Diana Ross and the Supremes - The Ultimate Collection Import
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With the possible exception of "Stoned Love," recorded after Diana Ross' departure, every significant Supremes track is included. Every #1 hit is here (with "Where Did Our Love Go," "Baby Love," and "Stop! in the Name of Love" still sounding as fresh and sunny as they did three decades ago) as well as some songs that are so well known and loved it's a wonder they didn't top the charts as well (such as the cheerful "When the Lovelight Shines Through His Eyes" and the psychedelic "Reflections"). We're also treated to a healthy helping of their lesser-heard material: some, such as "In and Out of Love" and "Forever Came Today," make for fine listening, but songs like "My World is Empty Without You," "Love is Like an Itching in My Heart," and "The Composer" are particularly strong tracks that were definitely robbed of greater commercial success.
So whereas the Supremes box set goes a bit overboard (post-Ross tracks are fine, but does anyone really need the group's Coca-Cola radio spot on CD?Read more ›
In remastering these recordings, the audio engineers have apparently done what I always call a "boost and compress," which reduces dynamic range, increases overall apparent loudness, and often increases distortion. Back in the 60's, the tendency was to mix songs with vocals much louder than the accompanying music, and with very little deep bass. Nowadays the tendency is right the opposite, with electronically generated deep bass notes, and vocals barely peeking over the music. To give the Supremes a more modern sound, they seem to have compressed these tracks to bring up the music, especially the bass. The result is distorted and unnatural vocals, and compressed dynamic range, especially on the older songs. It's really a shame.
If you can't tell the difference between mp3's and CDs, you won't care. If you're an audiophile, you'll be disappointed.
Though Motown had definitely existed before the Supremes, when their first #1 song exploded on the scene in the summer of '64, we knew music would never be the same. They and similar gems from Motown (especially the Four Tops) achieved phenomenal chart success for over 6 years, an eternity in the pop music realm.
What pretty much every one of the Supremes' songs did was to provide a prescription for how to come to terms with one or another emotional/life situation - these three young women were like doctors of the soul for millions of teens (and probably older folks) in America and abroad.
Some earlier big Motown hits were by the Marvelettes "Please Mr. Postman", the Isely Brothers "Twist and Shout", Little Stevie Wonder "Fingertips Parts 1 & 2", Martha and the Vandellas "Heat Wave", and the Miracles "You Really Got a Hold On Me" and "Mickey's Monkey". Note that the Beatles covered no less than three of these on their early albums. The Fab Four were big fans of Motown . . . those swinging rhythms didn't exist in American rock at the time, but were all over the British charts. In general, white music in England wasn't stuck in Teflon beats like it was in the States.
There was incredible cross-fertilization and tribute going between the Beatles and Motown. The dense but beautiful, very rhythmic arrangements that were typical of very many Motown songs ended up influencing much of the sound of the 'Sgt. Pepper' and 'Magical Mystery Tour' albums, and in a big way. Sure they were still 'rock', but they had a swing and/or lilt to them that you didn't find in much if any of the folk-rock or early psychedelic music from the U. S., where everything was pretty much straight-eight.Read more ›
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When it comes to female groups, the Supremes are truly supreme! I love this collection.Published 4 months ago by D. Dawdy
Excellent collection of Diana's hit songs and a few of the "flip side" songs that you normally don't hear. Great album! Bought It for the wife's birthday. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bob G.