Friday, January 14, 2011

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - Baby Don'tcha Worry

This used to be a regular spin of mine. I recently came across this LP for a buck while browsing at a thrift store. Couldn't pass it up and played it out again just like old times. I had the pleasure of spinning with Jason, Jason, and Bill at the Layover at their wonderful night Beatific. Fine East Bay night featuring all styles of music, great diverse crowd, and a decent sound system for a small spot. Not to mention in select spots like this, East Bay underground music appreciation is at an all time high. Love it, all you good EB folks. I don't think this tune followed 'Gangster of Love' by Snoop Dogg very well due to it's 1960's heavy stereo separation mix, but it got love anyway (as it should).

MG and TT as I like to call them, were dynamic together in their soulfulness time and time again. Over and over on every song and LP. At the time they were the King and Queen of pure soul. The recordings are incredible. Production is perfect and stereo separation of the tracks and instruments just makes it that much sweeter. It's that Motor City Magic once again. But, even more amazing are the incredible stories behind their lives. Tammi suffered a horrible bout with brain tumors for most of her life. And, Marvin was riddled and torn with a struggle within himself due to depression and an abusive father. Not only did MG and TT find solace and happiness with each other, but they gave the world a brand of soul music it had never heard before.

This marvelous funky cut is from their classic 'You're All I Need To Get By' LP. A standard text book issue for Soul Appreciation 101A. Do your homework!

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - Baby Don'tcha Worry

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