Reflections (The Supremes song)

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"Reflections"
Reflections Supremes.png
Single by Diana Ross & the Supremes
from the album Reflections
B-side"Going Down for the Third Time"
ReleasedJuly 24, 1967 (U.S.)
FormatVinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
RecordedMarch 2 and May 9, 1967
StudioHitsville U.S.A. (Studio A)
GenrePsychedelic pop, psychedelic soul
Length2:50 (original release)
3:18 (remastered)
LabelMotown
M 1111
Songwriter(s)Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s)Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Diana Ross & the Supremes singles chronology
"The Happening"
(1967)
"Reflections"
(1967)
"In and Out of Love"
(1967)
Audio sample
"Reflections"
Alternative cover
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"Reflections" is a 1967 song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. It was the first Supremes record released under the new billing, Diana Ross & the Supremes, and is among their last hit singles to be written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland (H–D–H).

It peaked at number 2 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and number 5 on the UK Singles Chart in September 1967.[1]

Background[edit]

This single, released at the height of the Summer of Love of 1967 and the Vietnam War, was the first Supremes' release to delve into psychedelic pop; H–D–H's production of the song, influenced by the psychedelic rock sounds of bands such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys, represented a shift in Motown's pop sound during the latter half of the 1960s.[2] The psychedelic influence is apparent in the song's arrangement. Although it is sometimes cited as one of the first mainstream pop recordings to feature a Moog synthesizer, the unusual sounds on the track were generated on a test oscillator and treated with effects. Motown, the Supremes' record label, purchased a Moog III synthesizer, but not until December 1967.[3]

Release and reception[edit]

"Reflections" peaked during the late summer and early fall of 1967. Making the highest debut on Billboard Hot 100 on the week of August 6, the song reached number 2 on the week ending September 9, 1967. One place short of being the group's 11th American number 1 single, "Reflections" stalled at the penultimate position for two weeks behind Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe", which Diana Ross re-recorded as a solo for the Reflections album.[4] The single peaked at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart.[5]

The first nationally televised performance to feature Ballard's replacement Cindy Birdsong as a member of The Supremes on American television, now billed as "Diana Ross & the Supremes," was on an episode of the ABC variety program The Hollywood Palace. The episode was hosted by entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. and first broadcast on September 26, 1967.[6]

A later remastered reissue of the song, running 3:11, although containing the looped section that closes the hit 2:50 single version in the fade-out, features a cold closing as originally recorded.

Track listing[edit]

  • 7-inch single (July 24, 1967) (North America/United Kingdom)
  1. "Reflections" – 2:50
  2. "Going Down for the Third Time" – 2:30

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 79 (36): 22. 1967. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  2. ^ Lundy, Zeth (17 August 2007). "Reflections: Motown in 1967". PopMatters. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b Brend, Mark (2012). The Sound of Tomorrow: How Electronic Music Was Smuggled into the Mainstream. London: Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 164–65. ISBN 978-0-8264-2452-5.
  4. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits. 229: Billboard Books. p. 980. ISBN 978-0-8230-7677-2.
  5. ^ Feldman, Christopher (2000). Billboard Book of Number 2 Singles. 94: Billboard Books. p. 288. ISBN 0-8230-7695-4.
  6. ^ Host: Sammy Davis, Jr. (26 September 1967). "Sammy Davis Jr./Diana Ross & the Supremes". The Hollywood Palace. Season 5. Episode 4. Hollywood. ABC. KABC.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Reflections". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-08-12. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1967/Top 100 Songs of 1967". MusicOutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  10. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1967". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-05-08.

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