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The sounds of the Supremes - Marine Hall, Fleetwood

A sparse but enthusiastic audience enjoyed the classics and standards from the Motown era.

The Sound of the Supremes, formed in 1989, and fronted by Kaaren Ragland presented a non-stop, energetic and at times frenetic performance of hits made famous by the original girl chart toppers such as Baby Love, Stop in the Name of Love, Reflections and Mary Wells’ ever popular My Guy.

Unfortunately their movements resembled a keep fit class and the stage set was like a cafe or TV commercial for Volvic with bottled water and towels in full view – hardly something the original Supremes would have done. The backing musicians, although well rehearsed, at times overpowered the voices particularly in the opening numbers. All three did have powerful solo voices but some of their harmonies were lacking.

The rhythmic numbers inspired one young lady to dance in the first half but several people were on their feet jiving in the second half. Unfortunately far from the advertised “two hours of non-stop hits” the show featured just two 35 minute spots. Hardly good value.