Get ready! A new, rarities-packed edition of The Supremes' chart-topping The Supremes A' Go-Go is headed to stores this spring!
Released late in the summer of 1966, the ninth album by Motown's powerhouse vocal trio (Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson) reads like a who's-who of pop and Detroit soul, with a slew of covers (mostly from the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team) given that Supremes treatment. Here, you'll find versions of The Isley Brothers' "This Old Heart of Mine (is Weak for You)," The Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," "Baby I Need Your Loving" and "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)," The Temptations' "Get Ready"; and even the first Motown hit, Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)." The album also features covers of Lee Hazelwood ("These Boots Are Made for Walking," made famous by Nancy Sinatra) and Wes Farrell and Bert Berns (The McCoys' No. 1 classic "Hang On Sloopy"). With H-D-H hard at work on crafting hits for Motown's stable, half the album's production duties are carried out by the duo of Hal Davis and Frank Wilson.
And there are a pair of new hits, too. The sublime H-D-H tune "Love is Like An Itching in My Heart" stalled at No. 9 on the pop charts (following the near-miss of "My World is Empty Without You" to top the Billboard Hot 100) and nearly cost the trio their "lock" on The Supremes' cutting their A-list material. But the follow-up, "You Can't Hurry Love," is the perfect mix of singable, sincere lyrics, flawless delivery from Diana, Mary and Flo and a crack backing track from The Funk Brothers. It becomes their seventh No. 1 single, and The Supremes A' Go-Go also tops the pop album charts, knocking The Beatles' Revolver from the pole position and becoming the first album by an all-female group to reach the summit of the charts.
The sterling tradition of Supremes and Diana Ross deluxe editions, often carried out in the digital realm, turns a beautiful corner with this 2CD expanded release, due in stores April 28. This release has got it all: mono and stereo mixes of the original album, a whopping 29 bonus tracks (24 of which are heard here for the first time!) and not one, but two booklets: one featuring splendid liner notes by producers Andy Skurow and George Solomon, and one replicating the group's souvenir tour program from 1966! Bonus cuts include outtakes of covers of The Miracles ("Mickey's Monkey"), Jackie DeShannon (the Bacharach-David staple "What the World Needs Now"), The Rolling Stones ("(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"), Stevie Wonder ("Uptight (Everything's Alright)") and Tom Jones ("It's Not Unusual")--plus two new remixes of "Love is Like An Itching In My Heart" and a specially-created duet version of "Shake Me, Wake Me" that joins the original lineups of The Supremes and The Four Tops.
Check out the full track list and pre-order links below!
The Supremes A' Go-Go: Expanded Edition (Motown, 2017)
Amazon U.S. / Amazon Canada / Amazon U.K. (TBD)
Disc 1: Original LP in mono/stereo and outtakes
- Love is Like An Itching In My Heart (Mono)
- This Old Heart of Mine (is Weak for You) (Mono)
- You Can't Hurry Love (Mono)
- Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over) (Mono)
- Baby I Need Your Loving (Mono)
- These Boots Are Made for Walking (Mono)
- I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) (Mono)
- Get Ready (Mono)
- Put Yourself In My Place (Mono)
- Money (That's What I Want) (Mono)
- Come and Get These Memories (Mono)
- Hang On Sloopy (Mono)
- Love is Like An Itching In My Heart (Stereo)
- This Old Heart of Mine (is Weak for You) (Stereo)
- You Can't Hurry Love (Stereo)
- Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over) (Stereo)
- Baby I Need Your Loving (Stereo)
- These Boots Are Made for Walking (Stereo)
- I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) (Stereo)
- Get Ready (Stereo)
- Put Yourself In My Place (Stereo)
- Money (That's What I Want) (Stereo)
- Come and Get These Memories (Stereo)
- Hang On Sloopy (Stereo)
- Mickey's Monkey
- It's Not Unusual
- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Alternate Vocal) *
- Uptight (Everything's Alright) (Alternate Vocal) *
- In My Lonely Room (Alternate Mix) *
Disc 2: More A' Go-Go *
- He's All I Got (Alternate Vocal)
- (Love is Like a) Heat Wave (Version 1)
- It's the Same Old Song (Version 1)
- Mother Dear (Version 3 - Alternate Mix)
- Misery Makes Its Home In My Heart (Alternate Mix)
- Can I Get a Witness (Alternate Vocal)
- Don't Let True Love Die (Alternate Vocal)
- Just a Little Misunderstanding (Alternate Mix)
- Come On and See Me (Alternate Mix)
- This Old Heart of Mine (is Weak for You) (Alternate Vocal)
- Money (That's What I Want) (Alternate Vocal)
- Put Yourself In My Place (Alternate Vocal)
- These Boots Are Made for Walking (Alternate Vocal)
- Hang On Sloopy (Alternate Mix)
- Get Ready (Alternate Mix)
- Slow Down (Alternate Mix)
- What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted (Alternate Mix)
- What the World Needs Now is Love (Alternate Mix)
- Blowin' In the Wind (Alternate Mix)
- With a Child's Heart (Alternate Vocal)
- Let the Music Play (Alternate Mix)
- Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over) - The Supremes & The Four Tops
- Love is Like An Itching In My Heart (Early Versions - The Scratch-It Mix)
- Love is Like An Itching In My Heart (The SupreMix)
Disc 1, Tracks 1-12 released as Motown M-569, 1966
Disc 1, Tracks 13-24 released as Motown MS-569, 1966
Disc 1, Tracks 25-26 from Let the Music Play: Supreme Rarities - Motown Lost and Found (1960-1969) (Hip-O Select B0003263-02, 2008)
Joe Mac Pherson says
I'm so happy to see this Supremes album, deluxe edition, released on CD!! Now I'll have the real pleasure of reading the booklet information, appreciating the original 60's photography, and of course I'll take notice of any musicians, producers, arrangers mentioned.
I hope this is the start of Motown's product being given the wonderful treatment Hip-oSelect.com gave to all their releases!
Anthony Parsons says
Great that they're putting this out on CD. I was SO angry at them for releasing the 50th Anniversary edition of The Supremes' Merry Christmas on download only. I hope they will rectify that ignorant decision when the holidays roll around again. I know there is a substantial part of the music purchasing public who, like me, will NEVER buy anything as ephemeral as a download, especially of a revered classic by The Supremes. The people who put these things out need to recognize that!
Ross Holloway says
I prefer physical cds as well, but will default to downloads if that is the only option. Have you gotten into the digital only Motown Unrelease series? If you haven't then you're really missing out. I use itunes and then burn a physical copy for my car. The latest in the series, 1966, had some real gems on it.
Ross Holloway says
I cannot wait for this release!!
Jimi LaLumia says
this was the first album on the Motown Records label to go to #1 on the Billboard Albums Chart and also the first ever girl group album to go to #1 on that chart.
Ian Horst says
I wonder why these two cuts are here
With a Child’s Heart (Alternate Vocal)
Let the Music Play (Alternate Mix)
Since those are from a different album (which is also way overdue for deluxe treatment)
Ross Holloway says
I think its because both those songs were recorded during 1966 during the recording period after the groups I Hear A Symphony album. Much like Mother Dear is from the More Hits album, Heatwave and Same Old Song are from the Sings HDH album and Misery Makes It's Heart and What the World Needs Now are both from their Reflections album. All those songs were recorded during 1966. It's too bad they never found a Live concert version of LILAIIMH to include... #Sad
LeVan Greene says
I can't wait for this release! Hopefully there be more by other Motown artist.
I hope this gets decent sales.
The ending of the brilliant Hip-O-Select series is a loss I still feel. Such beautiful packaging, remastering and liner notes.
The Diana Ross (solo) and Supremes series were both fantastic.
Robert Lett says
Really stoked for this, glad it's on CD.
The Supremes studio albums rarely get this treatment, very cool. They need to re-release their more obscure albums on CD, like "We Remember Sam Cooke".