(Motown Stereo MT-606, S-606)
And we’re not talking about the highest court in the U.S.
Tracked in 1960-61, and originally released in Mono in 1962, Meet the Supremes was The Supremes debut record. Most of the LP features the quartet of teenagers originally known as the the Primettes – Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, and Barbara Martin – but by the time of the original release and name change, Martin had left the band. Although her vocals remain on the tracks, she was not included in the cover art for neither the mono nor the stereo releases.
Barry Gordy signed the trio to Motown in 1961, but demanded the name change. Given a few choices, the band chose The Supremes, and thus became Motown’s first girl vocal group.
“Meet the Supremes” didn’t produce any major hits, altho hitmakers wrote many of the songs, including Smokey Robinson, Barry Gordy Jr., and 2/3 of the team of Holland-Dozier-Holland who were well on their way to defining the Motown sound of the 1960s.
The original mono release saw some success in England, reaching #8 on the charts, but failed to chart in the U.S. The stereo re-mix was released in 1964 along with a mono re-mix.
The romantic and sentimental “Your Heart Belongs to Me,” written by Smokey Robinson, should have been the Supremes’ first hit. It’s every bit as charming as his chartbusters for Mary Wells. Diana Ross’ sweet tender lead, assisted by Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard’s warm harmonies, could melt icebergs. — AllMusic Review, Andrew Hamilton
The Supremes followed up with “Where Did Our Love Go.” A Holland-Dozier-Holland song originally rejected by the Marvelettes, “Where Did Our Love Go” reached #1 on the Pop and R&B charts. And the rest is… history.
Stop by Lost & Found Records and pick up on this earliest Supremes recording.