It’s amazing how a song can evolved even after you’ve released it, and it’s been a hit.
Compare it with Diana Ross‘ solo version released in 1970.
Interesting that Motown boss Berry Gordy had no faith in this version and only released it as a single after radio stations started making their own single edits.
A similar thing happened with I Heard It Through The Grapevine recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles in 1966 and Marvin Gaye in 1967 (both rejected by Berry Gordy) it was finally a no2 hit for Gladys Knight & the Pips before Gaye’s version was released in 1968 as an album cut. Eventually persuaded by Radio DJs to release it as a single it became Motown’s biggest selling record up to that point.
What’s the lesson? Berry Gordy’s bad at spotting a great single? Probably not. Maybe that there’s a lot of ways you can record a song – providing it’s a great song in the first place…