The Supremes had quite the winning streak in the '60s, with numerous No.
The Supremes had quite the winning streak in the '60s, with numerous No. 1 hits, including "Where Did Our Love Go," "You Keep Me Hangin' On," and "I Hear a Symphony." For a good part of the population, the Supremes ended when Diana Ross launched her solo career in late 1969. Of course, hardcore fans knew otherwise. With a revamped lineup (original Supreme Mary Wilson, Jean Terrell, and Cindy Birdsong), the Supremes re-introduced themselves with the 1970 set Right On, which spawned the Top 10 hit "Up the Ladder to the Roof." By 1976, the trio—in various reincarnations (Wilson was the one mainstay through the years)—would release 10 more Motown studio albums, the bulk of which are represented on this essential two-disc offering. In addition to "Up the Ladder," the collection includes other top 10s like "Stoned Love," "Floy Joy," and "Nathan Jones." Also included are alternate takes ("Automatically Sunshine") and previously unreleased gems (like the extended mix of "He's My Man" from The Supremes and the disco-splashed "Bend a Little"). In 1976, Wilson, Scherrie Payne (Freda's sister), and Susaye Green delivered the trio's glorious swan song, Mary, Scherrie & Susaye, which was home to disco classics "You're My Driving Wheel," "Let Yourself Go," and "Love I Never Knew You Could Feel So Good," all of which are included here. While the music certainly delivers, fans will delight in such bonuses as Wilson's liner notes and the festive photos adorning the CD's 24-page booklet.—MP