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Meet the Supremes

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A *Must* Have For Supremes Fans!

  • Dec 31, 2010
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Hip-O-Select's expanded edition two CD set of MEET THE SUPREMES is a must for fans who are familiar with the early beginnings of the fabulous trio that would eventually help establish Motown as truly "the sound of young America." Needless to say, Hip-O-Select has done another fantastic job of remastering the original tracks.

Although the songs have the same Motown feel they're different than the monster hits the Supremes would become known for and some might find this a little disappointing. So for new fans who are more familiar with hits like "Where Did Our Love Go," "Baby Love," "Love Child," among others and are looking for those songs, I suggest getting the compilation CD Gold, which has the group's big hits--including after Diana Ross left--and it has a few of their early recordings, so you can get a taste of their earlier sound.

Even though the songs on MEET THE SUPREMES aren't in the "Supremes" mold (that they would become known for), they're delightful to listen to. They harmonize beautifully and there's a hunger and youthful energy that you can hear in these recordings. Each Supreme--Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard--sounded young but there was no mistaking that these girls had talent. There are some really catchy tunes on CD 1 like "Buttered Popcorn" and "Let Me Go The Right Way," and ballads that stay in mind like "Your Heart Belongs To Me," and "Baby Don't Go." Ross sings lead on most, but Ballard (Buttered Popcorn) and Wilson (Baby Don't Go) sing lead on some songs.

CD 1 includes the album, "Meet The Supremes," with both the mono and stereo versions of the songs, and includes four live previously unreleased bonus tracks from the "Motor Town Revue" concerts that the Motown acts would take on the road.

CD 2 contains all previously unreleased tracks/versions and Florence Ballard sings lead on some of the songs like "Hey Baby," "Save Me A Star," and "Heavenly Father." Mary Wilson sings lead on "After All" and "The Tears." I might have this mixed up but these tracks have either Wilson or Ballard doing lead, or vocal duties are split evenly between the three. The last seven tracks are performed live from the Graystone concert hall in 1964, and according to the liner notes, this was a "battle of the groups" with the Supremes squaring off against The Velvelettes (their performance is captured on Motown Anthology).

MEET THE SUPREMES comes with a booklet with expanded edition liner notes by George Solomon, which also includes "Supremes" timeline from 1959-1963 and a 10/31/09 discussion between Mary Wilson and Barbara Martin (who was part of the original Supreme lineup and recorded with the group and is on most of the recorded songs on these two CDs). The booklet also contains song information, though it doesn't say who sang lead but you can decipher from the notes and by listening to the tracks, and some pictures. The two CDs are housed in a tri-fold out cardboard case with plastic CD holders, attached to the cardboard, which keeps each CD securely in place. The original liner notes by Billie Jean Brown are printed on inside and back jacket of the case, and the front cover is a replica of the original album jacket.

Anyway, this set is worth buying as long as you're familiar with pre-Holland-Dozier-Holland (HDH) Supremes. Listening to this CD now and it amazes me that they weren't a hit right off the bat. It was a toss up as to who should be singing lead at this early stage of the game--each one sounded great--but Ross sounded more youthful, whereas Ballard and Wilson sounded mature, and that may have been a prime reason why Gordy chose Ross to do more of the leads.

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It's been 50 years since a group of four teenage girls calling themselves the Primettes nervously auditioned for Berry Gordy at Motown, then Detroit's new local record company. At first he sent them away, telling Diana, Mary, Florence and Barbara to first graduate high school. They hung around anyway, doing handclaps in sessions, and finally got signed in January 1961 (a few months before graduation). The Primettes were re-named "The Supremes" - but it would be a little while before they became world-renowned superstars.

Meet The Supremes: Expanded Edition, a new 2-CD set from Hipo-Select.com, tells the story of those early years, as the group evolved from a quartet to a trio, doing their best to gain traction at an fast-emerging label. The set features a newly remastered version of the Supremes' debut album, first issued in 1962, along with rare tracks from their first recording sessions, previously unreleased live shows and much more, including:

On CD for the first time: the original mono version of Meet The Supremes On CD for the first time in more than 20 years: the stereo mix of the album A never-before-released live show recorded at the NY's Apollo Theater in 1962 - the earliest known Supremes live recording A second unreleased live show, a "Battle of the Stars" from Detroit's Graystone Ballroom in 1964, only six months before "Where Did Our Love Go" hit No. 1 16 additional studio tracks from their initial recording sessions, all in previously unreleased mixes, many in...

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Label: Hip-O Select
Artist: Supremes
Release Date: May 18, 2010

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