The Supremes: Box Set

The Supremes

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The Supremes: Box Set Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

The Supremes were Motown's most popular act, so there was much anticipation for a comprehensive box set, especially since Motown waited many years to assemble one. So, the question is, was the wait worth it? Almost. It's a lavish set, spanning four discs (five, if you include the limited-edition live bonus disc included with the first 25,000 sets), housed in a red-velvet plated book and boasting a 70-page booklet, plus alternate takes, original 45 mixes, and other rarities. The devil is in the details, though. Rarities are substituted for original hit versions; for instance, the original versions of "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" are not here. Then, there are the little omissions, like noting Elvis Costello's cover of "Remove This Doubt" in a list of great Supremes' covers, but not including the original. These curious choices, along with the decision to devote the fourth disc to post-Diana Ross material, makes the set feel a little incomplete, even though it covers a tremendous amount of ground. There are some classic cuts missing, and it's not a good thing that some of those missing items are the single versions of the hits. Still, it's hard not to like The Supremes as a set for hardcore fans, who will thrill to the different mixes and alternate versions, unreleased photos, Top Ten lists, and illustrated discographies. But for the listener looking for one exhaustive set containing all the Supremes they'll ever need, this set falls short of the mark. In fact, for that kind of listener, a good double-disc hits compilation remains a preferable choice over this set. [In 2006, this box was re-released minus the bonus disc of outtakes that was included in the 2000 edition, which is really too bad, since it was the only platter in the box that would hold the attention of the collectors who missed it the first time around.]

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Supremes feat: The Primettes 02:35 Amazon
2 The Supremes feat: The Primettes 02:01 Amazon
3 The Supremes 02:45 Amazon
4 The Supremes 02:51 Amazon
5 The Supremes 03:34 Amazon
6 The Supremes 02:43 Amazon
7 The Supremes 02:38 Amazon
8 The Supremes 03:30 Amazon
9 The Supremes 02:58 Amazon
10 The Supremes 02:26 Amazon
11 The Supremes 02:21 Amazon
12 The Supremes 03:06 Amazon
13 The Supremes 02:31 Amazon
14 The Supremes 02:37 Amazon
15 The Supremes 02:46 Amazon
16 The Supremes 02:40 Amazon
17 The Supremes 02:59 Amazon
18 The Supremes 02:41 Amazon
19 The Supremes 03:24 Amazon
20 The Supremes 02:56 Amazon
21 The Supremes 02:39 Amazon
22 The Supremes 02:59 Amazon
23 The Supremes 02:55 Amazon
24 The Supremes 04:54 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Supremes 02:40 Amazon
2 The Supremes 02:35 Amazon
3 The Supremes 03:44 Amazon
4 The Supremes 02:57 Amazon
5 The Supremes 02:30 Amazon
6 The Supremes 02:23 Amazon
7 The Supremes 02:57 Amazon
8 The Supremes 02:47 Amazon
9 The Supremes 02:21 Amazon
10 The Supremes 02:43 Amazon
11 The Supremes 02:34 Amazon
12 The Supremes 02:49 Amazon
13 The Supremes 03:04 Amazon
14 The Supremes 02:12 Amazon
15 The Supremes 02:38 Amazon
16 The Supremes 02:30 Amazon
17 The Supremes 02:50 Amazon
18 The Supremes 02:10 Amazon
19 The Supremes 03:13 Amazon
20 The Supremes 04:29 Amazon
21
The Supremes 02:39 Amazon
22 The Supremes 05:17 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Supremes 02:53 Amazon
2 The Supremes 02:42 Amazon
3 The Supremes 03:22 Amazon
4 The Supremes 03:15 Amazon
5 The Supremes 02:26 Amazon
6 The Supremes 02:53 Amazon
7 The Supremes 02:58 Amazon
8 The Supremes 02:48 Amazon
9 The Supremes 02:53 Amazon
10 The Supremes 02:22 Amazon
11 The Supremes feat: Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Temptations 03:09 Amazon
12 The Supremes feat: Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Temptations 02:23 Amazon
13 The Supremes feat: Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Temptations 02:55 Amazon
14 The Supremes 03:01 Amazon
15 The Supremes 03:01 Amazon
16 The Supremes 02:39 Amazon
17 The Supremes 02:54 Amazon
18 The Supremes 03:16 Amazon
19 The Supremes 03:05 Amazon
20 The Supremes feat: Diana Ross & the Supremes / Mary Wilson 03:15 Amazon
21 The Supremes feat: Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Temptations 03:04 Amazon
22 The Supremes 02:31 Amazon
23 The Supremes 03:31 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Supremes 03:18 Amazon
2 The Supremes 04:08 Amazon
3 The Supremes 02:40 Amazon
4 The Supremes 03:00 Amazon
5 The Supremes 04:09 Amazon
6 The Supremes feat: Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Four Tops 04:53 Amazon
7 The Supremes 02:50 Amazon
8 The Supremes 03:07 Amazon
9 The Supremes 03:04 Amazon
10 The Supremes 02:51 Amazon
11 The Supremes 02:43 Amazon
12 The Supremes 03:04 Amazon
13 The Supremes 02:41 Amazon
14 The Supremes 04:00 Amazon
15 The Supremes 03:55 Amazon
16 The Supremes 03:04 Amazon
17 The Supremes 05:27 Amazon
18 The Supremes 04:10 Amazon
19 The Supremes 03:25 Amazon
20 The Supremes 04:13 Amazon
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