The Supremes - I Hear a Symphony
The Supremes - I Hear a Symphony

The Supremes - I Hear a Symphony

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I Hear a Symphony is the eighth studio album released by Motown girl group The Supremes on the Motown label in 1966. According to Motown data the album sold over 1,900,000 copies.

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I Hear a Symphony has some great soul numbers on it, mostly by the Holland-Dozier-Hollandsongwriting 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 Ballardbehind Diana Ross, showing the trio in just about its peak form. Other parts of I Hear a Symphonyseem to take its title track almost literally, with the inclusion of the majestic "Unchained Melody" and theBach-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.