UK budget-price compilation for the late Motown legend, best known for her classic duets with Marvin Gaye (one duet is included here). 18 tracks including her entire 1968 album, 'Irresistible' along with singles, B-sides... more » & rarities. 2001 release.« less
UK budget-price compilation for the late Motown legend, best known for her classic duets with Marvin Gaye (one duet is included here). 18 tracks including her entire 1968 album, 'Irresistible' along with singles, B-sides & rarities. 2001 release.
She finally gets her due solo!
K Collins Crapo | Idaho Falls, ID USA | 02/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Very few CDs contain anything by Tammi Terrell other than her duets with Marvin Gaye. But this collection goes beyond the tip of the iceberg. It chronicles her entire career at Motown; the duets are represented in the final track with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Rare tracks like "Slow Down" are a boon to die-hard fans like me.According to Tammi's sister Ludie, Tammi was never married to anyone, much less to boxer Ernie Terrell. However, she was the niece of another boxer, Bob Montgomery. She assumed the stage name Terrell simply because it was shorter than her birth name, Montgomery.Thanks to this CD, Tammi finally gets her due not just as Marvin's duet partner, but as a solo artist who died before she could realize her full potential."
TAMMI TERRELL=SWEET SOUL CLASSIC!!!
Bradly Briggs | TOLUCA LAKE, CALIFORNIA | 06/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When "I Can't Believe You Love Me" was released as a single in 1965 with its flowing arrangement and bad bass line, I became hooked on the soulful sound of Tammi Terrell! This is the collection to have as the sound and selection show what a great singer this little lady was and what a sad thing it was that she went too soon. The stirring "That's What Boys Are Made For" is a great Terrell vocal and the hit single "Come On And See Me" is a true motown classic with a great vocal and cooking arrangement that should have been a much bigger hit that it was!!! Funky and unusual is "What A Good Man He Is" followed by the buoyant and majestic "Tears At The End Of A Love Affair" which flows in the cooking "This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)" that has a great driving arrangement. All of Tammi's album "Irresistible" which is aptly titled is featured here plus newly discovered gems such as the stunning "Lone Lonely Town" and the hauntingly gorgeous "Slow Down". When Mary Wells left Motown, Tammi became Marvin's new duet partner and was extraordinary as shown in the classic "Ain't Mountain High Enough" which is a Motown Masterpiece...if you love classic 60's Motown don't miss the great set as this foxy little lady is smooth and very soulful and will grow on you and have a lasting effect!!! Thank you Tammi and God Bless You!!!"
Bradly Briggs | 07/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's an ongoing pity that Motown domestically continues to give little attention to the music in the vaults while across the water you can buy unreleased Marvelettes and now unreleased Tammi Terrell. "Lone Lonely Town," also unreleased by Martha and the Vandellas (whose scheduled album of unreleased singles has disappeared from the release lists, naturally), is a wonderful record. "Slow Down," also unreleased by the Supremes, is delicious. Tammi was a wonderful singer who never moved from the back burner at Motown. The original plan was to have her succeed Miss Ross in the Supremes but because of her fatal illness that didn't happen. She found great duet success with Marvin Gaye but deserved a big solo career. As this album shows, she was topnotch.
It's amazing that Marvin and Tammi's best album, "You're All I Need," actually consisted mostly of old, unreleased Tammi solos overdubbed by Marvin with in some cases rerecorded instrumental accompaniment. The best of what Tammi recorded had been held back and, had she not fallen ill, we never may have heard it. Even "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" began as a Tammi solo. This is a wonderful C.D. and don't miss "The Complete Duets" as, miraculously, the original solo versions of what became duets with Marvin have survived and are included."
First collection of solo recordings
Laurence Upton | Wilts, UK | 03/28/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although Thomasina Montgomery, better known as Tammi Terrell, was only 20 when Berry Gordy signed her to Motown in 1965, she had already been recording singles for five years at Scepter/Wand under the aegis of James Brown. At Motown She made one solo album, called Irresistible, and three singles, but went on to achieve more notable success in a musical partnership with Marvin Gaye, producing several hit singles and a couple of albums. Tragically she died on 16 March 1970 of a brain tumour, having collapsed onstage in Virginia into Marvin Gaye's arms on 14 October 1968. Thirty years later this first collection of solo recordings shows the extent of our loss. The entire Irresistible album is included, mostly produced by Johnny Bristol and Harvey Fuqua, together with the complete singles, both sides, and some rare and previously unreleased tracks of no lesser quality. Two well known songs are This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You), recorded a year earlier by the Isley Brothers, and an early version of I Gotta Find A Way (To Get You Back), later recorded by the Temptations (her boyfriend was their lead singer David Ruffin). The album closes with her first single with Marvin Gaye, the transcendental Ain't No Mountain High Enough. Not included are her solo versions of material recorded with Marvin Gaye, which have found a home as bonus tracks on the compilation The Complete Duets"
The Essential Collection - Tammi Terrell
Mr. J. L. Lester | London England | 08/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"18 original recordings including a never before issued track "Slow Down" previously only issued on the Supremes on their Never Before Released Masters set. This collection is only budget price yet it takes all the one off tracks issued on obscure compilations over the years...so now in one format, we have "Two Can Have A Party", "Lone Lonely Town" and "I Gotta Find A Way To Get You Back". It is just a little sad that Tammi's solo version of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" was not used instead of the duet version with Marvin Gaye...but hey, at that low price, we shouldn't complain... Of course, there is "The Complete Duets" to be issued in the US in September which is gonna take Tammi to a new and improved level...... ........and maybe the official truth will come out about what Tammi DID and DID NOT record! ...or is it "Just Too Much Too Hope For""