Tammi Terrell – 1968 – Irresistible
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Tammi Terrell had a sexy, hypnotic voice and alluring sensibility that not only made her an ideal partner for Marvin Gaye, but could have resulted in substantial impact as a solo singer. This album includes her finest solo single, “I Can’t Believe You Love Me,” and some other great numbers, although Terrell never received any songs for herself that matched what she did with Gaye.
This is a @320 vinyl rip (cleaned by Raphy) of the original Motown LP including covers.
A1 I Can’t Believe You Love Me 2:32
A2 That’s What Boys Are Made For 2:58
A3 Come On and See Me 2:20
A4 What a Good Man He Is 2:59
A5 Tears At the End of a Love Affair 2:52
A6 This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) 2:28
B1 He’s the One I Love 2:35
B2 Can’t Stop Now (Love Is Calling) 2:40
B3 Just Too Much To Hope For 2:54
B4 Hold Me Oh My Darling 2:58
B5 I Can’t Go On without You 2:55
Review by RDTEN1
Almost four decades after her death Tammi Terrell’s chiefly known for her work with the late Marvin Gaye. That’s not a bad way to go down in history, though to my ears Terrell was easily one of Motown‘s most talented performers and certainly one of the label’s sexiest acts. Anyhow, the three Gaye-Terrell collaborative albums for Tamla stand among the cream of the Motown empire’s catalog.
With Terrell unable to actively participate in recording new material, Motown cobbled together a solo album – 1968’s “Irresistible“. Co–produced by Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol the set pulled together a mixture of the earlier Motown singles and previously recorded, but shelved numbers. By all rights the project should have been a complete artistic disaster. It wasn’t. Yes, the earlier singles had a somewhat dated sound, but that didn’t make much difference given Terrell’s wonderful voice. Again, I’m clearly biased, but Motown somehow managed to uncover enough quality material to pull together what was in effect a nice tribute to Terrell.
– It wasn’t as good as the version she cut with Marvin Gaye, but the mid-tempo ‘I Can’t Believe You Love Me‘ served up an instantly recognizable Motown groove providing a nice showcase for Terrell’s sassy and sexy voice. – Virtually every Motown LP seems to have included at least one throwaway MOR tune. Her cover of the old Spinners tune (with a suitable gender modification) ‘That’s What Boys Are Made For‘ was that song this time out. Horrible ! – One of the album standouts, ‘Come On and See Me‘ was another classic slice of Motown pop perfection. Instantly memorable melody with a great hook; great horn and string arrangement, and another fantastic performance from Terrell. – My vote for the standout track, ‘What a Good Man He Is‘ was simply irresistible. Terrell brought all of her sassy edge to this one. Makes you wonder if she was thinking about then-boyfriend David Ruffin … Motown apparently intended to release it as a single, but for some reason elected not to. Shame they didn’t. – ‘Tears At the End of a Love Affair‘ came close to being great, but ultimately fell short due to the clunky backing vocals (guys singing in falsetto?) and an arrangement that sounded like it was trying to rip off The Supremes. – Covering ‘This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)‘ almost seems to have been an initiation requirement for Motown acts. As a result you couldn’t be blamed for having low expectations for yet another cover. Funny thing is that by kicking into hype-drive Terrell came very close to making the song her own. Her cover is easily one of my favorites and gawd knows there are enough versions out there. – ‘He’s the One I Live‘ was another track with considerable commercial potential and served as a nice showcased for Terrell’s playful side. – If the album sported a song that typified the Motown sound, ‘Can’t Stop Now (Love Is Calling)‘ was it. Hard to believe that this one wasn’t tapped as an earlier single. Great backing vocals … – A little on the MOR side, though the bossa nova feel was kind of cool. Unfortunately Terrell didn’t seem very comfortable on this one. – ‘Hold Me Oh My Darling‘ was a rather bland ballad,. Kicked along by some goofy male supporting vocals, the track didn’t have a great deal going for it. The song was originally recorded by Mary Wells, though her slower version wasn’t any better. – ‘I Can’t Go On without You‘ was another song that sounded incomplete. The song had considerable commercial potential with a nice little hook (though the bells were irritating), but somehow it never all came into focus.
Far from the perfect collection but for folks who only knew her as Marvin Gaye’s foil, the album went a long way to demonstrating Terrell was a capable performer in her own rite. It also leave you to wonder what Terrell could have done had the powers to be decided to give her a little more time. Well worth seeking out.
Motown also tapped the album for a pair of singles:
– 1968’s ‘This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)’ b/w ‘Just Too Much To Hope For’ (Motown catalog number M-1138) # 67 pop – 1968’s ‘Come On and See Me’ b/w ‘Baby Dont’cha Worry’ (Motown catalog number M-1095) There are a number of Tammi Terrell related websites.
Biography and discography with Marvin Gaye and solo on Wikipedia
Released on CD in 1991 but it is out of print.