Greatest Hits (The Supremes album)

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Greatest Hits
1967 - Greatest Hits -HQ-.jpg
Greatest hits album by The Supremes
Released August 29, 1967
Recorded 1963–1967
Genre Pop, R&B, Soundtrack
Length 55:02
Label Motown
MS 2-663
Producer Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
The Supremes chronology
The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart
(1967)
Greatest Hits
(1967)
Reflections
(1968)
UK Tamla-Motown cover
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "*"The Happening" b/w "All I Know About You" (non-album)"
    Released: March 20, 1967
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [2]

Diana Ross & the Supremes: Greatest Hits (also released as The Supremes: Greatest Hits) is a two-LP collection of singles and b-sides recorded by The Supremes, released by Motown in August 1967 (see 1967 in music). The collection was the first LP to credit the group under the new billing Diana Ross & the Supremes. Although founding member Florence Ballard is pictured on all album artwork and sings on all the tracks, by the time the set was released, she had been fired from the group and replaced by Cindy Birdsong.

It would rank as their second #1 album holding a distinction that it would take decades for another female group to achieve. The 2-LP set topped the Billboard Album Chart for 5 consecutive weeks, spending 20 weeks in the top 5 and 24 weeks total in the top 10. It remained on the Billboard Album Chart for 89 weeks. According to Motown data the album eventually sold over 6,200,000 copies.[3]

Overview[edit]

Greatest Hits includes fifteen Supremes singles, 10 of which went to number-one, among them were "Where Did Our Love Go", "Stop! In the Name of Love", "You Can't Hurry Love", and the most recent Supremes number-one, "The Happening" (a non-album track from the 1967 film of the same name). Also included are five popular Supremes B-sides: "Standing at the Crossroads of Love", "Ask Any Girl", "There's No Stopping Us Now", "Everything is Good About You", and "Whisper You Love Me Boy".

The packaging for the set includes liner notes by actress Carol Channing (which were originally written for an unreleased album "The Supremes and The Motown Sound: From Broadway To Hollywood") and paintings by Robert Taylor, including collectable 12 inch by 12 inch pin-up portraits of Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson. Greatest Hits was their second number-one album on the Billboard 200 and their fifth on the Billboard R&B Albums charts in the United States. It also reached the top of the pop album chart in the United Kingdom. The album sold over six million copies, world-wide as of 1988. However, it was never accorded Platinum Status as Motown did not submit to RIAA Certification until years later. Although not nominally credited because of their increasingly estranged relationship with Motown, all of the songs included were produced by the songwriting/production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland.

Release[edit]

  • Greatest Hits was released overseas in some markets shortened to one LP. The track listing for this version includes only the major singles, omitting "Ask Any Girl", "Standing at the Crossroads of Love", "Everything is Good About You", "There's No Stopping Us Now", "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes", and "Run, Run, Run".
  • Diana Ross & the Supremes: Greatest Hits is regularly referred to as Diana Ross & the Supremes: Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2, as its 1969 single-disc follow-up is titled Greatest Hits Vol. 3. Volume 3 was also a million seller. The double-LP was issued by Motown as two separate halves in 1986. Greatest Hits, Greatest Hits, Vol. 3, and The Supremes at Their Best (A greatest hits collection for the post-Ross 1970s Supremes) were compiled and issued as The Supremes: Gold in 2005.
Cover artwork of The Supremes by Robert Taylor which is featured on the "Greatest Hits" American release.

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier. All songs written by Holland–Dozier–Holland unless otherwise noted. Superscripts denote original album sources, referenced below.

LP One[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" a – 2:38
  2. "Where Did Our Love Go" a – 2:30
  3. "Ask Any Girl" a, b – 2:44
  4. "Baby Love" a – 2:37
  5. "Run, Run, Run" a – 2:30

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Stop! In the Name of Love" b – 2:53
  2. "Back in My Arms Again" b – 2:52
  3. "Come See About Me" a – 2:42
  4. "Nothing but Heartaches" b – 2:57
  5. "Everything is Good About You" (James Dean, Edward Holland, Jr.) c – 2:57

LP Two[edit]

Side 3[edit]

  1. "I Hear a Symphony" c – 2:38
  2. "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" e – 2:46
  3. "My World Is Empty Without You" c – 2:33
  4. "Whisper You Love Me Boy" b – 2:40
  5. "The Happening" (Holland-Dozier-Holland, Frank De Vol) – 2:49

Side 4[edit]

  1. "You Keep Me Hangin' On" e – 2:40
  2. "You Can't Hurry Love" d – 2:45
  3. "Standing at the Crossroads of Love" a – 2:27
  4. "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart" d – 2:55
  5. "There's No Stopping Us Now" e – 2:55

Notes

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Name Chart (1967) Peak
position
Diana Ross & The Supremes Greatest Hits U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard R&B Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart[4] 1

Singles[edit]

Name Chart (1967) Peak
position
"The Happening" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart 12
UK Singles Chart 6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Ode to Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 28 – December 1, 1967
Succeeded by
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.
by The Monkees
Preceded by
The Four Tops Greatest Hits by The Four Tops
UK Albums Chart number-one album
17 February 1968 – 9 March 1968
Succeeded by
John Wesley Harding by Bob Dylan