Marv Johnson – You Got What It Takes – The Complete Singles & Albums 1958-62 – 2CD
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The R&B singer and songwriter Marv Johnson was one of the first artists to be signed to the Tamla by Berry Gordy, although his records came out on United Artists, as the fledgling Motown set-up was not ready to handle him. He continued recording for UA as he racked up a string of hits and recorded several albums before rejoining Motown in the ‘60s. This 52-track 2-CD collection comprises the A & B sides of his singles on the Kudo and United Artists labels from this era, plus the titles from his albums “Marvelous Marv Johnson”, “More Marv Johnson” and “I Believe” not otherwise released on singles. It features all his chart entries from these years, including the pop and R&B Top 10 hits “You Got What It Takes” and “I Love The Way You Love” and his other pop and R&B hits “Come To Me”, “I’m Coming Home”, “Ain’t Gonna Be That Way”, “All The Love I’ve Got”, “You’ve Got To) Move Two Mountains”, “Happy Days” and “Merry-Go-Round”. He was a versatile song stylist, with his records encompassing the spectrum of pop and R&B styles, and also taking in gospel-flavoured material on the “I Believe” album, and this collection offers a comprehensive overview of his early years, as well as an entertaining showcase for his distinctive talent.
CD1: 1. My Baby-O - 2. Once Upon A Time - 3. Come To Me - 4. Whisper - 5. I'm Coming Home - 6. River Of Tears - 7. You Got What It Takes - 8. Don't Leave Me - 9. Love Is Here To Stay - 10. When I Fall In Love - 11. This Heart Of Mine (Will Surely Sing) - 12. All The Love I've Got - 13. (You've Got To) Move Two Mountains - 14. I Need You - 15. Happy Days - 16. Baby, Baby - 17. Merry-Go-Round - 18. Tell Me That You Love Me - 19. How Can We Tell Him - 20. I've Got A Notion - 21. Oh Mary - 22. Show Me - 23. Johnny One Stop - 24. Easier Said Than Done - 25. With All That's In Me - 26. Magic Mirror - 27. He Gave Me You -
CD2: 1. That's How Bad - 2. Let Yourself Go - 3. That's Where I Lost My Baby - 4. September In The Rain - 5. Summertime - 6. S'Wonderful - 7. I Can't Get Started - 8. Almost Like Being In Love - 9. Love Is Here To Stay - 10. When I Fall In Love - 11. This Heart Of Mine (Will Surely Sing) - 12. Clap Your Hands - 13. When You've Lost Your Love - 14. What A Need - 15. Let Every Living Creature Praise The Lord - 16. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - 17. How Long Has It Been Since You Prayed - 18. He's Got The Whole World In His Hands - 19. I Believe - 20. Ride The Chariot - 21. You Better Mind - 22. When I've Done The Best I Can - 23. I'm Going To Work Until The Day Is Done - 24. If I Can Help Somebody - 25. Everytime I Feel The Spirit -