
Mitch Leigh Composer
Jerry Long Arranger
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Spooner Oldham Composer
Carl Owens Cover Illustration
Deke Richards Composer, Producer
Paul Riser Arranger
Pam Sawyer Composer
Willie Shorter Arranger
Valerie Simpson Composer, Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Composer
Norma Toney Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Ron Miller Composer
Johnny Pate Composer
Ronnie White Composer
Arlester "Dyke" Christian Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Frank Wilson Composer
Ronald White Composer
William Garrett Composer
Walter Velez Illustrations
Ronnie Savoy Composer
Bryan Wells Composer
Frank Beaty Wilson Producer
Andrew Skurow Liner Notes
Sherlie Matthews Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    together again

    in this new remastered cd set we are treated to a deluxe edition to the original best selling SUPREMES JOIN THE TEMTATIONS1968.needless to say the lp is, in fact ,one of the best selling lps the sups and temps did, behind the 1967 supremes greatest hits. on this deluxe edition we are treated to about a dozen alternate mixs and unreleased tracks.having the two lps together on one cd is a blast but with the extended fades and bonus tracks makes this set a winner for any motown fan.one of the best reissues by motown.cant wait for more...more more.

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