The '70s Anthology

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This two-disc set, running as long as CDs allow, provides a comprehensive look at the second and final decade of the Supremes, the era after lead singer Diana Ross left, when sole original member Mary Wilson juggled personnel changes and struggled with Motown Records and the changing musical times to try to maintain the group's success. She did that with some degree of effectiveness, especially in the first few years. It's apparent that Motown did make some efforts to support the Supremes, providing Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder as at least occasional writer/producers, with their old hitmakers -- Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Edward Holland Jr. -- even coming ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This two-disc set, running as long as CDs allow, provides a comprehensive look at the second and final decade of the Supremes, the era after lead singer Diana Ross left, when sole original member Mary Wilson juggled personnel changes and struggled with Motown Records and the changing musical times to try to maintain the group's success. She did that with some degree of effectiveness, especially in the first few years. It's apparent that Motown did make some efforts to support the Supremes, providing Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder as at least occasional writer/producers, with their old hitmakers -- Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Edward Holland Jr. -- even coming back in toward the end. The result was a batch of hits, including the R&B chart-topper "Stoned Love," through mid-1972. It is not clear why the group had no album releases in 1973 or 1974, and Wilson in her liner notes doesn't seem to know, either. But by the time they returned to recording in 1975, despite the efforts of the Holland brothers and a series of disco-styled recordings that scored in the dance clubs, the old momentum was lost, especially as the lineup changed, with lead singer Jean Terrell giving way to Scherrie Payne, and the Supremes disbanded in 1977. On the hits, select album tracks, and some revealing previously unreleased material, one can hear the group's development. Their versions of well-known songs by others -- Stephen Stills' "Love the One You're With," Joni Mitchell's "All I Want," Bread's "Make It With You," the Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye" -- are illuminating, and hits like "Up the Ladder to the Roof" and "Floy Joy" hold up well. The later editions of the Supremes may not rank with the Diana Ross-led '60s version, but this collection demonstrates that they had their own appeal.
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  • Release Date: 10/29/2002
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 044006412726
  • Catalog Number: 064127

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Supremes Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Smokey Robinson Arranger, Producer
Gene Page Arranger
Jimmy Webb Arranger, Producer
Gregg Wright Producer
Mary Wilson Liner Notes
Mark Davis Producer
Nick Ashford Producer
David Blumberg Arranger
Johnny Bristol Producer
Leonard Caston Producer
Henry Cosby Producer
Wade Davis Composer
Jerry Ferguson Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Executive Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Clayton Ivey Arranger, Producer
Michael Lloyd Arranger, Producer
Jerry Long Arranger
Clay McMurray Producer
Deke Richards Producer
Paul Riser Arranger
Pam Sawyer Composer
Valerie Simpson Producer
David Van De Pitte Arranger
Harry Weinger Liner Notes
Stevie Wonder Producer
Terry Woodford Arranger, Producer
Vartan Art Direction
Frank Wilson Composer, Producer
Harold Beatty Composer
Oliver Thomas Arranger
Ted Stovall Arranger
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Andrew Skurow Liner Notes
Sherlie Matthews Producer
Ellen Hendley Composer
Earl Levenson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest Greatest Hits Collection I Own

    In addition to the great memories of the classic hits, the unreleased material added a bonus. I always enjoyed Diana Ross and the Supremes, but much preferred the sound of the 70s' Supremes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    At Last!!

    At last there has been a collection of songs released since the Ross led Supremes, where the other members (Mary Wilson, Flo Ballard, and, later, Cindy Birdsong) were mere whoot owls for Diane. The anthology demonstrates groups versatility and affords us with hearing ALL of the singers. My personal favorites are "Life Beats", "Love The One You're With", "The Sha La Bandit", "Where Do I Go From Here", "Bend A Little", "Can We Love Again", "You're What's Missing In My Life", and "We Should Be Closer Together". I am glad that the public has opportunity to hear ALL of the Supremes. And, on another note, Scherrie Payne has a magnificent and powerful voice. Could you all imagine if Flo Ballard would have taken over lead and sang Scherrie's leads? Mind you, Flo's voice was so powerful, that, in the 60's, HDH had her stand some 17 feet from the microphone while Mary stood right in front of it and Diane's mic was at full volume. And, if you listen to the 60's recordings, you can STILL hear her. Talk about POWER!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Right On ...........................they were!

    This is the first comprehensive collection of the 70's Supremes since 1991. Miss Mary Wilson assisted with the production and has provided a well balanced collection of major hits, album tracks and unreleased masters. With the opportunity to promote her lead singing and unreleased material Mary chose to survey the group's eight or so year career with an outstanding collection. The recordings are remastered with clarity and crispness in both the vocal and instrumental arrangements all shimmering with sound and clarity. The vocals of all the Supremes are excellent here and one is affored the opportunity "to hear" all of the ladies voices and what they were about. The Sha La La Bandt is the original version featuring a shared lead and one of the few true glimpses of Cindy Birdsong's sweet melodic voice. There is a very nice sampling of the original Supreme, Mary Wilson's vocals that were surfacing more and more throughout the 70's such as the unreleased "Can We Love Again", a risk considering some of the more widely known solos from Floy Joy, High Energy & The Supremes'75 would have been credible inclusions. Miss Wilson just soars on "Don't Let My Tear Drops Bother You" and the tri lead on "Your Whats Missin' In My Life". Jean Terrel and Scherrie Payne are truly reprsented with their best work, "Lovin' Country" and "Love I Never Knew" respectivly. Each lady brought her own style and talent to this amazing group and it is illustrated through out this collection. The booklet included is full of rich and honest descriptions of the groups history and is very balanced in Mary's interpertation. After listening to this collection I wonder just how much greater their star would have shown with the proper promotion and management? I look forward to Motown releasing the rest of the unreleased masters from these talented women of song!The inital album after Diana Ross left was called Right On and they did just that.An excellent musical investment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Supreme without Ms. Ross

    Finally, the record executives took notice of the fact that there was life with The Supremes after Diana left. Truly this collection is a gem and we can only hope that Mary, Cindy, Jean, Lynda, Scherrie, Susaye will continue to be given their well deserved time in the spotlight by having their 70's albums re-released. Shame on Berry Gordy for allowing himself to be consumed by Ms. Ross. Like the Temptations, these ladies could today still be cranking out hits. Here's to the true heart and soul of the Supremes, Mary Wilson and the other fabulous five ladies that helped here along the way.

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