Stevie Wonder

Kiss Me Baby / Tears In Vain

Tamla Motown: TMG 505 DJ


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  • Artist: Stevie Wonder
  • A Side: Kiss Me Baby
  • B Side: Tears In Vain
  • Label: Tamla Motown
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: E
  • Label Condition: xol
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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One of the more elusive early TMG 500's red & white demo's in fine clean condition, Stevie Wonder's debut 45 on EMI's freshly launched UK Tamla Motown label. Stevie again under the guidance of Clarence Paul serves up an uncompromising heavy-harmonica dominated R&B shaker, backed by the Funk Brothers. Giving up an off-the-wall dancer with Stevie's harmonica prowess showcased to the full. With little or no lyrics but oodles of screams, squeals and enthusiasm from Stevie as he delivers a muscular R&B dancer.

A path Motown continued with on his next UK release "High Heel Sneakers" until Stevie Wonder became the darling of the MODS in January 1966 with his 3rd. UK release "Uptight ( Everything's Alright ) top this day an iconic Northern Soul classic.

With "Kiss Me Baby" Clarence Paul kept Stevie close to his Blues roots, whilst embracing Motown's rhythms of dance.

I've already been a fan of the flipside, another case of Motown pushing it's style in another direction, with a simplistic piano-led ballad, reminding us of Mickey & Sylvia style of smooch. Originally used to back up Stevie's "withdrawn" Tamla release "Pretty Little Angel" "Tears In Vain " is a wonderful example of how Motown embellished an otherwise ordinary ballad with uncredited girl-vocals, a haunting choir, a gospel style reply, a rich production that demands you to play, more than once.

Tasty red & white that will be hard to resist.

Condition Report

Vinyl carries strong gloss, a few soft blemishes on both sides, but a strong excellent. Flipside label has a X , a-side has a near invisible R left hand side the spindle hole. (see images) house in correct replica sleeve.

A Side

  • Title: Kiss Me Baby

    B Side

  • Title: Tears In Vain
  • Year: 19th March 1965
  • City: United Kingdom