Live at the London Palladium [Bonus Track]

Live at the London Palladium [Bonus Track]

by Marvin Gaye
     
 
A nearly 80-minute live album from 1977, Live at the London Palladium effectively compresses most of Marvin Gaye's numerous career highlights, making it a wonderful retrospective of the justly mythologized soul singer's accomplishments. Almost everything is here that could be: his '60s hits, his duets, the best moments from What's Going On, a trio of

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A nearly 80-minute live album from 1977, Live at the London Palladium effectively compresses most of Marvin Gaye's numerous career highlights, making it a wonderful retrospective of the justly mythologized soul singer's accomplishments. Almost everything is here that could be: his '60s hits, his duets, the best moments from What's Going On, a trio of highlights each from Let's Get It On and I Want You, and even a bonus studio track, the magnificent 12-minute disco-funk epic "Got to Give It Up." Gaye performs with a sense of exuberance no doubt fueled by the large, appreciative audience. Furthermore, his rapport with the audience becomes well apparent and welcome during "Come Get to This" and "Let's Get It On"; during this pair of back-to-back odes to sex, you can feel the sultry passion in his voice as his singing drifts close to moaning and his ad libbing approaches tasteful, amorous aural lovemaking. Yet as intimate as Gaye is while singing, he's undeniably uncomfortable when talking: just before beginning his medley of '60s hits, he stumbles over his mumbled words, confessing, "I'll tell you, I don't do this so good so, you know, I might just stop and go right into the song. I'm really nuts," before halting mid-sentence rather than rambling any longer. Another revealing moment comes just before the duet medley, when Marvin speaks pensively of Tammi Terrell -- after the audience applauds her name, he wistfully whispers, "Oh, she'd like that...for her I thank you." These subtle between-song moments prove revealing in retrospect, illustrating just how shaken Gaye is at this troubled point in his career. Listen carefully and you can sense the struggling instability that would erupt cathartically a year later with Hear, My Dear. In addition to being historically noteworthy, Live at the London Palladium also stands as the best and most readily available portrait of Gaye's live performances -- a far different and more intimate experience than his studio releases and one that every fan should experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0731454951821
catalogNumber:
549518
Rank:
24413

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marvin Gaye   Primary Artist,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Odell Brown   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Elmira Amos   Percussion
Jack Ashford   Percussion,Tambourine
Frankie Beverly   Percussion,Bottle,Spoons
Gerry Brown   Drums
Charles Bynum   Guitar
Walter Cox   Vocals
Terry Evans   Guitar
Bobby Gant   Vocals
Frankie Gaye   Vocals,Background Vocals
Fernando Harkness   Saxophone
Jan Hunter   Vocals,Background Vocals
Johnny McGhee   Guitar
Nolan Andrew Smith   Trumpet
Michael Stanton   Piano,Electric Piano
Melvin Webb   Percussion,Conga
Bugsy Wilcox   Drums

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Producer,Liner Notes
T-Boy Ross   Composer
Art Stewart   Producer
Harry Weinger   Liner Notes
Leon Ware   Composer
Mathieu Bitton   Package Redesign

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