40th Anniversary Box ボックスセット, 限定版, インポート
Although they weren't the first of the girl groups, the Supremes were by far the most successful. And this comprehensive five-CD box set does justice to their phenomenal, lengthy career--from their pre-Motown days as a quartet called the Primettes (their first single and its B-side open the first disc) to their last hit in 1976. The first two discs of this set are full of Diana Ross-led gems: those you probably remember, such as "Baby Love" and "You Can't Hurry Love," and those you might not, such as "Any Girl in Love" and "Come On and See Me." Sprinkled throughout are unreleased tracks and new mixes of classic songs and standards. Nowhere else will you hear original Supreme Florence Ballard's haunting version of "People."
Cindy Birdsong's 1967 replacement of Ballard coincides with a change in the Supremes' material: disc three charts the movement from the light-hearted bop of "Forever Came Today" and "Heaven Must Have Sent You," to forceful, sexy, funky numbers such as "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" and "The Weight" (both recorded with the Temptations). The late-'60s Supremes dealt with issues such as unwed motherhood ("Love Child") and the youth revolution ("The Young Folks"). In an ironic twist, disc three ends with "Someday We'll Be Together," one of the last recordings of Diana Ross & the Supremes.
The '70s were coming, and the funk revolution rolled ahead with new lead singer Jean Terrell. Terrell's stronger, lower voice suited the times and the grittier material on tracks such as "River Deep, Mountain High" and "Stoned Love," while Mary Wilson steps out front to close the fourth disc with "You Are the Heart of Me." The fifth disc on this limited edition is filled with live performances of 11 signature Supremes hits with Ross.
The music of the Supremes is both complex and catchy--a mixture virtually unheard of in the banal teen pop of our times. Motown ruled teen pop back then, and this collection of music is stronger and sweeter than anything on the radio today. --Courtney Kemp
the second is the variety of cuts on each disc. there are many songs that a true supremes fan knows, but there are alternate versions of them that deligth the ears, there are covers of tunes not associated with the group and finally, there are the songs known as 'previously unreleased'. the real mysteries. they show off the group as a group of three distinct voices and not as a setting for diana ross' unique sound.
there is 'people', a song by smokey robinson called 'take me where you go' and something called 'oooh-weee'. these three songs really show off all the girls' contribution to the sound, especially florence ballard. as wilson said, she is singing each 'ooo' and 'baby, baby' with such fervor it is really hard to deny her her place in soul music.
then there is a cover of 'stormy' that shows how well mary wilson and cindy birdsong could bridge together in support of diana ross. and mary's solo version of 'can't take my eyes off you' which puts diana ross in the background and she plays along like a good sport.
the set then falls a little short in the last disc because the producers assume the listeners aren't interested in what happened after diana ross. little do they know! this is where the group got really good again. the material was interesting, with whiffs of psychadelia and more mature ballads such as 'touch' that weren't cute. they were sexy and very adult. but the pieces selected to close off this disc don't bring this home. it is a pity but look very hard for the two-disc set 'the supremes'. that will take care of any needs for hearing scherrie or susaye or jean on lead.
No, the sides represented on the first three CDs are still largely a tribute to Diane for the most part; and, sadly, this is likely the last in a long string of compilations that fall regrettably short of the mark. The book, however, is superbly done, fairly factual, and contains dozens of photos that haven't been published for widespread consumption before, and Mary is given at least a little more credit for holding the act together for so long, and is vocally represented a great deal more thoroughly. (It causes one to wonder if there's still an anti-Flo conspiracy going on 24 years after her death. Get the message, Motown: she's gone; you can't hurt her anymore. Give the lady her due.)
The packaging is lush to the Nth degree, but crushed velour won't hold up for very long, and you can hear the binding crack whenever the package is opened.
Motown: you missed the boat yet again!
If you don't have a Supremes set -THIS is definitely the one to get. The inclusion of the pre-Motown recordings is very much appreciated. This alone makes this set a superb standout from other Supreme collections. The big and mild hits are all present and accounted for and it is great to have them all in one convienient package.
The sprinkling of never-before-released material is welcomed but slightly disappointing. A majority of these songs have appeared in alternate versions on other collections (ARE YOU SURE LOVE IS THE NAME OF THIS GAME, TAKE ME WHERE YOU GO), so the meaning of 'never' is being stretched. There are other titles that probably should have stayed in the vault (DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE and the re-recording of MOTHER DEAR).
There are a few good selections representing the non-hit albums, SHAKE from "We Remember Sam Cook", FALLING IN LOVE WITH LOVE from "The Supremes Sing Rogers and Hart" and SOMEWHERE from "Live at the Copa." However, there is nothing from "The Supremes Sing and Perform Funny Girl" or "A Bit Of Liverpool." These two albums showcase the Supremes' versatility and deserve at least one representative.
The most disappointing aspect of this collection is the lack of post-Diana Supreme recordings. Four discs (of studio recordings), three with Diana and one without. After Diana went solo, The Supremes recorded a vast amount of GREAT music. If such filler songs as SUNNY BOY, DOES YOUR MOMMA KNOW and HOW LONG HAS THAT EVENING TRAIN made it into this collection, certainly WAIT A MINUTE, LOVE IT CAME TO ME THIS TIME, and IT'S ALL BEEN SAID BEFORE should have been included.
The post-Diana Supremes disc does contain two long awaited and sorely missed tunes: HIGH ENERGY and YOU ARE THE HEART OF ME. These two songs came from two great albums. But again - only one never-before-released song from that era? That it simply not fair. Rumor has it that there are enough unreleased songs to fill entire albums. Oh well.
The 5th 'Live' disc is fantastic! The girls had talent and personality to spare. Individually they were fantastic, but as a team they were sensational - and this disc showcases it beautifully. As does a majority of this great boxed set of the greatest girl group in musical history.