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Supremes (2000 Box Set)

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Album Review

The Supremes were Motown's most popular act, so there was much anticipation for a comprehensive box set, especially since Motown waited many years to assemble one. So, the question is, was the wait worth it? Almost. It's a lavish set, spanning four discs (five, if you include the limited-edition live bonus disc included with the first 25,000 sets), housed in a red-velvet plated book and boasting a 70-page booklet, plus alternate takes, original 45 mixes, and other rarities. The devil is in the details, though. Rarities are substituted for original hit versions; for instance, the original versions of "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" are not here. Then, there are the little omissions, like noting Elvis Costello's cover of "Remove This Doubt" in a list of great Supremes' covers, but not including the original. These curious choices, along with the decision to devote the fourth disc to post-Diana Ross material, makes the set feel a little incomplete, even though it covers a tremendous amount of ground. There are some classic cuts missing, and it's not a good thing that some of those missing items are the single versions of the hits. Still, it's hard not to like The Supremes as a set for hardcore fans, who will thrill to the different mixes and alternate versions, unreleased photos, Top Ten lists, and illustrated discographies. But for the listener looking for one exhaustive set containing all the Supremes they'll ever need, this set falls short of the mark. In fact, for that kind of listener, a good double-disc hits compilation remains a preferable choice over this set. [In 2006, this box was re-released minus the bonus disc of outtakes that was included in the 2000 edition, which is really too bad, since it was the only platter in the box that would hold the attention of the collectors who missed it the first time around.]

Customer Reviews

A must for collectors

Enough has been written already about how truly great these women were. Sadly, their accomplishments are overshadowed by attention focused on the personal relationship between group members over 40 years ago. One thing I must say is that every time I hear a recording that featured Mary or Florence on lead, it makes me truly appreciate Berry Gordy's vision for focusing the the leads on Diana Ross. Every release from 1962-1970 featured her on lead, except for "Butter Popcorn" featuring Florence. Here in this collection is the proof of why that was a smart move. Diana Ross had the voice that represents a generation.

This is BANGIN!!

All the songs on here are bangin, and these are a must have for the true fan...included are many unreleased songs, including the Supreme's unreleased first recording at Motown, "After All," which features all the of the girls, Florence, Mary, and Diane, in that sequence, on leads. I just wish that the first two songs were here too...they are by the Primettes, who eventually became the Supremes.

A Supreme Collection

Released in time to coincide with the "Return to Love" tour, the 5-disc boxset stands heads and shoulders over other similar homages to the great artists of our time. There have been several Greatest Hits compilations on The Supremes from the double album, Grammy nominated - #1-1967 Greatest Hits, Vol. 3, Anthology, Ultimate Collection, etc.

The first disc was a comprehensive collection of the songs the group recorded before they hit the top of the charts. It is interesting to see their music evolve from the doo-wop feel of the late 50s/early 60s, to the majestic "Motown Sound" which they were partially responsible for helping build.

The subsequent disc captures all their gigantic hits, their magnificent homages to Sam Cooke and Rodgers & Hart. Select songs from themed albums like "A Little Bit of Liverpool" and "Country, Western & Pop" are also included, as well as, contemporary covers that were not released like The Classics IV "Stormy" and the Disney Classic, "When You Wish Upon a Star".

There is a sizeable chunk of tracks extracted from the critically and commercially successful, "Love Child" album including personal favorites, "Does Your Momma Know About Me", "He's My Sunny Boy" and "You've Been So Wonderful to Me". The simple inclusion of these songs gives this box set critical gravitas.

While The Beatles are celebrated as the greatest of male groups, Diana Ross and The Supremes retain a similar honor amongst girl groups and American groups. The songs are timeless. A half century later, they still sound fresh and alluring.

This is one of the most comprehensive box sets that have been released to date.

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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