Live at London's Talk of the Town

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Live at London's Talk of the Town
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Live album by Diana Ross & the Supremes
Released August 26, 1968
Recorded February 1968, London, England
Genre Pop, Show tunes, R&B
Length 38:19
Label Motown
M 676
Producer Tony Palmer
Diana Ross & the Supremes chronology
Reflections
(1968)
Live at London's Talk of the Town
(1968)
Diana Ross & the Supremes Sing and Perform "Funny Girl"
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [1]

Live at London's Talk of the Town is a 1968 live album released by Diana Ross & the Supremes on the Motown label, recorded at the Talk of the Town nightclub. This performance marked the first time that new member Cindy Birdsong had performed overseas with original Supremes Diana Ross and Mary Wilson, a year after original founding member Florence Ballard was ousted. The group performed a variation of standards, show tunes, and their own classics with British rock stars Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney reportedly in attendance. The songs recorded are from the group's 1968 European tour. That European tour also garnered a famous Swedish television special that was used as a catalyst to promote this album.

The album includes "Medley: The Leading Ladies", a solo spot for Diana Ross. It is a variation of a medley she first performed on her second starring role on their television special, "G.I.T. (Gettin' It Together)" that also featured The Temptations. The contemporary hits go up to the first two Top Ten singles from the "Reflections" album.

Songs omitted from the recording are "I Hear a Symphony", "Unchained Melody", "Somewhere" and "Queen of the House".

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. Medley – 4:23
    1. "With a Song in My Heart" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
    2. "Stranger in Paradise" (Alexander Borodin, Robert C. Wright, George Forrest)
    3. "Wonderful! Wonderful!" (Sherman Edwards, Donald Meyer, Ben Raleigh)
    4. "Without a Song" (Vincent Youmans, Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose)
  2. Medley (Holland–Dozier–Holland) – 3:24
    1. "Stop! In the Name of Love"
    2. "Come See About Me"
    3. "My World Is Empty Without You"
    4. "Baby Love"
  3. "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) – 1:54
  4. "More (Theme from Mondo Cane)" (Marcello Ciorciolini, Riziero Ortolani, Nino Oliviero, Norman Newell) – 2:29
  5. "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) – 2:19
  6. Medley (Lennon–McCartney) – 3:47
    1. "Michelle"
    2. "Yesterday"

Side two[edit]

  1. "In and Out of Love" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) – 2:49
  2. Medley – 3:23
    1. "The Lady Is a Tramp" (Rodgers, Hart)
    2. "Let's Get Away from It All" (Matt Dennis, Thomas Adair)
  3. "The Happening" (Holland-Dozier-Holland, Frank DeVol) – 1:59
  4. Medley - 5:12
    1. "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn)
    2. "Second Hand Rose" (James Hanley, Grant Clarke, Harlan Howard)
    3. "Mame" (Jerry Herman)
  5. "Reflections" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) – 2:50
  6. "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You" (James Cavanaugh, Russ Morgan, Larry Stock) – 3:50

Credits[edit]

  • Diana Ross: lead vocals
  • Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong: background vocals
  • Produced by Tony Palmer
  • Orchestra conducted by Jimmy Garrett
  • Recording engineer: Malcolm Addey
  • Cover photo by Bruce Fleming

Chart history[edit]

Name Chart (1968) Peak
position
Live at London's Talk of the Town U.S. Billboard 200 57
U.S. Billboard R&B Albums Chart 6
UK Albums Chart 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brackett, Nathan (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Page 797: Fireside Books. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  • Allmusic