High Energy (The Supremes album)
|Studio album by The Supremes|
|Producer||Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr.|
|The Supremes chronology|
|Singles from High Energy|
High Energy is the twenty-eighth studio album by The Supremes, released in 1976 on the Motown label. The second album since 1968's Reflections (The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb studio album released by The Supremes on the Motown label in 1972) include four Supremes members (not counting albums after Diana Ross was given individual billing containing outtakes from Florence Ballard's tenure in the group), it also is notable for featuring the last Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 pop hit for the group, "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking". The album sold around 125,000 copies in the USA.
The penultimate studio album released by the group, the Supremes began recording High Energy in December 1975, when its lineup consisted of Scherrie Payne, Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong. Birdsong left the group in February 1976, and her replacement, Susaye Greene, was overdubbed on two tracks, including "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking". Greene also assumed lead vocal duties on the title track. Along with Meet The Supremes and Reflections, these are the only studio albums to include four members of the group rather than the usual three. (Let the Sunshine In and Cream of the Crop both had Florence Ballard appear on a previously recorded track for each album, though she had long been dismissed from the group).
Lead vocals on the other tracks were split between original group member Wilson and Payne. Wilson takes the lead on the album's ballads "Don't Let My Teardrops Bother You", "Till the Boat Sails Away" and "I Don't Want to Lose You". Wilson and Payne split the lead duties on "You're What's Missing in My Life", opening up the dance numbers "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking", "You Keep Me Moving On" and "Only You (Can Love Me Like You Love Me)" for Payne. In the US, the single reached #40 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the final Top 40 single release for the Supremes.
Alternate mixes of "High Energy" and of "Don't Let My Teardrops Bother You" appeared on the Supremes' The '70s Anthology compilation. "Room at the Top" was also recorded during the sessions, but Eddie Holland felt that the song didn't fit with the feel of the remainder of the album. This track also surfaced on The 70s Anthology. Scherrie Payne was the original lead vocalist on the title track "High Energy;" however her vocal take has yet to be found. Payne has also stated that Cindy Birdsong also recorded a lead vocal for "High Energy," but her version has yet to be found as well.
The entire album was released for the first time on CD on May 17, 2011 on the three-disc set Let Yourself Go: The '70s Albums, Vol 2 – 1974–1977: The Final Sessions which also includes the complete album in a different mix by Russ Terrana.
- "High Energy" (Harold Beatty, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr.) - 5:25
- "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking" (Harold Beatty, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr.) - 3:33
- "Only You (Can Love Me Like You Love Me)" (Harold Beatty, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr.) - 3:04
- "You Keep Me Moving On" (Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr., Richard Davis, Hugh Wyche) - 3:35
- "Don't Let My Teardrops Bother You" (Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland, Jr., Richard "Popcorn" Wylie) - 4:59
- "Till the Boat Sails Away" (Barry Payne, Harold Beatty, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr.)/"I Don't Want To Lose You" (Thom Bell, Linda Creed) - 8:03
- "You're What's Missing in My Life" (Harold Beatty, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr.) - 3:56
- Scherrie Payne: lead and backing vocals
- Mary Wilson: lead and backing vocals
- Cindy Birdsong: lead and backing vocals
- Susaye Greene: lead vocals on "High Energy" and "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do The Walking"
- Ben Benay, Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin, Ray Parker, Jr. - guitar
- Henry Davis, Julius Wechter - bass
- Clarence McDonald, Joe Sample, John Barnes - keyboards
- James Gadson - drums
- Eddie "Bongo" Brown - congas
- Bob Zimmitti, Gary Coleman - percussion
- Brian Holland: producer
- Edward Holland, Jr.: executive producer
- Dale Warren - arranger, conductor
- "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking" b/w "Early Morning Love" (B-side taken from The Supremes) (Motown 1407, March 16, 1976)
|Name||Chart (1976)||Peak position|
|High Energy||U.S. Billboard 200||42|
|U.S. Billboard R&B Albums Chart||24|
|Name||Chart (1976)||Peak position|
|"I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking"||U.S. Billboard Hot 100||40|
|U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart||25|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Disco Singles||1|
|"High Energy"||U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Disco Singles||1|