High Energy

High Energy is an album by the Supremes. It was released in May of 1976 by Motown Records.

This is the first album by the Supremes (since their 1968 album "Reflections") to include four members of the group.

The album is also notable for featuring the last Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for the group "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking."

Album BackgroundEdit

The Supremes began recording the album in December of 1975 when its lineup consisted of Scherrie Payne, Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong.

Cindy left the group in February 1976, and her replacement Susaye Greene was overdubbed on two tracks, including "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking." She also assumed lead vocal duties on the title track.

Along with Meet The Supremes and Reflections, these are the only studio albums to include four members of the group rather than the usual three ("Let the Sunshine In and Cream of the Crop both had Florence Ballard appear on a previously recorded track for each album even though she had long been dismissed from the group).

Lead vocals on the other tracks were split between original group member Mary and Scherrie.

Mary takes the lead on the album's ballads "Don't Let My Teardrops Bother You", "Till the Boat Sails Away" and "I Don't Want to Lose You."

Mary and Scherrie split the lead duties on "You're What's Missing in My Life", opening up the dance numbers "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking", "You Keep Me Moving On" and "Only You (Can Love Me Like You Love Me)" for Scherrie.

In the United States, the single reached #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 which marked the final Top 40 single release for the Supremes.

The alternate mixes of "High Energy" and of "Don't Let My Teardrops Bother You" appeared on the Supremes' The '70s Anthology compilation.

The song "Room at the Top" was also recorded during the sessions, but Eddie Holland felt that the song didn't fit with the feel of the remainder of the album. This track also surfaced on The 70s Anthology.

Scherrie Payne was the original lead vocalist on the title track "High Energy," however, her vocal take has yet to be found.

Scherrie has also stated that Cindy Birdsong also recorded a lead vocal for "High Energy," but her version has yet to be found as well.

On May 17, 2011, the entire album was released for the first time on CD on the three-disc set "Let Yourself Go: The '70s Albums, Vol 2 – 1974–1977: The Final Sessions" which also includes the complete album in a different mix by Russ Terrana.


Side One

  1. "High Energy" (Harold Beatty, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr.) (5:25)
  2. "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking" (Beatty, B. Holland, E. Holland, Jr.) (3:33)
  3. "Only You (Can Love Me Like You Love Me)" (Beatty, B. Holland, E. Holland, Jr.) (3:04)
  4. "You Keep Me Moving On" (B. Holland, E. Holland, Jr., Richard Davis, Hugh Wyche) (3:35)

Side Two

  1. "Don't Let My Teardrops Bother You" (B. Holland, Lamont Dozier, E. Holland, Jr., Richard "Popcorn" Wylie) (4:59)
  2. "Till the Boat Sails Away" (Barry Payne, Beatty, B. Holland, E. Holland, Jr.)/"I Don't Want To Lose You" (Thom Bell, Linda Creed) (8:03)
  3. "You're What's Missing in My Life" (Beatty, B. Holland, E. Holland, Jr.) (3:56)

Chart PerformanceEdit

Name Chart (1976) Peak position
High Energy U.S. Billboard 200 42
U.S. Billboard R&B Albums Chart 24

Album PersonnelEdit

  • Scherrie Payne: lead and backing vocals
  • Mary Wilson: lead and backing vocals
  • Cindy Birdsong: lead and backing vocals
  • Susaye Greene: lead vocals on "High Energy" and "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do The Walking"
  • Brian Holland: producer
  • Edward Holland, Jr.: executive producer