Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Two Can Have A Party (1967)

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I pass up on the string of successful duets (e.g. ‘Ain’t No Mountain’, ‘Your Precious Love’, and ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing’) that Ashford/Simpson penned for Gaye and Terrell. Instead I hone in on this party nugget. It was a B-side of ‘You’re All I Need to Get By’, which gives it some sort of rarity and ‘Northern Soul’ respectability. But more importantly, it’s an upbeat danceable stomper. “Who needs the noise of a party crowd/Who needs the records turned up loud/When two, we two can have a party all alone?/Oh yeah.” Brilliant.

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