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Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Join Date Mar Posts 5, Mary had talent as an artist - Flo - my beloved Flo, sadly, did not. We should perhaps start another thread regarding Florence because this one is about Mary.
IMO I don't think Son of a Preacher Man was that bad, If there were any intentions of having it released they would have did multiple takes until they had a Supremely finished product.
These songs were likely given to Mary to appease her at the time, but never any true intentions to include it on any DRATS album. Having said that we must keep in mind that everyone has different taste and that everyone does not have to agree on an opinion.
Emphasizing the word opinion. One must keep in mind that all will not agree and that's fine. I personally liked some of the songs on Flo's album like "Forever Faithful" and "Love Ain't Love" to name a few, but again overall the production was bad and from what I heard George Kerr was trying to pull a Gordy play and this automatically put things at a negative start. Flo was not about to endure that again.
Robert Bateman knew her from early Motown and came in with a different approach, thus getting better results. Finally keep in mind that no one at Motown came in as professional singers with a few exceptions , therefore most skills were learned and cultivated.
More for some than others. All one of the original Supremes had raw talent that needed cultivating. Luckily we did get to see their showmanship evolve quite a bit from the 65 Copa to the 67 Copa. But like everything else on this planet it all ends at some point. Originally Posted by RanRan Mary built a bs story about Flo's talent? How is that bs? She has an opinion just like everyone else. And lets not pretend like Mary is the only Motowner who has ever spoken very highly of Flo's voice.
But again, all opinions. I happen to prefer Florence's singing to Scherrie or Susaye any day of the week. No knock on either lady, especially Scherrie, whose voice I love, but it's just a personal preference. Florence was a great vocalist in my book, and apparently Mary's too. No BS about that. Originally Posted by CoolKatz. RanRan79 I somewhat agree. Flo and Scherrie are as different as Diana and Scherrie etc. JMC kept the Supremes image though it was becoming outdated. Mary's Supremes could have been updated but with similar women.
Not carbon copies but similar in poise , stature. This is where Otis Williams was smart and business savvy, he knew that each replacement Temptation had to bring some element from the originals in order to keep the legacy.
Scherrie and Susaye are powerhouse talents in their own right but they didn't quite fit the roles. The public had grown to expect a higher sharper pitched voice as lead singer this was accomplished with Jean Scherrie IMO belonged on broadway, as she always has an Ethel Merman broadway voice again not very Supreme like Susaye should have been solo in the Deniece Williams and Minnie Ripperton style, her riffs and solo's were off the chain but not very Supreme like Again I will emphasize that the old mold was outdated but the disco Supremes were not reconizable as Supremes at all especially vocally.
Perhaps they would have faired better under another name. The Tempts weathered this storm but I think it's because Otis kept the guys in the spirit of the originals. Originally Posted by Ollie9. Interesting points made, especially regarding the Tempations. Are you saying that owing to the publics perception of the Supremes sound, they could have only continued to be as successful as long as the lead voice was similar to Diana's?. I kind of agree, but "High Energy" did sell quite well Your comments sound a little harsh but if i'm being truthful this is my opinion as well.
Flo to me sounded great as a background singer with a stronger, more interesting tone then CB but that was it. As a solo artist, even in top form for me her voice is nothing special.It's unusual that one song can tell you everything you need to know about an album, but Son of a Preacher Man is precisely the soulful, sexy collection its titular cover rendition promises. While Nancy Wilson doesn't get quite as down and dirty as Dusty Springfield before her, the album's smooth, percolating grooves still capture the singer at her hippest.