Sunday, January 23, 2011

THE SUPREMES: "WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE" (1975)

The Supremes
(l to r: Cindy Birdsong, Mary Wilson, Scherrie Payne.)

Click above to hear "Where Do I Go From Here.")

People tend to forget that The Supremes didn't simply vansish when Diana Ross went skiving off to pursue her own interests. In fact, The Supremes' first post-Ross single managed to beat the tar out of Ross' in the charts. While a steady succesion of members made the group a tad hard to follow, their output remained strong. In fact, I'd say some of the strongest material in the Supremes canon was recorded after Ross went her own way.

"Where Do I Go From Here" is a real groover from The Supremes' mid-70s catalogue. It was the first single released after Scherrie Payne (sister of Freda) came on board as lead singer, replacing the departing Jean Terrell. On the surface, you can hear the move into disco, but it contains just enough soul and funk to make the track decidedly supreme.

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