(2000) The Supremes: Box Set

The Supremes

... read moreThe Supremes were Motown's most popular act, so there was much anticipation for a comprehensive box set, especially since Motown waited many years to assemble one. So, the question is, was the wait worth it? Almost. It's a lavish set, spanning four discs (five, if you include the limited-edition...

04:26′:48″ 89 Songs

Disk 1

1
Tears Of Sorrow (Single Edit (Mono))
The Supremes
2:15
2
Pretty Baby (Single Version (Mono))
The Supremes
2:01
3
After All
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2:45
4
The Boy That Got Away
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2:51
5
I Want A Guy (Single Version (Mono))
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2:53
6
Buttered Popcorn
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3:11
7
Your Heart Belongs To Me (Mono Single With Echo)
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2:34
8
Let Me Go The Right Way
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3:31
9
My Heart Can't Take It No More
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2:55
10
A Breath Taking, First Sight Soul Shaking, One Night Love Making, Next Day Breaking Guy (Single Version / Mono)
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2:20
11
Run, Run, Run (Single Version / Mono)
The Supremes
2:24
12
When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes (Single Version / Mono)
The Supremes
2:59
13
Where Did Our Love Go
The Supremes
2:33
14
Baby Love
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2:37
15
Ask Any Girl
The Supremes
2:43
16
Come See About Me
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2:41
17
Ooowee Baby
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3:00
18
Shake
The Supremes
2:40
19
Stop! In The Name Of Love
The Supremes
3:24
20
Back In My Arms Again (Single Version)
The Supremes
2:51
21
It's All Your Fault
The Supremes
2:39
22
Nothing But Heartaches (Single Version)
The Supremes
2:55
23
Take Me Where You Go
The Supremes
2:55
24
People
The Supremes
4:57

Disk 2

1
I Hear A Symphony (Juke Box Single Version / Stereo)
The Supremes
2:43
2
My World Is Empty Without You
The Supremes
2:34
3
Everything Is Good About You
The Supremes
3:43
4
Any Girl In Love (Knows What I'm Going Through)
The Supremes
2:57
5
Surfer Boy
The Supremes
2:30
6
Dr. Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine
The Supremes
2:23
7
Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
The Supremes
2:57
8
You Can't Hurry Love
The Supremes
2:48
9
Mother Dear
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2:21
10
You Keep Me Hangin' On (Stereo Version)
The Supremes
2:45
11
Going Down For The Third Time (Single Version / Mono)
The Supremes
2:33
12
Love Is Here And Now You're Gone
The Supremes
2:49
13
There's No Stopping Us Now (Mono Version)
The Supremes
2:57
14
Come On And See Me
The Supremes
2:12
15
My Guy
The Supremes
2:37
16
Falling In Love With Love (Album Version)
The Supremes
2:28
17
The Happening
The Supremes
2:50
18
All I Know About You (Previously Unreleased Stereo Mix)
The Supremes
2:10
19
When You Wish Upon A Star
The Supremes
3:13
20
Somewhere (Live 2000 Box Set Version)
The Supremes
4:31
21
Group Introduction (Spoken Words) (Live 2000 Box Set Version)
The Supremes
2:39
22
You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You (Live 2000 Box Set Version)
The Supremes
5:17

Disk 3

1
Reflections
The Supremes
2:57
2
In And Out Of Love (Juke Box Single Version (Stereo))
The Supremes
2:41
3
Heaven Must Have Sent You
The Supremes
3:21
4
Forever Came Today (Single Version)
The Supremes
3:13
5
Some Things You Never Get Used To (Single Version)
The Supremes
2:23
6
The Beginning Of The End Of Love
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2:53
7
Love Child
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2:59
8
How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone
The Supremes
2:48
9
Does Your Mama Know About Me
The Supremes
2:53
10
He's My Sunny Boy
The Supremes
2:22
11
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
The Supremes
3:06
12
I'll Try Something New (Stereo Version)
The Supremes
2:23
13
Tcb
The Supremes
2:56
14
I'm Livin' In Shame (Juke Box Single Version / Stereo)
The Supremes
3:01
15
The Composer (Single Version / Mono)
The Supremes
2:58
16
Are You Sure Love Is The Name Of This Game
The Supremes
2:39
17
No Matter What Sign You Are (It's Happening Version)
The Supremes
2:47
18
The Young Folks
The Supremes
3:09
19
Stormy
The Supremes
3:05
20
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
The Supremes
3:15
21
The Weight (Single Version (Stereo))
The Supremes
3:04
22
The Beginning Of The End (Single Version / Stereo)
The Supremes
2:31
23
Someday We'll Be Together (Single Version (Stereo))
The Supremes
2:57

Disk 4

1
Up The Ladder To The Roof (Single Version)
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3:15
2
Bill, When Are You Coming Back (Single Version / Mono)
The Supremes
4:05
3
Everybody's Got The Right To Love
The Supremes
2:36
4
The Day Will Come Between Sunday And Monday
The Supremes
2:57
5
Stoned Love
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4:05
6
River Deep, Mountain High (Single Version)
The Supremes
3:09
7
You Gotta Have Love In Your Heart (Single Version)
The Supremes
2:48
8
Touch (Promo Single Version)
The Supremes
3:04
9
Nathan Jones (Single Version)
The Supremes
3:00
10
Floy Joy
The Supremes
2:48
11
Automatically Sunshine (Single Version)
The Supremes
2:38
12
Your Wonderful Sweet, Sweet Love (Album Version)
The Supremes
3:01
13
I Guess I'll Miss The Man (Single Version)
The Supremes
2:40
14
5:30 Plane (Album Version)
The Supremes
3:57
15
Bad Weather (Single Version With Studio Chatter)
The Supremes
3:55
16
He's My Man (Album Version)
The Supremes
2:55
17
High Energy (Album Version)
The Supremes
5:24
18
I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do The Walking (Extended Version)
The Supremes
4:08
19
You're My Driving Wheel (Single Version)
The Supremes
3:19
20
You Are The Heart Of Me (Album Version)
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4:12
Released 01 January 2000, This Compilation ℗ 2000 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

The Supremes were Motown's most popular act, so there was much anticipation for a comprehensive box set, especially since Motown waited many years to assemble one. So, the question is, was the wait worth it? Almost. It's a lavish set, spanning four discs (five, if you include the limited-edition live bonus disc included with the first 25,000 sets), housed in a red-velvet plated book and boasting a 70-page booklet, plus alternate takes, original 45 mixes, and other rarities. The devil is in the details, though. Rarities are substituted for original hit versions; for instance, the original versions of "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" are not here. Then, there are the little omissions, like noting Elvis Costello's cover of "Remove This Doubt" in a list of great Supremes' covers, but not including the original. These curious choices, along with the decision to devote the fourth disc to post-Diana Ross material, makes the set feel a little incomplete, even though it covers a tremendous amount of ground. There are some classic cuts missing, and it's not a good thing that some of those missing items are the single versions of the hits. Still, it's hard not to like The Supremes as a set for hardcore fans, who will thrill to the different mixes and alternate versions, unreleased photos, Top Ten lists, and illustrated discographies. But for the listener looking for one exhaustive set containing all the Supremes they'll ever need, this set falls short of the mark. In fact, for that kind of listener, a good double-disc hits compilation remains a preferable choice over this set. [In 2006, this box was re-released minus the bonus disc of outtakes that was included in the 2000 edition, which is really too bad, since it was the only platter in the box that would hold the attention of the collectors who missed it the first time around.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine and Thom Jurek