Album of the Day: The Supremes (8/26/68)

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Diana Ross & The Supremes brought their live show (and newcomer Cindy Birdsong for her first on-stage appearance) to a U.K. supper club to record Live At London’s Talk Of The Town, which was released on August 26, 1968.  Unfortunately, Motown’s incomparable studio band, the Funk Brothers, was left behind in Detroit, so the girls relied on an orchestra to provide the backing music. The groove that underlies their classic 60s pop/R&B hits (and most every other Motown artist) is noticeably absent from the album, but “…Talk Of The Town” is nonetheless a great example of the breadth of music the Supremes could command in a live setting. The album mixes Broadway show tunes, pop standards and plenty of their hits from the Motown songwriting team of Lamont Dozier and Brian and Eddie Holland. Live At London’s Talk Of The Town is available on Amazon but not iTunes, and the Supremes are in Dr. Rock’s Playlist Vault.

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