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The Return of the Magnificent Seven

The Return of the Magnificent Seven
Studio album by The Supremes and The Four Tops
Released July 1971
Recorded 1970
Genre Soul
Label Motown
MS 736
Producer Frank Wilson
The Supremes chronology
New Ways but Love Stays
(1970)
The Return of the Magnificent Seven
(1971)
Touch
(1971)
The Four Tops chronology
The Magnificent 7
(1970)
The Return of the Magnificent Seven
(1971)
Dynamite
(1971)
Professional ratings
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The Return of the Magnificent Seven is the second collaborative album between Motown label mates The Supremes and Four Tops, released in 1971. The production only featured two covers compared to their first album together, The Magnificent 7, that included more than eight. Although the three albums the Supremes recorded with the Four Tops did not match the commercial success of the Supremes/Temptations duet albums (ironically loaded with covers), what they did have instead were original tunes, soulful lead vocals by Jean Terrell and Levi Stubbs and high production values in terms of arrangements and orchestration.

This second release is probably the best of the three Supremes/Four Tops albums. It includes two early songs by Dino Fekaris (who would go on to compose "I Will Survive") and Nick Zesses that were released as singles: "You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart" (in the United States, United Kingdom, West Germany, Italy and Netherlands) and "I'll Try Not to Cry" (in France and Netherlands). Both songs were produced by Clay McMurray and had on their flip sides tunes by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson: respectively, the romantic ballad "I'm Glad About It" and the up-tempo, Latin-flavored "One More Bridge to Cross", a typical Ashford & Simpson song with a social commentary. McMurray also produced Tom Baird's "I Wonder Where We're Going" (sung almost collectively by the seven singers) and his own composition, "Where Would I Be Without You Baby". Veteran producer Henry Cosby was in charge of a cover of Petula Clark's hit "Call Me" (written by Tony Hatch); a smooth love song of his own, "If You Could See Me Now", and a third contribution by Zesses and Fekaris, the ballad "Let's Make Love Now". Johnny Bristol produced a remake of Tammi Terrell's solo hit, "I Can't Believe You Love Me", and Bobby Taylor closed the album with a happy ballad about puzzling lovers, written by Pam Sawyer and Gloria Jones, "What Do You Have to Do (To Stay on the Right Side of Love)", also featuring solo vocals by Mary Wilson.

A collection of compositions handled with the expertise of the Motown production machine, supervised by late Rev. Frank Wilson.

Track listing

  1. "You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart"
  2. "I Wonder Where We're Going"
  3. "Call Me"
  4. "One More Bridge to Cross"
  5. "If You Could See Me Now"
  6. "I'll Try Not to Cry"
  7. "I'm Glad About It"
  8. "Let's Make Love Now"
  9. "I Can't Believe You Love Me"
  10. "Where Would I Be Without You Baby"
  11. "What Do You Have to Do (To Stay on the Right Side of Love)"

Personnel

Chart history

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U.S. Billboard 200 154
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