Saturday, 2 June 2018
Diana Ross & The Supremes - Supremes A Go-Go (1966)
Released in August 1966
Recorded at Hitsville, Detroit
This is an absolute treasure of a release.
Firstly, you get the original 1966 release in MONO and then, beautifully, in STEREO. However the real appeal here lies in the many EXTRAS included. Diana and the girls run through their versions of several other Motown classics - "Heat Wave"; "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted"; "Get Ready"; "It's The Same Old Song"; "Can I Get A Witness"; "Put Yourself In My Place"; "This Old Heart Of Mine"; "Uptight, Money, Shake Me Wake Me (When It's Over)"; "Mickey's Monkey" and The Contours' Northern Soul Floor Filler "Just A Little Misunderstanding". Their versions are excellent too. A real refreshing delight to listen to. Some of these tracks are also on the actual original album but the alternate versions are, if anything even better, often slightly extended with more vocal improvisation. Also present are belting covers of The Stones' Satisfaction, Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual", Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" and Burt Bacharach's "What The World Needs Now Is Love". All of them stand up well, despite the classic status of the songs.
There are also two killer extended cuts of "Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart" and alternate mixes of "In My Lonely Room" and "He's All I Got" (which appeared on the previous album "I Hear A Symphony").
The STEREO remastering is just gorgeous, the bass pounding out of of one's speakers like a punch in the stomach. Just listen to the intro to "This Old Heart Of Mine". Diana's vocal over that Motown sax. Beautiful. The Funk Brothers at their powerful, driving but melodic best.
A long overdue release and a rewarding listen.