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Mary Wells The Early Years: Complete Motown Releases 1960-62

Mary Wells The Early Years: Complete Motown Releases 1960-62

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Mary Wells occupies a unique niche in pop music in that she was the first female artist on any of Motown’s labels to have a hit record, and she remained as the vanguard in that regard until leaving the label in 1964, her hits during those years helping to define the Motown sound and style. Starting out as a budding songwriter and singer in Detroit, when she was 17 years old, she approached label founder Berry Gordy Jr. with a song she had written for Jackie Wilson – hearing her voice, he signed her on the spot. In 1960 he made the R&B Top 10 and pop Top 50 with her first release, her own song “Bye Bye Baby”, and over the next two years had four more hits from her five releases, most notably the R&B No. 1s, which also made the pop Top 10, “You Beat Me To The Punch” and “Two Lovers”, both written and produced by Smokey Robinson.

This collection comprises the A and B sides of all he singles from these formative years, plus all the tracks from her two albums during this era, “Bye Bye Baby - I Don't Want To Take A Chance” and “The One Who Really Loves You”, not otherwise released as singles. It naturally features the hits already mentioned plus the other chart entries from these releases “I Don't Want To Take A Chance” and the R&B No. 2 “The One Who Really Loves You”. It’s a fascinating insight into the creative world of the early years of Motown, and a great showcase for one of the most distinctive voices of the era.


What we get fits in pretty much with the emerging soul sound of the time, initially with echoes of acts like Ray Charles, Etta James, The Isley Brothers, and Jackie Wilson, to name a few… The standard is high throughour and even without 1964's career-defining hit [My Guy] this is certainly an impressive selection of early 1960s rhythm and blues and soul. If that's your bag, do check it out.  –  Norman Darwen (Blues & Rhythm Issue 346)

Disc 1
Track Title Artist
Track Title Artist
1 Bye Bye Baby Mary Wells
2 Please Forgive Me Mary Wells
3 I Don't Want To Take A Chance Mary Wells
4 I'm So Sorry Mary Wells
5 Strange Love Mary Wells
6 Come To Me Mary Wells
7 The One Who Really Loves You Mary Wells
8 I'm Gonna Stay Mary Wells
9 You Beat Me To The Punch Mary Wells
10 Old Love (Let's Try It Again) Mary Wells
11 Two Lovers Mary Wells
12 Operator Mary Wells
13 Shop Around Mary Wells
14 I Love The Way You Love Mary Wells
15 Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide Mary Wells
16 Bad Boy Mary Wells
17 Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right Mary Wells
18 I've Got A Notion Mary Wells
19 The Day Will Come Mary Wells
20 You're My Desire Mary Wells
21 I'll Still Be Around Mary Wells
22 She Don't Love You Mary Wells
23 Drifting Love Mary Wells
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    68 mins
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    November 2019
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