Reflections (The Supremes album)

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Reflections
Studio album by Diana Ross & the Supremes
Released March 25, 1968
Recorded 1967-68
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 41:19
Label Motown
MS 665
Producer Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Smokey Robinson
Diana Ross & the Supremes chronology
Greatest Hits
(1967)
Reflections
(1968)
Live at London's Talk of the Town
(1968)
Singles from Reflections
  1. "Reflections"
    Released: July 24, 1967
  2. "In and Out of Love"
    Released: October 25, 1967
  3. "Forever Came Today"
    Released: February 29, 1968

Reflections is an album recorded for Motown by Diana Ross & the Supremes. Released in 1968, it was the first regular studio LP to display the new billing of the group formerly known as "The Supremes." It contains the singles "Reflections", "In and Out of Love" and "Forever Came Today". Also included are covers of songs made famous by Martha and the Vandellas ("Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)") and The 5th Dimension ("Up, Up and Away"). Also present are songs written by other famous names, including "Bah-Bah-Bah" co-written by Motown songstress Brenda Holloway with her younger sister, Patrice, an original Smokey Robinson composition titled "Then", and "What the World Needs Now Is Love" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, which Motown planned to release as a single in the spring of 1968, but cancelled. It also contains a cover of Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe," whose original recording kept the single #2 "Reflections" from peaking at the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1967, and it hit #2 on Cashbox.

The album includes the final songs the Supremes recorded with their main creative team of Holland–Dozier–Holland before the three writers/producers departed Motown over royalty and title disputes. Although Florence Ballard recorded some of this album before being fired from the group in June 1967, her replacement Cindy Birdsong along with Mary Wilson recorded several songs and appears on the album cover. One of the album's singles, "Forever Came Today", was later covered by The Jackson 5 on their 1975 album Moving Violation.

"In and Out of Love" was chosen to be the key song for the American Bandstand dance contest that year. Because of that exposure, the single remained #1 on American Bandstand's chart for an impressive four weeks. It outperformed "Reflections" with Dick Clark's audience affording the album two top three singles on that pivotal show.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Professional ratings
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Side one[edit]

  1. "Reflections" (Holland–Dozier–Holland)
  2. "I'm Gonna Make It (I Will Wait for You)" (Debbie Dean, Dennis Lussier)
  3. "Forever Came Today" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  4. "I Can't Make It Alone" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  5. "In and Out of Love" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  6. "Bah-Bah-Bah" (Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway)

Side two[edit]

  1. "What the World Needs Now Is Love" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
  2. "Up, Up and Away" (Jimmy Webb)
  3. "Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  4. "Then" (Smokey Robinson, Ronald White, Warren Moore)
  5. "Misery Makes Its Home in My Heart" (Smokey Robinson, Warren Moore)
  6. "Ode to Billie Joe" (Bobbie Gentry)

CD bonus tracks[edit]

  • "Stay in My Lonely Arms" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) (Previously unreleased)
  • "All I Know About You" (Holland-Dozier-Holland, Frank De Vol) (Previously released only as Motown 1107B (B-side of "The Happening", March 20, 1967))

Personnel[edit]

Singles history[edit]

Chart history[edit]

Album[edit]

Name Chart (1968) Peak position
Reflections U.S. Billboard 200 18
U.S. Billboard R&B Albums Chart 3
UK Albums Chart 30

Singles[edit]

Name Chart (1967–1968) Peak position
"Reflections" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 4
UK Singles Chart 5
"In and Out of Love" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 16
UK Singles Chart 13
"Forever Came Today" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 28
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 17
UK Singles Chart 28