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The American number one hits,
This review is from: The #1's (Audio CD)
This compilation contains all the American number one hits that Diana Ross and the Supremes had, separately and together. Although popular in Britain, the Supremes (with Diana) only had one UK number one (Baby love), while Diana had just two solo UK number ones (I'm still waiting, Chain reaction). Curiously, neither of these made it to number one in America so they are omitted from the American version of this compilation. On the British version, Chain reaction replaces the re-mix of Keep me hanging on - however, it seems that the British compilation uses older masters than the American compilation. It seems odd that the British version doesn't include I'm still waiting - it could have replaced The boss, which was only a minor UK hit.
During the time that Diana and the Supremes were together, they had an incredible fourteen American number one hits including one (I'm gonna make you love me) with the Temptations. All of them made the UK charts with eight of them making the top ten and three others making the top twenty. Every one of these songs is a classic (even the three that were only minor UK hits) so it's hard to pick out favorites but Stop in the name of love, You can't hurry love, You keep me hanging on and Someday we'll be together are particularly strong.
Following the split, the Supremes had just one more American number one (Stoned love, which made the UK top three). Diana fared better but still found number one hits harder to come by than in the sixties. Four of Diana's six solo American number one hits made the UK top ten. Among these, my favorite is the theme from Mahogany although the biggest UK hit was Upside down, prevented from being a UK number one hit by Abba's Winner takes it all. Diana had a further American number one hit via a duet with Lionel Richie, Endless love. It is one of her finest post-Supremes recordings and (of course) made the UK top ten although I hoped it would do better than it actually did.
This compilation may not be ideal for Brits but it still provides a great introduction to the music of Diana Ross and the Supremes. For Americans, it is the best possible introduction to their music within the confines of a single CD.
For the best sound quality, buy this American version but remember that it doesn't include Chain reaction.