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Complete 20th Century Fox Recordings Import

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Digitally remastered two CD collection of recordings from the late, great Soul vocalist originally taped for the 20th Century Fox label between 1964 and 1965. Included are her label debut, the self-titled Mary Wells plus six bonus tracks (which were originally released on a 1996 US compilation); and for the first time on CD worldwide, the 1965 album Love Songs to the Beatles. Mary Wells was Motown's first female major chart maker, racking up hits for the label that included 'Bye Bye Baby,' 'You Beat Me to the Punch,' 'Two Lovers' and the all-time classic 'My Guy.' in 1964, she made a dramatic move to 20th Century Fox Records, the first internationally-known Motown artist to do so. 20th Century Fox - while not known as an R&B label - saw Mary as an important addition to their roster and immediately had her begin work on her all-important first LP for the company. Producers included Carl Davis, Bob Bateman and Andre Williams; the resulting album yielded five R&B chart hits for Mary.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Never, Never Leave Me
  2. He's a Lover
  3. Stop Takin' Me for Granted
  4. Use Your Head
  5. We're Just Two of a Kind
  6. My Mind's Made Up
  7. Why Don't You Let Yourself Go
  8. Everlovin' Boy
  9. Ain't It the Truth
  10. He's Good Enough for Me
  11. How Can I Forget Him
  12. Time After Time
  13. Jive Guy
  14. Me Without You
  15. I'm Learnin'
  16. I'm Sorry
  17. Say What You Gotta Say
  18. Memories Are Creepin' Up on Me
  19. He Loves You
  20. All My Lovin'
  21. Please Please Me
  22. Do You Want to Know a Secret
  23. Can't Buy Me Love
  24. I Should Have Known Better
  25. Help
  26. Eight Days a Week
  27. And I Love Him
  28. Ticket to Ride
  29. Yesterday
  30. Yesterday
  31. I Saw Him Standing There


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ais
  • ASIN: B0093N2XKK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Bradly Briggs VINE VOICE on November 19, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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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.
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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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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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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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