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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listenable with a few welcome extras,
This review is from: Anthology (Audio CD)For listening pleasure, this set is more satisfying than the 40th Anniversary Box set, since I found the alternate versions of some of their hits rather uninteresting. Also, these cuts sound closer to what might have been original mixes...no extra reverb. The voices are more exposed, less adorned, and somehow, all the more impressive. Mary & Flo's extra choruses at the end of "Itching In My Heart" without Diana's ad-libs are almost like finding a long lost friend. The extra backing vocals at the end of "You Keep Me Hangin On" are dynamic, but are sacrificed in the rest of this odd mix. Why not use the version from the Motown Story? The best one around, in my opinion. When first announced, this set was said to include "I Can't Get No Satisfaction." I've heard a rough mix of that cover, and would have preferred it to "Nitty Gritty," which completely unSupreme, and not a good match for Ross' vocal style. One day, Motown may quit teasing us and deliver a package that really showcases the scope of the group. Meanwhile, I await the Supremes 70's Anthology.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for Fans - 3.5 for the Casual Listener,
This review is from: Anthology (Audio CD)This is really a great collection of the Supremes 1960s output. It is perhaps a bit heavy on the pre-million selling songs, but very complete overall. It is quite an interesting and thoroughly enjoyable journey listening to how the group's sound matures as you make it through to their last single "Someday We'll Be Together." There are several rarities on both discs to make devoted fans, like myself, jump for joy.
My only real beef is that the remastering is not up to the high standard. Most of the tracks sound as if they were run through a highly compressed FM radio signal. This is a surprise considering the great sound quality of the Supremes box set released in 2000. In spite of this, for us devoted fans, it is darn close to heaven.
Now, how about a two-disc anthology of the post-Diana Ross (1970-1977) Supremes???
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC DIANA ROSS,
This review is from: Anthology (Audio CD)Diana Ross And The Supremes reign as the biggest girl-group in history. Yet their remarkable and unparalled achievements have always been considerably overlooked.
All three Supremes each had potential as lead singer of the group. The groups founder, Florence Ballard had a raw, earthy sound in her voice, whilst Mary Wilsons breathy, seamless voice complimented any ballad she sang on. But whether anyone wants to admit it or not, Diana Ross had the most unique, distinct sound, which had strong commercial appeal to both blacks and whites alike. What Diana Ross bought to the group was an almost regal presence and set them instantly apart from other Motown acts. Diana's soft, sensual voice that oozed heavy emotion and neatly surf-boarded along Motowns complex musical arrangements, had soulful qualities that displayed raw emotions of vulnreability.
Their first single, I Want A Guy featured Diana giving a somewhat piercing vocal performance whilst the raucious, driving R&B number Buttered Popcorn featured Florence Ballard as lead vocalist and was far better yet the single sank without trace. These two tracks open this updated Anthology set and also contains some rare material such as The Tears, He and Things Are Changing. Amongst their string of early minor hits include the soft, sensual ballads Your Heart Belongs To Me, the Smokey Robinson produced A Breath Taking Guy and the infectious, upbeat Let Me Go The Right Way.
Their first major chart breakthrough, When The LoveLight Starts Shining Through His Eyes is also deservedly featured and is an absolutley fantastic affair, containing a conga beat and generally having all the emphasis of that classic Motown sound. Of course all the famous hits are here with their most soulful outputs being (in my eyes at least), Back In My Arms Again, I Hear A Symphony, My World Is Empty WithOut You, Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart, You Can't Hurry Love, You Keep Me Hanging On, Love Is Here And Now You're Gone, The Happening, the adventurous and experimental Reflections containing elements of the swirling psychedelic sound, Forever Came Today, their social commentary on possibly their finest ever recording Love Child, the gritty I'm Living In Shame and their touching swan song SomeDay We'll Be Together. Beyond that are some more rarities including a sassy take on The Nitty Gritty, Sweet Thing which is perharps no more than typical Motown fare whilst lesser known hits like the electric No Matter What Sign You are and I'll Try Something New (With The Temptations) also get an airing. Other than that the album falls a little on the bland side but are still curiously worth hearing - they woo and coo their way through The Beatles A Hard Days Night (one of Berry Gordys plans to establish the group as all-round entertainers for both blacks and whites), and Mary Wilson takes lead vocal duties on a bland version of Can't Take My Eyes For You. If anything I hold my hands up and admit that this is most probably me being biased when I say this but as a die hard Soul/R&B/Motown fan, its these elements of styles that truly captures their own magical sound.
There is about as much pop as there is soul in a lot of their earlier hits like the sassy Come See About Me, and the cutesy girly tone of Baby Love but there work remains a milestone in musical history. Each of The Supremes deserve credit and have their own individual appealing qualities in their vocal deliverys but Diana Ross was ultimatley the star and I strongly rate her as an excellent vocalist. She may not have the volume or power of Martha Reeves or even the groups founder Florence Ballard, but she certainly knows how to use her voice and express genuine feeling and emotion which is why this work remains so timeless. This compilation perharps is their defintive collection. Recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SUPREME STEREO MIXES,
This review is from: Anthology (Audio CD)A word of warning, the clever people at amazon.co.uk have the policy of grouping reviews for similar sounding CD's, even if they are TOTALLY DIFFERENT, so as there are several Supremes' Anthologies, I fear my review will end up in places where it does not belong. This review is only for "Diana Ross & The Supremes Anthology" amazon's code = ASIN: B00005T7WF , black background to front cover with the Supremes on, note microphone is on the left, the CD was issued in 2001 and has 26 tracks on CD1 and 24 tracks on CD2, Amazon.co.uk claim 23 tracks on CD2. SOME OTHER ISSUES ARE MONO, SOME HAVE LESS TRACKS, ALL HAVE DIFFERENT COVERS, ALTHOUGH ONE IS A MIRROR IMAGE OF THIS SO MICROPHONE ON THE RIGHT.
Phew, now that's over let's deal with the music and its sound quality. You get all the hits up to 1970 when Diana Ross left, plus lots more, including what I class as rarities and all tracks are in stereo except tracks 2,3,4 and 25 on CD1, perhaps no stereo masters remain. Sound quality is good to very good, taking into account the tracks are up to 50 years old and better than most other issues I have tried.
Some treats for me are, "He" in stereo for the first time ever, "It Makes No Difference Now", "Bewitched Bothered And Bewildered", "If A Girl Isn't Pretty" and "The Impossible Dream". Great that the chart hits are, but you can appreciate the group's versatility with songs like these, some were done live, no studio special effects, just great voices, a real delight, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED,WORTH 4.5 STARS, CAN BE FOUND FOR SALE AS A USED ITEM ON AMAZON.COM
Alternatives, see "Gold",includes post 1970 tracks, "No 1's" the USA version Amazon's code = ASIN: B0000DD575, "The Greatest Diana Ross & The Supremes" these last two also include Diana Ross solo after she left the Supremes in 1970.
These three alternatives are also stereo and of similar sound quality, IF YOU SEARCH YOU WILL FIND MP3 SAMPLES TO LISTEN TO AND JUDGE FOR YOURSELF.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Ain't This Good News" At Last.,
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This review is from: Anthology (Audio CD)I would like to commend Motown for this CD. At last you have an Anthology that features leads by all original Supremes. Mary Wilson does lead on "The Tears" and "Can't Take My Eyes off You". The Fabulous Florence Ballard does the lead on "Buttered Popcorn" (their 2nd single) and Ain't That Good News" ( one of the best songs on the this collection). On this version of "Good News" the fade out is much longer and she really blows on this one as only she could. "Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart" is wonderful, in fact this version With more Flo and Mary on the fade out would have charted higher. Again Miss Flo rips into "You Keep Me Hangin On". Each of the ladies have a lead verse on "It Makes No Difference Now" and lastly this version of Diana's "Someday We'll Be Together" is the best. The sound quality is excellent. I am satisfied. A real Supremes Anthology, which showcases them as they should be as a UNIT as a TEAM. THE SUPREMES.
5.0 out of 5 stars THE NITTY GRITTY,
This review is from: Anthology (Audio CD)THIS 2 CD SET IS WORTH BUYING FOR RARE TRACK THE NITTY GRITTY AND EXTENDED VERSION OF LOVE IS LIKE AN ITCHING IN MY HEART
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme introduction,
This review is from: Anthology (Audio CD)There are many Supremes compilations on the market - most of them hybrids or varients of the first major Anthology released by Motown as a three-album gatefold compilation in 1974. This album, which is quite hard to come by in the stores in Europe, is interesting for both collectors and as an overall introduction to the Diana Ross & the Supremes legacy. For collectors it has some interesting show tunes from the Hollywood Palace and their TV specials with the Temptations which can't be found easily elsewhere. For the more general record buying public it offers a good overall study of their career from 1963 until the 1970s including their string of No 1 hits, a wide variety of other songs from the 'No Hits Supremes' days to offerings from their many concept albums as well as some rare outtakes. Overall the double album shows just how versatile the three girls were and admirably demonstrates why they were the gretest female girl group of all time - truly Supreme Dreamgirls!
5.0 out of 5 stars one you must have,
This review is from: Anthology (Audio CD)Anthology, this double cd is one you should have in your collection, it just starts with I WANT A GUY and ends with THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM and will show you why the girls are THE SUPREMES and still are supreme,full of the best songs great singing and it will pull you in and show you why they are still the best girl group of all time. if you dont have this cd set what the hell are you waiting for, get it and just enjoy.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars anthology,
This review is from: Anthology (Audio CD)when this cd first came out it was a double cd, and is a good collection of songs from the great diana ross, to have put them all on to one cd they must have cut some of the songs,if i was you get the old cd which has 2 cds in the set. but this is still a great cd to have,
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