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Friday, November 21, 2008

Marvin Gaye Discography

b. Marvin Pentz Gay Jnr., 2nd April 1939, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

d. 1st April 1984, Los Angeles, U.S.A.


Marvin Gaye's contribution to Black Music over the past four decades is immeasurable.

Marvin Gaye was named after his father, a minister in the Apostolic Church.

The influence of the church in his early years played a formative role in his musical career, particularly from the 70's onwards, when his songwriting shifted back and forth between mainstream and religious topics.

Marvin abandoned a place in his father's church choir and in 1957, he joined the Marquees, who recorded for Chess under the guidance of Bo Diddley.

The following year the group was taken under the wing of producer and singer Harvey Fuqua, who utilised them to reform his doo-wop outfit the Moonglows.

When Fuqua moved to Detroit in 1960, Gaye went with him.

Fuqua soon joined forces with Berry Gordy at Motown Records, and Gaye became a session drummer and vocalist for the label.

In 1961, he married Gordy's sister, Anna, and was offered a solo recording contract.

Marvin added an 'e' to his surname (the word 'gay' was taking on newer meanings and Gaye was concerned about his reputation considering the flamboyant dress sense of his father) and began his career as a jazz singer, but in 1962 he was persuaded to record R & B, and notched up his first hit single with the confident 'Stubborn Kind Of Fellow', a top 10 R & B hit.

This record set the style for the next three years, as Gaye enjoyed hits with a series of energetic, dance songs that cast him as a smooth soul figure.

He also continued to work behind the scenes at Motown, co-writing Martha And The Vandellas' hit 'Dancing In The Street', and playing drums on several early recordings by Little Stevie Wonder.

In 1965, Gaye moved into a more sophisticated soul music style.

'How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)' epitomised his new direction, and it was followed by two successive R & B number 1 hits, 'I'll Be Doggone' and 'Ain't That Peculiar'.

His status as Motown's best-selling male vocalist left him free to pursue different avenues on his albums, which in 1965 included a tribute to the late Nat 'King' Cole and a collection of Broadway standards.

To capitalise on his image as a ladies' man, Motown teamed Gaye with their leading female vocalist, Mary Wells, for some romantic duets.

When Wells left Motown in 1964, Gaye recorded with Kim Weston until 1967, when she was succeeded by Tammi Terrell.

The Gaye / Terrell partnership represented the peak of the soul duet, as their voices blended sensuously on a string of hits written specifically for the duo by Ashford And Simpson.

Terrell developed a brain tumour in 1968, and collapsed onstage in Gaye's arms.

Records continued to be issued under the duo's name, although Simpson allegedly took Terrell's place on some recordings.

Through the mid-60's, Gaye allowed his duet recordings to take precedence over his solo work, but in 1968 he issued 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' (written by Whitfield / Strong), a song originally released on Motown by Gladys Knight And The Pips, although Gaye's version had actually been recorded first. It became the label's biggest-selling record to date.

Gaye followed up with another number 1 R & B hit, 'Too Busy Thinking 'Bout My Baby', but his career was derailed by the illness and eventual death of Terrell in March 1970.

Devastated by the loss of his close friend and partner, Gaye spent most of 1970 in seclusion.

The following year, he emerged with a set of recordings that Motown at first refused to release, but which eventually formed his most successful solo album.

On 'What's Going On', a number 1 hit in 1971, and its two chart-topping follow-ups, 'Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)' and 'Inner City Blues', Gaye combined his spiritual beliefs with his increasing concern about poverty, discrimination and political corruption in American society.

Gaye evolved a new musical style that influenced a generation of black performers.

Built on a heavily percussive base, Gaye's arrangements mingled varying influences into his soul roots, creating an instrumental backdrop for his sensual, almost pleading vocals.

These three singles were all contained on 'What's Going On', a masterpiece on which every track contributed to the overall message.

Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson say that this is their favourite 'all time' LP.

Gaye composed the soundtrack to the 'blaxploitation' thriller 'Trouble Man'.

His primarily instrumental score highlighted his interest in jazz, while the title song gave him with another hit single.

Gaye's next project saw him shifting his attention from the political to the sexual with 'Let's Get It On'.

Its explicit sexuality marked a major change in Gaye's career, as he began to use cocaine more and more regularly, he became obsessed with his personal life, and rarely let the outside world figure in his work.

Meanwhile, he continued to let Motown market him in a traditional fashion by agreeing to collaborate with Diana Ross on a sensuous album of duets in 1973, although the two singers allegedly did not actually meet during the recording of the project.

The break-up of his marriage to Anna Gordy in 1975 delayed work on his next album.

'I Want You' followed to critical acclaim in 1976.

The album was written by Leon Ware, who had, originally, intended recording the material himself, but was persuaded by Marvin to allow him to record the set.

The title track was another number 1 hit on the soul charts, as was his 1977 disco outing, 'Got To Give It Up'.

Drug problems and tax demands interrupted his career, and in 1978 he fled the US mainland to Hawaii in a vain attempt to salvage his second marriage.

Gaye devoted the next year to the 'Here My Dear' double album, a bitter commentary on his relationship with his first wife.

Its title was ironic.

He had been ordered to give all royalties from the project to Anna as part of their divorce settlement.

With this crisis behind him, Gaye began work on an album to be called 'Lover Man', but he cancelled its release after the lukewarm sales of its initial single, the sharply self-mocking 'Ego-Tripping Out', which he had presented as a duet between the warring sides of his nature.

In 1980, under increasing pressure from the Internal Revenue Service, Gaye moved to Europe where he began work on an ambitious concept album, 'In My Lifetime'.

When it emerged in 1980, Gaye accused Motown of remixing and editing the album without his consent, of removing a vital question-mark from the title, and of changing his original cover artwork.

The relationship between artist and record company had been shattered, and Gaye left Motown for Columbia in 1982.

Persistent reports of his erratic personal conduct and reliance on cocaine fuelled pessimism about his future career, but instead he re-emerged in 1982 with a new single, 'Sexual Healing', which combined his passionate soul vocals with a contemporary slow-dance backing.

The subsequent album, 'Midnight Love', offered no equal surprises, but the success of the single seemed to herald a new era in Gaye's music.

He returned to the USA, where he took up residence at his parents home.

The intensity of his cocaine addiction made it impossible for him to work on another album, and he fell into a prolonged bout of depression.

He repeatedly announced his wish to commit suicide in the early weeks of 1984, and his abrupt shifts of mood brought him into heated conflict with his father, rekindling animosity that had been there since Gaye's childhood.

On 1st April 1984, another violent disagreement provoked Marvin Gay Snr. to shoot his son dead, an awful end to the life of one of soul music's premier performers.

Motown and Columbia collaborated to produce two albums based on Gaye's unfinished recordings.

'Dream Of A Lifetime' mixed spiritual ballads from the early 70's with sexually explicit funk songs from a decade later, while 'Romantically Yours' offered a different reading of Gaye's original intentions in 1979 to record an album of big band ballads.

In 1997, the album of 'big ballads' was issued under the title of 'Vulnerable'.

The album was said to Marvin's favourite record from his long and distinguished resume.







Many links to the wonderful fullundie .
Some original uploads by Zand, Jesse16969, dvoid


zand said...

Moods Of Marvin Gaye (Tamla 1966)

zand said...

1968 - I Heard It Through The Grapevine

zand said...

MPG (Tamla 1969)

zand said...

Marvin Is 60 - A Tribute Album

zand said...

Not yet! :)

zand said...

In The Groove (Tamla 1968)

zand said...

Great! As I understand we have all main albums!
Awaiting new posts!

jcmoss33 said...


Sly said...

some files from Zand have dead links..

"This file is neither allocated to a Premium Account, or a Collector's Account, and can therefore only be downloaded 10 times.
This limit is reached."

DNS said...

I've had some problems with the depositfiles link from "In Our Lifetime (1981)", I was messing with it for three days and everytime it wrote "Sorry, no slots available", or something else..
so just in case someone has the same problem could you please post this alternate link for the album (it's the 2007 reissue i found on the net):

soundsgood said...

Thank you all for the great work.

Anonymous said...

Somebody needs to upload that Motown's Lost & Found by Marvin Gaye... Love Starved Heart is it called I think.This one:

You can't find it anywhere! :(

Anonymous said...

MPG (1969)

Anonymous said...

Hi everobody the link for Motown Remembers (1986) is dead , it's possible to have new please ?

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot !!!! yeah of course with pleasure if y can help somebody , said me what's album you search if i can to help you

Anonymous said...

Marvin Gaye Lost And Found


Jessica said...

Moods Of Marvin Gaye

Jessica said...

I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot on the Lost and Found link. Much appreciated.

Jessica said...

Live in Amsterdam 1976 (mp3)

Anonymous said...

I Heard it Through The Grapevine - dead
please re-up

Anonymous said...

I Want You - Deluxe Edition (2003)invalid link please!!!!!!!fix this problem!!!

Tommy said...

Phenomenal blog...the "When I'm Alone I Cry" link is dead I think.

Tommy said...

Thanks for re-upping that link!

For the "Dream of a Lifetime" download the first link was dead, so I went to get the FLAC one and I downloaded all 3 parts but it has a password? I didnt see the password anywhere.

R7fan said...

I tried to dl the deluxe version of What's Going On but it only lets me dl 2 tracks. The other liks come up as a bad block. Do you have an alternate site? Thank you

Anonymous said...

man i have been looking for marvin gaye links forever!..thank you guys so much! =]

Henry said...

In Our Lifetime? (Expanded Love Man Edition) from Marvin Gaye

Note: all links parts 1 thru 3 are dead.

Need a re-up please.

I have the orginal album on CD before the expanded edtion came out later.

Francesco said...

I've just downloaded "I Want You" Deluxe Edition. Thank you so much for sharing these treasures and for the competent informations. This is definitely one of my favorite blogs.

Anonymous said...

The link for "That Stubborn Kinda Fellow" is dead. This is the only album I don't have.

Anonymous said...

sorry but almost all the links are dead... i researched for the firsts albums

MaJic said...

Motown Remembers is down :(

Simon666 said...

hey MaJic :)

MaJic said...

thanks simon. BTW, whatever happened with the james brown stuff? i put up a bunch of links ready for updating

Simon666 said...

"What's Going On" deluxe edition FLAC links added

Rapidshare Mix said...

I like Marvin Gaye.Thanks for posting

rimbaud said...

Friends, I got Lost and found by Marvin Gaye!!

Alltime classics said...

Fantastic collection

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