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Diana Ross & The Supremes - Love Child [Motown 55th Aniversary] (2014)

Pop, Japan Editions | Author: artmuss | 19-01-2015, 14:54
Diana Ross & The Supremes - Love Child [Motown 55th Aniversary] (2014)
Artist: Diana Ross & The Supremes
Title Of Album: Love Child
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Universal Music Japan / UICY-75828
Genre: Funk / Soul, Pop
Total Time: 31:33 min
Format: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 225 mb

Through 1964 to 1967 the Supremes were Motown's biggest act. Singles like "Where Did Our Love Go," "Back in My Arms Again," and "You Keep Me Hanging On" defined the label's pop prowess and the quirky appeal of talented lead singer Diana Ross. By 1968, the group not only lost member Florence Ballard, but also Holland-Dozier-Holland who had written and produced all of their big singles. Cindy Birdsong joins Mary Wilson and Ross for this 1968 effort and the group name was officially changed. Although it's always fun to hear Ross and the Supremes, the most interesting thing about this effort is its production. With a lack of consistently great songs, Love Child had to rely on hooks, choruses, and production values rather than magical songs. The well-produced and controversial title track proved how good Ross is with melodrama. "How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone" has a great bassline from James Jamerson and Ross oddly having a lot of fun with her supposedly dire romantic prospects. The warm cover of Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers' classic "Does Your Mamma Know About Me" sticks close to the original with good results. Ashford and Simpson offer two of their early tracks, the album's first single "Some Things You Never Get Used To," and the graceful "You Ain't Livin' Until You're Lovin'." For the most part, Love Child's tracks seem to run together but this offers the late-'60s Motown sound without gimmicks and is more than recommended.


01 - Love Child
02 - Keep an Eye
03 - How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone
04 - Does Your Mama Know About Me
05 - Honey Bee (Keep on Stinging Me)
06 - Some Things You Never Get Used To
07 - He's My Sunny Boy
08 - You've Been So Wonderful to Me
09 - (Don't Break These) Chains of Love
10 - You Ain't Livin' Till You're Lovin'
11 - I'll Set You Free
12 - Can't Shake It Loose

Diana Ross: lead vocals
Mary Wilson: background vocals
Cindy Birdsong: background vocals
The Andantes: background vocals
Nickolas Ashford: background vocals on "Some Things You Never Get Used To"
Valerie Simpson: background vocals on "Some Things You Never Get Used To"
The Funk Brothers: instrumentation on all tracks except for "Does Your Mama Know About Me" and "Honey Bee (Keep on Stinging Me)", which were recorded with Los Angeles-area session musicians.

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