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Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (Live) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (Live) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:03:58 minutes | 810 MB | Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Motown

Marvin Gaye’s legendary May 1972 concert in Washington D.C., featuring the singer’s only full album performance of his classic What’s Going On, will be reissued as a standalone live album for the first time this October. What’s Going On Live, due out October 18th via Motown/UMe, highlights Gaye’s May 1st, 1972 performance at the Kennedy Center, a gig that marked both the culmination of his hometown Washington D.C.’s Marvin Gaye Day as well as the singer’s first concert in four years. In addition to the near-full album performance of What’s Going On – a delay in switching reel-to-reel tapes at the time results in the exclusion of “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” – the live album also features Gaye’s lone live performances of four songs: “That’s The Way Love Is” and “You” – as part of the 13-minute concert-opening “Sixties Medley – along with “Right On” and “Wholy Holy”; Motown/UMe shared the latter as a preview of What’s Going On Live.

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Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (1973/1998) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (1973/1998)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 31:49 minutes | 1,23 GB | Genre: R&B
Official Digital Download – Source: | Digital booklet | © Motown

The most commercially successful album of Marvin Gaye’s career, Let’s Get It On also stands among the artist’s most critically acclaimed work. The record–the best selling soul album of 1973–reached #2 on the Billboard Chart and yielded three massive singles: “Let’s Get It On”, “Come Get to This”, and “You Sure Love to Ball.” The album was included in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (1973) [MFSL 2008] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (1973) [MFSL 2008]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 31:31 minutes | Scans included | 1,27 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 690 MB
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After brilliantly surveying the social, political, and spiritual landscape with What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye turned to more intimate matters with Let’s Get It On, a record unparalleled in its sheer sensuality and carnal energy. Always a sexually charged performer, Gaye’s passions reach their boiling point on tracks like the magnificent title hit (a number one smash) and “You Sure Love to Ball”; silky and shimmering, the music is seductive in the most literal sense, its fluid grooves so perfectly designed for romance as to border on parody. With each performance laced with innuendo, each lyric a come-on, and each rhythm throbbing with lust, perhaps no other record has ever achieved the kind of sheer erotic force of Let’s Get It On, and it remains the blueprint for all of the slow jams to follow decades later – much copied, but never imitated.

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Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Easy (1969/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Easy (1969/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:20 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Soul, R&B
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Motown

Not as arresting as two previous albums. It only produced one bonafide hit, “Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy to Come By,” while the others spawned three each. Tammi became ill before this record was completed, and Valerie Simpson had to perform many of the tracks. Simpson is a good singer but doesn’t have the charm, charisma, or sexy Southern drawl that Tammi was blessed with. A remake of Terrell’s solo outing “I Can’t Believe You Love Me” adds nothing to the original; likewise for lackluster renditions of “California Soul,” “I’m Your Puppet,” and “Baby, I Need Your Loving.” “The Onion Song” has to be Ashford and Simpson’s silliest composition despite its positive social message. Along with the hit, the best songs here are “This Poor Heart of Mine,” an uptempo number and good workout for the duo, and “Love Woke Me Up This Morning,” an endearing exercise in romanticism. Fans weren’t awestruck by this release, its highest rating was #184 on Billboard’s pop album chart.

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Marvin Gaye – That’s The Way Love Is (1970/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Marvin Gaye – That’s The Way Love Is (1970/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 35:56 minutes | 1,46 GB | Genre: Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Motown

One of the most iconic singers of his generation, Marvin Gaye aka The Prince of Motown, was cited for his ‘huge contribution to soul music in general and the Motown Sound in particular…[his] classic R&B voice was edged with grit yet tempered with sweetness…[projecting] an air of soulful authority driven by fervid conviction and heartbroken vulnerability.’ In correlation with the Marvin Gaye Volume Two 1966-1970 box set which picked right up where the 1961-1965 box set left off, the albums – Moods of Marvin Gaye (1966), Take Two with Kim Weston (1966), United with Tammi Terrell, (1967) In The Groove aka I Heard It Through the Grapevine (1968), You’re All I Need with Tammi Terrell (1968), M.P.G. (1969), Easy with Tammi Terrell (1969) and That’s The Way Love Is (1970) – are all being offered individually on 180g vinyl. During this fruitful period Marvin produced such timeless hits as ‘It Takes Two’ with Kim Weston, plus numerous duets with Tammi Terrell including ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,’ ‘Your Precious Love,’ ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,’ and ‘You’re All I Need to Get By.’

A fine two-in-one album with two of Gaye’s better love/romantic albums. He was deeply influenced by Nat ‘King’ Cole and loved Frank Sinatra, and their impact registers in his phrasing and style throughout the Many Moods album. The other LP included a superb hit in the title track and plenty of good supporting material.

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Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man (40th Anniversary Expanded Edition) (1972/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man (40th Anniversary Expanded Edition) (1972/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:00:51 minutes | 2,22 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul, Soundtrack
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Motown

„In 1972, things were rapidly shifting in Marvin Gaye’s world. He was coming off of one of his most wide-reaching hit albums with 1971’s instant classic What’s Going On, and his recording contract with Motown subsidiary Tamla was renewed for a cool million dollars and total creative control, making him one of the most successful R&B artists of his day. With Motown’s offices migrating west from Detroit to Los Angeles, Gaye followed suit, beginning work on Trouble Man, both the score to a blaxploitation film of the same name and the soundtrack that would be his next album. With minimal singing (Gaye sings through only the title track, adding fragmentary vocalizations minimally throughout the rest of the album), Gaye wrote, arranged, and conducted the entire soundtrack, working with both Motown players and a full orchestra over the course of its recording. It’s been speculated by some that Trouble Man was a concerted effort to move away from the expectations of a carbon-copy follow-up to the almost immeasurably high standards of What’s Going On, but it’s best to look at the record as an entity unto itself rather than the next Marvin Gaye album in the chain. Though largely absent of his one-of-a-kind vocal presence, the arrangements are richer and more sophisticated than the majority of early blaxploitation fare, with some of the same theatricality and filmic urgency of the best Morricone or David Axelrod soundtracks. With instrumentation more ambitious than even the enormity of What’s Going On, Trouble Man never stays in one place for long. “‘T’ Plays It Cool” paints a hustling cityscape with its solid beat and nervous synthesizer bubbles. Plaintive sax trades verses with rudimentary keyboards and Marvin’s soulful wails on “Life Is a Gamble,” and mournful passages of chamber strings give way to bounding funk grooves. Isaac Hayes’ Shaft soundtrack would become debatably more widely remembered than the movie it scored, and Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly soundtrack had a similar reception. Likewise, Trouble Man the soundtrack album outperformed Trouble Man the movie by leaps and bounds, enjoying Top 20 chart success in its day while the movie sank rapidly into obscurity. Looking at the album outside the trends of its era and inward to the art that Gaye was sculpting shows Trouble Man as a mostly wordless statement on the rapidly changing times for both young black America and Marvin’s personal life. The compositions well over with equal parts tension and detached cool, moving through modes of heartbreaking struggle, searching wonder, and playful street scenes. While it’s been relegated to the lesser status of Gaye’s one-off blaxploitation soundtrack, it rises far above the wandering wah-wah guitars and dated bongos of its peers. Trouble Man might not be as immediate or universally relatable as Gaye’s soul-searching on What’s Going On or his later sensual fixations, but a deep listen will show it’s very much part of the same overarching genius that touched all of his work. [This expanded 40th anniversary edition includes the original LP, original film score, and also outtakes and working sketches from the recording sessions.]“

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Marvin Gaye – The Marvin Gaye Collection (2004/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Marvin Gaye – The Marvin Gaye Collection (2004/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:20 minutes | 786 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Motown

Over the course of his career Marvin Gaye was a one-man hit machine, placing 67 of his songs on the Billboard charts. Forty-one songs broke the top 40, 18 made it to top 10 and three songs went all the way to number one. This package includes several of those charted hits and is a starting point in building an essential Marvin Gaye collection.

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Marvin Gaye – Live At The London Palladium (1977/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Marvin Gaye – Live At The London Palladium (1977/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:18:11 minutes | 3,13 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Motown

Recorded over the course of several shows at the Palladium in London in October, 1976, this set captures Marvin Gaye at a crossroads both personally and in his career. He reportedly agreed to tour Europe to make a fresh start, distance himself from his problems and make some quick money to pay off debts. None of the troubled artist is apparent in Gaye’s performances as he soulfully covers material from his entire career up to that point. Of special note are three lengthy, intimate medleys of early hits. The only studio recording on this album is the side-long disco song Got to Give It Up which was tacked onto the original double vinyl to capitalize on the growing disco craze of the mid 1970s. Live At The London Palladium was a surprise hit in 1977, selling two million copies in the US and becoming one of the top ten best-selling albums of the year. An edited single version of Got to Give It Up reached number one on the Billboard singles chart.

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Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell ‎- United (1967/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell ‎- United (1967/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:15 minutes | 1,64 GB | Genre: R&B, Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Motown

“United” is a studio album by soul musicians Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, released August 29, 1967 on the Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol produced all of the tracks on the album, with the exception of “You Got What It Takes” (produced by Motown CEO Berry Gordy, Jr.) and “Oh How I’d Miss You” (produced by Hal Davis). Fuqua and Bristol produced “Hold Me Oh My Darling” and “Two Can Have a Party” as Tammi Terrell solo tracks in 1965 and 1966, and had Gaye overdub his vocals to them in order to create duet versions of the songs. United yielded four Top 100 Billboard chart hits, including the two Top 10 singles “Your Precious Love,” “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You,” the Top 20 single, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “If This World Were Mine”. “United” peaked at #69 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and #7 on the U.S. Billboard R&B albums chart upon its release. The album was the first of two collaborative albums by Gaye and Terrell.

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Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell – You’re All I Need (1968/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell – You’re All I Need (1968/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 32:58 minutes | 1,46 GB | Genre: R&B, Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Universal Motown

The legendary soul pair’s second studio album, released in 1968.

“… the perfect vehicle with Gaye and Terrell’s emotional duets. How they managed to make every song sound like intimate foreplay and innocent purity at the same time is beyond me, but that’s what made them so special.”

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