Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Diana Ross & the Supremes|
More Hits & Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, R&B
UK version of Motown's '2 Classic Albums On 1 CD Series'. Reissue of 'More Hits by the Supremes' (1965) and 'The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland' (1967) together on 1 CD. Packaged in a full color slipcase with origina... more »
UK version of Motown's '2 Classic Albums On 1 CD Series'. Reissue of 'More Hits by the Supremes' (1965) and 'The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland' (1967) together on 1 CD. Packaged in a full color slipcase with original artwork and 8 page booklet. Bot
A pair of trios render a pair of perfect albums
D.V. Lindner | King George, VA, USA | 10/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This has got to be my best-written review, because in August 1965 when I was 11, "More Hits By The Supremes" was the first album I ever bought. What pressure. It's coupling here with "Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland" probably makes the most sense of all their '2-fers.'I still don't understand why "Ask Any Girl" was repeated on this album; it was already the last track on the "Where Did Our Love Go" LP just a year before, and had been the 45 B-side of "Baby Love." Since it's a great song though, let the mystery remain. H-D-H had their formula for the Supremes down solid by this time, and the three perennial singles on this album are still proof: "Stop! In The Name Of Love," "Back In My Arms Again," & "Nothing But Heartaches" are just burned in the brain now of first generation fans. What we probably didn't know then was that this album had some `covers' among it's tracks: "Whisper You Love Me Boy," "He Holds His Own," and "Honey Boy" had all been recorded over a year earlier by Mary Wells before she left Motown. However, Diana's delivery of these three are now the immortal readings; no one could top how she does "Whisper," in particular. "Mother Dear" was more than once considered for single release, as well it should have been. A- or B-side, there was no weak track on this one. Then there was that original cover, all three girls in separate `column' photos, radiant with success and their first names' each signed in their own handwriting. About five years ago I paid $45 for a near mint, vinyl mono pressing of this one too. I'd do it again.ONLY by comparison, does "Sing H-D-H" seem the slightest bit weaker. Now that we know how much unreleased, original H-D-H material on the group was left sitting in the vault (and, reportedly, much still does), it might have been better to have some that here over Four Tops & Vandellas `covers.' Then again, the Supremes version of the Isley Brothers "I Guess I'll Always Love You" eclipses the original and got plenty of airplay as the B-side of "In and Out of Love." The same goes for "Going Down For The Third Time" which rode the back of "Reflections." It was, of course, the monster singles "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone" that drove the sales of this one, and they refuse to age. There's a sad note too, though. In January 1967, as an album cut and a B-side, "There's No Stopping Us Now" was totally convincing in its anthem-like declaration - surely there was nothing unconquerable for the Supremes and H-D-H at that point. A mere year later the messy dismissal of Florence Ballard, and the contentious departure of Lamont Dozier and Brian & Eddie Holland from Motown told an entirely different story. The golden age of the production line at Motown was ending.Put those facts out of your head when you enjoy this wonderful reissue of two of the greatest Supremes albums ever, and just drift back in time with them. "More Hits" was originally Motown LP 627 and released July 23, 1965; "Sing H-D-H" was Motown 650, released January 27, 1967, and this middle-aged man is a kid again when they play. I don't know if this was my best-written review, but I swear my heart is in it."
Wow!-This is an early R&B/Rock & Roll/Pop Masterpiece!
D. Lee | Baltimore, Md United States | 09/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm referring particularly to "More hits by the Supremes", but the entire collection is pretty good. "More hits" is one of the greatest albums that I have ever heard and it truly represents the height of the 1960's hit-machine Motown sound. This album may have THE greatest rhythm section that I have ever heard on a single album. I used to feel that this title belonged to The Beatles' "Rubber Soul" but now I'm more inclined to believe that that nod belongs to this outstanding piece of work here. Both albums actually came out the same year (1965) and I will say that it is obvious after listening to these albums that Paul McCartney was listening closely and really learned a lot from James Jamerson. James Jamerson was basically the in house bassist for Motown and along with the brilliant drummer Bennie Benjamin, was largely responsible for the backbone of most of their hits. Jamerson actually gives his greatest single performance on Stevie Wonder's "I was made to love her" but as far as whole albums go, it doesn't get much better than "More hits by the Supremes". The Funk Brothers were one of the most brilliant group of musicians in the history of popular music, and I often just have to sit back and marvel when I hear them in action. The harmonies of the Supremes and the song writing of Holland-Dozier-Holland on this album are also a great representation of the height of 1960's hits era Motown. This album is a major blast too. Most of this album is so fun that you may find yourself dancing without even realizing it :-). "Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland", originally released in 1967 is solid but not quite as good as "More hits...". It has its gems such as the magnificent "You keep me hangin' on" (The Funk Brothers are truly amazing once again with Jamerson giving yet another seemingly effortless virtuoso performance) along with a few others (their cover of "Heat Wave" and other songs from other Motown acts are all pretty much just as good as the orginals, which is not all suprising because they all have the same session players). All of this makes this 2 album cd a really worthy purchase. I found this set at a local record store for the price of a single cd and it was well worth it. And besides, unless Motown decides to go ahead and issue these albums separately, as far as I know this, is the only way that you can get either one on cd. So basically, "More hits..." is great, "Holland-Dozier-Holland" is solid, and this album should be a part of every music lover's collection!"
Two of their strongest albums
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 12/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These two original albums show why the Supremes were one of the most successful groups of the mid-sixties. Holland/Dozier/Holland wrote all the songs on both albums.The first, from 1965, has a misleading title - it is not a Greatest hits volume 2, which it suggests, but a set of then-new recordings which yielded three American number one hits (Stop! in the name of love and Back in my arms again) both of which also charted in Britain, though Back in my arms again was only a minor hit. A third single, Nothing but heartaches, only reached number 11 in America and missed the charts altogether in Britain. The other songs, are great examples of sixties Motown. While not as strong as the hits, they are worth hearing and they rarely (if ever) appear on compilations.The second album, from 1967 (although three of the songs pre-date that year) also yielded two American number ones - You keep me hanging on and Love is here and now you're gone. This set includes two songs that had already been hits for other Motown acts - It's the same old song (Four tops) and Heatwave (Martha Reeves and the Vandellas). Again, the other songs are of a high quality without matching the hits.If you are only interested in the hits, you should ignore this and the others in this series, but if you are interested in hearing more, this is a great CD with which to start exploring further."