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PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE 2 VERSIONS OF THIS CD, THE UK VERSION HAS INFERIOR SOUND SO GO FOR THE USA VERSION, WHICH IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN THE UK, SEARCH FOR ASIN: B0000DD575, THE WRITING ON THE FRONT CUTS THROUGH THE CHEST AREA, ON THE INFERIOR UK VERSION IT'S AT WAIST LEVEL ON THE SAME PHOTO OF THE SUPREMES.

AMAZON IN THEIR WISDOM HAVE DELIBERATELY COMBINED THE REVIEWS FOR BOTH VERSIONS, RESULTING IN ME INITIALLY BUYING THE INFERIOR UK VERSION.

I already had all the tracks on this CD, but bought it because of the better sound quality, especially on the earlier tracks, ie the Supremes, rather than the later Diana Ross solos. In particular Stoned Love is a great stereo track and I had only a dull poor mono version.

How disappointed I was when I listened to it, the UK version has a poor stereo version of Stoned Love, almost distorted to my ears and all the earlier tracks 1-14 sound inferior to my ears.
I just wish I had studied other peoples reviews better, as some other reviewers had said the same thing. My wrong choice happened because the UK Amazon site has no sound samples, so I went on the USA site to hear it, brilliant I thought, then bought it off the UK site at far less money.

There are 2 USA issues, one in an Eco package, 2004, the other in a jewel case, 2009, as far as I am aware they sound the same, but as I do not own them both I cannot guarantee it. The sound samples on the USA site are from 2004 issue and are the ones I listened to.

PS There are slight differences in tracks chosen between the UK and USA because of which songs made No.1 either side of the pond.

PPS THE USA VERSION IS ****and a half.
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VINE VOICEon 18 August 2007
Some may wonder why The Supremes deserve a number one album, alongside Elvis, The Beatles, Abba etc. Surely they were never that popular?

Think again! In the '60s they were the most popular American group in America, notching up a dozen pop No 1s. I can't help feeling that sexism and racism plays a part in the downplaying of their role in popular music. These three young black women from Detroit took America and the world by storm. Much is made of tension and trouble in the group. It happens to most groups, but gets overlooked.

Diana Ross's shrill nasal leads over those driven rhythm tracks are instantly recognisable. Mary Wilson and dear departed Florence Ballard provided back-ups for the most succesful period. Even if she was made to stand as much as seventeen feet back from the microphone during recording, Flo could still add some R&B oomph to the vocal mix.

You get Diana Ross' US and UK solo No 1s too. Don't forget that Diana Ross held the record for a solo female, with five solo No 1 pop hits in the US, before Whitney and Mariah re-wrote the rule book. You also get a couple of male duets, and it is good to see the Jean Terrell phase of The Supremes represented by their R&B No 1 from 1970 'Stoned Love'.

One minor quibble with the track list. Where is 'I Hear A Symphony' ? It made No 1 pop in the US at the end of 1965. 'Reflections', which is included, only made No 2, and was not No 1 R&B or in the UK. I will admit that 'Reflections' is a better song than '...Symphony' and was bigger internationally, but it goes against the grain a bit.

This album enjoyed a bit of a sales bounce following the success of 'Dreamgirls', a film based loosely around The Supremes story. I think everyone should get a copy.
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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 the American version but remember that it doesn't include Chain reaction.
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on 7 June 2004
I would give this collection of songs five stars but what happened with the sound quality of these recordings? The UK version of this CD uses other mixes than the US version. The sound quality on the UK version is very bad (listen to "Stoned Love", for example). So if you want this CD, get the US version!
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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.
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on 5 August 2013
hunted a few shops for this and found amazon to be the cheapest and the best for quality , bought as a xmas present and it went down a treat, thanks again for keeping such good music in stock on the market place . seller is highly recommended
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on 30 May 2015
This CD is from the Motown era the sisters when the Afro American singer came into their own, Motown came from the state in America that was more well known for making cars Detroit, the girl group on this CD is Diana Ross and the Supremes Diana later left the group and whent out on her own.
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on 29 July 2009
Bearing the same name as the US CD version - but the sound quality here is average at best..... not a patch on the US CD.
Either buy this from Amazon.com or flick down the page and get the excellent 'GOLD' compilation which is awesome.
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on 16 December 2011
A really nice collection of the No.1 hits of the Motown girlgroup Diana Ross and the Supremes, also including a number of No.1 Hits by Diana Ross in her later solo career at Motown during the 1970's and 80's.

The set features almost all of the Supremes best known hits, from "Stop! In the Name of Love" to "Baby Love", "Reflections", "Someday We'll Be Together" and "You Keep Me Hanging On" in really nice quality sound that's fresh and as vibrant as the day it was recorded. However this is a No.1's compilation though, which means that a few excellent tracks are missed off. Classics like "I Hear A Symphony", "My World Is Empty Without You" and "In And Out of Love" aren't included, which is a slight disappointment.
However the songs that are presented here are pretty much the cream of the crop, and an excellent introduction to the group for any music lover.

Also included is one song by The Supremes featuring Jean Terell as lead singer, a funky soul song called "Stoned Love" which was a chart hit for the group in 1971. However, other than this the Supremes career after the departure of Diana Ross isn't covered here.
Instead, several no.1 hits from Diana's solo career are presented on the second half of the album. They include her signature song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", plus "Upside Down", "Touch Me In The Morning", "Do You Know Where You're Going To" and "Chain Reaction" and a few others that are well worth a listen.

The album is very well presented, with a multiple page booklet featuring several publicity shots of the Supremes in their 60's heyday, plus images of Diana Ross in all her glamour in the 1970's.
Altogether, maybe not all-encompassing, but still a very good introduction to the music of Motown's biggest stars.
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on 7 May 2004
Diana Ross and the Supremes are the ultimate girl group. There were 2 girls and one superstar diva. The 3 of them rode the wave to the heights of the entertainment world. The music they created and left behind will be with us always.
These songs are how they were originally recorded. Many of the songs were recorded with the live band behind the 3 girls who all shared ONE microphone. It is almost impossible to believe that under those circumstances, these legendary songs were recorded.
The re-mix of You Keep Me Hangin' On is powerful. Heard it in a club recently and the dancefloor was packed with young kids grinding a hole into that floor to the sounds of Diana, Mary, and Flo. It was something to see and hear.
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