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Diana Ross and the Supremes - The Ultimate Collection Import

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Out of print in the U.S.! The Ultimate Collection from Diva Ross and her two Supreme sidekicks is just that....the ULTIMATE Collection! This is the best single-disc compilation on the market by the chirpy trio and features more than a plethora of hits. The world is a much better place because of songs like 'Where Did Our Love Go', 'Stop! In The Name Of Love', 'I Hear A Symphony', 'Baby Love', 'You Can't Hurry Love', 'The Happening' and everything else on this CD. There's 25 great tracks here that say more in three minutes than many artists entire catalog. It's soulful. It's melodic. It's brilliant. It's the ultimate collection. Universal.

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The title is a bit of a misnomer: The Supremes are anthologized in more comprehensive fashion on Motown's three-volume Greatest Hits series, while this package is denser, and has a higher hit-per-track ratio. But if you'd rather pick up one collection than three, and if you want a good, thorough skimming of cream from the group's catalog, this is the better choice. All of the familiar songs are here, with no major omissions--and they're packed in with a liberal helping of second-magnitude hits. For a collection that samples only the extreme top end of the Supremes' output, there's Every Great No. 1 Hit, also on Motown. It's missing a lot, but it delivers exactly what it promises. --Gavin McNett

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes
  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. My World Is Empty Without You
  10. Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
  11. You Can't Hurry Love
  12. You Keep Me Hangin' On
  13. Love Is Here And Now Your Gone
  14. The Happening
  15. Reflections
  16. In And Out Of Love
  17. Forever Came Today
  18. Some Things You Never Get Used To
  19. Love Child
  20. I'm Livin' In Shame
  21. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
  22. I'll Try Something New
  23. The Composer
  24. No Matter What Sign You Are
  25. Someday We'll Be Together


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 7, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: October 7, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B000001ANZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,852 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have seen a negative review on this CD which I don't understand. It complains of this CD's sound quality. This collection is a remastering of the songs as they were released as mono singles (the ORIGINAL hits) . These are the versions, that when current, we heard on the radio. These are the versions that we bought as 45's. The Supremes cuts that we've been listening to for the past 25 plus years have been the album mixes. As is noted in this CD's liner notes, the album mixes were sometimes completely different cuts of the same songs, including the vocals. Yes, the sound quality isn't as great as it is on the album releases but after sooo many years, I'm sooo happy to hear the songs as they sounded when I fell in love with them, oh, so long ago.
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The hand claps...the shuffling, 6/8 time signatures...the tamborine played over the snare...the "baby, baby" background vocals...the classic Motown Sound is unmistakable, and still makes for some of the most earnest pop music ever recorded. No bandwagon-chasing, trend-following artists in search of a quick buck...just pure and honest soul sung with unbridled joy. And one of the most beloved and popular examples of it is Diana Ross and the Supremes, the quintessential Girl Group for the ages. "The Ultimate Collection" is exactly that, a generously thorough exploration of their legendary career.
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?
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No sense repeating the extensive reviews regarding how influential and entertaining this music is. It's truly astounding, and the music is brilliant.

However...

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.
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This is truly a chronological compendium of all their major hits from the billboard Top 100.
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.
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