Motown collectors will be delighted at the December release of a wonderful two CD album that brings together everything the lovely TAMMI TERRELL recorded as a solo artist. ‘Come On And See Me… The Complete Solo Collection’ (Hip-O Select) offers a career-spanning 50 tracks that begin with her time at Scepter/Wand, before moving on to her brief time with JAMES BROWN; from there the album focuses on her stint with Chess/Checker before culminating in her golden period at Motown.

The album features ten previously unreleased tracks – including TAMMI’S only known live recordings and despite the titling, two of the cuts are actually duets. The Chess recoding ‘If I Would Marry You’ is a duet with JIMMY RADCLIFFE while the Motown recording ‘Kissing In The Shadows’ features TAMMI in tandem with JOHNNY BRISTOL.

Taken as a whole the album shows that despite her comparative youth, TAMMI was a consummate soul stylist and begs the question as to what she might have achieved had she lived. As we mark the 40th anniversary of her sad passing, the album allows us to celebrate a major and sorely missed talent. Full review on SJF soon.