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The Best of Mary Wells - The Millennium Collection [Single]

Mary WellsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 26, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B00002DDPI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the earliest Motown stars! Here are her '60s smashes My Guy; Two Lovers; The One Who Really Loves You; You Beat Me to the Punch; Laughing Boy; I Don't Want to Take a Chance; Bye Bye Baby , and more.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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In 1964, the year the Beatles led the British Invasion Mary Wells was Motown's biggest star and had a #1 hit with the classic "My Guy." That would end up changing, not because of the Beatles, but because of Diana Ross and the Supremes, who would have three #1 hits at the end of the year and become the second biggest hit makers on the planet. Then there was Wells' decision to leave Motown for 20th Century Fox, after which her career was nowhere near the same. Given she was only 21 when "My Guy" hit the top of the charts, this "20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection" for Mary Wells cannot help but engender thoughts of what might have been.

Mary Wells became a star when Barry Gordy signed her as a teenager and she had her first Motown hit, "Bye Bye Baby" (#45 on the Billboard Pop charts, although most of her songs always charted better on the R&B charts). This collection includes three other Top 10 hits, all of which were written and produced by Smokey Robinson: "The One Who Really Loves You" (#8), "You Beat Me to the Punch" (#9), and "Two Lovers" (#7). In fact, Robinson wrote the first seven tracks on this album, which includes "Laughing Boy" (#15). "I Don't Want to Take a Chance" (#33), "Once Upon a Time" (#19) and "You Lost the Sweetest Boy" (#22) are also pretty good.

With her soft voice, Mary Wells was a soul singer who could sound both shy and sexy at the same time. However, with only eleven tracks this is a less than satisfying collection, because it is missing some hits, such as "What's the Matter With You Baby" (#17). The 2-disc set "Looking Back 1961-1964," put out by Motown, would be the much better choice for her fans. However, for the casual fan who would like to have more than "My Guy," this "Millennium Collection" certainly fulfills the minimum Mary Wells requirement.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 20TH CENTURY MASTER = MARY WELLS February 25, 2004
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This soulful legendary lady was Motown's 1st Superstar who had hit after hit and this wonderful collection shows clearly why Mary Wells should be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame!! Mary wrote her first hit the raw and gritty "Bye Bye Baby" which launched a career that built Motown in the early days and was quickly followed by classics such as "Two Lovers" and "The One Who Really Loves You". Mary continued turning out lots of hits and the variety of these were really amazing!!! From her sultry numbers to soulful rhythm cookers such as "You Lost The Sweetest Boy" and "What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One", Mary Wells was a major hit maker who continued with this quality all the way through the eighties with her last major label release on Epic Records "In And Out OF Love" still timeless in its beauty and deserving to be released on CD!! Though for some strange reason radio seemed to refuse to play Mary's records after leaving Motown Records, "Gigolo" was a major dance hit from her last release and still sounds great today!!! The mega-hit "My Guy" sounds timeless today in all its glory here and could be a hit all over again today. Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells duet hit "Once Upon A Time" is another song of great beauty and this solid sampler shows that Mary Wells was a once in a lifetime classic whose talent still shines bright today. The music industry needs to give this lady her just due...it's overdue!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive but too limited; better choices available February 12, 2013
By QIOMD
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Mary Wells' story is well known to Motown fans. The first soul diva and Motown breakthrough, she was at the height of her success (My Guy) when an offer for a big advance - not matched by Motown Pres Barry Gordy - lured her away. The short, sad story is that she never achieved such success again.

Her release history also is checkered. Motown/Universal have released many best of sets that I know of, and there are others from Europe. Motown/Universal compilations include "Looking Back" (Motown Masters Series, 1993, 2CD, 43 cuts; "The Ultimate Collection", 1998, 24 cuts; "The Millennium Collection", 1999, 11 cuts; and "The Definitive Collection", 2008, 18 cuts.

This one, "The Millennium Collection" is inexpensive, but is totally hits focused and misses the better sides of Ultimate or Definitive, or the mother lode of Looking Back.

Wells is so good at what she did that I have to rate this one as not worth the time or (even though cheap) the money.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite five stars... July 4, 2001
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This compact compilation comes so very close to being a 5-star collection in spite of its meager 11 tracks. The inclusion of just one more tune, Wells' duet with Marvin Gaye "What's The Matter With You Baby" would have put it over the top and made this a top-notch, no-filler CD. The omission of this top-20 song is all the more frustrating considering that it's B-side, "Once Upon A Time" rightfully appears here.

That point aside, this is an all-hits collection of Mary Wells' Motown recordings. Once Wells was teamed up with Smokey Robinson, their combined output catapulted Motown into the spotlight. Robinson's incredible talent with lyrics and production and Well's maturing style culminated in the all-time classic chart-topper "My Guy". While the Robinson-Wells combo produced some outstanding tunes, Wells was also able to handle the up-and-coming powerhouse writing talents of Holland-Dozier-Holland as evident in the pounding "You Lost The Sweetest Boy". While it is doubtful Wells could have ever surpassed the supreme accomplishment of "My Guy", with Robinson and the Holland-Dozier-Holland team behind her, there is no telling the heights she could have reached had she not bolted Motown at the apex of her career. But that was not to be and this collection does provide the cream of the Wells Motown crop.

Sound quality is reasonably good exhibiting the sometimes typically muddy sound of Motown recordings with some tracks noticeably hissy. All cuts here except nine are the stereo versions. Included is an 8-page flopover liner notes booklet with a brief musical biography.

For the basic, hits-only purchaser, this is one of the best of the lot.
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Published 3 days ago by LPD
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If you like the oldies but goodies your going to love her. Had the vinyl 25 years ago, classic Mary Wells. It never gets old.
Published 2 months ago by Wolfie 13
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my music collections !!
This great CD of Mary Wells brings back a lot of happy memories of listening to Mary years ago. It is well made a good selection of songs. Read more
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I sing and dance and just feel good. The music takes me back to better days. The best of times with Mary Wells.
Published 4 months ago by Deborah Rakowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Most all of her favorites are on this cd!
I was trying to organize my cd collection and fortunately found this great selection of Mary Wells songs. Read more
Published 4 months ago by IslandSandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Slinky and sultry Mary Wells!
She was one of the first Motown girl singers. Great voice,super songs.Everybody remembers "My Guy"a tremendous hit in 1964. Enjoy!
Published 4 months ago by royal candace
5.0 out of 5 stars review cd
mary wells was at her peak when I was in high school.her song were all so good.we would dane at.school dances,she is a class
lady.
Published 5 months ago by clemmon stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
This is definitely a classic! After reading the book, I had to have this. I keep listening to it over and over again!!!
Published 5 months ago by Mz Dreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Star
I consider Mary Wells as on the great female R&B Singers of all times.I really enjoy these two CD,they are a treasure.
Published 11 months ago by LONNIE
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Wells was just one of the best artist I've ever heard.
Her voice was amazing. A professional, beautiful women. We loved her but God loves her the best. Thank you Mary!
Published 12 months ago by Mosella A. Harris
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