MARVIN GAYE What’s Goin’ On (1971), Let’s Get It On (1973), I Want You (1976), Here, My Dear (1978), In Our Lifetime? (1981), Midnight Love & The Sexual Healing Sessions (1982) (The Deluxe Edition/Bonus Disc Series) + Trouble Man (1972 – 40th Anniversary Edition)


Marvin Gaye’s Expanded & Deluxe 2CD Editions from 1971 to 1982. Besides the brilliant albums themselves, these 2CD versions include plenty of alternate mixes made from the original master tapes, giving the listener a peek inside the creative process and a rare opportunity to hear isolated vocals and instrumentation from (and creative re-imaginings of) Gaye’s best work. I’m a long time fan, and despite living with some of this music for over 35 to 40 years, I like these bonus discs almost as much as the originals. In fact, these Deluxe Editions are some of the best ever made, with revealing source material to give the listener a broader sense of the artist and his instincts and abilities. Just listen to the streaming players below for a mini-tour.

What’s Going On (1971)
2CD Deluxe Edition

Gaye’s masterpiece. A sprawling and beautiful treatise on the times, circa 1971. Hard to believe that Barry Gordy, the typically astute head of Motown, didn’t even want to release this album. Like Stevie Wonder, Marvin was moving away from sing-along soul/R&B, and devoting his lyrics to societal concerns. And… both Marvin and Stevie proved that their musings could be personal and global, as well as unique and commercial, all at the same time. The bonuses here feature an earlier, more nakedly revealing “Detroit Mix” of this famed album, along with a 1972 live concert from The Kennedy Center. Available At Amazon (HERE).

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ORIGINAL ALBUM (May 21, 1971)
What’s Going On (3:53)
What’s Happening Brother (2:44)
Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky) (3:50)
Save The Children (4:03)
God Is Love (1:42)
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (3:17)
Right On (7:32)
Wholy Holy (3:08)
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (5:39)
ORIGINAL DETROIT MIX (April 5, 1971)

What’s Going On (
4:08)
What’s Happening Brother (2:43)
Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky) (3:49)
Save The Children (4:02)
God Is Love (1:47)
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (3:08)
Right On (7:32)
Wholy Holy (3:08)
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (5:46)
THE FOUNDATION
What’s Going On (Rhythm & Strings Mix) (3:51)

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LIVE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER (May 1, 1972)
Sixties Medley (13:24)
Right On (7:34)
Wholy Holy (3:32)
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (9:06)
What’s Going On (5:42)
What’s Happening Brother (2:55)
Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky) (3:52)
Save The Children (4:22)
God Is Love (1:44)
Stage Dialogue (2:35)
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Reprise) (5:13)
What’s Going On (Reprise) (4:07)
ORIGINAL SINGLE VERSIONS
What’s Going On (Original Single Version) (3:57)
God Is Love (Original Single Version) (2:54)
Sad Tomorrows (Original Single Version) (2:27)
IN THE MEANTIME…
“Head Title” a.k.a. Distant Lover (4:08)

Let’s Get It On (1973)
2CD Deluxe Edition

After Marvin expanded his lyrical palette to spotlight social injustice on What’s Going On?, Gaye’s follow-up, Let’s Get It On, examined an altogether different social issue… sex. What’s new – musically – is Gaye’s more improvisational approach to songwriting, where the grooves shape the dozens of harmonious overdubs that Marvin would add to the mix. The result is a vocal tide that ebbs and flows like a living body of sound. The Deluxe Edition delivers a simply fantastic collection of remixes and reinterpretations from the original master tapes. The dramatically altered mixes strip away much of the instrumental layering to hear what’s goin’ on vocally underneath. It’s like those John Lennon remixes, without all the echo, strings and clutter. Giving the listener a taste of what it’s like to be sitting next to the master in the studio. Available At Amazon (HERE).

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ORIGINAL ALBUM
Let’s Get It On (4:51)
Please Stay (Once You Go Away) (3:30)
If I Should Die Tonight (4:00)
Keep Gettin’ It On (3:16)
Come Get To This (2:41)
Distant Lover (4:16)
You Sure Love To Ball (4:44)
Just To Keep You Satisfied (4:30)
SESSIONS
‘Song # 3′ (Instrumental) (5:29)
My Love Is Growing (4:21)
Cakes (Instrumental) (3:15)
Symphony (Undubbed Version) (2:51)
I’d Give My Life To You (Alternate Mix) (3:29)
I Love You Secretly – The Miracles (4:19)
You’re The Man (Alternate Version 1) (7:24)
You’re The Man (Alternate Version 2) (4:44)
Symphony (Demo Vocal) (2:49)

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DEMOS, ALTERNATE MIXES & MORE
Let’s Get It On (Demo) (5:12)
Let’s Get It On (Part II) - a.k.a. Keep Gettin’ It On (Complete) (3:13)
Please Stay (Once You Go Away) (Alternate Mix) (3:53)
If I Should Die Tonight (Demo) (4:13)
Come Get To This (Alternate Mix) (3:08)
Distant Lover (Alternate Mix) (4:33)
You Sure Love To Ball (Alternate Mix With Alternate Vocal) (5:06)
Just To Keep You Satisfied (A Cappella With Alternate Vocal) (4:39)
Just To Keep You Satisfied – The Originals (1970) (4:01)
Just To Keep You Satisfied – The Monitors (1968) (3:11)
WORKING THE GROOVE
Where Are We Going? (Alternate Mix) (3:56)
The World Is Rated X (Alternate Mix) (3:52)
I’m Gonna Give You Respect (Produced By Willie Hutch) (2:56)
Try It, You’ll Like It (Produced By Willie Hutch) (3:58)
You Are That Special One (Produced By Willie Hutch) (3:38)
We Can Make It Baby (Produced By Willie Hutch) (3:25)
Running From Love (Instrumental) Version 1 (3:45)
Mandota (Instrumental) (3:27)
Running From Love (Instrumental) Version 2 (3:55)
Come Get To This (Live From Oakland) (3:00)

I Want You (1976)
2CD Deluxe Edition

While it’s true, I Want You is a dance floor album, Marvin’s take on the emerging disco genre was nowhere near as insipid as the work of his contemporaries. Gaye’s style was more soulful and, as always, he knew a good groove when he heard one. Gaye’s sound on I Want You is pleasingly funky (in a laid back way), but, more importantly, his singing is sensual and intimate, and he easily seduces the speakers with layers of cooing, provocative suggestion. Check out the stripped-naked version of the title track, below. You can actually hear the real-time evolution of some of the background melodies, as Marvin’s vocal overdubs – a virtual jam/improv with himself -  re-shape the “song” into a living, breathing performance. Available At Amazon (HERE).

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ORIGINAL ALBUM
I Want You (4:36)
Come Live With Me Angel (6:30)
After The Dance (Instrumental) (4:25)
Feel All My Love Inside (3:24)
I Wanna Be Where You Are (1:17)
I Want You (Intro Jam) (0:20)
All The Way Around (3:51)
Since I Had You (4:05)
Soon I’ll Be Loving You Again (3:14)
I Want You (Intro Jam) (1:41)
After The Dance (Vocal) (4:43)
SINGLE MIXES
I Want You (Vocal) (Promo-Only Version) (3:38)
I Want You (Instrumental) (4:39)
Strange Love (Feel All My Love Inside) (Instrumental) (2:58)

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THE SESSIONS: ALTERNATE MIXES, ALTERNATE VOCALS & OUTTAKES
I Want You (Vocal & Rhythm) (5:06)
Come Live With Me Angel (7:37)
After The Dance (Instrumental) (5:34)
Feel My Love Inside (3:52)
I Wanna Be Where You Are (6:07)
I Want You (Guitar Jam) (0:29)
All The Way Around (3:53)
Since I Had You (4:17)
Soon I’ll Be Loving You Again (4:30)
I Want You (Jam) (Undubbed) (4:52)
After The Dance (Vocal) (5:15)
I Wanna Be Where You Are (After The Dance) (4:01)
You Are The Way You Are (Instrumental) (4:26)
Is Anybody Thinking About Their Living? (4:24)

Here, My Dear (1978)
2CD Expanded Edition

Marvin Gaye’s actual plan for this album was to deliberately make the shittiest, worst selling record of his career. What he ended up with was maybe his most honest and emotional album. The story behind Here, My Dear is truly the stuff of legend… beginning when Marvin’s wife, Anna (sister of Motown boss, Berry Gordy), filed for divorce. In an unusual arrangement, the royalties for Gaye’s next album (this one) would go directly to Anna. Marvin’s intent, therefore, was to deliver a record that would profit his ex-wife as little as possible. But, as recording began, Gaye’s attitude abruptly changed. He instead channeled his conflicting emotions into a double album so deeply tormented that – even without the tuneful hit material Gaye is best known for – Here, My Dear stands as Marvin Gaye’s last, great artistic statement.

In lieu of finely-tuned compositions, Gaye layered his untethered grooves with dozens of improvised vocal tracks. As a result, Here, My Dear seeps into your psyche slowly. And those lyricsJust listen to the centerpiece, “When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You” – a declaration so central to Gaye’s emotional state it surfaces in three versions. An unusually structured song (taking 5-1/2 minutes to reach the “chorus”), it’s both beautiful and bitterly spiteful. “If you ever loved me with all of your heart,” Marvin goads his ex, “you’d never take a million dollars to part.” It’s hard to believe Anna’s brother Barry ever let it out of Motown’s doors. Even without a succinct hit single, Here, My Dear is as essential as any record Marvin Gaye ever released, and stands alongside What’s Going On as his most meaningful work. The 2008 expanded edition features remixes by Bootsy Collins, Prince Paul, Leon Ware, ?uestlove and others. While no substitute for the originals, these altered versions are sure to please even the purists. There are no outside overdubs, just a reworking of the master multi-track tapes into a new listening experience that sonically updates the instrumentation while focusing on Marvin’s sweet vocal overdubs. Personally, I wish labels did more of this. Some of the new mixes I actually prefer. Available At Amazon (HERE).

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ORIGINAL ALBUM
Here, My Dear (2:49)
I Met A Little Girl (5:03)
When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (6:16)
Anger (4:03)
Is That Enough (7:46)
Everybody Needs Love (5:47)
Time To Get It Together (3:53)
Sparrow (6:11)
Anna’s Song (5:54)
When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Instr) (6:04)
A Funky Space Reincarnation (8:19)
You Can Leave, But It’s Going to Cost You (5:31)
Falling In Love Again (4:39)
When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Reprise) (0:49)
EXTRA
Ain’t It Funny (How Things Turn Around) (Alt Mix by Bootsy Collins) (4:04)
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THE SESSIONS: 1976-78 & ALTERNATE MIXES
Here, My Dear (Alternate Mix) (2:49)
I Met A Little Girl (Alternate Mix) (5:04)
When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Alt) (6:57)
Anger (Alternate Extended Mix) (5:52)
Is That Enough? (Instrumental) (4:07)
Everybody Needs Love (Alternate Version) (6:11)
Time To Get It Together (Alternate Extended Mix) (6:49)
Sparrow (Alternate Version) (6:08)
Anna’s Song (Instrumental) (2:09)
A Funky Space Reincarnation (Alternate Extended Mix) (9:10)
You Can Leave, But It’s Going To Cost You (Alternate Extended Mix) (6:43)
Falling In Love Again (Alternate Version) (6:31)
A Funky Space Reincarnation (Instrumental) (8:17)

In Our Lifetime? (1981)
2CD Expanded Love Man Edition

An intriguing mesh of grooves and message that began life as a party album called Love Man. For reasons unknown (to me, anyway), Gaye shelved what he’d recorded in order to start work on a different beast altogether, In Our Lifetime? – a vehicle for expression of Gaye’s religious beliefs. For those not familiar with the story, Gaye had a love/hate affair with his father – a church reverend – who would eventually shoot and kill his son after a family dispute. This 2CD collection includes the original In Our Lifetime? – in the end, a fusion of the party (Love Man) and religious (In Our Lifetime?) constructs – along with some of the original session tapes, outtakes and singles from the unreleased Love Man sessions. Available At Amazon (HERE).

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ORIGINAL ALBUM (Air Studios Mix, January 1981)
Praise (4:51)
Life Is For Learning (3:39)
Love Party (4:58)
Funk Me (5:34)
Far Cry (4:29)
Love Me Now Or Love Me Later (4:59)
Heavy Love Affair (3:46)
In Our Lifetime? (6:58)
AIR STUDIOS OUTTAKES
Nuclear Juice (Instrumental Outtake) (5:47)
Ego Tripping Out (LP Mix) (4:56)
Far Cry (Unedited) (6:22)
LOVE MAN: THE SINGLE
Ego Tripping Out (Single A-Side) (5:13)
Ego Tripping Out (Instrumental) (Single B-Side) (3:43)

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IN OUR LIFETIME? (Odyssey Studios Mix, September 1980)
Praise (5:10)
Life Is For Learning (3:53)
Heavy Love Affair (4:41)
Love Me Now Or Love Me Later (5:44)
Ego Tripping Out (4:38)
Funk Me (5:13)
In Our Lifetime? (5:51)
Love Party (5:18)
THE LOVE MAN SESSIONS (March-July 1979)
Life’s A Game Of Give And Take (4:58)
Life Is Now In Session (4:05)
I Offer You Nothing But Love (6:03)
Just Because You’re So Pretty (5:06)
Dance ‘N’ Be Happy (6:50)
Funk Me, Funk Me, Funk Me (5:50)
A Lover’s Plea (6:10)

Midnight Love & The
Sexual Healing Sessions
(1982)
2CD Expanded Edition

Marvin’s last album, entirely self-written. In the case of the runaway hit single, “Sexual Healing,” nearly all of the instrumentation was created by Gaye, too. Despite the success of “Sexual Healing,” Midnight Love doesn’t show up on many MG best-of lists, but that’s largely because all the rest of his output was so good. Midnight Love is fattened with a bonus disc from the sessions that has more fascinating views of Marvin in the studio, via early versions of material that would sometimes take a completely different direction before seeing the light of day. Listen to the cool, a cappella version of “Sexual Healing,” below. Available At Amazon (HERE).

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ORIGINAL ALBUM
Midnight Lady (5:18)
Sexual Healing (4:00)
Rockin’ After Midnight (6:04)
‘Til Tomorrow (4:57)
Turn On Some Music (5:08)
Third World Girl (4:36)
Joy (4:23)
My Love Is Waiting (5:07)

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THE SEXUAL HEALING SESSIONS
Clique Games/Rick James (Original Version Of “Midnight Lady”) (5:39)
Sexual Healing (Alternate 12″ Instrumental) (4:39)
Sexual Healing (Original Vocal Version) (4:40)
Sexual Healing (Alternate Vocal Mix) (4:49)
I Bet You Wonder (Original Version Of “Rockin’ After Midnight”) (6:43)
Rockin’ After Midnight (Instrumental) (7:00)
Baby, Baby, Baby (Original Vocal Version Of “‘Til Tomorrow”) (6:54)
I’ve Got My Music (Original Vocal Version Of “Turn On Some Music”) (5:33)
Turn On Some Music (Alternate Vocal/Mix) (5:16)
Third World Girl (Original Reggae Version) (8:01)
Third World Girl (Alternate Vocal/Mix) (6:34)
My Love Is Waiting (Alternate Vocal/Mix) (5:16)
Marvin’s Message To The CBS Records Staff (1:03)
Sexual Healing (Rehearsal Tape) (2:15)

JUST ADDED…
Trouble Man (1972)
2CD 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition. Available At Amazon (HERE).

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Main Theme From Trouble Man (2) (2:32)
“T” Plays It Cool (4:26)
Poor Abbey Walsh (4:12)
The Break In (Police Shoot Big) (1:57)
Cleo’s Apartment (2:09)
Trouble Man (3:49)
Theme From Trouble Man (2:05)
“T” Stands For Trouble (4:50)
Main Theme From Trouble Man (3:53)
Life Is A Gamble (2:32)
Deep-In-It (1:24)
Don’t Mess With Mr. “T” (3:04)
There Goes Mr. “T” (1:40)
Main Theme From Trouble Man (2) (Alternate Take With Strings) (2:37)
“T” Plays It Cool (Unedited Version) (6:38)
Poor Abbey Walsh, Part 2 (Take 1) (2:02)
Poor Abbey Walsh, Part 2 (Take 2) (2:01)
Trouble Man (Extended Version) (4:10)
Theme From Trouble Man (Vocal Version) (2:03)
“T” Stands For Trouble (Unedited Vocal Version) (5:22)
“T” Stands For Trouble (Alternate Version) (6:04)
Main Theme From Trouble Man (Vocal Version) (4:13)
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Trouble Man (4:14)
Pool Hall (2:54)
“T” Plays It Cool (2:46)
Cadillac Interlude/Cleo’s Apartment (2:13)
Man Tied Up/Jimmy’s West/Conversation With Cleo (1:31)
Crap Game (A.K.A. The Break In)/Getting Rid Of Body/Talking To Angel (3:13)
Outside Police Station (1:13)
Bowling Alley Parking Lot (1:16)
Stick Up (1:45)
Cleaners/Cleo (2:01)
Closing Jimmy’s (1:46)
Police Break In (1:00)
“T” Cleans Up/Police Station (2:51)
Packing Up/Jimmy Gets Worked/Saying Goodbye/”T” Breaks In/Movie Theater (4:17)
Car Ride/Looking For Pete (4:15)
Parking Garage/Elevator (2:35)
Penthouse (2:09)
Getting Pete (0:58)
My Name Is “T”/End Credits (1:42)
“T” At The Cross (3:00)

23 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    May 26, 2011 - 08:04 | Permalink

    Search HERE.

  • 2
    jivethumb
    December 30, 2011 - 02:21 | Permalink

    brilliant..always a favorite..these records are so varied and stunning! good ones! thanks willard

  • 3
    arclight
    April 30, 2012 - 12:18 | Permalink

    Thanks, W. The man could hurt you with that voice.

  • 4
    anders
    April 30, 2012 - 12:37 | Permalink

    one love for this !

  • 5
    Anonymous
    April 30, 2012 - 14:54 | Permalink

    It seems the sexual healing links are for the same album.

  • 6
    Ela-Ngel Olga Baclanova
    April 30, 2012 - 14:55 | Permalink

    hi, willard
    two links of Midnight Love & The Sexual Healing Sessions are the same. Please, can you post again the part 2?
    Tanke u, from L’Heritage, South Castille (Al-Andalus)

    • 7
      Willard
      April 30, 2012 - 17:25 | Permalink

      Sorry about that. All fixed. Thanks for the notes.

  • 8
    April 30, 2012 - 20:59 | Permalink

    Hi Willard
    As always, thanks from the bottom of my heart. I love Marvin, but “Here My Dear” stands out because of the places, times and circumstances of its arrival. I was going through the worst break-up I have ever had (and let’s be fair- when you are young, love hurts in spades). I hated this when I first heard it, but I listened to it like teenage girls listen to Joni Mitchell’s “Blue”, and for the same reasons, but from the guys’ perspective. Over the years there has been a frenzy of female singers who will cover “Blue” in its entirety as if it was a badge of honor to be female and broken – hearted, but “Blue” NEVER covered the emotional terrain like Marvin’s’ homage to the male side of the “divorce”. It is like a thalidomide baby in the bassinet. It is SO HARD to look at, or feel close to, but the way it is presented COMPELS the viewer/listener to look anyway, like they are passing an emotional car-wreck on the freeway and have to rubber-neck the carnage. And at some point, it becomes a part of the background, and a milepost on the road, and when we pass it again in later life, it becomes more poignant, and carries greater meaning than it originally did at first glance in the wild blush of youth.
    And when I hear it, I remember who I was, and who she was, and why it was such an awful, pointless exercise in futility. But I also remember why I cared about her in the first place. It’s that kind of album.

    • 9
      Willard
      May 1, 2012 - 00:09 | Permalink

      So, as someone married to the album, what did you think of the extras?

      • 10
        May 1, 2012 - 00:33 | Permalink

        Ouch!

        • 11
          Willard
          May 1, 2012 - 00:37 | Permalink

          Huh?
          The extra disc of music… What did you think of it, knowing the original so well?

          • 12
            May 1, 2012 - 08:29 | Permalink

            The extras are very good. You were right about Marvin’s delivery in some of the parts, and the Bootsy remix is (of course) amazing. The list of remix-ologists is interesting, and reminds me of the recent Blue Note releases that have some of the same crew re-defining classic bop from the 50′s and 60′s. Good stuff!
            Thanks for upping!

            • 13
              Willard
              May 1, 2012 - 08:42 | Permalink

              Just curious. Usually when we’re close to an album, we’re not open to someone tinkering with it. But, these remixes are SO good (to these ears anyway) that they seem to transcend the typical bias against something new.

              Personally… I’ve never had an album attached to heartbreak. I’ve had them replicate the time or the place or the general feelings, but never actual heartbreak. Not sure how I’d deal with it as a listener. I’m inclined to think I’d avoid all revisits.

  • 14
    May 1, 2012 - 10:29 | Permalink

    Yeah, it is kind of odd to listen to it after all these years, but then again, because of the impact it had on me, it is an anomaly in my Marvin Gaye listening habits. However, I would argue that it is an anomaly in Marvins’ discography as well. Much of his work provides an elegant backdrop to the fine art of separating girls from their underwear, but you could never play this as first date music, nor is it the kind of record you put on at parties, bar mitzvahs or “Up with People” rallies. It is kind of like John Ford’s “The Grapes of Wrath”. I love that movie, but I can only watch it once in a while because of how depressing it is. So it is with this album as well. The Planets literally have to be in alignment in order for me to listen to it, but even when I don’t for long periods of time, it remains a presence. I am aware of it’s existence like Plato’s theory of the “Forms”. When you remove it you notice it’s absence but still remember it’s shape, sort of like a chalk outline at a crime scene. In fact, in many ways “Here My Dear” could be considered the chalk outline of Marvin and Anna’s marriage: dead at the scene…

  • 15
    Kwai Chang
    May 3, 2012 - 22:46 | Permalink

    I’ll tell you what’s goin on…
    Move over Miles…the spell was broken by Marvin
    (Huh???)

    • 16
      Willard
      May 4, 2012 - 02:36 | Permalink

      Such fickle fans.

      • 17
        Kwai Chang
        May 4, 2012 - 08:27 | Permalink

        “So What”…I bet Miles loves the What’s Goin’ On album…
        These two artists have enriched my life. The music of the WGO is more relevent today than ever…
        so, starting late (for me) was perfect timing on your part.
        Remember…there are no accidents.
        Thanks, again…(yeah, what’s goin’ on…right on)

        • 18
          Kwai Chang
          May 4, 2012 - 09:41 | Permalink

          (I bet Miles loved the WGO album…past tense)

  • 19
    Greg
    May 24, 2012 - 11:38 | Permalink

    I’ve always avoided buying Here, My Dear because the concept is so bitter, and reports of Marvin’s demons during the late ’70s are so terrifying and depressing. So many writers focus on the circumstances of this recording rather than the music. I’m not sure this knowledge doesn’t interfere with my response rather than illuminating it. Really thrilled, after a couple of listens, to find this album so beautiful and full of tenderness as well as anger and pain. Thanks, Willard.

  • 20
    Supersonic75
    August 14, 2013 - 17:36 | Permalink

    So, there’s no denying that each one of these expanded packages is a treasure, both for the original albums as well as the range of interesting-to-fantastic bonus material. But even more than that, your post is a reminder of how amazing Marvin’s run of LP’s from “What’s Goin’ On?” to “Midnight Love” was. I mean, they are really kind of other-worldly, and sound as staggeringly original now as they did when they were first released. And for a guy who wanted to be “freed” from Tamla/Motown, he sure did leave on a good note with “In Our Lifetime”, which if nothing else would be worth obsessively listening to for Frank Blair’s insane bass playing…but there is so much else, and I did not know the origins of the the LP’s creation until I read your very informative post (I guess I really should read David Ritz’s Marvin bio at some point).

    As a side note, I met Marvin on one occasion (at a party in his honor at Studio 54 during the Midnight Love tour) and noted that he appeared to be partying way too hard for a guy who was playing Radio City Music Hall the next night (my then-best friend and I had stood on line on a cold day for a long time, waiting to buy tickets weeks before the show). I was half-wasted myself, but got to speak with him for a few minutes and he was sweet and a gentleman, even in that shape. He could barely sing the next night at the show and it was pretty sad (though it had its moments), but his death not long after was so much sadder still, and I still can recall my stunned shock and sadness when I heard of his death and some of the circumstances that preceded it on the clock radio in my kitchen. I still feel it as I write about it. To me, he was always the most ineffable combination of slightly mad genius and straight-up soul-man stud and by far the most “human” of all the Tamla/Motown artists. He was one of a kind and is truly missed…but hey, I think there’s a new D’Angelo album coming out, right?:-)

    So, thanks so much for these, Willard; I feel a serious Marvin binge coming on as a result……

    • 21
      Willard
      August 14, 2013 - 17:56 | Permalink

      Many thanks for the share.

  • 22
    Tom
    February 10, 2014 - 10:45 | Permalink

    WONDERFUL! This place is amazing!

  • 23
    luigi caputo
    April 6, 2014 - 17:06 | Permalink

    thanks for all the wonderful music you post on your site. think that you must have a prize ( a nobel or another) for this and making people so happy

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