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Marvin Gaye - Midnight Love Grammy Winner! RIAA Certified Platinum! Click here to see this CD at Amazon.com!

By Rickey Wright

This set's first disc is a sparkling upgrade of Gaye's final album. Hardly as frivolous as the artist claimed in the David Ritz-penned biography Divided Soul, 1982's Midnight Love finds an assured-sounding Gaye melding with smooth, rhythmically dense tracks; the thoughtful smash "Sexual Healing" is hardly the only masterwork here. "Third World Girl" nods toward Bob Marley, "Joy" perfectly captures Gaye's trademark urgency, and "Turn On Some Music" is a sex song worthy of "Let's Get It On." The second CD's archaeology sometimes gets tiring (anyone for an "alternate 12-inch instrumental" of "Sexual Healing"?) but turns up the occasional winner (the a cappella version of that song). A must for soul students and those who just want to seduce--or be seduced.

Tracks
1. Midnight Lady12. Sexual Healing [Alternate Vocal/Mix][#]
2. Sexual Healing13. I Bet You Wonder [Original Version][#]
3. Rockin' After Midnight14. Rockin' After Midnight [#][Instrumental]
4. 'Til Tomorrow15. Baby, Baby, Baby [Original Vocal Version][#]
5. Turn on Some Music16. I've Got My Music [Original Vocal Version][#]
6. Third World Girl17. Turn on Some Music [Alternate Vocal/Mix][#]
7. Joy18. Third World Girl [Original Reggae Version][#]
8. My Love Is Waiting19. Third World Girl [Alternate Vocal/Mix][#]
9. Clique Games/Rick James [Original Version][#]20. My Love Is Waiting [Alternate Vocal/Mix]
10. Sexual Healing [Alternate 12 Instrumental][#]21. Marvin's Message to the CBS Records Staff [#]
11. Sexual Healing [Original Vocal Version][#]22. Sexual Healing [#]

 

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"In addition to scoring the incomparable Mr.Gaye a huge comeback hit with 'Sexual Healing'and putting him back on the block in a big way. This album also has a great deal to say for itself in terms of the production values,very very commercially innovative for their time, and set the standard for which all R&B music would be judged for the remainder of that decade. In addition to the scorching hit single, 'Midnight Lover', 'Third World Girl' and 'Put Some Music On' all deserve their merits in terms of absolute dancability and.Also interesting to note:A ccording to the album credits, Gaye displayed many a fine example of the more obscure facets of his talent, playing keyboards, bass,drums (or drum programming) and percussion on most of the album, proving that he is more than just a 'sexual healing' soul crooner, but a superb musician as well! Too bad that the album which established his comeback would also end up as his swan song."

--Alan

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MUSICAL NOTES

Artist: Marvin Gaye

Released: April 18, 1982

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Grammy(s) Platinum


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