The Supremes were a brilliant group but there was plenty of sadness behind the scenes. Florence Ballard was the original lead singer. Several singles were released without success, after which Diana Ross replaced Florence as lead singer. Songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland were brought in at the same time and nobody will ever know which change was the more significant. Florence eventually left the Supremes, to be replaced by Cindy Birdsong. Diana Ross left to go solo in 1970, at which point this compilation ends. The Supremes had just one British number one hit (Baby love) but they had many number ones in the American pop charts. Many of those were also top ten hits in Britain, but even those that weren't became famous anyway - however, this is not the definitive Supremes compilation. Notable omissions include I'm living in shame, In and out of love, Come see about me, My world is empty without you and Back in my arms again, but there are several great album tracks to compensate for these omissions. Apart from Baby love, the Supremes made the UK top ten with Where did our love go, Stop in the name of love, You can't hurry love, You keep me hanging on, The happening and Reflections, all included here. They also made the UK top ten with I'm gonna make you love me, a duet with the Temptations, but that track is omitted from this set. Other UK hit to be found here are Love child, Some day we'll be together, I hear a symphony, No matter what sign you are, Forever came today and Some things you never get used to. At a budget price, this provides a fine introduction to the music of Diana Ross and the Supremes, but if you want all the missing tracks I've mentioned, you may prefer to buy a different compilation (such as Ultimate collection) instead.
Whereas many band's best of's don't tell the whole story, (you're hearing the songs removed from their original contexts, after all) The Supremes were a singles band, so a budget price hits compilation like this is the ideal way to get them into your life.
While the band were more successful in the US than here, most everyone will know Baby Love, Stop! In The Name Of Love and You Can't Hurry Love; I also upon getting this CD found that I was familiar with Where Did Our Love Go, You Keep Me Hanging On, and The Happening.
It's a minor tragedy that this familarity largely stems from cheesy, soul-detroying 'retro' discos; The Supremes have class and soul in spades. Free of the schmaltz and showboating that characterises many modern girl groups, these are simple emotional truths carried on gorgeous melodies, with no diva-ish 'woah-a-woah-o-woah-oh-oh' vocal acrobatics masquerading as emotion.
This is first and foremost a masterclass in pop, but lovers of rock, soul and/or R&B will find much to love here.
An absolute bargain! 20 tracks comprising 9 of their 12 iconic US Billboard No1 Hits, several more chart hits and a sprinkling of "B" sides/album tracks. The collection covers the "golden years" between 1964-69 when the Supremes featuring lead vocals by Diana Ross were the top American pop group 2nd only to the Beatles in the US, leaving the Stones, Beach Boys & Four Seasons trailing in their wake.
Mostly a mish mash of old hits and b sides I could never understand how they ever managed to get listed as a soul group. They were just a pop trio, who were lucky to have some brilliant songs written for them. Some were very samey though, but at least they helped to get Motown noticed in the UK. Motown had far better female groups, but perhaps they were too bluesy for the British public on the whole Mary Wilson said the Supremes couldn't sing soul, and she was right. Easy on the ear though