Back in time
9 November 2022
The late soul icon MARVIN GAYE (1939-1984) released his first post-Motown LP MIDNIGHT LOVE on 8 November 1982, 40 years ago. His most successful one, thanks
in great part to its huge hit SEXUAL HEALING (more than 308 million strems on Spotify).
Rolling Stone wrote: “This record, which has become the biggest crossover hit of the
singer’s career, is a comeback for Gaye, whose last couple of albums, despite their funkster
defenders, committed the unpardonable sin of tedium. The album has the rhythmic tension, melodic delicacy and erotic resilience of Gaye’s greatest music, and it extends those attributes by applying contemporary synthesizer gimmickry judiciously and soulfully. Gaye plays about eighty percent of the instruments here himself, and his synthesizer work, as well as his drumming, is a revelation. And everything here, including the ribald greeting-card verse
of the lyrics, underscores the relentless erotic obsession that’s at the core of Gaye’s concerns.” Score: 4/5.
Full album stream on Spotify
MARVIN GAYE: Bio – Discography
7″ singles/sleeves/artwork/vinyl from the past
At the age of just 12, the little phenomenon STEVIE WONDER released
his scintillating debut single 60 years ago today. A soul earworm with
Wonder‘s peppy voice, vivid harmonica play, warm organs, and yes,
Marvin Gaye on drums.
STEVIE WONDER: Bio – Discography
21 May 2021
Back in time…
Artist: MARVIN GAYE
April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984
Album: WHAT’S GOING ON – his 19th LP
Released: 21 May 1971 – 50 years ago today
Score: Platinum in the UK / Gold in the US
Rolling Stone (Vince Aletti): “Ambitious, personal albums may be
a glut on the market elsewhere, but at Motown they’re something new.
The album as a whole takes precedence, absorbing its own flaws. There
are very few performers who could carry a project like this off. I’ve always
admired Marvin Gaye, but I didn’t expect that he would be one of them.
Guess I seriously underestimated him. It won’t happen again.” Score: 5/5.
Singles: What’s Going On / Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
– WHAT’S GOING ON –
– MERCY MERCY ME (The Ecology) –
MARVIN GAYE: All Albums
Band: STEVE MILLER BAND
Album: FLY LIKE AN EAGLE – 9th LP
Released: 20 May 1976 – 45 years ago
Score: #11 in the UK / #3 in the US
All Music (Stephen Thomas Erlewine) Steve Miller had started to
essay his classic sound with The Joker, but 1976’s ‘Fly Like an Eagle’
is where he took flight, creating his definitive slice of space blues.
The key is focus, even on an album as stylishly, self-consciously trippy
as this, since the focus brings about his strongest set of songs (both
originals and covers), plus a detailed atmospheric production where
everything fits. Score: 4/5.
Singles: Rock ‘N Me / Take The Money And Run
– ROCK ‘N ME –
(Striking live rendition)
– TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN –
(From the same concert)
STEVE MILLER BAND: All Albums
Top singles from the past…
26 March 2021
Band: THE TURTLES (Los Angeles, CA)
Active: 1965–1970, 1983–present
Single: HAPPY TOGETHER
Score: #1 in the US on 26 March 1967 – 54 years ago today
THE TURTLES: Discography
Artist: MARVIN GAYE (Washington DC)
Born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. on April 2, 1939
Passed away on April 1, 1984 (shot by his father)
Single: I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE
Score: #1 in the UK on 26 March 1969 – 52 years ago today
MARVIN GAYE: Discography
Band: DURAN DURAN (Birmingham, UK)
Single: IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW?
Score: Their first No 1 in the UK – 26 March 1977 – 44 years ago today
DURAN DURAN: Discography
A classic album from 1971. A question, unfortunately, highly relevant again in 2020…
15 April 2020
Star studded supergroup THE JADED HEARTS CLUB featuring Muse‘s Matt Bellamy, Miles Kane, Blur’s Graham Coxon and Jet’s Nic Cester have another steamy sixties
cover out. After their take on The Isley Brothers‘s Nobody But Me the picked a Marvin Gaye song.
‘THIS LOVE STARVED HEART OF MINE (IT’S KILLING ME) is a Gaye song which was released from the vaults of Motown in 1994. It’s sung now by Nic Chester who said: “Learning to sing a song like this and giving it the respect it deserves meant really studying
it with microscopic detail and then trying to forget it all again. The ease at which Marvin navigates his way through all the phrasing is so unbelievably effortless, I loved looking
at the work of someone that talented. You really recognize and appreciate the soul
of the man.”
Feel the heat here…
And here’s the original…
THE JADED HEARTS CLUB: Facebook
Watch the late great voice Amy Winehouse and Modfather Paul Weller covering
Marvin Gaye classic ‘I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE’ together. Gripping performance!
Original version by Marvin Gaye…
Creedence Clearwater Revival cover…
MARVIN GAYE: Facebook
Soul icon MARVIN GAYE (born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.) was born on 2 April 1939 in Washington D.C. The world famous star was shot by his father after a severe discussion that completely got out of hand on 1st April 1984, one day before his 45th birthday, 35 years ago today. R.I.P.
Marvin Gaye became one of the most respected and praised soul artists in history.
He was a key musician in the creation and the global success of the Motown sound.
His most influential work was his 11th studio LP, entitled WHAT’S GOING ON that
came out in 1971, 48 years ago. With brave songs about urban decay, environmental destruction, the military industry and war (Vietnam), police brutality, unemployment
and poverty he made a masterpiece that is terrifyingly relevant again today…
MARVIN GAYE: Biography