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Complete 20th Century Fox Recordings
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
I've been a huge Mary Wells fan since the summer of '64, and so I own just about everything I can get my hands on (Motown Records, where is her "Live On Stage" album on CD??) I believe that in the period of the mid-60s she truly came into her own. Her last Motown album, "Mary Wells Sings My Guy" was by far the best album she recorded during her tenure there. Smokey Robinson was settling into a groove with her (which he later perfected with the marvelous Marvelettes) and she handles contemporary and standard material on that album like a pro... a beautiful pro.

When she moved to 20th Century Fox, I believe her next album was simply better yet. Her debut release, the red-covered "Mary Wells" was a wonderful album! "Never, Never Leave Me", "Use Your Head", and "Everloving Boy" are about the best songs and arrangements she ever did. Flawless voice, if you like smooth and silky; and it seems to exude her own distinctive personality. She followed it up with a jazzy/adult contemporary take on the popular Beatles tunes, titled "Mary Wells Sings Love Songs to the Beatles". They're mostly big-band-ish and very fun, if you like that sort of thing.

David Nathan released the first 20th Century Fox album on Ichiban Classics in 1996, and it was very good. Now on his Soul Music record label, we get all of her material for the label, along with original artwork. Like the earlier re-release, we get the six additonal songs she offered that didn't make it onto an album, and they're all very good. I highly, highly recommend purchasing this!

Her next recording venture was for Atco Records, "The Two Sides of Mary Wells", taking her own shot at contemporary rock and roll on side one, and standards and music-for-movies on side two. This, too, is available on CD and may be her best recording of all.

In short: get "Mary Wells Sings My Guy", "The Complete 20th Century Fox Recordings", and "The Two Sides of Mary Wells" any way you can. Soul singing was never sweeter, and I wish she could've continued on and on for many years to come...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2013
I was pleasantly surprised to hear these recordings. I have several of her Motown albums on CD, but I had never really delved into the post-Motown era. I was especailly surprised by the Beatles album. The arrangements are fabulous! And her voice is superb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2012
There seems to me a resurgence of interest in Mary Wells, a biography, an episode of "Unsung" and not at long last "Love Songs to the Beatles." While the other tracks have been issued previously on CD, only select Lennon/McCartney tunes have seen the light of day. I remember not liking the lp when I first heard it. The arrangements are very 1965 adult easy listening. But it has grown on me over the years and become a favorite. The beauty of the Beatles is their songs were wonderful but different, whether they were performed by Earth Wind and Fire or Bing Crosby -- okay, maybe not Bing Crosby.
'All My Loving" and "Eight Days a Week" are my favorites. Too bad they didn't include in the artwork the 1964 Jet Magazine cover story "What the Beatles Learned From Negroes."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2013
I loved it,i really enjoyed this,Mary Wells cd's i really liked,and the cd Love Songs,i never the album before,i really enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2013
Had an older cd of this, not the Beatles Album, but the Mary Wells. This is a Better digital copy. Sounds so Good.
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on March 2, 2015
First off, I'm nuts about Mary Wells. Wasn't always, but recently rediscovered her mainly thru her Motown songbook REISSUES. It was then I realized how good of a singer she was and I really loved her interpretation of several "other Motown Acts" songs. So I gave this a try to see what she did after she left Motown. I really like it. In some ways, the first CD / LP is very similar to her Motown output. Still the same great voice and some nice songs and arrangements. It works well. But I really liked how she handled the Beatles material. I'm a big Beatles fan as well, and I love how she interpreted their songs. A very different style than I expected. A bit more jazzier and not so "pop-ish". She made them her own and I like that. She didn't just mimic their style but came up with her own and for that reason - it's one CD to own. In fact, I found the vinyl LP on ebay and make it part of my LP collection. Definitely worth the purchase.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2013
Excellent music for fans of sixties pop. The albums failed due to 20th's lack of promotional or distribution prowess, not due to the music quality. The Lennon-McCartney tunes - pitched to a more 'adult' audience rather than teens - hold up particularly well.
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on October 16, 2014
Great voice sadly overlooked after her Motown years.
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2013
I thought it would have all of Mary Wells hits, it did not
I was really disappointed. if I hadn't opened it I would have returned it!!
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