The Supremes

The Supremes: Box Set

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

Track Listing - Disc 2

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

Track Listing - Disc 3

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

Track Listing - Disc 4

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