The Supremes A' Go-Go

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The Supremes A' Go-Go
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Studio album by The Supremes
Released August 25, 1966 (1966-08-25)
Recorded Summer 1965 - Summer 1966
Studio Hitsville U.S.A., Detroit
Genre Pop
R&B
Length 31:54
Label Motown
M 649
Producer Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Hal Davis
Frank Wilson
The Supremes chronology
I Hear a Symphony
(1966)I Hear a Symphony1966
The Supremes A' Go-Go
(1966)
The Supremes Sing Holland–Dozier–Holland
(1967)The Supremes Sing Holland–Dozier–Holland1967
Singles from The Supremes A' Go-Go
  1. "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart"
    Released: April 8, 1966
  2. "You Can't Hurry Love"
    Released: July 25, 1966
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars [2]

The Supremes A' Go-Go is the ninth studio album released by Motown singing group The Supremes in 1966. It was the first album by an all-female group to reach number-one on the Billboard 200 album charts in the United States. Remaining on the Billboard album chart for 60 weeks, according to Motown data,[3] it sold worldwide 3,500,000 copies, and in the USA, it sold approximately, 1,000,000 copies.

Included are two of the Supremes' Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles; the number-nine hit "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart", and the number-one hit "You Can't Hurry Love". Also present on the album are covers of songs by The Elgins ("Put Yourself in My Place"), the Four Tops ("Baby I Need Your Loving", "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)", "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)"), The Temptations ("Get Ready"), Martha and the Vandellas ("Come and Get These Memories") Barrett Strong ("Money (That's What I Want)"), The Isley Brothers ("This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)"), Nancy Sinatra ("These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"), and The McCoys ("Hang On Sloopy").

Additional songs recorded for the album, but not included were: Tom Jones "It's Not Unusual", The Miracles "Mickey's Monkey", Stevie Wonder "Uptight (Everything's Alright)", Marvin Gaye "Can I Get a Witness", Martha and the Vandellas "In My Lonely Room", and The Rolling Stones "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart" (Holland–Dozier–Holland)
  2. "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)", (Holland-Dozier-Holland, Sylvia Moy)
  3. "You Can't Hurry Love" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  4. "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  5. "Baby I Need Your Loving" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  6. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Lee Hazlewood)

Side two[edit]

  1. "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  2. "Get Ready" (Smokey Robinson)
  3. "Put Yourself in My Place" (Holland-Dozier-Holland, John Thornton)
  4. "Money (That's What I Want)" (Berry Gordy, Jr., Janie Bradford)
  5. "Come and Get These Memories" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  6. "Hang On Sloopy" (Wes Farrell, Bert Russell)

Unused recordings from the A' Go-Go sessions

  1. "Can I Get a Witness" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  2. "In My Lonely Room" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  3. "Mickey's Monkey" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  4. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)
  5. "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" (Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, Stevie Judkins)
  6. "It's Not Unusual" (Gordon Mills, Les Reed)
  7. "Come On and See Me" (Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol)
  8. "Just a Little Misunderstanding" (Luvel Broadnax-Stevie Wonder-Clarence Paul)
  9. "Mother Dear" [Re-recorded 1966 Version] (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  10. "One Way Out" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) *Supremes vocals were erased shortly after recording*
  11. "I'll Turn To Stone" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  12. "Misery Makes Its Home In My Heart" (Smokey Robinson, Warren Moore)
  13. "Slow Down" (Luvel Broadnax, Clarence Paul)
  14. "Let The Music Play" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
  15. "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" (William Weatherspoon, James Dean, Paul Riser)
  16. "With a Child's Heart" (Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, Vicki Basemore)
  17. "Blowin' in the Wind" (Bob Dylan)

Earlier songs considered for inclusion

  1. "Take Me Where You Go" (Smokey Robinson)
  2. "Penny Pincher" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  3. "It's All Your Fault" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)

Expanded edition[edit]

On April 28, 2017, Universal Music Group released "Supremes A Go Go: Expanded Edition," a two-disc limited edition re-release. Disc one contains the digitally remastered original mono and stereo editions of the album. Also on disc one are bonus tracks, alternate vocals, and alternate mixes. Disc two features alternate vocals and alternate mixes. One of the high points of the edition is the inclusion of an early version/scratch mix of "Love is Like An Itching in My Heart", in which Diana Ross' first attempt and progress of the track are heard, and a "fantasy duet" of "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)" between the Supremes and the Four Tops.

Personnel[edit]

The Supremes

  • Diana Ross - lead vocals (except on "Come and Get These Memories")
  • Mary Wilson - background vocals, lead on "Come and Get These Memories"
  • Florence Ballard - background vocals
  • The Andantes - background vocals on "Come And Get These Memories" and "Put Yourself In My Place"

Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Name Chart (1966) Peak
position
The Supremes A' Go-Go U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard R&B Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 15

Singles[edit]

Name Chart (1966) Peak
position
"Love is Like an Itching in My Heart" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart 7
"You Can't Hurry Love" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Revolver by The Beatles
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 22 - November 4, 1966
Succeeded by
Doctor Zhivago (soundtrack)