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Album Review

Its title might lead one to think this was a compilation, but it wasn't — rather, More Hits by the Supremes is merely a valid presumption of its worth. It was also the original group's third highest charting album of their five years on Motown, and came not a moment too soon. The Supremes were doing incredibly well as a singles act, but not since Where Did Our Love Go had any of their LPs done particularly well on the pop charts; even a well-intentioned Sam Cooke-tribute album recorded early in 1965, which ought to have done better, had only reached number 75 (though it had gotten to number five on the R&B LP charts). "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Back in My Arms Again" helped drive the sales, but those singles had been out six and three months earlier at the time this album surfaced — listeners were delighted to find those singles surrounded by their ethereal rendition of the ballad "Whisper You Love Me Boy" with its exquisitely harmonized middle chorus; the gently soulful, sing-song-y "The Only Time I'm Happy"; and the sweetly dramatic "He Holds His Own" (with a gorgeous and very prominent piano accompaniment). The material dated across six months of work, from late 1964 through the spring of 1965 (apart from "Ask Any Girl," the B-side of "Baby Love," which was cut in the spring of 1964), and showed that Motown could put a Supremes album together piecemeal around the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team and place the trio right up at the top reaches of the charts, in the company of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, et al. Its release also opened a floodgate of killer albums by the trio — overlooking their 1965 LP of Christmas songs, they were destined to issue three more long-players that delighted audiences a dozen songs at a time over the next two years, which was a lot of good work.

Customer Reviews

More Hits Expanded

This is one of the greatest Supremes Albums of all time, now expanded to include both mono and stereo versions, plus alternate takes and a variety of unreleased gems and live performances. The original album, included here, featured the beautiful voice of the young Diana Ross filled with the exuberance of youth, the harmonies of Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson along with the incredible writing and producing of Holland Dozier Holland and the Funk Brothers Motown House Band. On this expanded addition, I absolutely love the live performances from the Fox Theater in Detroit direct from their fist appearance on Ed Sullivan. The alternate of Whisper you love me boy is incredible and the alternate of Nothing But Heartaches which features a musical break where the funk brothers are absolutely wailing. Five Stars for this one and a must have for real fans of the greatest female group in musical history.

The Supremes At Their Best

So glad this re-issue came out. Features the full Mono and Stereo versions of LP. Also includes rarities and alternate versions. Got a kick out of the Coca-Cola commercials and Beach songs. Highly recommended.

And the Hits Just Keep on Coming

After being on their way to selling nearly 4 million copies of the "Where Did Our Love Go" album, which introduced the critical masses to the Motown Sound. The ladies, dubbed "the sweethearts of soul", had proven their ability to rival The Beatles in album sales. "A Little Bit of Liverpool" sold 1 million units and was a platinum disc, "Sings Country, Western & Pop" was a lot more modest, but still strong for the genre and "Merry Christmas" sold another 6 million units and now, this well assembled 3rd albums as yet a milestone as the British Invasion invaded these shores, The Supremes were our Princess(es) internationally , not only equating Europeans and Asians and Latins with The Motown Sound, but, with the first female super group of the new age.
"nothing But Heartaches" remains a mystery why it broke the string of #1s and of Top 10 hits, landing at a trading #11. It didn't matter by the next single, the ladies were back at home, at #1! You know an album is perfection when tracks like "Whisper You Love Me Boy" hit the charts as a beloved B-side because radio and fans cannot get enough of The Supremes

Biography

Formed: 1961 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

The most successful American performers of the 1960s, the Supremes for a time rivaled even the Beatles in terms of red-hot commercial appeal, reeling off five number one singles in a row at one point. Critical revisionism has tended to undervalue the Supremes' accomplishments, categorizing their work as more lightweight than the best soul stars (or even the best Motown stars), and viewing them as a tool for Berry Gordy's crossover aspirations. There's no question that there was about as much pop...
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