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.

Tracks
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.

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33 Comments
  • brotherpete
    Posted at 01:04h, 18 February 2010 Reply

    thanks ever so much !!!!!!!!

  • Eugene
    Posted at 02:55h, 18 February 2010 Reply

    Thank you, as always, for this post. Somewhere in the attic are the vinyl albums of the recordings she made with Marvin, but I never had any of her solo material, so I am really looking forward to listening to this. Will be on my walkman tomorrow morning for my commute to work. Great music always makes that more bearable.
    Thanks again.
    Respect,

    Eugene

  • Sunez
    Posted at 07:47h, 18 February 2010 Reply

    A beautiful singer and the only songs I had of her outside of Marvin Gaye duets were the two on that James Brown divas collection.
    As always, real great information along with the great crate.
    Peace, Sunez

  • Sarah
    Posted at 10:27h, 18 February 2010 Reply

    Irresistible! Thanks so much.

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 10:31h, 18 February 2010 Reply

    Thanks, 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.

  • rich
    Posted at 22:13h, 18 February 2010 Reply

    thank u for this one nikos and again thanx for using zshare as well

  • James Born
    Posted at 02:02h, 19 February 2010 Reply

    Before she was Tammi Terrell, she was Tammy Montgomery who was discovered by James Brown himself he even penned this killer slow groovin song for her in 1963 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMLH2IU7Hqk
    Fantastic voice! So sad she past away so early.

  • Ramos
    Posted at 02:15h, 19 February 2010 Reply

    ‘Come on and see me” is my favorite cut from Tammi only solo album. The song was previously recorded by the Diana Ross and the Supremes and Chris Clark. But Tammi’s version truly nailed the song. What a shame died before she could prove herself as a successful solo artist. Thanks for posting it.

  • Mark
    Posted at 10:31h, 19 February 2010 Reply

    Love Tammi. Great post.

  • Marc
    Posted at 03:05h, 20 February 2010 Reply

    I’ve always been curious to hear more by TT, so I’m looking forward to listening to this one. Also, thank you for posting a Zshare link along with the usual Rapidshare link; it’s lately become almost impossible for “free” users to download anything from Rapidshare, so I appreciate it any time someone uses a different uploader. Thanks.

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 12:22h, 20 February 2010 Reply

    What an absolute sweetheart and a beautiful blossoming bud pruned way before its time. I am only aware of a couple of her solo tracks, so I will give this ‘tribute’ LP a learning ear. I know I get way too sentimental over these things, but this is an ESSENTIAL post, Nikos and a cracking, respectful review to top it all.

  • jos
    Posted at 17:05h, 20 February 2010 Reply

    thank you so much for sharing!!

  • Nikos
    Posted at 18:08h, 20 February 2010 Reply

    Marc and all visitors of FMS, about Rapidshare problems.
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  • Dan
    Posted at 03:43h, 21 February 2010 Reply

    Hi… great choice for an upload! Just a couple of things about your essay: the song is “He’s The One I Love”–and that was the song recorded earlier in a slower arrangement by Mary Wells (not “Hold Me Oh My Darling”). Also, the bells on “I Can’t Go On Without You” are likely a leftover on the music track from its’ original incarnation as a Supremes Christmas song, “Little Bright Star.” Lastly, the “males singing in falsetto” during the song “Tears At The End Of A Love Affair” are Motown’s in-house, female background singers The Andantes.

    Thanks again for sharing this (and everything you share here), Nikos!

  • hooch
    Posted at 04:45h, 21 February 2010 Reply

    Lovely lp – thank you kindly guys.

  • Nikos
    Posted at 14:46h, 21 February 2010 Reply

    Dan, thank you for your comments and especially for this one on Tammi. Great notifications and info’s from a real soul brother. Peace and blessings.

  • Andre B
    Posted at 22:07h, 21 February 2010 Reply

    thanks Nikos. much appreciation!

  • jeremy
    Posted at 12:37h, 22 February 2010 Reply

    Wonderful Motown pop soul. A must have.

  • Rod
    Posted at 15:58h, 23 February 2010 Reply

    Great share. Thank you.

  • Dominic
    Posted at 02:22h, 24 February 2010 Reply

    Happy times! Pure quality.. Soul!

  • cleffdeadly
    Posted at 15:02h, 24 February 2010 Reply

    great album, what a loss she was… love ‘i can’t go on without you’. cheers nikos!

  • Seth
    Posted at 22:02h, 24 February 2010 Reply

    A woman with a great voice, and beautiful, and missed.

  • Pelegrino
    Posted at 22:18h, 24 February 2010 Reply

    Marvin Gaye said in a interview that he carried her off in his arms from the stage after she collapsed and she never came out of her coma. He went on with the rest of the tour with Dianna Ross and Kim Weston and then changed his music style to the album that really made him more famous… WHATS GOING ON

  • jamlee
    Posted at 05:02h, 25 February 2010 Reply

    thank you soooo much for sharing the music from these times. these are all beautiful work of arts and im enjoying every bit of it. keep doin whatchu do!

  • Amalia
    Posted at 10:55h, 25 February 2010 Reply

    Tammi was one of the best motown stars! Her voice was young and fresh and so full of love. Thanx for sharing her solo album which is still expensive to buy.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 23:45h, 25 February 2010 Reply

    I’m glad to say….I have a copy of this Lp. I did not know the value of this gem….I’ve also the Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston, and some Marvin Gaye & Tammi Tyrrell L.Ps

    Big Up1@1

  • Raphy
    Posted at 23:46h, 25 February 2010 Reply

    Ouch, I did not put my name….Shucks #@@#$%

  • Arthur
    Posted at 00:57h, 26 February 2010 Reply

    as always. Thank you so much for bringing us these amazing records

  • Agnes
    Posted at 01:35h, 26 February 2010 Reply

    she had an amazing voice…

  • Jeff
    Posted at 16:36h, 28 February 2010 Reply

    No words.  Just too, too good.

  • Kirillovskij
    Posted at 19:00h, 06 May 2010 Reply

    Это ценное мнение

  • lefouauflingue
    Posted at 17:53h, 13 June 2010 Reply

    Fantastic artist,great post. Tammi’s trully irresistible. Thanks for the up & rerview!!

  • GrandHearer
    Posted at 06:44h, 15 October 2010 Reply

    Beautiful words for a beautiful spirit… one for the ages! TAMMI TERRELL is a national and world treasure. Amazingly the beauty of what she left us even shines through the tragedy of losing her with her wonderful gifts. Like the finest wine, her value will only grow in time as the world realizes more and more what we had/have. Marvin knew. So nice that she accomplished her dream in time to see it! So nice for us that her recordings seem fresh out of the box everytime we hear them. BTW, “That’s What Boys Are Made For” was always a favorite for my friends and me LOL! Thanks for the post!!!

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