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(Motown Records) 43 tracks, remastered from the original mono masters, 19-page booklet, essay by... more

Mary Wells: Looking Back 1961-1964 (2-CD)

(Motown Records) 43 tracks, remastered from the original mono masters, 19-page booklet, essay by David Ritz

Article properties: Mary Wells: Looking Back 1961-1964 (2-CD)

  • Interpret: Mary Wells

  • Album titlle: Looking Back 1961-1964 (2-CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 1993
  • Label Motown Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0737463625326

  • weight in Kg 0.28
Wells, Mary - Looking Back 1961-1964 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Bye Bye Baby
02 Come To Me
03 (You Can) Depend On Me
04 I Don't Want To Take A Chance
05 Bad Boy
06 I Love The Way You Love
07 Strange Love
08 The One Who Really Loves You
09 When Your Lover Comes Back
10 The Day Will Come
11 You Beat Me To The Punch
12 Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right
13 I've Got A Story
14 You're My Desire
15 She Don't Love You
16 Two Lovers
17 Operator
18 To Lose You
19 Laughing Boy
20 Looking Back
21 What Love Has Joined Together
Wells, Mary - Looking Back 1961-1964 (2-CD) CD 2
01 I Want You 'round
02 Your Old Stand By
03 Forgive And Forget
04 What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One
05 You Lost The Sweetest Boy
06 My Heart Is Like A Clock
07 My Guy
08 He's The One I Love
09 Does He Love Me
10 My World Of Dreams
11 Once Upon A Time
12 Whisper You Love Me Boy
13 Can You Fix It (My Broken Heart)
14 What's The Matter With You Baby
15 Guarantee (For A Lifetime)
16 One Block From Heaven
17 Goodbye And Good Luck
18 Prove It
19 When I'm Gone
20 Honey Boy
21 Teach Me Tonight
22 Everybody Needs Love
Mary Wells My Guy Mary Wells My Guy Ever since Smokey Robinson took over the... more
"Mary Wells"

Mary Wells

My Guy

Mary Wells

My Guy

Ever since Smokey Robinson took over the production reins for Motown queen Mary Wells' output, the precocious chanteuse could do no wrong. Under Smokey's creative control, Wells posted three 1962 smashes, The One Who Really Loves You, You Beat Me To The Punch, and the coy Two Lovers, all employing refreshing Caribbean-tinged rhythms. 1963 kept the momentum rolling as Mary cooed Smokey's Laughing Boy, Your Old Standby, and What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One, while Holland-Dozier-Holland wrote the hit You Lost The Sweetest Boy on the opposite side of the latter. 

But Smokey saved his best for last: My Guy gave Wells her long-awaited number one pop hit (R&B too). Wells was more seductive than ever after the stately horn intro, lifted directly from Eddie Heywood's Canadian Sunset. Bassist James Jamerson is incredible throughout but especially on the last breaks, while the Andantes, Motown's indispensable trio of female backing vocalists, add sassy retorts. Motown boss Berry Gordy appreciated their role in the tune's success. "He gave us a bonus of $500," says The Andantes' Louvain Demps. "That was the first bonus we ever got!" 

But there were storm clouds looming. Despite the mammoth success of My Guy and Mary's concurrent double-sided hit duet with Marvin Gaye, Wells' husband Herman Griffin, a former Motown artist, apparently persuaded Mary that she could do better elsewhere. Because she signed her contract prior to her 21st birthday, Mary managed to slip free, inking a pact with 20th Century Fox Records. It was a major tactical error. Wells managed a handful of decent sellers for the label and a #6 R&B entry on Atco in 1966 with Dear Lover (produced by Carl Davis), but she never scaled the heights she had at Hitsville.  Mary ended up on the oldies circuit until throat cancer robbed her of her most precious possession. She died at 49 on July 26, 1992.

- Bill Dahl -

Various - Sweet Soul Music

31 Scorching Classics From 1964

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Tracklist
Wells, Mary - Looking Back 1961-1964 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Bye Bye Baby
02 Come To Me
03 (You Can) Depend On Me
04 I Don't Want To Take A Chance
05 Bad Boy
06 I Love The Way You Love
07 Strange Love
08 The One Who Really Loves You
09 When Your Lover Comes Back
10 The Day Will Come
11 You Beat Me To The Punch
12 Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right
13 I've Got A Story
14 You're My Desire
15 She Don't Love You
16 Two Lovers
17 Operator
18 To Lose You
19 Laughing Boy
20 Looking Back
21 What Love Has Joined Together
Wells, Mary - Looking Back 1961-1964 (2-CD) CD 2
01 I Want You 'round
02 Your Old Stand By
03 Forgive And Forget
04 What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One
05 You Lost The Sweetest Boy
06 My Heart Is Like A Clock
07 My Guy
08 He's The One I Love
09 Does He Love Me
10 My World Of Dreams
11 Once Upon A Time
12 Whisper You Love Me Boy
13 Can You Fix It (My Broken Heart)
14 What's The Matter With You Baby
15 Guarantee (For A Lifetime)
16 One Block From Heaven
17 Goodbye And Good Luck
18 Prove It
19 When I'm Gone
20 Honey Boy
21 Teach Me Tonight
22 Everybody Needs Love