Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Supremes - A Bit Of Liverpool (1964)

The most successful American performers of the 1960s, the Supremes for a time rivaled even the Beatles in terms of red-hot commercial appeal, reeling off five number one singles in a row at one point. Critical revisionism has tended to undervalue the Supremes' accomplishments, categorizing their work as more lightweight than the best soul stars (or even the best Motown stars), and viewing them as a tool for Berry Gordy's crossover aspirations. There's no question that there was about as much pop as soul in the Supremes' hits, that even some of their biggest hits could sound formulaic, and that they were probably the black performers who were most successful at infiltrating the tastes and televisions of middle America. ... Read More...

1 How Do You Do It (Gerry and the Pacemakers cover)
2 World Without Love (Peter and Gordon cover)
3 House Of The Rising Sun (traditional song)
4 A Hard Day's Night (The Beatles cover)
5 Because (The Dave Clark Five cover)
6 You've Really Got A Hold On Me (Smokey Robinson cover)
7 You Can't Do That (The Beatles cover)
8 Do You Love Me
9 Can't Buy Me Love (The Beatles cover)
10 I Want To Hold Your Hand (The Beatles cover)
11 Bits And Pieces (The Dave Clark Five cover)
A Bit of Liverpool is an album by singing group The Supremes, released in the fall of 1964 (see 1964 in music) on the Motown label. A cover/tribute album dedicated to the music of the concurrent British invasion, A Bit of Liverpool features covers of songs by groups such as The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, and The Dave Clark Five. Also present are two Motown songs which were heavily covered by British acts: The Miracles' "You've Really Got a Hold on Me and The Contours' "Do You Love Me".

"A Hard Day's Night", "You Can't Do That", "Can't Buy Me Love", and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" were all originally recorded by The Beatles. "Because" and "Bits and Pieces" were originally done by The Dave Clark Five. "How Do You Do It" is a Gerry & The Pacemakers original, and the version of "The House of the Rising Sun" here is based upon the hit version by The Animals.


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