Mary Wells

Servin' Up Some Soul

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The success of "The Doctor" and its flip, "Two Lovers History," prompted Jubilee Records to rush-release Servin' Up Some Soul, an album consisting of six originals, written by Mary Wells-Womack and Cecil Womack, and some bland remakes. The bluesy, deep soul inspired "Woman in Love," is saddled with brazen Memphis horns that nearly overpower her lead. "Two Lovers History" is better, more mainstream R&B, Mary's vocal is self assuring and alluring, and the horns aren't intrusive. "Bye Bye Baby," her first Motown release, gets an appreciated update, but lacks the stark, rawness of the original. A rendition of Betty Swann's "Make Me Yours" is as creamy as whipped butter. but schlock versions of "Sunny," and "Stag-o-lee" are unimpressive. Womacks' soulful guitar introduces "The Doctor," a pleasant mid-tempo number that reached #65 on Billboards' Pop 100 Chart and #22 R&B -- her biggest Jubilee single. Unfortunately, it was the last time a Mary Wells single would crack the Pop 100. Cecil, now known as Zekkariyas, plays guitar and supplies backing vocals.

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