This double CD featuring 52 tracks was released on 11/20. It features all three duet Lp's plus 'undubbed' Solo Tammi tracks, studio chatter, two unreleased duet alternative takes & one previously unreleased duet 'We'll Be Satisfied', that's a knock-out! Marvin & Tammi Kick some A** on this track!

So you Marvin & Tammi fans need to pick this one up, you'll be in "Soul Heaven". This really makes me wonder if Miss Terrell had lived where her career would have taken her. Inside the CD booklet, there are quite a few wonderful photos. A wonderful package that is put together with a lot of Love and Respect.

The CD is dedicated to Marvin & Tammi. You know, whatever anyone says about Berry Gordy, the man sure gave us some endearing wonderful talented people. He should be thanked. Maybe some artists were not treated fairly at Motown but, he took raw talent & made them household names, anyway Soul Patroller's grab this cause "Ain't No Mountain High Enough' to not have this one!

Peace Randy





1.Ain't No Mountain High Enough- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

1.Good Lovin' Ain't Easy To Come By- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

2.You Got What It Takes- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

2.California Soul- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

3.If I Could Build My World Around You

3.Love Woke Me Up This Morning- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

4.Somethin' Stupid- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

4.This Poor Heart Of Mine- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

5.Your Precious Love- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

5.I'm Your Puppet- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

6.Hold Me Oh My Darling

6.The Onion Song- Marvin Gaye &Tammi Terrell

7.Two Can Have A Party- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

7.What You Gave Me- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

8.Little Boy, Little Ole Girl- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

8.Baby I Need Your Loving- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

9.If This World Were Mine- Marvin Gaye &Tammi Terrell

9.I Can't Believe You Love Me- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

10.Sad Wedding- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

10.How You Gonna Keep It (After You Get It)- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

11.Give A Little Love- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

11.More,More,More- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

12.Oh How I'd Miss You- Marvin Gaye &Tammi Terrell

12.Satisfied Feelin'-Marvin Gaye& Tammi Terrell

13.Ain'tNothingLikeTheRealThing- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

13.I Can't Believe You Love Me-Tammi Terrell

14.Keep On Lovin' Me Honey- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

14.Hold Me Oh My Darling-Tammi Terrell

15.You're All I Need To Get By- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

15.Come On And See Me-Tammi Terrell

16.Baby Don't cha Worry- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

16.Baby Don't cha Worry(Non LPB-Side)-Tammi Terrell

17.You Ain't Livin Till You're Lovin'- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

17.Ain't No Mountain High Enough- Tammi Terrell

18.Give In, You Jus t Can't Win- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

18.Two Can Have A Party- Tammi Terrell

19.When Love Comes Knocking At My Heart- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

19.Oh How I'd Miss You (Demo)- Tammi Terrell

20.Come On And See Me- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

20.You Ain't Livin 'Till You're Lovin'- Tammi Terrell

21.I Can't Help But Love You- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

21.Give In You Just Can't Win-Tammi Terrell

22.That's How It Is (Since You've Been Gone)- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

22.When Love Comes Knocking At My Heart- TammiTerrell

23.I'll Never Stop Loving You Baby- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

23.Memory Chest- Tammi Terrell

24.Memory Chest- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

24.That's How It Is (Since You've Been Gone) - Tammi Terrell

25.Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing (AlternateTake)- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

25.More, More, More- Tammi Terrell

26.Keep On Lovin' Me Honey (AlternateVocal)- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell


27.We'llBeSatisfied- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell


Album Review"Irresistible" (Motown #652, released 1/1969)

Here's my track-by-track mini review of Tammi Terrell's solo album, Irresistible (Motown #652, released 1/1969). Though the album was released in 1969, many of the music tracks sound like they were recorded perhaps over a five-year period (1963-1968).

By Charles Duke



The standout track of the album, and its second single (Motown #1095, 1966). Good stops and starts in the rhythm. One of those horn-and-strings-driven mid-tempo Motown songs (rhythmically recalls "Dancing In The Street"). I remembered it the second I heard it. (The B-side of the single, "Baby Dont'cha Worry," does not appear on "Irresistible.")


Really speeded-up; almost in the tempo of a speeded up "I'll Be Doggone," with a background part that sounds one-half Supremes, one-half Andantes.


Not a bad cut at all. A mid-tempo groover that would be typical of a Gladys Horton-led Marvelettes track.


Rhythmically recalls Jackie Wilson's Higher and Higher. Though this track is a cut above filler, it wouldn't have been commercial enough to be promoted as a single at the time.


The tempo, rhythm, male background, and organ sounds like a track originally intended for Mary Wells back in her earlier Motown hit-making days. This track would've been a B-side at best. Kind of recalls Mary's "Your Old Standby." (Actually, after further research, this track WAS the B-side of the first single, "I Can't Believe You Love Me.")


Probably one of the 1968 tracks recorded, as it has the most polished sound production-wise. It has either a celeste, glockenspiel, or orchestra bells part that doubles the melody of the chorus. The song itself is kinda "ho-hum."



I don't see how this single actually placed higher on the pop charts than "Come On and See Me." Whoever wrote and/or arranged this track seems to have been influenced by Little Anthony & the Imperials' "Going Out of My Head."


Slightly faster version of the same song (with requisite gender change) that was The Spinners' 1961 debut single on Tri-Phi. Written by Gwen Gordy and the Patrol's own Harvey Fuqua!


Not a bad track--actually, a pretty funky one! Might've been a hit with some adjustments. Sounds too raw, though, for Motown. Kind of recalls The Marvelettes' "Here I Am Baby."


Sounds a bit like a Supremes B-side at certain points. Once again, the production places this as one of the more recent (1968?) tracks recorded for this release. The refrain is nice, but it's bogged down by a cumbersome verse.


Another track that's a cut above filler. Nice--but not enough to be released as a single. One of those tracks that you'd let play rather than skip over.

All told, I'd give Tammi Terrell's "Irresistible" three and a half stars. As Motown albums go, it has better than average non-hit tracks. I doubt if the total time of the album reaches thirty minutes (typical of Motown albums of that day). I'd be very interested in hearing "Baby Dont'cha Worry" just to see whether or not it should've been included on this album.

Motown had what I would call "hard singers" and "soft singers" among its female roster. Wanda Young (of The Marvelettes) would be a "soft singer;" Martha Reeves would be a "hard singer." I'd place Tammi in the latter category as far as this collection goes.

Listmeister, thanks for an opportunity to revisit this forgotten gem!



  • Does anyone know the "real deal" behind her death. I have always wondered about this.

  • Tammi Terrell & Marvin Gaye,, that was a team!! I don't think Marvin Gaye really recover from the loss of his
    singing partner. It was a sad day when she died, but I imagine that they are singing songs of rejoices together
    again. :)
    It's been said that she had been physically abused by Marvin Gaye and the abuse led to her death. Don't know the truth about that. All I know is that a great singer died and a young age. Maybe she served her time on this earth and in the world of music.
  • Right story, but wrong singer. Tammi Terrell was a promiscuous alchoholic and background singer for James Brown when she came to MOTOWN in 1965. MOTOWN straightened her teeth, sent to Artist Development where her rough edges were smoothed out and her reputatioin smoothed over. It is not MARVIN GAYE but DAVID RUFFIN who is usually accused of beating her her so badly that she eventually developed a tumor. But in reality, Tammi suffered beatings from other men, both in and out of Motown. When Tammi died, MARVIN was so upset that he practically stoppped working for three years.
    Yet we will never know for they have both went to another world. Recalling the song " If I can Build My Whole World
    Around Ya". Through the music, they both still live on.
  • If you information is correct I stand corrected. I do make errors from time to time but not to often. All I can say is
    that it was a sad lost not just for Marvin but for the rest of the world. She was a great singer. Remember Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing?
    I have Marvin's Greatest Hits and just listening to them sing was awesome.
  • Thanks for this information, I had always heard "stories" but I never knew if they were just rumors or not. As I recall when she died Marvin Gaye was devistated and could not perform live for several years afterwards. I thought
    that the two of them were great together and provided a perfect vehicle for the songwritting talents of Ashford and Simpson.
  • Hi, Speaking of Ashford and Simpson, did you know that it was actually Valerie that sang on one or two of Marvin & Tammi's last hits and not Tammi?? I think one of the names was the ONION SONG.
  • Valerie Simpson sang the female lead on pretty much all of the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell duets released after 1968.
    This includes their cuts on the "Marvin Gaye And His Girls" compilation, including "Good Lovin Ain't Easy To Come By".
    Valerie also secretly did Tammi's vocals on the 1969 "Easy" duet album, which had "What You Gave Me" and "The Onion Song". Those were Marvin and Tammi's last three chart singles, and all of them were Top 20 R&B hits.
    The last Marvin and Tammi records on which Tammi actually sang lead were from the "You're All I Need" album, which was recorded in 1967, weeks before she had collapsed on stage.
    Although Motown kept releasing singles from those last three albums between her collapse in 1967 and her death in 1970, in reality, she never recovered sufficiently enough to sing again.
  • Hi and yet very few people seem to know about this deception. I was almost afraid to post this information, thinking that I would be accused of making it up. Glad that you confirmed my information and added to it. Thanks also for the extra info. If billing info on Motown Labels were correct and named the actual singers, we might see things like
    - Diana Ross and the Andantes
    - Marvin Gaye & Valerie Simpson
    - Levi Stubbs and the Andantes
    We may not agree about dinah ross but we do agree that Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell were two great singers and Ashford & Simpson were great writers. Glad of this.

  • I had always heard rumors to this effect but now you have confirmed this for me. Back in those days I suppose that all kinds of "deceptions" were possible that in today's "media age" could never happen.....or could they?

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