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Just We Two

Edwin StarrAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (December 1, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1969
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • ASIN: B000BQ4MY8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Duet albums have long been a staple of the Motown catalogue, with such classic pairings as Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Marvin and Mary Wells, Marvin and Kim Weston, Marvin and Diana Ross, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, and Billy Preston and Syreeta. In 1969, Edwin Starr was blazing, just coming off the hit 25 Miles album, a good time to try to see if the company could capture the magic of some of the label's other pairings. Saundra "Blinky" Williams had grown up in Los Angeles the daughter of a pastor, and she had been active in curch choirs since the age of six. She debuted on Motown with the single "I Wouldn't Change The Man He Is," in 1968, and she was tapped as one of the label's future stars. Unfortunately, most of her solo work, save for a few singles, remains unreleased. Among fans Blinky is renowned for her appearance in the film and soundtrack of Lady Sings The Blues, the Billie Holiday bio-pic starring Diana Ross. The album opens up with a soulful rendition of "You've Made Me So Very Happy," a #2 hit for Blood, Sweat and Tears earlier in the year that was itself a cover of a Motown original by Brenda Holloway, and it concludes with the Smokey Robinson classic, "Ooo Baby Baby." One particular standout in between is a new version of "Oh How Happy," which was written by Starr under his given name of Charles Hatcher for the group Shades Of Blue in 1966. The cute duet grazed the lower reaches of the Hot 100 in the summer of 1969. Starr went on to record his signature hit, "War," the following year, so it's not a surprise that the pairing was so short-lived. But the reasoning behind the mass of powerhouse, unissued Blinky recordings remains one of Motown's many mysteries.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, excellent, excellent! October 18, 2005
By rollo
Format:Audio CD
This record is one of the greatest records that Motown ever put out. I know that it was never a big hit but the truth is that the Motown B sides were usually better than the hit sides. The Funk Brothers band is really kicking on this record, especially James Jamerson the bass player. Edwin Starr and Blinky Williams are singing their hearts out here. Great selection of songs, first rate arrangements, and 24 bit stereo remastering to boot. Real soul satisfaction. They only pressed 5000 of these so you real soul fans know what to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motown Ever Best Album! May 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you like Motown music you really have to get this album.

Every number on this album is a truly gem.

I'm happy that I've got this album now on cd.

Be quick because there are only 5000 copies in the world.

Motown Forever!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable! March 19, 2006
By MC_5
Format:Audio CD
I can't imagine how a great album like this was left unreleased for so long. It's amazing that Motown releases 20 Supremes greatest hits album every year, but there are pairings like this that are left in the vaults!

"Just We Two" is a lot funkier and soulful than the other famous Motown pairings, but still has that distinctive universal appeal of Motown. Both Edwin and Blinky were blessed with strong voices that complement each other while standing out on their own. Personally, I enjoy this album more than I enjoy my Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell albums, and that is saying SOMETHING!! The only track I wasn't too fond of was Ooh, Baby Baby, but I have never liked that song that much so I suppose I'll be in the minority about that. Final advice? Grab this album! It's Motown all over, and if you dig the Supremes, Marvin, Stevie, the Temptations, you'll regret not getting this.

Track listing:

1. You've Made Me So Very Happy

2. I'm So Thankful

3. Oh How Happy

4. Let It Be Me

5. I'm Glad You Belong To Me

6. I'll Understand

7. We'll Find A Way

8. Sweet Joy Of Life

9. Can't We Be Strangers Again

10. I See A Rainbow

11. Ooo Baby Baby
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