Friday, June 27, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: MARY WELLS - THE BEST OF; OLD SCHOOL GOLD SERIES
But all was not wells, as Berry Gordy started to favour The Supremes after they finally hit with Where Did Our Love Go. Wells grew jealous and distrustful, and launched a suit for more earnings, and ultimately, to be released from her contract. 20th Century Fox thought she'd remain a huge star, and offered her a fortune. It was a bad move all around, as Wells couldn't find the Motown magic elsewhere. She became one of the company's list of casualties, which is perhaps longer than its star survivors, and died of cancer in 1992.
This set captures the Motown highlights, a very strong greatest hits, lead by Top 10 entries You Beat Me To The Punch, The One Who Really Loves You, Two Lovers, and of course, My Guy. Like all Motowners, the secondary singles are where the magic lies now, the big ones having been overplayed on every soundtrack and TV show. What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One barely scraped into the Top 30, but has a classic Smokey Robinson lyric and a happy swing to it. And Your Old Stand By has some old R n' B grit in it, not often heard from the slick Motown studios. Although this collection is licensed to a secondary label, the sound quality is excellent, better than many other Motown collections I've heard, and at 14 cuts it fills the bill for your Wells needs.