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Sophisicated soul masterpiece~Bravo Mary Wells!
on November 19, 2012
Mesmerizing Mary Wells hit new artistic and performance heights with 20th Century Fox "Mary Wells" debut Lp after Motown exit from "My Guy" mega-hit high, had radio given deserved exposure to soulful & magnificent crown jewel "Never, Never Leave Me", rhythmic gem "Use Your Head", hypnotic & sensual "Ain't It The Truth", latinesque "He's A Lover" or intoxicating "Everlovin' Boy", Mary Wells would no doubt still be around doing it in grand style today, a rumored radio ban discussed in excellent accompanied liner notes, after highly publicized Motown exit on her music appeared to be what killed her career off with lighting speed, even though maturity and artistic growth dramatically elevated quality of post-Motown recordings as this stunning collection clearly documents, contrary to inane propaganda reported in the media over the years erroneously stating quality of her work diminished after leaving the Detroit label. Ultra-cool classic gem "Ain't It The Truth" featuring jazz-tinged hip finger snapping motif with complex & unique rhythmic changes is a killer track, rich & hypnotic Mary Wells vocal kicked it up a notch higher from Motown output, stretching her amazing gift on these highly enjoyable tracks to dazzling new heights, fans wore out numerous old vinyl copies of that unforgettable striking red cover Lp filled with should have been hits, captivating cover shot of Mary Wells looking sensational and sounding ready to hit new heights in her career, this beautifully arranged stellar release filled with great songs & incredible performances should have done it for the legendary lady, now thankfully beautifully packaged and remastered to perfection in crystal clear sound. Each and every soulful gem contained in original "Mary Wells" Lp is smoldering sensual silk & soul singing at its finest, exceptional lead songs mentioned would have all easily gone "Top Ten" or to the very top of the charts, this tremendous debut album should have won multiple "Grammy Awards" as it is one of the all-time greatest Pop/Soul albums from any Female Vocalist throughout the great musical sixties, truly a remarkable vocal masterpiece with bonus tracks at the same high level of quality blending perfectly to create a timeless collection of richly entertaining memorable performances...clearly Mary Wells deserving to be inducted to "The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame" is long overdue & what are they waiting for? Thankfully now with this banner release including highly sought after & hard to find "Love Songs To The Beatles" Lp, all Mary Wells stellar mid-sixties 20th Century Fox recording output is out there for lovers of this great singer to savor and enjoy over and over again for years to come. Inviting Mary Wells to share the bill with "The Beatles" on a European tour had to be an exhilarating honor and experience, at this time "The Beatles" very publicly named Mary Wells their favorite singer which must have generated her winning tribute Lp to the "Fab Four"...RIP sweet soulful lady, you are loved and missed by many.