Greatest Hits (The Supremes album)

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Greatest Hits
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedAugust 29, 1967
Recorded1963–1967
Genre
Length55:02
LabelMotown
Producer
The Supremes chronology
The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart
(1967)
Greatest Hits
(1967)
Reflections
(1968)
UK Tamla-Motown cover
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Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "*"The Happening" b/w "All I Know About You" (non-album)"
    Released: March 20, 1967
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 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] In 2018, the Official Charts Company published that The Supremes' Greatest Hits (1967) has a total of 60 weeks in the UK top 40; making it the 4th 'longest-reigning Top 40 girl group album ever'.[4]


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 Vol. 1, Greatest Hits Vol. 2, Greatest Hits Vol. 3, and the American variant of 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[5] 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]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. The Supremes: Greatest Hits (Vol. 1&2) Allmusic review at Allmusic
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Page 797: Fireside Books. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  3. ^ http://www.greasylake.org/the-circuit/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F116321-the-supremes-diana-ross-stevie-wonder-and-ray-charlesusa-album-sales%2F
  4. ^ Myers, Justin (March 27, 2018). "Little Mix's Glory Days sets UK chart record as the longest-reigning Top 40 girl group album ever". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Official Charts Company – The Supremes – Greatest Hits". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 June 2011.