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Marvin Gaye

What's Going On - 180g Vinyl Edition

    By 1970 Marvin Gaye was already a phenomenally successful singer, with a string of hit singles to his name, making him Motown's number one male performer. However, when he entered the Hitsville studio on June 1st to cut a new single, Marvin hungered for more. All over the world social unrest was prompting political activism and cultural revolution. Yet the Motown hit production line carried on like nothing was happening. Marvin longed to make a statement that would reflect the new reality, so when Al Cleveland and The Four Tops' Obie Benson brought him the framework of a song called "What's Going On", he jumped at the chance to record it. Initially rejected by Motown, the track went on to become a runaway smash, and the label demanded a full length LP to capitalize on sales. Recorded in ten days in March 1971 the "What's Going On" album features co-writing credits from awesome session band the Funk Brothers, as well as brass and string arrangements by David Van De Pitte. The heady mix of percussive-heavy grooves, luxurious fills and Marvin's sweet vocals became an instant classic. Taking in themes like the Vietnam war, poverty, spirituality and green issues, the album seems just as relevant today as it did back at the start of the 70s and deserves the vote as 'greatest album ever' that it often receives.

    Marvin Gaye

    Let's Get It On - 180g Vinyl Edition

      The weight of a follow-up to 1971's "What's Going On" was lifted from Marvin Gaye's shoulders by the success of his soundtrack to the film Trouble Man, but he was still searching for something to unify his next long player. In 1973 he started working with R&B balladeer-turned-producer Ed Townsend, who gave him the basis of a song about 'the business of getting on with life'. However, inspired by the presence of studio visitor Janis Hunter, destined to become his second wife, Gaye transformed the song into a monument to desire and seduction that ran soul-deep. In this moment Marvin found the focus for the album that had eluded him. If "What's Going On" is a celebration of the spirit, then "Let's Get It On" is all about love, salvation and the pleasures of the flesh.

      Marvin Gaye

      Trouble Man - 180g Vinyl Edition

        As Motown migrated from Detroit to LA, Marvin's follow-up to the spiritual consciousness of "What's Goin' On" was the soundtrack to '72 Blaxploitaion flick "Trouble Man". It's altogether a more streetwise collection of stone cold funk, earthy Curtis-esque falsetto and badass grooves that has seen it plundered by generations of beatdiggers. "'T' Plays it Cool" is one of the best tunes ever made, just ask Jazzy Jeff!!!

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        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        1973's "Innervisions" was Stevie Wonder's fourth self written and produced LP, and features many tracks with instrumentation played totally by him too. Covering similar ground to Marvin Gaye's earlier "What's Going On", "Innervisions" stands head and shoulders above other releases from the early 70s socially conscious soul scene, and just has to be one of the best LPs of all time! Including classic the tracks "Too High", "Living For The City" (hands up how many of you have gone to New York for the first time and said 'Wow, New York, just like I pictured it, sky scrapers and everything'?), "Golden Lady", "Higher Ground", "Jesus Children Of America" and "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing", this just has to be an essential part of your collection.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP Info: Back To Black Edition.

        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Various Artists

        The Stateside Motown 7s Vinyl Box

          The Stateside label is now showcased in this vinyl box set highlighting this vibrant era for American R&B. Fourteen tracks from seven artists have been selected which illustrate the magic that was starting to be created at the Hitsville studios in the Motor City. Lovingly restored on seven collector’s Stateside singles and superbly presented in a limited edition boxed set.Artists include Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas,The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops and many more!


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