Supremes ‘Holland-Dozier-Holland’ Expanded Editionhttp://bestclassicbands.com/supremes-ho ... e-4-30-18/
by Best Classic Bands Staff
On June 15, in anticipation of the upcoming 60th anniversary of Motown and inspired by the album’s own recent 51st anniversary, Motown/UMe is releasing a 2-CD Expanded Edition of The Supremes’ 10th studio album, The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland. The set includes 52 tracks, 28 of which are heard here for the first time via a number of updated mixes and alternate versions, as well as a score of live performances captured at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City in May 1967, the last recorded performance of the original trio: Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard.
The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland, originally released in January 1967, was inspired by the production team of Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier and lyricist Edward Holland Jr. The album spawned a pair of #1 singles, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” and “Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone.” The LP also went to #1 on the Billboard R&B Albums Chart, their fourth album to do so up to that point, while peaking at #6 Pop.
The expanded The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland includes the original album in both its original mono and stereo mixes—with the mono album on CD for the first time—plus several rare and new mixes created exclusively for this expanded edition, including alternate versions and alternate mixes of the hits; the original film version of the #1 hit “The Happening,” which was re-cut for the single version; a version of “Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone” with a vocal previously available only on a Japanese release; a once-in-a-lifetime “duet” version of “You’re Gone (But Always In My Heart),” that includes lead vocals by Diana Ross and Gladys Knight; and a Motown mashup of the H-D-H classics “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” and “Where Did Our Love Go.”
Rounding out this collection is a rare recording from the Copacabana in New York, in May 1967, one of the last performances of the group with Florence Ballard. Also included in the package is a 32-page booklet with rare and never-before-seen photos plus an interview with Lamont Dozier. Also included is a bonus 24-page booklet that recreates the Supremes’ 1967 souvenir tour booklet.