Monday, 19 November 2018

The Supremes - Right On (1970)


Released April 1970

With the release, and chart success, of this album The Supremes did something quite rare - they survived the loss of their iconic lead voice, Diana Ross, and carried on as a threesome, Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong  joined by Jean Terrell. This album was produced by Frank ("Do I Love You") Wilson and of the four early seventies albums the group released, it is the most "Motown".


1. Up The Ladder To The Roof
2. Then We Can Try Again
3. Everybody's Got The Right To Love
4. Wait A Minute Before You Leave Me
5. You Move Me
6. But I Love You More
7. I Got Hurt (Trying To Be The Only Girl In Your Life)
8. Baby Baby
9. Take A Closer Look At Me
10. Then I Met You
11. Bill, Are You Coming Back
12. The Loving Country

"Up The Ladder To The Roof" is an absolutely barnstorming hit single of an opener - catchy, melodic and the girls' voices in perfect harmony. "Then We Can Try Again" is an impressive, infectious typically Motown song too. The quality is continued on "Everybody's Got The Right To Love", with its trademark Motown backing once again, it was also a chart hit. The pulsating "Wait A Minute Before You Leave Me" keeps the standard high. This material is as good as most of the stuff put out under the Diana Ross & The Supremes name in their final year. "You Move Me", as on several of their songs, sounds as if Diana Ross is back on lead vocals, similarly with the honeysweet "But I Love You More". Jean Terrell sounds almost exactly like her at times.

"I Got Hurt (Trying To Be The Only Girl In Your Life)" is a very soulful, vibrant number, another underrated "forgotten" great Motown song. "Baby Baby" is a punchy horns and bluesy drums number that once again adds to the impression that this is a very good album. Of the four albums, it is probably the best. "Take A Closer Look At Me" has a big, rumbling backing and a solid, powerful  vocal from Terrell, as indeed she does on the Ross-like "Then I Met You".

"Bill, Are You Coming Back" was one of those moving anti-Vietnam war songs, like Martha Reeves & The Vandellas' "Forget Me Not" and Freda Payne's "Bring the Boys Home". It is a real Motown stomper, almost Northern Soul in its danceable beat. Another of those long lost classics. Great vocals and an uplifting beat. Energising stuff. "The Loving Country" is a lovely, soully song with yet another solid muscular Motown pounding beat. I find this a really invigorating, enjoyable album, by far the best of The Supremes' post Diana offerings. Highly recommended. Early seventies Motown at is best.


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