Supremes [Bonus Disc]

The Supremes [Bonus Disc]

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The Supremes -- the most commercially successful female recording act, as well as the most successful African-American act of the 1960s -- launched a string of smash pop-soul singles that bridged racial and genre boundaries, and which are indelibly etched on Western popular culture. The queens of Motown receive the long-overdue box-set treatment with this smartly

Overview

The Supremes -- the most commercially successful female recording act, as well as the most successful African-American act of the 1960s -- launched a string of smash pop-soul singles that bridged racial and genre boundaries, and which are indelibly etched on Western popular culture. The queens of Motown receive the long-overdue box-set treatment with this smartly assembled, beautifully packaged four-CD, 88-track set, which features all of the group's hits along with a tantalizing (and historically fascinating) bounty of lesser-known and previously unreleased material. Coinciding with the group's 40th anniversary, The Supremes makes a strong case for the supple artistry of the Motown hit machine -- and for the effervescent vocal skills of lead diva Diana Ross and her cooing cohorts Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard (who was replaced by Cindy Birdsong in 1967). Listening to this epic package, one can't help but marvel at the enduring strengths of the trio's prodigious run of 23 Top 40 singles -- "Where Did Our Love Go," "Baby Love," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "Come See About Me," "Back in My Arms Again," "You Keep Me Hangin' On," "Come See About Me," "I Hear a Symphony," "My World Is Empty Without You," and "You Can't Hurry Love," to name just a few. There's also much pleasure to be drawn from the fine, if largely forgotten, hits that the trio released (with new lead singer Jean Terrell) following Ross's early-1970 departure. The set's lesser-known material is among its most fascinating, beginning with "Tears of Sorrow," the group's first-ever single (recorded when they were still known as the Primettes), and continuing with a fascinating assortment of alternate versions, demos, outtakes, and live performances. Also included is a lavish 76-page booklet filled with vintage photos, thoughtful liner notes by journalists David Nathan and Brian Chin, and a new interview with Motown mastermind Berry Gordy Jr. The Supremes is a must for fans of this mightiest of all girl groups. Early-bird consumers take note: The first 25,000 copies of the set contain a bonus fifth disc of vintage concert performances.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Supremes were Motown's most popular act, so there was much anticipation for a comprehensive box set, especially since Motown waited many years to assemble one. So, the question is, was the wait worth it? Almost. It's a lavish set, spanning four discs (five, if you include the limited-edition live bonus disc included with the first 25,000 sets), housed in a red-velvet plated book and boasting a 70-page booklet, plus alternate takes, original 45 mixes, and other rarities. The devil is in the details, though. Rarities are substituted for original hit versions; for instance, the original versions of "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" are not here. Then, there are the little omissions, like noting Elvis Costello's cover of "Remove This Doubt" in a list of great Supremes covers, but not including the original. These curious choices, along with the decision to devote the fourth disc to post-Diana Ross material, makes the set feel a little incomplete even though it covers a tremendous amount of ground. There are some classic cuts missing, and it's not a good thing that some of those missing items are the single versions of the hits. Still, it's hard not to like The Supremes as a set for hardcore fans, who will thrill to the different mixes and alternate versions, unreleased photos, Top Ten Lists, and illustrated discographies. But for the listener looking for one exhaustive set containing all the Supremes they'll ever need, this set falls short of the mark. In fact, for that kind of listener, a good double-disc hits compilation remains a preferable choice over this set.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2000
Label:
Universal Import
UPC:
0601215941524
catalogNumber:
159415

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Tears of Sorrow
  2. Pretty Baby
  3. After All
  4. The Boy That Got Away
  5. I Want a Guy
  6. Buttered Popcorn
  7. Your Heart Belongs to Me
  8. Let Me Go the Right Way
  9. My Heart Can't Take It No More
  10. A Breath Taking, First Sight Soul Shaking, One Night Love Making, Next Da
  11. Run, Run, Run
  12. When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes
  13. Where Did Our Love Go
  14. Baby Love
  15. Ask Any Girl
  16. Come See About Me
  17. Ooowee Baby
  18. Shake
  19. Stop! In the Name of Love
  20. Back in My Arms Again
  21. It's All Your Fault
  22. Nothing But Heartaches
  23. Take Me Where You Go
  24. People

Disc 2

  1. I Hear a Symphony
  2. My World Is Empty Without You
  3. Everything Is Good About You
  4. Any Girl in Love (Knows What I'm Going Through)
  5. Surfer Boy
  6. Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
  7. Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart
  8. You Can't Hurry Love
  9. Mother Dear
  10. You Keep Me Hangin' On
  11. Going Down For the Third Time
  12. Love Is Here and Now You're Gone
  13. There's No Stopping Us Now
  14. Come on and See Me
  15. My Guy
  16. Falling in Love With Love
  17. The Happening
  18. All I Know About You
  19. When You Wish Upon a Star
  20. Somewhere
  21. Group Introduction
  22. You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Loves You

Disc 3

  1. Reflections
  2. In and Out of Love
  3. Heaven Must Have Sent You
  4. Forever Came Today
  5. Some Things You Never Get Used To
  6. The Beginning of the End of Love
  7. Love Child
  8. How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone
  9. Does Your Mama Know About Me
  10. He's My Sunny Boy
  11. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
  12. I'll Try Something New
  13. T.C.B.
  14. I'm Living in Shame
  15. The Composer
  16. Are You Sure Love Is the Name of the Game
  17. No Matter What Sign You Are
  18. The Young Folks
  19. Stormy
  20. Can't Take My Eyes Off of You
  21. The Weight
  22. The Beginning of the End
  23. Someday We'll Be Together

Disc 4

  1. Up the Ladder to the Roof
  2. Bill, When Are You Coming Back
  3. Everybody's Got the Right to Love
  4. The Day Will Come Between Sunday and Monday
  5. Stoned Love
  6. River Deep, Mountain High
  7. You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart
  8. Touch
  9. Nathan Jones
  10. Floy Joy
  11. Automatically Sunshine
  12. Your Wonderful, Sweet Sweet Love
  13. I Guess I'll Miss the Man
  14. 5:30 Plane
  15. Bad Weather
  16. He's My Man
  17. High Energy
  18. I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking
  19. You're My Driving Wheel
  20. You Are the Heart of Me

Disc 5

  1. Introduction by Scott Regan
  2. Where Did Our Love Go?
  3. Baby Love
  4. Come See About Me
  5. Stop! In the Name of Love
  6. Back in My Arms Again
  7. Nothing But Heartaches
  8. I Hear a Symphony
  9. Introductions
  10. You Can't Hurry Love
  11. You Keep Me Hangin' On
  12. Reflections
  13. Someday We'll Be Together

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Supremes   Primary Artist
Dennis Edwards   Vocals
Four Tops   Track Performer
Diana Ross   Vocals
Otis Williams   Vocals
Choker Campbell   Conductor
Mary Wilson   Vocals
Jean Terrell   Vocals
Andantes   Background Vocals
Gil Askey   Conductor
Cindy Birdsong   Vocals
Johnny Bristol   Vocals
Melvin Franklin   Vocals
Jean   Vocals
Eddie Kendricks   Vocals
Scherrie Payne   Vocals
Levi Stubbs   Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Susaye Greene   Vocals
Maurice King   Conductor

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer
Russ Morgan   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Don Covay   Composer
Gene Page   String Arrangements
R. Dean Taylor   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Frank deVol   Composer
Gregg Wright   Producer
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Phil Spector   Composer
Clan   Producer
James Dean   Composer
Holland-Dozier-Holland   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Nick Ashford   Producer
Paul Barker   Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
Jeff Barry   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Producer
Buddy Buie   Composer
Leonard Caston   Composer
Henry Cosby   Composer,Producer
Hal Davis   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Dino Fekaris   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Producer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Mickey Gentile   Producer
Marc Gordon   Producer
Berry Gordy   Composer
George Gordy   Producer
Leigh Harline   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Lawrence Horn   Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Producer
Elmore James   Composer
Gary Johns   Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
Jerry Long   Arranger
Clay McMurray   Producer
Pete Moore   Producer
Clarence Paul   Composer,Producer
Deke Richards   Composer,Producer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Producer
Larry Stock   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Ira Tucker   Composer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Kathy Wakefield   Composer
Harry Weinger   Producer
Stevie Wonder   Composer,Producer
Nick Zesses   Composer
David Nathan   Liner Notes
Brian Chin   Liner Notes
Frank Wilson   Composer
Andy Engel   Cover Design
Georgia Ward   Archives Director
Harold Beatty   Composer
Lou Stallman   Composer
James Cavanaugh   Composer
Vincent DiMirco   Composer
Stephen Schwartz   Composer
Jason Pastori   Photo Assistance
Sherlie Matthews   Producer
Rich Morrison   Composer
James B. Cobb   Composer

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The Supremes [Bonus Disc] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the quintessential box set. Everything is here. I've never encountered a better organized or presented box set for any artist or group. Even the booklet is genious. I only wish Diana Ross's solo box set had been as lush and rich as this one. The Supremes's story is intoxicating. They covered all music styles of the time, and did it well. One can't help but get caught up in the mystique of the group dynamics. It makes the experience more fulfilling to read a biography about the group while you are enjoying the music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The ¿Return To Love¿ tour earlier this year may have been a big flop, but this four-CD collection goes a long way toward easing the disappointment among Supremes fans over that fiasco. This box set presents a first-rate history of the Supremes from their earliest recordings in 1960 through their classic mid-60s period to the late 1970s disbanding. Unlike earlier Supremes compilations, much care seems to have gone into this product. One highlight is the inclusion of alternate versions of such classic hits as ¿Stop! In The Name of Love¿ and ¿Love Is Here And Now You¿re Gone.¿ Lesser-known tunes from the various Supremes albums are also featured such as the marvelous ¿There¿s No Stopping Us Now¿ and ¿Going Down For The Third Time,¿ both from the 1966 album, ¿The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland.¿ A 70-page booklet filled with wonderful color pictures and trivia is also included. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the inclusion in the first 25,000 copies of the box set of a fifth CD, which features concert performances of 12 Supremes tunes recorded between 1964 and 1970. These vary in quality from an uninspired ¿Nothing But Heartaches¿ to brilliant performances of ¿I Hear A Symphony¿ and ¿You Can¿t Hurry Love,¿ in which Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard present the Supremes at their best. ¿The Supremes¿ is a long overdue tribute to one of the best girl groups ever, which will bring back fond memories for long-time Supremes fans and serve an excellent introduction for the uninitiated.