"Love Child" by Diana Ross & The Supremes was released in November 1968. The album was the group's first (except covers and tribute albums) not to include any songs written or produced by any member of the Holland-Dozier-Holland production team, who had previously overseen most of the Supremes releases.
Several different producers and production teams worked on the "Love Child" album. Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, the production team behind the Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell hit singles, wrote and produced the album's first single, "Some Things You Never Get Used To". The single peaked at number 30 on the Billboard hot 100, the Supremes weakest chart showing since 1963. Wanting to improve the group's waning sales, Motown CEO Berry Gordy assembled a team (Frank Wilson, Pam Sawyer, Deke Richards, Henry Cosby, R. Dean Taylor, and Gordy himself) to create a hit single for The Supremes. The result was "Love Child", which returned the Supremes to the Billboard hot 100's number-one position. Staff producers such as Smokey Robinson, Harvey Fuqua, and Johnny Bristol also contributed to the album.
The tracks on "Love Child" show a markedly different sound for The Supremes, eschewing the soul-pop sound Holland-Dozier-Holland had masterminded, for a more distinct, mature sound and lyric. During its four years as a top 40 pop act, The Supremes had gone from playing local venues to performing in expensive supper clubs, and the change in sound reflected the group's fanbase. The new Supremes recordings also, according to Supremes member Mary Wilson, emphasized "lead singer Diana Ross' voice at the expense of any good harmonies". Wilson and third Supreme Cindy Birdsong do not in fact appear on either of the LP's singles (Motown session singers The Andantes instead sing backing vocals on these as well as on some other of the album's tracks), although Wilson and Birdsong are present on some of the album's tracks. In many ways, Motown geared it to be a solo album for Ross. It features some of her most confident vocals.
Diana Ross & the Supremes - Love Child
U.K. Tamla Motown STML 11095 (1968)
Album produced by Berry Gordy, Frank Wilson, R. Dean Taylor, Deke Richards, Henry Cosby, Smokey Robinson, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, Marv Johnson, George Gordy, Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol.
The vinyl attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
The albums flipback laminated cover is clean and in excellent condition.
The albums original inner sleeve is excellently presented.
Contains promotional Motown chartbusters competition, (win a mini) entry form perfectly presented.
The album cover has a strong, undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.
For full track listing see Own tab.