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It appears the current brass at Motown could have put together a better set of its hits for its biggest fans.
Supremes and Ross fans, there appear only 2 Supremes classics and 1
Diana Ross classic which many Ross and Supremes fans in the United
States are alleging is out of proportion given the Supremes success -
maybe 6 would have been more a more fair representation of the
They had 5 #1s in a row starting with "Where Did Our Love Go"
and "Stop!" and part of that string is represented but even worse is
that there is no "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and nothing from the
second string of four consective #1s that began with "You Can't
Hurry Love" and concluded with "The Happening". Many also contend
that "Someday(We'll Be Together)" as the final #1 of the '60s should
also have been represented. Further, on this set it is widely held
that Motown is not showing how the the group evolved with "Love
Child" in '68 which embodied great strides sonically and lyrically
as the music of Motown was becoming more socially relevant. If only 2 Supremes #1s were to be included on this release, at least shouldn't the people in charge at Motown have selected a song from early in the group's history and one from the latter period - say "Where Did Our Love Go" and "Someday(We'll Be Together)"? It is just not a good compilation.
The ultimate slight to Ross fans as a solo artist is that she is not
represented but in the case of "Endless Love". Yes, Miss Ross and
the Supremes are featured on umpteen anthologies in history, but
history is history and shouldn't it be portrayed accurately?
Further complicating matters is the fact that instead of
representing Ross and The Supremes more conscientously, many Ross
and Supremes fans are aware that there are 7 songs on this set which
were not Billboard Hot 100 Pop #1s - "Rhythm of the Night" included.
Why should "Rhythm of the Night" appear (it may have been a #1 Pop
outside of Billboard's Hot 100) when "Upside Down" and "Ain't No
Mountain High Enough" are not included? This is just not fair to
Ross fans, some claim. There is not one Diana Ross solo- she was
Motown's biggest solo female artist with the biggest solo strings.
Since Motown had numerous #1 Pop hits, why for the purposes of this
anthology it is going to try to sell subsequent to the special in
May '04 didn't it restrict this set to Billboard Pop #1 Hits? If the apriori decision had been made that only #1 Pop songs were going to be included, the current brass at Motown which apparently found the task of compiling this set a daunting one would have made it an easier one, but the moment they opened it up to #1 Pop and R&B to create this set, it created an impossible situation for itself because there are glaring omissions. The Jackson 5 had four #1s in a row which were all Pop #1s and even in spite of the fact that some #1 R and Bs were felt necessary to be included here, the fact still remains that the Jackson 5 had 4 Pop #1s in a row.
Stevie Wonder gets one nod with "Uptight"; maybe selections such as Debarge's "Rhythm of the Night" could have been omitted in favor of Gladys Knight material - not one #1 appears. She had a #1 R and B with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" for 6 weeks. "If I Were Your Woman" was #1 for a week on the R &B chart, and "Neither One Of Us" had a month-run at the top on the R&B chart as well. This appears to be a major and ponderous slap-in-the-face to Gladys Knight - and it is not the only one as well.
Facts are facts: to deny that Diana Ross had a successful solo career without one Diana Ross solo offering does not tell the complete and accurate story.
Whether this omission is an effect of the rumored less-than-amicable split between Ross and Motown subsequent to the release of her 1999 album "Every Day is a New Day" , an effect of Motown's shortsightedness, or an effect of its trying to distance itself from Ross given the controversies surrounding her run-ins with the law and the less-than-favorable media attention heaped upon her as a result of her arrests at Heathrow airport and in Arizona, the fact remains she is their biggest female star and arguably their biggest star - or one of the "Big 3" of the label. The "Big 3" consists of Michael, Ross and Stevie.
Further, Motown for obvious reasons may want to distance itself from Michael Jackson, but again the fact remains his contributions through those four #1 Billboard Pop songs with The Jackson 5 are indisputable. Surprisingly, the people at Motown calling the shots on the making of this CD were not as aware of Motown's history as they should have been.