the supremes- come on boy





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Uploaded on Jul 20, 2011

A highly stylized come-on...

Diana Ross was quickly growing into a fine vocalist. One of the strengths she posessed was a fantastic control of her vocals. It is on a track such as this, where the tempo is rather slow and relaxed that you can hear just how well Diana instinctively caresses a lyric.

Note the way she has of drawing out and holding a note, releasing a line with pinpoint control. There are no flat notes or unsteady, uncertain tones at all here- Diana sings the song as if she concieved and authored it herself. Every word gets complete attention, no phrase is casually tossed off.

Florence Ballard- wow. It's her voice that adds a whole new range of color to the whole track. A high, bell-clear beacon of a voice adds just the right edge here. Mary Wilson balances everything out by providing a warmth on the lower range.

Everything combines for just the right vocal blend and yet all three ladies are quite clearly identifiable in the mix. Credit the Funk Brothers and producer Berry Gordy for creating a wonderful, almost dream-like musical setting. Is this pop, r&b, jazz? It's a bit of all three- a wonderfull "blue cool" sort of sound.


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