Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell

United/You're All I Need

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You're All I Need equals the debut of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell in every way except chart position and newness. It reached number 60 on the pop charts, a good showing but 31 rungs lower than United, their debut. It includes arguably their finest recording, "You're All I Need to Get By," a testament to their singing skills and the writing/producing talents of Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson -- and "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" is no slouch either. The urgent "Keep on Lovin' Me Honey" is the lesser of three single releases, but a quality cut just the same, thanks in part to the twang in Tammi's voice on the uptempo pleader. Johnny Bristol and Robert Beavers' "Baby Dontcha Worry" gets an update; Johnny & Jackey first recorded the chugger on Harvey Fuqua's Tri Phi label in 1962. As on all three releases, Marvin and Tammi perform one of Tammi's solo cuts; in this case, "Come on and See Me" takes a backseat to the original. "Memory Chest," an overlooked number, is one of their most charming ballads.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:31
2 2:58
3 2:26
4 2:45
5 3:07
6 2:49
7 2:19
8 2:46
9 2:46
10 3:26
11 3:01
12 2:38
13 2:18
14 2:34
15 2:53
16 2:59
17 2:49
18 2:37
19 2:31
20 2:29
21 2:51
22 3:03
23 3:24
24 2:53
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