- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: Universal Music MCAD-38526 (1994)
Description by OLDIES.com:
A budget-priced 11-track collection of Motown favorites from Mary Wells. All original recordings.
- 1. You Beat Me To The Punch
- 2. Two Lovers
- 3. My Guy
- 4. I Only Have Eyes For You
- 5. I'll Still Be Around
- 6. He's The One I Love
- 7. Operator
- 8. Laughing Boy
- 9. Guess Who
- 10. How? When My Heart Belongs To You
- 11. Everybody Needs Love
This is part of ESX Entertainment's Motown Legends series.
The Mary Wells edition of the MOTOWN LEGENDS series contains some of the singer's biggest hits, including the smoothly grooving "You Beat Me to the Punch," the shy-and-sexy "Two Lovers," and "My Guy," Wells's signature song. It is interesting to note that Smokey Robinson penned each of these three songs and four other tunes on this 11-track compilation. Wells's music also benefited greatly from Robinson's production, and her vocal style, perhaps not coincidentally, recalls Robinson's in its high, breathy embellishments.
Wells's sound embodied the Motown aesthetic--smooth soul-pop that married R&B traditions with pop hooks and a high-gloss production that ensured commercial success. And tunes like "Operator" and "Everybody Needs Love," in their instrumentation and overall execution, in addition to representing classic Motown, are little pop gems. Wells's place in the Motown story is sometimes overlooked, but this collection reminds listeners that such an oversight is a mistake.
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Music Lover: James Dugan
CLEMENTON, NJ US
-- November, 17, 2008
The late Mary Wells, The First Lady of Motown, left Motown Records in 1964 for Atco Records. Before she left, she gave Motown a great recording, "He's The One I Love," included in this CD. It's a great record, and a should have been hit, but Motown didn't promote the record, and it was never heard. This CD gives you another chance. It is great!