The Ultimate Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Motown is notorious for recycling their catalog as endless hit collections, but The Ultimate Collection is one of the finest series of greatest-hits CDs they have ever assembled. Each disc contains all of the major hits from an artist, plus important B-sides, album tracks and minor hits. Mary Wells' entry in the series is no exception to the rule, boasting all her Top Ten pop and R&B hits. Not only are the familiar Motown singles here -- "Bye Bye Baby," "I Don't Want to Take a Chance," "The One Who Really Loves You," "You Beat Me to the Punch," "Two Lovers," "Laughing Boy," "Your Old Stand By," "What's Easy for Two Is So Hard for One," "You Lost the Sweetest...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Motown is notorious for recycling their catalog as endless hit collections, but The Ultimate Collection is one of the finest series of greatest-hits CDs they have ever assembled. Each disc contains all of the major hits from an artist, plus important B-sides, album tracks and minor hits. Mary Wells' entry in the series is no exception to the rule, boasting all her Top Ten pop and R&B hits. Not only are the familiar Motown singles here -- "Bye Bye Baby," "I Don't Want to Take a Chance," "The One Who Really Loves You," "You Beat Me to the Punch," "Two Lovers," "Laughing Boy," "Your Old Stand By," "What's Easy for Two Is So Hard for One," "You Lost the Sweetest Boy," "My Guy" -- but also her Top Ten hit for Atco, "Dear Lover," a pair of singles from 20th Century and several minor Motown hits and B-sides, resulting in a total of 25 tracks. For anyone who wants a definitive hits collection but is hesitant to invest in the double-disc Looking Back, The Ultimate Collection is an ideal choice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/1998
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 731453085923
  • Catalog Number: 530859

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary Wells Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Marvin Gaye Track Performer
The Temptations Background Vocals
Marcus Belgrave Trumpet
Jack Brokensha Vibes
Larry Nozero Saxophone
Johnny Griffith Keyboards
Herbie Williams Trumpet
The Miracles Background Vocals
Richard "Pistol" Allen Drums
The Andantes Background Vocals
Jack Ashford Percussion, Vibes
Lanny Austin Saxophone
Bob Babbitt Bass
Thomas "Beans" Bowles Saxophone
Eddie "Bongo" Brown Percussion
Russell Conway Trumpet
Henry Cosby Saxophone
Bob Cousar Trombone
Lefty Edwards Saxophone
Eli Fontaine Saxophone
Danya Hartwick Flute, Piccolo
Billy Horner Trumpet
Ivy Jo Hunter Keyboards
Clarence Isabell Bass
James Jamerson Bass
Uriel Jones Drums
Patrick Lanier Trombone
The Love-Tones Background Vocals
Kasuku Mafia Saxophone
Joe Messina Guitar
Carl Raetz Trombone
Paul Riser Trombone
Ernie Rodgers Saxophone
Don Slaughter Trumpet
Andrew "Mike" Terry Saxophone
Johnny Trudell Trumpet
Danny Turner Saxophone
Earl Van Dyke Keyboards
Ronnie Wakefield Saxophone
Don White Trombone
Jimmy Wilkins Trombone
Eddie Willis Guitar
Richard Wylie Keyboards
Robert White Guitar
John Wilson Trumpet
Eugene Rodgers Saxophone
Benny Benjamin Drums
Ted Buckner Alto Saxophone
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Strings
Joe Williams Bass
Floyd Jones Trumpet
Maurice Davis Trumpet
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Contributor
Smokey Robinson Producer
Mary Wells Contributor
Andre Williams Producer
Lamont Dozier Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer, Producer
Brian Holland Producer
David Irvin Art Direction
Clarence Paul Producer
Kevin Reeves Contributor
Gerald Sims Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
David Ritz Liner Notes
Mickey Stevenson Producer
Marlene Barrow Contributor
Louvain Demps Contributor
Ronald White Producer
Janie Bradford Composer
Michelle Piza Creative Services Coordinator
Carl Davis Composer, Producer
Ronnie White Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Original Miss Hitmaker

    Mary was the first Motown solo star and the most consistent African-American hitmaker in the early '60s. This collection is her best work for the label and her departure marked the end of a great era in her career as well as Motown's. Wailing loud on her early hits, it was Smokey Robinson who wrote and produced her more softer, controlled style. With his Midas touch, Mary became the original Miss Hitmaker in pop and r%b music. The female lead with vocal male backing (the Love-Tones) became her sound. It's also easy to pick out the voices of the Supremes and the Temptations behind her on several tracks in this collection. After listening one can only wonder what would have transpired musically for Mary and Motown if Berry Gordy hadn't allowed her to be led away.

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