- Audio CD (14 Jan. 2002)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Double CD, Original recording remastered
- Label: Motown
- ASIN: B00005T7WF
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Anthology Double CD, Original recording remastered
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From the opening lovelorn wail of "I Want A Guy" to the lush sang froid of "The Impossible Dream", Anthology by Diana Ross and the Supremes is pop at its romantic peak. Over two CDs and nine tear-sodden years, the Detroit trio turn rejection by a string of "one night love making, next night heart breaking" into the sound of luxury and redemption. CD One features a run of classics from the years when songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland were the masters of emotion in motion ("Where Did Our Love Go", faded out so it remains immortal; "Stop! In The Name Of Love", the greatest exclamation mark in pop history; "Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart", full of hunger and vitality; "This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)", a b-side! CD Two starts well with sophisticated "Reflections", but tails off with H-D-H's departure from Motown, although a few collaborations with the Temptations and some sly covers ("Hard Day's Night", "Can't Take My Eyes Off You") come close to being essential. The Supremes never really suited the odd moments of happiness contained herein, but thankfully there's enough exquisite despair on these CDs to last a lifetime. --Ian Watson
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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???
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.
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!