Ohh The Supremes, The Supremes what can I say about The Supremes? They was an excellent group is obvious but they influence later in the music is the most important thing, and we can see that in this disc. The Supremes was a group of womans from U.S.A. (Detroit) that was also known as The Primettes that sings an performs in the Pop, R&B, Soul, Soul psicodélico, Doo wop, Disco music style. Between his members were Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Betty McGlown, Barbara Martin, Cindy Birdsong, Jean Terrell, Lynda Laurence, Scherrie Payne, Susaye Greene, but not all of them at the same time. The first of them was Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard.
Berry Gordy, the creator of Motown focus his attention in this trio and got their first number 1 hit with “Where Did Our Love Go”. With Diana Ross as the leader of the group and sounds choreography they triumph in the television and concerts until 1965 when Florence Ballar was removed from the group. Since then the group was called Diana Ross and The Supremes and turning to psychedelic music. In 1969 Diana Ross starts to sing in solitaire when the group finally lost its charm.
About this álbum The Supremes A’ Go- Go was released in 1966, when the entire group was together and in the best performance. This is an RnB and Pop album, and was the first album by an all-female group to reach the number-one on the Billboard 200 album charts in the United States. So this is a special album! Let’s hear what is inside:
- Love is like an Itch in My Heart: The song begins with the sound of the drums and trumpet, and then enters the voice of the leader of the group singing in a high note. The instruments fit perfect in harmony and creates a 50’s aura, very vintage I have to say. Is very go go like the title of the album because is a blend of funk, rhythm and blues, and early hip-hop, with a focus on lo-fi percussion instruments and funk-style jamming. Great! 4/5
- This Old Heart of Mine: This song is so fresh; you can feel it since the first strings. It has Go Go in here; there are claps, a tambourine, saxo, violin, and drums! All of this mixed in perfect harmony that creates an aura of peace and happiness. Great song! 4/5
- You Can’t Hurry Love: The first beats are incredible with just the Bass Guitar, the solo sounds like a Rock Song but then enters the voice of the leader of the group and you can listen the Go Go sound in this! This song is epic! For something the song topped the United States Billboard pop singles chart and in the UK the top. Then it would again become a number-one hit when Phil Collins rerecorded the song. It reached number-one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks beginning in January 1983. This is perfect! 5/5
- Shake Me, Wake Me: This song is a cover from the group Four Tops, but is not as good as the others songs I have listened until here. The tempo is upbeat but the voice of the leader is slow generating something strange. The band performs and excellent Go Go background but it’s not enough. 3/5
- Baby I Need Your Loving: Another cover from the Four Tops. This song begins with drums and the voice of the leader group singing in a relaxing way, this song is more groovy than the other for the guitar riff in the background, I can hear this song in the beach at the afternoon or in the night at the beach also. The song goes progressive and finish with vanishing the sound. Good. 3.5/5
- These boots are made for Walking: This song is just amazing, is a pop song written by Lee Hazlewood and recorded by Nancy Sinatra. It was released in February 1966 and hit #1 in the United States and United Kingdom Pop charts; The Supremes are covering the song of Nancy Sinatra but with a Go go Rhythm, just good as can be! The saxo sounds very sexy and the voice of the leader sounds very smooth and sexy followed with some claps, this is a hit! Great! 5/5
- I can’t help myself: Another song cover from the Four Tops, the tambourine, the trumpets and the guitar bass sounds very well, the voice of the leader are followed by the chorus in a smooth and sexy way and tone. This song is just ok, is not good as the others because is flat. Ok. 2.5/5
- Get Ready: This sounds to me to a rock song, it’s a cover from The Temptations original version, and sounds very good! The song begins with the sound of a dirty bass guitar riff that is just spectacular! And then continues with the voice of the leader following the line of the rock style in some way! Great! 4/5
- Put yourself in my place: This is one number-one hit from that year and I can imagine the people in that summer listen to this in his cars and dancing in the disco with their dresses that now seems vintage. This song is very flat, but is good because transmits the feeling of an era with the sound of the xylophone and the tambourine. A good song. 3/5
- Money (That’s What I Want): This is an excellent song, kinda jazzy and with a good tempo not so slow as the other ones, the band plays incredible with a dirty bass, trumpets, tambourine and sax joined with lyrics that are just amazing for the description of the capitalism in their maximum expression. This was a song from Barrett Strong that came out in 1959 in Motown Records, becoming their first hit! It’s an incredible song! 4/5
- Come and get these memories: This is another cover, the original song was from Martha and the Vandellas and was a RnB song that reached the number 29 on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart, and number-six on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart. The song speaks of heartbreak, as the narrator (lead singer Martha Reeves) goes through her things and gives back everything her now ex-boyfriend had given her, including teddy bears, records, and “lingering love”. The lyrics are great and the version of The Supremes has the Go Go sound that is marked by the band, is a good song but not so great for me. 3/5
- Hang on Sloopy: This song is great, just with the first riff you can know that! Is another cover, the original was from The McCoys and it was #1 in America in October 1965 and is the official rock song of the state of Ohio and The Ohio State University. It was written by Wes Farrell and Bert Russell and is named for singer Dorothy Sloop, who used the name “Sloopy” on stage. The basic riff of the song became a staple of garage bands during the 1960s, being used on such songs as The Weeds‘ “It’s Your Time” and Kit and the Outlaws‘ “Dude and the Sundowners” and “Don’t Tread on Me.” It’s a great song because it transmit some kind of good crazyness in a style that can make you happy! Incredible. 5/5
This album is full with hits from an era, this album is a must have for all the jewels that is inside and for the the very good sound and voice that The Supremes performs here. The Ranking in Allmusic gives this album 4 stars. You can feel the sentiment of an era with this album, now is very vintage the Go Go sound but you can listen to this at any time and in any place because the songs will be recognized for at least one person. A Great album.
So, that’s all. Here is the link for promo only: http://www.4shared.com/file/g-wPbej8/The_Supremes_-_A_Go-Go__1966_.htm