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The Supremes: I Hear a Symphony [Expanded Edition]

Track List

>Stranger in Paradise - (mono)
>Yesterday - (mono)
>I Hear a Symphony - (mono)
>Unchained Melody - (mono)
>With a Song in My Heart - (mono)
>Without a Song - (mono)
>My World Is Empty Without You - (mono)
>Lover's Concerto, A - (mono)
>Any Girl in Love (Knows What I'm Going Through) - (mono)
>Wonderful, Wonderful - (mono)
>Everything Is Good About You - (mono)
>He's All I Got - (mono)
>Stranger in Paradise
>Yesterday
>I Hear a Symphony
>Unchained Melody
>With a Song in My Heart
>Without a Song
>My World Is Empty Without You
>Lover's Concerto, A
>Any Girl in Love (Knows What I'm Going Through)
>Wonderful, Wonderful
>Everything Is Good About You
>He's All I Got
>All of a Sudden My Heart Sings [2012 Mix] - (remix, previously unreleased)
>I Hear a Symphony [2012 Mix of Single Vocal] - (remix, previously unreleased)
>My World Is Empty Without You [2012 Mix] - (remix, previously unreleased)
>Lover's Concerto [Alternate Version], A - (previously unreleased)
>Unchained Melody [Alternate Version] - (previously unreleased)
>Wonderful, Wonderful [Alternate Version] - (previously unreleased)
>Overture - (previously unreleased, live)
>Come See About Me - (previously unreleased, live)
>Symphony Medley: With a Song in My Heart/Stranger in Paradise/Wonderful, Wonderful/Unchained Melody/Without a Song - (previously unreleased, live)
>Baby Love - (previously unreleased, live)
>Make Someone Happy/Time After Time - (previously unreleased, live)
>More - (previously unreleased, live)
>Yesterday - (previously unreleased, live)
>Back in My Arms Again - (previously unreleased, live)
>People - (previously unreleased, live)
>My World Is Empty Without You - (previously unreleased, live)
>Michelle - (previously unreleased, live)
>You Can't Hurry Love - (previously unreleased, live)
>Queen of the House - (previously unreleased, live)
>Let There Be Love - (previously unreleased, live)
>Somewhere - (previously unreleased, live)
>I Hear a Symphony - (previously unreleased, live)
>Sam Cooke Medley: You Send Me/(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons/Cupid/Chain Gang/Bring It on Home to Me/Shake - (previously unreleased, live)
>Stop! In the Name of Love - (previously unreleased, live)
>Introductions - (previously unreleased, live)
>You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You - (previously unreleased, live)

Album Notes

Liner Note Authors: George Solomon; Scott St. James.

Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (09/26/1966); New York, NY (09/26/1966); The Roostertail, Detroit, MI (09/26/1966); Los Angeles, CA (11/15/1965/11/29/1965); New York, NY (11/15/1965/11/29/1965); The Roostertail, Detroit, MI (11/15/1965/11/29/1965); Los Angeles, CA (11/16/1965/11/30/1965); New York, NY (11/16/1965/11/30/1965); The Roostertail, Detroit, MI (11/16/1965/11/30/1965); Los Angeles, CA (11/30/1965/12/02/1965); New York, NY (11/30/1965/12/02/1965); The Roostertail, Detroit, MI (11/30/1965/12/02/1965); Los Angeles, CA (1964-04-24&1964-06-02&1964-); New York, NY (1964-04-24&1964-06-02&1964-); The Roostertail, Detroit, MI (1964-04-24&1964-06-02&1964-); Los Angeles, CA (1965-04-19&1965-04-28&1965-); New York, NY (1965-04-19&1965-04-28&1965-); The Roostertail, Detroit, MI (1965-04-19&1965-04-28&1965-); Los Angeles, CA (1965-09-22&1965-09-28&1965-); New York, NY (1965-09-22&1965-09-28&1965-); The Roostertail, Detroit, MI (1965-09-22&1965-09-28&1965-); Los Angeles, CA (1965-10-19&1965-11-09&1965-); New York, NY (1965-10-19&1965-11-09&1965-); The Roostertail, Detroit, MI (1965-10-19&1965-11-09&1965-); Los Angeles, CA (1965-10-28&1965-11-09&1965-); New York, NY (1965-10-28&1965-11-09&1965-); The Roostertail, Detroit, MI (1965-10-28&1965-11-09&1965-); Los Angeles, CA (1965-11-15&1965-11-29&1965-); New York, NY (1965-11-15&1965-11-29&1965-); The Roostertail, Detroit, MI (1965-11-15&1965-11-29&1965-); Los Angeles, CA (1965-11-15&1965-11-30&1965-); New York, NY (1965-11-15&1965-11-30&1965-); The Roostertail, Detroit, MI (1965-11-15&1965-11-30&1965-); Los Angeles, CA (1965-11-16&1965-11-30&1965-); New York, NY (1965-11-16&1965-11-30&1965-); The Roostertail, Detroit, MI (1965-11-16&1965-11-30&1965-); Los Angeles, CA (1965-11-22&1965-11-29&1965-); New York, NY (1965-11-22&1965-11-29&1965-); The Roostertail, Detroit, MI (1965-11-22&1965-11-29&1965-).

I Hear a Symphony has some great soul numbers on it, mostly by the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, including not only the title track but also "Any Girl in Love (Knows What I'm Going Through)," "My World Is Empty Without You," and "He's All I Got" -- the latter is one of the greatest album tracks the group ever recorded, with stunning vocals by Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard behind Diana Ross, showing the trio in just about its peak form. Other parts of I Hear a Symphony seem to take its title track almost literally, with the inclusion of the majestic "Unchained Melody" and the Bach-based "A Lover's Concerto"; the latter, in particular, is a Diana Ross tour de force, with very sweetly understated accompaniment by Wilson and Ballard. And elsewhere, Berry Gordy was pushing his vision of the Supremes as a mainstream pop trio, covering "A Stranger in Paradise," "With a Song in My Heart," "Without a Song," and "Wonderful, Wonderful." None of these are bad, but neither are they terribly distinguished -- the group even adds a certain fresh sparkle to "Wonderful, Wonderful," but realistically, people were paying their money for the Holland-Dozier-Holland and Eddie Holland-authored songs, any of which would have made about as fine singles as anything the trio ever put out, and all of which are still a chunk of the best part of the group's legacy. ~ Bruce Eder



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