söndag 19 juni 2016

DIANA ROSS STML 11159 (-70) UK

I was a die-hard Supremes fan in the sixties all the way from "Meet The Supremes" to "Cream Of The Crop", but after the split - not so much. To my ears the Ross-deprived combo lacked a lot of the old magic and her own efforts often became too pompous and mushy for me. However this solo debut is still so stuck in classic Motown it moves me - not as a new start, but the last of an era. All cuts but one - the Johnny Bristol "These Things Will Keep Me Loving You" - written and produced by long time Motown mainstays Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, backed by the ever present Funk Brothers, with seven of the eleven tracks covers of songs recorded by other Motown acts in the sixties. I feel at home here. All together a little softer than in the old days, but also moments that take me back. Favorite tracks - "Dark Side Of The World", "These Things Will Keep Me Loving You" and the remake of "Keep An Eye" (originally on Supremes "Love Child" album). Premiere US on Motown (MS 711). Reissued on Motown CD 1986 as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (374 635 135-2) and again 2002 on Motown as "Diana Ross" (440 016 818-2) with eight bonus tracks. First UK had label as shown here and thin structured cover. (TÖMÖ*) (ZYZÖ*) (FÄV*)

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