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It Takes Two, Vol. 1 [RPM]
1. Lover's Holiday - Peggy Scott/Jo Jo Benson
2. Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries - Peggy Scott/Jo Jo Benson
3. Something You Got - Chuck Jackson/Maxine Brown
4. Baby Take Me - Chuck Jackson/Maxine Brown
5. Love Lots of Loving - Lee Dorsey/Betty Harris
6. Take Care of Our Love - Lee Dorsey/Betty Harris
7. I Stand Accused - Inez/Charlie Foxx
8. Baby Drop a Dime - Inez/Charlie Foxx
9. If I'm Hurt You.Feel the Pain - Barbara/Brenda
10. You Have to Be Fooled - Barbara/Brenda
11. I Got What It Takes Pt 1 - Brooks/Jerry
12. I Got What It Takes Pt 2 - Brooks/Jerry
13. Lock Me in Your Heart - Tarheel Slim/Little Ann
14. Can't Stay Away - Tarheel Slim/Little Ann
15. Let It Be Me - Betty Everett/Jerry Butler
16. Ain't That Loving You Baby - Betty Everett/Jerry Butler
17. Spring - Birdlegs/Pauline
18. In So Many Ways - Birdlegs/Pauline
19. Pledging My Love - Laura Greene/Johnny McKinnis
20. Them Changes - Big John Hamilton/Doris Allen
21. He Will Break Your Heart - Kane & Abel
22. Lover & Friend - Eddie Bo/Inez Cheatham
23. I Need Your Lovin' - Don Gardner/Doris Allen
24. I Thank You - June Conquest/Donny Hathaway
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 212
Subtitled "23 Prime Cuts of Classic 60s Soul and R&B Duets," this couldn't be hailed as a definitive best-of for that sub-genre. Not when there's no Sam & Dave, no Peaches & Herb, and no Righteous Brothers, not to mention part-time duet teams like Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, or Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell. Still, it's a respectable if idiosyncratically selected batch of soul duets, most but not all of the male-female variety. As for the big hits, there are barely any on board, other than Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford's gospel-charged "I Need Your Loving" and Betty Everett & Jerry Butler's "Let It Be Me." As for reasonably well-known duet teams, there are only a few others: Inez & Charlie Foxx, Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown, Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson, and Lee Dorsey & Betty Harris (well, one-half of the latter was well known, anyway). This, of course, makes this disc more enticing for collectors, who may well not yet have located the cuts by Birdlegs & Pauline, June Conquest & Donny Hathaway, or Laura Greene and Johnny McKinnis, for instance. As for the quality, it's good to average period soul, taken from the vaults of Vee Jay, Sansu, Red Bird, SSS International, Fire, Musicor, Curtom, and Wand, leaning a bit (but not far) toward uptown productions. The most satisfying obscurity is the bluesy and moody "Can't Stay Away" by Tarheel Slim & Little Ann, while Kane & Abel's "He Will Break Your Heart" sounds so much like the Phil Spector-produced Righteous Brothers singles that the liner notes wonder whether it might be that duo recording under a pseudonym. ~ Richie Unterberger
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