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Catalog Number 2012.035.011
Object Name Album, record
Title Together
Scope & Content Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells LP, "Together," released by Motown Records in 1964. Features tracks, "Together," "Once Upon A Time," and "What's the Matter With You Baby." The LP cover features the profiles of Gaye and Wells with their heads resting against each other's foreheads. The backside of the LP features a complete track listing and reads, "Of all the albums to come out of Berry Gordy, Jr.'s recording studios at Hitsville, U.S.A., in Detroit, this is without doubt one of the most delightful of the bunch. The atmosphere in Studio 'A' must have been sparking indeed, to judge from this collection of duet-type tunes. Mary Wells, who flashed to recorded fame on wings of her own, 'Bye Bye Baby' has so consistently broken into and dominated the nation's recorded popularity charts that her colleagues call her 'Little Miss Burglar.' Of course, they joke. The disc jockeys of America, on the other hand, refer to Mary as 'Miss Hitmaker, U.S.A.' and they do not joke. The deejays are never shocked when bother sides of Miss Well's single releases take off like a fantail jet. Marvin 'Pride and Joy' Gaye is in magnificent voice on this outing and exploits the contrast of his female partner superbly. With each new recording, Marvin seems to further emerge from the rock and roll image that covered him through a fantastic series of smash hits, including 'Stubborn Kind of Fellow,' 'Hitchhike' 'Can I Get a Witness,' and "You Are A Wonderful One.' Indeed, these two talented young singers are 'TOGETHER.' They romp, jump, swing, and meerily skip through the lyrics of 'Deed I Do,' 'Until I Met You,' 'Once Upon A Time,' and 'I Love You for Sentimental Reasons.' The same high quality is maintained both vocally and instrumentally throughout the second side of this disc. A Dakota Straton vehicle, 'The Late, Late Show,' is followed by 'After The Lights Go Down Low,' made classic by a dear friend of mine, Albert George Edward Windsor, uh, uh Hibbler. 'Squeeze Me,' 'What's The Matter with You Baby,' and 'You Came A Long Way from St. Louis,' round out an album that was evidently a joy to Mary and Marvin and a deeply exhilarating experience to all who have heard it. The sentimental lyricism of these blues-tinged tunes and the captivating rapport of the singers makes this one of the finest albums I have ever heard. Verily, it swings."
Date 1964
People Gaye, Marvin
Wells, Mary
Collection Music
Search Terms Motown
Motown Records
The Temptations