*Diana Ross fans are getting a second Christmas present this year!
On the heels of the long-awaited, successful release of Diana Ross Sings Songs From The Wiz, Motown Universal is releasing a remastered, expanded version of The Supremes’ classic Merry Christmas album.
In addition to the original mono and subsequently released stereo version of the 1965 album, this reissue delivers bonus tracks including a never-before-heard version of “Silver Bells” that features an additional verse, the rare “Lonely Lonely Christmas”, and a prized version of “Silent Night” that features Florence Ballard on lead vocals. The album also includes a previously unreleased live version of “My Favorite Things” from a 1967 concert at the legendary Copa. The show was one of the final concerts by the original Supremes lineup, before Cindy Birdsong joined the rechristened Diana Ross & the Supremes.
Ross’ sublime vocals are front and center — as they should be! — on this crisp remaster. I’d never heard the mono versions of this album (As Ross famously said during her legendary Central Park concert, “I was only two when I started…), so I was shocked to hear how different they are from the stereo mixes I grew up with.
With the robust initial sales of the digital Diana Ross Sings Songs From The Wiz, which was released last week in time for NBC’s live broadcast of a new production, this expanded version of the holiday chestnut is sure to please Ross, Motown, and classic R & B fans.
Merry Christmas is scheduled to be released on iTunes, Amazon and all digital platforms on December 4.