Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Easy
Label: Tamla – TS294, Tamla – S-294
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Cover: VG VG+ edgewear, ringwear, 4 inch damage to bottom edge, cornerwear, small hole top right
Genre: Funk / Soul
A1 Good Lovin' Ain't Easy To Come By 2:52
A2 California Soul 2:46
A3 Love Woke Me Up This Morning 2:29
A4 This Poor Heart Of Mine 2:39
A5 I'm Your Puppet 2:56
A6 The Onion Song 2:55
B1 What You Gave Me 2:40
B2 Baby I Need Your Loving 2:59
B3 I Can't Believe You Love Me 2:42
B4 How You Gonna Keep It (After You Get It) 2:49
B5 More, More, More 2:29
B6 Satisfied Feelin' 2:50
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Motown Record Corporation
Vocals – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
A Product and Trademark of Motown Record Corp.
© 1969 Motown Record Corporation, Detroit, Michigan 48201
Printed in U.S.A.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Side 1 Label): HS-1614-2
Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Label): HS-1615-2
EASY (1969; with Valerie Simpson, credited as Tammi Terrell)
Tammi was gravely ill by 1969 and was in no condition to record an album and as a result, Motown committed a disrespectful crime in their effort to get a follow up to the very successful YOU'RE ALL I NEED. It is actually primary songwriter Valerie Simpson (trying hard to impersonate Tammi) who sang the female lead on 10 of EASY's 12 tracks.
The remaining two tracks featuring Tammi were actually created by having Marvin overdub his voice on two of her previous solo cuts. The fact that it was Simpson's voice on the majority of the album and not Tammi's was a secret Motown guarded closely for many years,
Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson fame who actually did the vocals on these three hits attributed to Tammi: Good Lovin' Ain't Easy To Come By (# 11 R&B/# 30 Billboard Pop Hot 100 in February/March 1969); What You Gave Me (# 6 R&B/# 49 Hot 100 in December 1969; and The Onion Song (# 18 R&B/# 50 Hot 100 in May 1970).
Marvin Gaye was able to work vocally with a variety of women. he was a singing partner that was unequalled by many, save donny hathaway and a few others.
though he had successes with many, he really hit his stride singing with tammi terrell. her bright, crisp treble was the perfect match for everything gaye had to offer from his wild growl to his sweet, shadowy falsetto.
my personal favorite 'california soul', which hit # 56 Hot 100 itself
MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL - California Soul
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Good Lovin' Ain't Easy To Come By
Marvin's voice at the end gives me chills..
In response to her vocals, Marvin sings with loving abandon