The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb

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The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb
Studio album by The Supremes
Released November 1972
Recorded March–June 1972
Genre Rock, soul, pop
Label Motown
M 756L
Producer Jimmy Webb, Sherlie Matthews, Deke Richards
The Supremes chronology
Floy Joy
(1972)
The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb
(1972)
The Supremes Live! In Japan
(1973)
Singles from The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb
  1. "I Guess I'll Miss the Man"
    Released: September 15, 1972

The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb is a 1972 album released by The Supremes on the Motown label. It was the only Supremes LP produced (and chiefly written) by a non-Motown producer, successful songwriter and producer Jimmy Webb, and was the last album to feature early-1970's Supremes lead singer Jean Terrell. One single was released from the album, a cover of "I Guess I'll Miss the Man" from the musical Pippin. Other tracks included Joni Mitchell's, "All I Want." This album sold over 100,000 copies in the USA.[1]

Overview[edit]

Besides being Jean Terrell's final Supremes album, The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb was the first of only two Supremes' LP's to include vocals from Supremes member Lynda Laurence, the other being The Supremes Live! In Japan. Laurence had replaced Cindy Birdsong earlier in 1972, and joined original Supreme Mary Wilson and Jean Terrell for these sessions just prior to her official inclusion into the group.

The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb marked a departure from the Motown Sound of the Supremes had relied upon over the past decade, and moved the group out of its pop/R&B genre and into a rock/pop style masterminded by Jimmy Webb. The result was an album that had a different sound than what both the public and the Supremes themselves were accustomed. On many of the tracks, Webb overdubbed additional background singers in addition to the voices of Wilson and Laurence. Terrell sings lead on all of the tracks on the LP, except "I Keep It Hid", which features Wilson on lead vocals.

The only US single from the album, the opening track "I Guess I'll Miss the Man", was not actually part of the Jimmy Webb project. Instead, it was a song from the Motown-financed Broadway production of Pippin. Once released, the song, and the album, failed to generate radio play and sales.

Professional ratings
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Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by Jimmy Webb, except "I Guess I'll Miss the Man" (Sherlie Matthews and Deke Richards).

Side one[edit]

  1. "I Guess I'll Miss the Man" (Stephen Schwartz)
  2. "5:30 Plane" (Jimmy Webb)
  3. "Tossin' and Turnin'" (Bobby Lewis, Malou Rene)
  4. "When Can Brown Begin?" (Webb)
  5. "Beyond Myself" (Webb)
  6. "Silent Voices" (Elio Isola)

Side two[edit]

  1. "All I Want" (Joni Mitchell)
  2. "Once in the Morning" (Webb)
  3. "I Keep It Hid" (Webb)
  4. "Paradise" (Harry Nilsson)
  5. "Cheap Lovin'" (Webb)

Personnel[edit]

Chart history[edit]

Chart Peak position
U.S. Billboard 200 129
U.S. Billboard R&B Albums Chart 27

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