Joined Together: The Complete Studio Sessions

Joined Together: The Complete Studio Sessions

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by Diana Ross & the Supremes
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2004
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0602498612620
catalogNumber:
000162402

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Opening Medley: When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes/Come
  2. Try It Baby
  3. I Second That Emotion
  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
  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

Disc 2

  1. Stubborn Kind of Fellow
  2. I'll Be Doggone
  3. The Weight
  4. Ain't Nothin' 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)
  11. I'll Try Something New
  12. Stubborn Kind of Fellow
  13. Try It Baby
  14. Funky Broadway
  15. The Weight
  16. Sing a Simple Song
  17. My Guy, My Girl
  18. Can't Take My Eyes Off You
  19. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
  20. Not Now, I'll Tell You Later

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Diana Ross & the Supremes   Primary Artist
Supremes   Background Vocals
Mary Wilson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Wilson Pickett   Composer
Robbie Robertson   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
Cleveland   Composer,Producer
Henry Cosby   Composer,Producer
Joe Darion   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Berry Gordy   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
Don Juan Mancha   Composer
Ronnie Savoy   Composer
Bryan Wells   Composer
Frank Beaty Wilson   Producer
Andrew Skurow   Liner Notes
Sherlie Matthews   Composer
Warren Moore   Composer

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Joined Together: The Complete Studio Duets 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.