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THE SUPREMES: THIS IS THE STORY â THE â70S ALBUMS VOL. 1 1970-1973: THE JEAN TERRELL

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UK release date 02.04.2007

Given Diana Rossâs voracious hunger for stardom and the fact that Motown boss Berry Gordy showed a very personal, hands-on interest in developing her career meant that it was no real surprise when she quit The Supremes to pursue a solo path at the end of 1969. What Ross didnât bank on, though, was that in 1970 the new-look Supremes rejuvenated by her replacement, Jean Terrell, would initially outsell her â in fact, the Terrell-fronted Supremesâ debut 45, âUp The Ladder To The Roofâ achieved a Top 10 slot in the States while Rossâs first solo outing, âReach Out And Touch (Somebodyâs Hand)â struggled to make the Top 20. This fabulous, beautifully-packaged 3-CD box set features all five albums led by the soulful, gospel-tinged vocals of Jean Terrell as well as a slew of previously unissued cuts originally destined for an aborted LP called âPromises Kept.â All the significant post-Ross hits are present, of course, including âStoned Love,â âNathan Jones,â âFloy Joyâ and the brilliant Stevie Wonder-helmed âBad Weather.â Those who thought Diana Ross was The Supremes will have to think again.
Words Charles Waring

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