January 18, 2015

101 Reel-to-Reel Tapes 87: Diana Ross & the Supremes ~ Stop! In the Name of Love

Diana Ross & the Supremes - Greatest Hits 
reel-to-reel tape box cover detail 
detail photo by Styrous®

In addition to my 20,000 Vinyl LP collection I'm selling, I have reel-to-reel, pre-recorded tapes for sale on eBay (see link below). If interested, contact me by email please, not by a comment. 

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When I was in my mid twenties, I discovered Motown. The first of the songs I heard was by The Supremes. I heard them in bars in the Tenderloin where I would go after the other bars closed. It was where I learned to drink my Jack Daniels neat as it was served in a coffee mug. It is illegal to sell alcohol after 2 am, so they would put the drinks in mugs, (the assumption being, if the cops came in, all they would see were people drinking coffee, um, right!). The after hour bars had shows with performers in drag that would lip-sync to pop songs of the time. I don't think a night went by that one of them wouldn't mime to a song by The Supremes and the song would usually (but not always) be, Stop! In the Name of Love, done to the hilt with 3 inch long eye lashes and equally as exaggerated hand gestures imploring the offending paramour to, Stop!

It was a hell of a lot of fun!

Diana Ross & the Supremes - Greatest Hits 
reel-to-reel tape box cover  
photo by Styrous®

Diana Ross & the Supremes: Greatest Hits (also released as The Supremes: Greatest Hits) is a two-LP collection of singles and b-sides recorded by The Supremes, released by Motown in August 1967 (see 1967 in music). The reel-to-reel tape contained the material on one "Double Play" tape. The collection was the first LP to credit the group under the new billing Diana Ross & the Supremes. Although founding member Florence Ballard is pictured on all album artwork and sings on all the tracks, by the time the set was released, she had been fired from the group and replaced by Cindy Birdsong.

Diana Ross & the Supremes - Greatest Hits 
reel-to-reel tape box cover back 
photo by Styrous®

Greatest Hits would rank as their second #1 album holding a distinction that it would take decades for another female group to achieve. According to Motown data the album eventually sold over 6,200,000 copies.

 Diana Ross & the Supremes - Greatest Hits 
reel-to-reel tape box back detail  
detail photo by Styrous®

Greatest Hits includes fifteen Supremes singles, 10 of which went to number-one, among them were Where Did Our Love Go, Stop! In the Name of Love, You Can't Hurry Love, and the most recent Supremes number-one, The Happening (a non-album track from the 1967 film of the same name). Also included are five popular Supremes B-sides: Standing at the Crossroads of Love, Ask Any Girl, There's No Stopping Us Now, Everything is Good About You, and Whisper You Love Me Boy.

Diana Ross & the Supremes - Greatest Hits 
reel-to-reel tape box spine 
detail photos by Styrous®

The packaging for the set includes liner notes by actress Carol Channing (which were originally written for an unreleased album "The Supremes and The Motown Sound: From Broadway To Hollywood") and paintings by Robert Taylor, including collectable 12 inch by 12 inch pin-up portraits of Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson. Greatest Hits was their second number-one album on both the Billboard 200 and the Billboard R&B Albums charts in the United States, and also reached the top of the pop album chart in the United Kingdom as well. The album sold over six million copies, world-wide as of 1988. However, it was never accorded Platinum Status as Motown did not submit to RIAA Certification until years later. Although not nominally credited because of their increasingly estranged relationship with Motown, all of the songs included were produced by the songwriting/production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland.

Diana Ross & the Supremes - Greatest Hits 
reel-to-reel tape box back detail  
detail photo by Styrous®

Diana Ross & the Supremes - Greatest Hits 
reel-to-reel tape label detail  
detail photo by Styrous®

Track listing:

All songs produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier. All songs written by Holland–Dozier–Holland unless otherwise noted. Superscripts denote original album sources, referenced below.

Side 1:

  1. "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" a – 2:38
  2. "Where Did Our Love Go" a – 2:30
  3. "Ask Any Girl" a, b – 2:44
  4. "Baby Love" a – 2:37
  5. "Run, Run, Run" a – 2:30
  6. "Stop! In the Name of Love" b – 2:53
  7. "Back in My Arms Again" b – 2:52
  8. "Come See About Me" a – 2:42
  9. "Nothing but Heartaches" b – 2:57
  10. "Everything is Good About You" (James Dean, Edward Holland, Jr.) c – 2:57

    Side 2:

    1. "I Hear a Symphony" c – 2:38
    2. "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" e – 2:46
    3. "My World Is Empty Without You" c – 2:33
    4. "Whisper You Love Me Boy" b – 2:40
    5. "The Happening" (Holland-Dozier-Holland, Frank De Vol) – 2:49
    6. "You Keep Me Hangin' On" e – 2:40
    7. "You Can't Hurry Love" d – 2:45
    8. "Standing at the Crossroads of Love" a – 2:27
    9. "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart" d – 2:55
    10. "There's No Stopping Us Now" e – 2:55


      My favorite Supremes songs on YouTube:
      other songs by the Supremes on YouTube 

      Diana Ross & The Supremes, Greatest Hits, reel-to-reel tape on eBay
      Other reel-to-reel tapes on eBay  

      Styrous® ~ Sunday, January 18, 2015 


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