Recording information: Hitsville USA Studio, Detroit.
Illustrators: Lars Nilsson; Malcolm Baumgart; David Bell; Roger Armstrong; Mick Patrick.
This two-fer compilation collects Motown superstar Mary Wells' second and third albums, 1962's The One Who Really Loves You and 1963's Two Lovers. The collection's 20 tracks are Wells at her absolute prime, and reflect the highest points of Motown's early days. Still moving toward the soul-pop sound of the Supremes and the Temptations, these early albums were more rooted in smoky R&B with pop undertones. Huge hits like "You Beat Me to the Punch," "The One Who Really Loves You," and the classic "Two Lovers" sit among other scorching tracks, with Wells' soaring voice riding the dynamic waves of heartbreak and devotion on every song. ~ Fred Thomas