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My Guy: Best of Mary Wells Import

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Hit after hit of Motown-oriented soul music.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Two Lovers
  2. You Beat Me To The Punch
  3. Oh Little Boy What Did You Do To Me
  4. What's Easy For Two Is Hard For One
  5. What Love Has Joined Together
  6. You Lost The Sweetest Boy
  7. My Guy
  8. The One Who Really Loves You
  9. Old Love, Let's Try Again
  10. I'm A Lady
  11. Make Up, Break Up
  12. I Feel For You
  13. To Feel Your Love
  14. Money Talks

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 2, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: AIM RECORDS
  • ASIN: B0000020TS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"My Guy," of course, was indisputably Mary Wells greatest hit. It was the summit of Smokey Robinson's two years-plus work with Wells as her chief producer and, by the spring of 1964, he perhaps knew instinctively what material was exactly perfect for her. In 2004 the song will be forty years old but even now when you hear it start up on the radio it is the aural breeze to your heart via your ears that is was then. Indicative of his genius, by the way, is that fact that Smokey came up with the equivalent male perspective of passionate new love less than a year later ("My Girl").
In June 1964, this LP didn't need anymore than its single monster hit to succeed. It wasn't the quality of the record, but other reasons, that kept it from spawning more. Egged on by her then-husband Herman Griffin, as well as a vague promise of movie work, Twentieth Century Fox Records had Mary thinking the grass was greener elsewhere. Then 21, she renounced her Motown contract and, after some courtroom scrimmaging, she was free. Subsequent history (and chart numbers) suggests it was one of the worst career decisions in pop music.
Motown, I suppose, could hardly be blamed for not releasing any lame duck Wells' singles whose success would only have bolstered Mary's career stock for some other company. Tracks one through six of this disc (the 'in-house' material), as well as many of the tracks that subsequently saw the light of day on her 1994 "Looking Back" double-CD package, suggest there were a lot of Mary Wells' singles in the pipeline.
On this disc there's Holland-Dozier-Holland's "He Holds His Own" and "Whisper You Love Me Boy." This famous production trio had already proven with "You Lost The Sweetest Boy" that they could get hits on Wells.
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These are not original tracks.

These are remakes of the original.

If you are looking for original Mary Wells

songs as I was, Do Not purchase this CD.

These are remakes of the original.
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If you buy this CD looking for Mary Wells' Original Motown Hits: YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED, BECAUSE TRACKS #1 THRU 7 ARE RE-RECORDINGS. That said...It's a shame that Mary Wells was ill advised to leave Motown at her peak. What history shows us of these recordings is that she had an impecable voice that was so wonderful & especially suited to 60's Pop/Soul Genre.
I bought the CD mainly for her Jubilee Record label minor Hit "The Doctor" (BILLBOARD TOP POP #65 & TOP R & B # 22) & the somewhat sequel to "Two Lovers"... "Two Lovers History" which was the flip side of the 45 Single "The Doctor". Also was great to hear Mary do her versions of Jay & The Techniques song "Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie, other artist's hits "Stag-O- Lee" & "Sunny".
As a Music Collector, I hate Re-Recordings if I want the originals, but I knew these First 7 tracks to be re-recordings so I was very happy to hear her updated versions of her Motown hits. Are they as good as the original? Well, How can you beat the Original Motown Classics? BUT, the re-records show that Mary's Voice was always "On Top Of Her Game", I for one am saddened that we lost her so young and that she didn't get the credit she deserved for her later recordings. Some say Berry Gordy pulled strings to keep her songs, after Motown, off the Radio playlists, others have felt Radio DJ's themselves felt Mary betrayed Motown for leaving & refused to play. Whatever the reason These recordings show that Mary Wells was an Incredible talent that deserved more respect in her later years. If your a true Mary Wells fan, know those first 7 tracks are Re-Recordings, I think you'll be VERY Happy with This Cd. I know I am.
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