Open main menu

Dynamite (The Supremes and the Four Tops album)

  (Redirected from Dynamite!)

Dynamite is the third and last collaborative album between labelmates The Supremes and The Four Tops, released on the Motown label in 1971. It was as commercially unsuccessful as The Magnificent 7 (1970) and The Return of the Magnificent Seven (1971), peaking at the lower hundreds of the Billboard Top 200, but contained as many good duets as those two discs. The album fared much better on the Billboard R&B charts, peaking at 21.

Dynamite
Supremes-4tops-dynamite-lp.jpg
Studio album by The Supremes and the Four Tops
ReleasedDecember 1971
Recorded1971
GenreSoul
LabelMotown
ProducerFrank Wilson
The Supremes chronology
Touch
(1971)
Dynamite
(1971)
Floy Joy
(1972)
The Four Tops chronology
The Return of the Magnificent Seven
(1971)
Dynamite
(1971)
Nature Planned It
(1972)

It includes several covers of previous hits and a few Motown originals. It opens with "It's Impossible", which had been a hit in Spanish as "Somos novios", for its composer Armando Manzanero, and later successfully covered by Perry Como and R&B group New Birth. Two of the cuts, "Hello Stranger" and "Love the One You're With", had also been hits for their composers, respectively Barbara Lewis and Stephen Stills, while the group Bread reached the top of the Easy Listening chart with "If", and both Aretha Franklin and The Ones had moderate successes with Franklin's composition "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream". Of the Motown material the album producers chose two mild hits by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You" and "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By"; "Do You Love Me Just a Little, Honey", a song co-written by Gladys Knight, Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua and Vernon Bullock; plus two compositions by Mel Larson and Jerry Marcellino: "Melodie", which had been recorded the same year by Bobby Darin, and "The Bigger You Love (The Harder You Fall)".

No singles were picked up in the United States, but one of the favorite original compositions, "Melodie" (with "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By" on the flip side), was released in New Zealand. A year later, the Four Tops parted from Motown to sign with ABC Records (today, the catalogs of both ABC and Motown are owned by Universal Music Group).

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

Contents

Track listingEdit

Side One

  1. "It's Impossible" (Armando Manzanero, Sid Wayne)
  2. "The Bigger You Love (The Harder You Fall)" (Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson)
    • Produced by Frank Wilson and Bobby Taylor
  3. "Hello Stranger" (Barbara Lewis)
    • Produced by Frank Wilson and Bobby Taylor
  4. "Love the One You're With" (Stephen Stills)
    • Produced by Frank Wilson and Bobby Taylor
  5. "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson)
    • Produced by Bobby Taylor

Side Two

  1. "Melodie" (Deke Richards, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson)
    • Produced by Frank Wilson and Bobby Taylor
  2. "If" (David Gates)
    • Produced by Bobby Taylor
  3. "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You" (Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol, Vernon Bullock)
    • Produced by Johnny Bristol
  4. "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream" (Aretha Franklin, Ted White)
  5. "Do You Love Me Just a Little, Honey" (Gladys Knight, Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol, Vernon Bullock)
    • Produced by Johnny Bristol

PersonnelEdit

Chart historyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dynamite at Allmusic