And wow…had Norman Whitfield done an album on The Supremes…it could have been a game-changer. And I think it really could have worked. Paul, Spot on review. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Skip to content. Share this: Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest.
Probably not a must for the casual fan but It is a show die hard fans will enjoy and I am glad that it is now available for download.
It was released for a short time on cd back in the 80's under it's original title "Farewell". I give it an A. Top critical review. Reviewed in the United States on May 2, Sort by. Like this: Like Loading About Paul Album-by-album, track-by-track, a look at the entire Diana Ross discography Bookmark the permalink. June 11, at pm. Paul says:. June 18, at pm. Jimi LaLumia says:. June 13, at am. Jaap Kooijman says:. June 17, at pm. June 19, at pm.
Robert Gallagher says:. June 20, at pm. June 21, at pm. OK, Robert. Did I make an incorrect statement in my review somewhere about this? July 27, at am. July 27, at pm. Vinyl 12" records. Stephanie Parsons. It was released for a short time on cd back in the 80's under it's original title "Farewell". I give it an A. I confess to being the type of fan unaffected by Diana's inevitable departure.
After a week long engagement, this final evening's performance ended the exciting, if sometimes turbulent 60s and welcomed in the 70s. Diana's singular performances on "My Man" and the prophetic "Didn't We" reinforced my excitement for what indeed was forthcoming. The lacquered wigs were dated even then. That is one of the reasons it was hard for me to envision The Supremes remaining relevant, at least to my vibrant record buying generation.
Though the post-Diana Supremes had some good material, but, they sorely lacked identity. I often wondered why Florence nor Cindy were given the solo spot for just a singular chance. But Diana's star turn on "Didn't We" said everything I needed to hear. Her ad libbing at the end became signature. It ripped my heart to shreds. While not as strong as the original soundtrack version missing The Temptations, it is an appropriate way to get the show going.
So for "One Shining Moment" from and then briefly again in , we enjoyed a two-for-one stock split while the Jean Terrell led Supremes made 2 or 3 solid albums and Diana evolved or rather exploded like a Roman candle into the megastar she remains to this day! Thanks for the memory to relive digitally That says it all. In the words of my beloved, belated slightly koo koo friend, Charles Harris, "I know that's right". Thus, the newly named Supremes continued as a trio.
Between and , the Supremes released six singles, none of which charted in the Top 40 positions of the Billboard Hot During these years, all three members took turns singing lead: Wilson favored soft ballads, Ballard favored soulful, hard-driving songs, and Ross favored mainstream pop songs. Most of their early material was written and produced by Berry Gordy or Smokey Robinson.
The Supremes deliberately embraced a more glamorous image than previous black performers. Much of this was accomplished at the behest of Motown chief Berry Gordy and Maxine Powell , who ran Motown's in-house finishing school and Artist Development department. Eschewing plain appearances and basic dance routines, the Supremes appeared onstage in detailed make-up and high-fashion gowns and wigs, and performed graceful choreography created by Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins. Powell told the group to "be prepared to perform before kings and queens.
Hirsch of The Detroit News said about the Supremes: "they don't scream or wail incoherently. An adult can understand nine out of every 10 words they sing. And, most astounding, melody can be clearly detected in every song. By , the Supremes were international stars. They toured the world, becoming almost as popular abroad as they were in the US. As a result, the Supremes became one of the first black musical acts to achieve complete and sustained crossover success.
Black rock and roll musicians of the s had seen many of their original hit tunes covered by white musicians, with these covers usually achieving more fame and sales success than the originals. The Supremes' success, however, counteracted this trend. The group became extremely popular both domestically and abroad, becoming one of the first black musical acts to appear regularly on television programs such as Hullabaloo , The Hollywood Palace , The Della Reese Show , and, most notably, The Ed Sullivan Show , on which they made 17 appearances.
Problems within the group and within Motown Records' stable of performers led to tension among the members of the Supremes.
Many of the other Motown performers felt that Berry Gordy was lavishing too much attention upon the group and upon Ross, in particular. The Supremes' name change fueled already present rumors of a solo career for Ross and contributed to the professional and personal dismantling of the group.
In fact, Gordy intended to replace Ross with Barbara Randolph as early as the fall of , but changed his mind and instead kept Ross in the group for several more years. Angered by erratic behavior from Florence Ballard, Gordy intended to replace her with Marlene Barrow, a member of the Motown in-house singing group the Andantes. However, when club management heard of this change, they threatened to cancel the group's appearance if Ballard was replaced, as they saw Ballard's banter with her group mates as a major part of their act's success.
As Ross became the focal point of the Supremes, Ballard suffered from depression and began to drink excessively, gaining weight until she could no longer comfortably wear many of her stage outfits. During this turbulent period, Ballard relied heavily upon the advice of group mate Mary Wilson, with whom she had maintained a close friendship.
Wilson, while outwardly demure and neutral in hopes of keeping the group stable, privately advised Ballard that Ross and Gordy were eager to oust Ballard. By , Ballard would not show up for recording dates, or would arrive at shows too inebriated to perform. For some early shows, she was replaced by Marlene Barrow. Looking for a more permanent replacement, Gordy once again thought of Barbara Randolph, possibly believing that Randolph could be groomed as lead singer for the group once it was decided to take Ross solo.D3 Monologue (Diana Ross). This is one of singles LP's, 12” and 7" that I HAVE COLLECTED OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS; they run from the 's to the 's and cover every style of music. DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES - Captured Live On Stage! - German LP | eBay.