20 Apr The Supremes – 1964 – Where Did Our Love Go

The Supremes – 1964 – Where Did Our Love Go

Ladies & Gentlemen: The Supremes have arrived!

A transitional album, as this combines some of their earlier minor hits like ‘Run, Run, Run‘ and ‘A Breath Taking Guy‘, alongside their Top 40 breakthrough ‘When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes‘ and their trio of groundbreaking chart-toppers: ‘Where Did Our Love Go‘, ‘Baby Love‘ & ‘Come See About Me‘. The album cuts are all top-notch, culled from various recording sessions, with stand-outs including ‘Ask Any Girl‘ (the B-side to ‘Baby Love’), which could easily have been a hit in its own right, and ‘I’m Giving You Your Freedom‘, capturing an unusually earthy vocal from Diana Ross.

There’s much to savour here and this is a classic album by Motown’s finest.

Tracks
A1 Where Did Our Love Go 2:32
A2 Run, Run, Run 2:15
A3 Baby Love 2:34
A4 When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes 2:34
A5 Come See About Me 2:39
A6 Long Gone Lover 2:20
B1 I’m Giving You Your Freedom 2:37
B2 A Breath Taking Guy 2:20
B3 He Means the World to Me 1:52
B4 Standing at the Crossroads of Love 2:27
B5 Your Kiss of Fire 2:45
B6 Ask Any Girl 3:01

Also including the mono LP version as Motown MT-621, August 1964

AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer 

Even though this long-player was the second collection to have featured the original Supremes lineup with Mary WilsonFlorence Ballard and Diana RossWhere Did Our Love Go (1964) was the first to significantly impact the radio-listening and record-buying public. It effectively turned the trio — who were called the ‘No-Hit Supremes‘ by Motown insiders — into one of the label’s most substantial acts of the 1960s. Undoubtedly, their success was at least in part due to an influx of fresh material from the formidable composing/production team of Brian HollandLamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (HDH). They had already proven themselves by presenting “(Your Love Is Like A) Heatwave” to Martha & the Vandellas and providing Marvin Gaye with “Can I Get a Witness.” Motown-head Berry Gordy hoped HDH could once again strike gold — and boy, did they ever. Equally as impressive is that the Supremes were among the handful of domestic acts countering the initial onslaught of the mid-’60s British Invasion with a rapid succession of four Top 40 sides.

Better still, “Where Did Our Love Go“, “Baby Love” and “Come See About Me” made it all the way to the top, while “When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes” (number 23), “Run, Run, Run” (number 93) and “A Breath Taking Guy” (number 75) were able to garner enough airplay and sales to make it into the Top 100 Pop Singles survey. 

HDH weren’t the only contributors to the effort, as William “Smokey” Robinson supplied the catchy doo wop influenced “Long Gone Lover” as well as the aforementioned “Breath Taking Guy“.  Norman Whitfield penned the mid-tempo ballad “He Means The World to Me” and former Moonglow Harvey Fuqua co-wrote “Your Kiss of Fire“.

With such a considerable track list, it is no wonder Where Did Our Love Go landed in the penultimate spot on the Pop Album chart for four consecutive weeks in September of ’64,making it the best received LP from Motown to date. 

The Supremes are almost a text-book example of a “singles” rather than “albums” outfit.

Yet Where Did Our Love Go is a breathtaking capture of the metamorphosis of a group emerging out of the shadows to become one of the world’ leading pop acts, as exciting as any Beatles release of the time.


Bonus

In 2004, the internet-based Hip-O Select issued the double-disc Where Did Our Love Go [Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition] in a limited pressing of 10,000 copies. The package included the monaural and stereo mixes, plus a never before available seven-song vintage live set from the Twenty Grand Club in Detroit and another 17 unreleased studio cuts documented around the same time.

So here it is the 2nd CD from 2004 double CD, Where Did Our Love Go: 40th Anniversary Edition with The Sessions including 19 songs, most of them previously unreleased and The Concert Recorded live at the Twenty Grand, Detroit, Michigan, August 7-9, 1964. 
Considered for inclusion on the unreleased Supremes album Live! Live! Live! Although a formal album was never completed, Motown assigned catalog number Motown 626 and slated it for release circa April 1965. The LP was likely to have included additional performances, possibly culled from The Battle Of The Stars At The Greystone Ballroom, February 28, 1964, The Motortown Revue At The Fox Theatre, December 1964, and/or The Motortown Revue In Paris, March 1965. 

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24 Comments
  • Carey
    Posted at 09:48h, 20 April 2018 Reply

    Classic Motown. This one opened the road for Supremes to become the 60’s supergroup.

  • Reale
    Posted at 11:53h, 20 April 2018 Reply

    This incredible Motown classic is getting on for more than fifty years, and it still sounds wonderful.

  • Anabis34
    Posted at 13:54h, 20 April 2018 Reply

    Legendary and timeless

  • Sarah
    Posted at 13:58h, 20 April 2018 Reply

    Diana and Florence. so simple so good.

  • artistonfire
    Posted at 19:39h, 20 April 2018 Reply

    Supremes Classic! I was but a wee lad, but remember clearly my oldest sister repeating Ask Any Girl, over & over & then some. LOL! Wonderful music! Wonderful memories! Loved them all. And to this very day, the sound/presence of Diana makes me smile. (Not an easy feat in these trying times.)

  • Thomas Nolan
    Posted at 01:49h, 21 April 2018 Reply

    I can listen these songs everyday! I adore Diana and the Supremes. Excellent album. Thanks for the Live and unreleased songs.

  • Barton Miles
    Posted at 01:52h, 21 April 2018 Reply

    Purest class. My mothers fav group, mine too.

  • Malaria7
    Posted at 18:07h, 21 April 2018 Reply

    Hey guys it’s just fantastic! This album has such a great sentimental value to me. Thank you very much for the precious bonus.

  • Justanotherboy
    Posted at 00:15h, 22 April 2018 Reply

    It’s not my generation but damn it, it’s so cool

  • Sister Rose
    Posted at 00:18h, 22 April 2018 Reply

    The greatest female group of all time…

  • Vanesa
    Posted at 09:59h, 23 April 2018 Reply

    Haven’t heard the whole album in years, yet still so special every time I hear it. Thanks for posting

  • JamaicanKing69
    Posted at 10:10h, 23 April 2018 Reply

    A lot of my precious JAMS !!! God those were the days.

  • Ross
    Posted at 19:07h, 23 April 2018 Reply

    It’s Motown baby…What a classic album and group.

  • Daniel
    Posted at 23:49h, 23 April 2018 Reply

    I feel so fortunate that I grew up hearing songs like these.

  • Tony Miles
    Posted at 00:02h, 24 April 2018 Reply

    The original, legendary, lineup of Florence, Mary, and Diane. Amazing group!

  • GalaxyTrek
    Posted at 01:16h, 24 April 2018 Reply

    Find your true soul with some classic soul… 

  • Marco
    Posted at 10:45h, 24 April 2018 Reply

    Ti adoro…

  • Kefal5
    Posted at 02:01h, 25 April 2018 Reply

    A must have for any soul/pop lover. Great times.

  • Timothy Wallace
    Posted at 10:37h, 25 April 2018 Reply

    Pure singing and harmonizing effortlessly.

  • Ricky
    Posted at 18:18h, 25 April 2018 Reply

    The best girl group ever. So many incredible hits and albums….Still sounds fresh…Motown!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vanessa Right
    Posted at 18:21h, 25 April 2018 Reply

    These were my teen years a very happy time ,with GREAT MOTOWN MUSIC.
    Supremes were really MAGIC.

  • Jackie Bell
    Posted at 11:18h, 26 April 2018 Reply

    Some Memories Never Fade…!!!!!.

  • steve57
    Posted at 13:24h, 14 May 2018 Reply

    thanks fellas – lovely album
    tracks 3,4 and 5 are missing
    Mono folder and the bonus cd are all intact

  • Nikos
    Posted at 15:45h, 14 May 2018 Reply

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