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Diana Ross and the Supremes - The Ultimate Collection

Supremes, Diana RossAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 7, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: October 7, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B000001ANZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
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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.

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

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme! October 16, 1998
Format:Audio CD
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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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supremes get regal compilation July 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome songs, bad audio March 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
No sense repeating the extensive reviews regarding how influential and entertaining this music is. It's truly astounding, and the music is brilliant.


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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still better than "The #1s" collection May 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's called 'The Ultimate Collection' and that ain't braggin'. And it's in glorious mono, not like the thinned out stereo versions on 'The #1s' set (do you get the feeling I really don't care for that ripoff?).
David Lee Roth once described VanHalen's music as being "shot from cannons". Well, I can think of no better way to describe this disc. All 25 tracks are nothing less than explosive. And that's because they're in mono. The sound is so in your face it cannot be denied. This is one of the most thrilling discs you will ever hear.
We all know the songs. My favorite one turned out to be not one of their biggest hits, but I think it's their best, "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart". This may well be the most out of control Diana Ross has ever been. She sings within an inch of her life, she growls(!), she lives the song. Remarkable.
So, put aside all the Dreamgirl drama you've heard and pick up this set... and skip 'The #1s'!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Antonio Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the songs on this cd
Published 2 months ago by Faith Lynn Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Supremes
This group and the selections are legendary.
Published 3 months ago by LEONARD SPARKS
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
50 plus years and these songs still sound great. The fantastic writing team of Holland, Dozier and Holland have made these tunes timeless
Published 4 months ago by Jamis2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate on Motown's legendary girl group
My earliest memories of The Supremes was listening to my sister's albums when I was a kid. They were so good, so influential, that it was almost impossible not to sing along or... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Randy E. Halford
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Just plain Motown at it's best. These ladies can pipe. I grew up on a.m. radio so these tunes are all singer-alongs for me. If you forgot how sweet a girl could sing... pick this.
Published 7 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars takes me back to my early teens
When I was a young teenage girl... I was a huge fan of Motown. Listening to the music reminds me of innocent times... Read more
Published 7 months ago by 22sexy
5.0 out of 5 stars diana ross
loved the cd thanks been looking for it for a very long time one song really like its gong to be one of the songs i want o be played at my funeral
Published 8 months ago by Sharon M williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
All their #1 hits on one CD/Download. The Tracks are arranged in the order of them reaching #1 on the American top 40
Published 8 months ago by Randall S. Price
2.0 out of 5 stars Worst sounding CD I have ever heard
Not sure what happened here, but the audio on this CD is horrible, a shrill, harsh victim of the loudness war, and on some tracks the speed of the music was slightly sped up(wtf?)
Published 9 months ago by Alan Martins
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