680. The Supremes: “Everything Is Good About You”


Motown RecordsMotown M 1089 (B), December 1965

B-side of My World Is Empty Without You

(Written by James Dean and Edward Holland Jr.)

BritainTamla Motown TMG 548 (B), February 1966

B-side of My World Is Empty Without You

(Released in the UK under license through EMI/Tamla Motown)

Label scan kindly provided by Lars “LG” Nilsson - www.seabear.se.  All label scans come from visitor contributions - if you'd like to send me a scan I don't have, please e-mail it to me at fosse8@gmail.com!There’s at least one thing that’s fitting about this single having crept out at the end of December 1965, after Christmas and after the year was all but over. If the A-side, the mesmerisingly miserable My World Is Empty Without You, had sent the Supremes into a strange new orbit of darkness and melancholia to a foot-stomping 4/4 beat, this B-side is the perfect partner. It’s a kind of summing up of everything that had already gone before in the girls’ Motown career, capping the second chapter of their story as well as providing us all with a quick recap of everything that had taken place from their big breakthrough to date.

That breakthrough – back in June 1964, when Where Did Our Love Go had cannoned the Supremes into the hearts of an unsuspecting public – feels like ancient history now, much more long ago than the mere 18 months it had actually taken to transform the runts of the Motown litter into the chart-topping global superstars. It seems odd now to try and think back to a time when I was writing the entries for the struggling “no-hit Supremes” in their gawky early phase, always with one eye on the future, knowing what was to come; now, with 1966 just around the corner, I have to keep reminding myself of what the pre-’64 Motown landscape looked and sounded like, without these ladies at the top of the mountain.

Everything Is Good About You is no help at all in that regard: this one just drops fully-formed, pretty much an archetypal Supremes record for the education of anyone who last heard the group circa When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes, somehow skipped those last 18 months, and wants to know what they’ve missed in the meantime. If you distilled the essence of the Supremes’ unstoppable rise to fame, their remarkable run of singles conquering both charts and hearts, and concentrated that essence into just one song, one song to show to someone and say this, this is what the Supremes are about? That song would probably sound very much like Everything Is Good About You. Continue reading


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