Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell ‎- United (1967/2016) HDTracks FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell ‎- United (1967/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:15 minutes | 1,64 GB | Genre: R&B, Pop
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“United” is a studio album by soul musicians Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, released August 29, 1967 on the Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol produced all of the tracks on the album, with the exception of “You Got What It Takes” (produced by Motown CEO Berry Gordy, Jr.) and “Oh How I’d Miss You” (produced by Hal Davis). Fuqua and Bristol produced “Hold Me Oh My Darling” and “Two Can Have a Party” as Tammi Terrell solo tracks in 1965 and 1966, and had Gaye overdub his vocals to them in order to create duet versions of the songs. United yielded four Top 100 Billboard chart hits, including the two Top 10 singles “Your Precious Love,” “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You,” the Top 20 single, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “If This World Were Mine”. “United” peaked at #69 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and #7 on the U.S. Billboard R&B albums chart upon its release. The album was the first of two collaborative albums by Gaye and Terrell.

United was the first of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s three LPs, and quite possibly the best of the lot. Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol handled the productions and gave the photogenic duo a slightly harder edge than subsequent productions by Valerie Simpson and Nickolas Ashford. Three blockbusters — “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “If I Could Build My World Around You,” and “Your Precious Love” — propelled the album to number 29 on the pop charts, the highest rating of any of the duo’s LPs. Plus, you had treats like “Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl,” a remake of Loe & Joe’s little-known release on Fuqua’s Harvey Records in 1962. “Two Can Have a Party” grooves from start to finish and could have been the fourth hit, but Motown thought otherwise. I like the duo’s rendition of “Hold Me Oh My Darling,” a song Tammi first recorded on her solo album; the stuttering chorus and bass backing voice makes it unique. You won’t find two better ballads than “Give a Little Love” or the often-recorded “If This World Were Mine”; written by Marvin Gaye, the starry-eyed proclamation has become an R&B standard, and rightfully so. ~~ AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton


01. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (02:28)
(Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson)
02. “You Got What It Takes” (02:55)
(Berry Gordy, Jr., Gwen Gordy, Tyran Carlo)
03. “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You” (02:21)
(Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol, Vernon Bullock)
04. “Somethin’ Stupid” (02:41)
(C. Carson Parks)
05. “Your Precious Love” (03:03)
(Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson)
06. “Hold Me Oh My Darling” (02:47)
(Harvey Fuqua)
07. “Two Can Have a Party” (02:14)
(Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua, Thomas Kemp)
08. “Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl” (02:41)
(Harvey Fuqua, Etta James, Brook Benton)
09. “If This World Were Mine” (02:42)
(Marvin Gaye)
10. “Sad Wedding” (03:23)
(Johnny Bristol, Jackey Beavers)
11. “Give A Little Love” (02:57)
(Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua, Clyde Wilson)
12. “Oh How I’d Miss You” (02:33)
(Hal Davis, Frank Wilson, Vance Wilson)