The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland

| May 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

On June 15, in anticipation of the upcoming 60th anniversary of Motown — a.k.a. Hitsville U.S.A. — and inspired by the album’s own recent 51th anniversary,. Motown/UMe is releasing a 2-CD Expanded Edition of The Supremes’ tenth studio effort. The chart-topping The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland. A whopping 52 tracks magnify the scope of a seminal album that made history. Including 28 tracks that are heard here for the first time via a number of updated mixes and alternate versions. As well as a score of electrifying live performances captured at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City in May 1967. The last recorded performance of the original trio: Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard.

The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland, originally released in January 1967. Further cemented the group’s chart prowess and vocal harmonizing skills. The original album, inspired by the production team who along with the group had come to define the “Motown Sound. Producers Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier and lyricist Edward Holland Jr. Spawned a pair of universally loved No. 1 singles. The forever-pleading “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” and the heartbreakingly dramatic “Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone.”

The LP also went to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Albums Chart. Their fourth album to do so up to that point, while peaking at no. 6 Pop.

On June 15, in anticipation of the upcoming 60th anniversary of Motown — a.k.a. Hitsville U.S.A. — and inspired by the album’s own recent 51th anniversary,. Motown/UMe is releasing a 2-CD Expanded Edition of The Supremes’ tenth studio effort.

Formed in Detroit as The Primettes in 1959. The Supremes were Motown’s most successful act of the 1960s, scoring 12 No. 1 singles. They also continue to reign as America’s most successful vocal group to date. Their influence not only carries on in contemporary R&B, soul and pop They also helped pave the way for mainstream success by African-American artists across all genres.

The expanded The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland includes the original album in both its original mono and stereo mixes – with the mono album on CD for the first time – plus several rare and new mixes created exclusively for this expanded edition, including alternate versions and alternate mixes of the hits; the original film version of the No. 1 hit “The Happening.” Which was re-cut for the single version; a version of “Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone” with a vocal previously available only on a Japanese release. Once-in-a-lifetime “duet” version of “You’re Gone (But Always In My Heart),” that includes lead vocals by Diana Ross and Gladys Knight; and a Motown mashup of the H-D-H classics “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” and “Where Did Our Love Go.”

The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland

Rounding out this collection is a rare recording from the Copacabana in New York, in May 1967, one of the last performances of the group with Florence Ballard.

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