This has got to be my best-written review, because in August 1965 when I was 11, "More Hits By The Supremes" was the first album I ever bought. What pressure. It's coupling here with "Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland" probably makes the most sense of all their '2-fers.'
I still don't understand why "Ask Any Girl" was repeated on this album; it was already the last track on the "Where Did Our Love Go" LP just a year before, and had been the 45 B-side of "Baby Love." Since it's a great song though, let the mystery remain. H-D-H had their formula for the Supremes down solid by this time, and the three perennial singles on this album are still proof: "Stop! In The Name Of Love," "Back In My Arms Again," & "Nothing But Heartaches" are just burned in the brain now of first generation fans. What we probably didn't know then was that this album had some `covers' among it's tracks: "Whisper You Love Me Boy," "He Holds His Own," and "Honey Boy" had all been recorded over a year earlier by Mary Wells before she left Motown. However, Diana's delivery of these three are now the immortal readings; no one could top how she does "Whisper," in particular. "Mother Dear" was more than once considered for single release, as well it should have been. A- or B-side, there was no weak track on this one. Then there was that original cover, all three girls in separate `column' photos, radiant with success and their first names' each signed in their own handwriting. About five years ago I paid $45 for a near mint, vinyl mono pressing of this one too. I'd do it again.
ONLY by comparison, does "Sing H-D-H" seem the slightest bit weaker. Now that we know how much unreleased, original H-D-H material on the group was left sitting in the vault (and, reportedly, much still does), it might have been better to have some that here over Four Tops & Vandellas `covers.' Then again, the Supremes version of the Isley Brothers "I Guess I'll Always Love You" eclipses the original and got plenty of airplay as the B-side of "In and Out of Love." The same goes for "Going Down For The Third Time" which rode the back of "Reflections." It was, of course, the monster singles "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone" that drove the sales of this one, and they refuse to age. There's a sad note too, though. In January 1967, as an album cut and a B-side, "There's No Stopping Us Now" was totally convincing in its anthem-like declaration - surely there was nothing unconquerable for the Supremes and H-D-H at that point. A mere year later the messy dismissal of Florence Ballard, and the contentious departure of Lamont Dozier and Brian & Eddie Holland from Motown told an entirely different story. The golden age of the production line at Motown was ending.
Put those facts out of your head when you enjoy this wonderful reissue of two of the greatest Supremes albums ever, and just drift back in time with them. "More Hits" was originally Motown LP 627 and released July 23, 1965; "Sing H-D-H" was Motown 650, released January 27, 1967, and this middle-aged man is a kid again when they play. I don't know if this was my best-written review, but I swear my heart is in it.