Label: Motown - M 636 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Mono • Country: US • Genre: Funk / Soul • Style: Soul
The Supremes at the Copa is a live album by Motown singing group The Supremesrecorded during their debut engagement at the prestigious Copacabana nightclub in New York City. Released in the late fall ofAt the Copa was the first live album issued by The Supremes, and the only live album issued by the group's best-known lineup of Diana RossFlorence Ballard and Mary Wilson.
Missing the Billboard LP Top 10 by a notch 11"The Supremes at Blue Monday 88 - Star Inc. - 16 Famous Synthesizer Hits Copa" was a commercial success remaining on the album chart for 54 weeks. The album managed to sell over 1, copies according to Motown data.
Gordy and the Motown staff, including vocal director Maurice King and choreographer Cholly Atkinsinvested significant amounts of time and money into preparing the Supremes for their Copa debut. Tensions ran high at several points during the preparation stages. Florence Ballard was angered that her only solo number, " People ", was dropped from The Boy From Ipanema - The Supremes - At The Copa show while Ross herself complained about the group's staging and bristled under Gordy's criticisms of their performances.
Incidentally, Davis wrote the liner notes for this album. The performances included on When The Circus Leaves Town - Jimmy Durante - September Song LP include several pop standardsfour of the Supremes' number-one hit singles and a medley of songs by late soul star Sam Cooke. Berry Gordy and Motown's head engineer Lawrence Horn are credited as the producers, and the orchestra was arranged and conducted by Gil Askey.
The release of The Supremes at the Copa led Motown to shelve a studio-record album of pop covers, There's a Place for Uswhich featured many of the same songs as Copawith the same arrangements. When the tapes were brought back to Sing - Carpenters - Sing following the Copa engagement, it was discovered the recording quality did not come up to Motown quality standards as the acoustics at the Copa were not congenial to recording.
Gordy had Ross re-record her vocals live in Motown's Hitsville U. Reportedly, Ross did the studio vocals in one long take, doing the whole show as she would have at the Copa. Disc one contains the digitally remastered original stereo album — an album that, owing to then-insurmountable technical problems, used lead vocals overdubbed by Diana Ross in the studio.
Disc two features the full Copa show, as the audience would have experienced it inin a brand-new mix that compiles the best performances The Boy From Ipanema - The Supremes - At The Copa six recorded shows. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Supremes. In Japan Sparkle film Dreamgirls musical Dreamgirls film Sparkle film. Book Category. Hidden categories: Articles with short description Duration without hAudio microformat Articles with hAudio microformats. Namespaces Article Talk.
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