Midnight Love

Midnight Love

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by Marvin Gaye
     
 

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Marvin Gaye once said, "When my life suffers, my art prospers." And 1982's MIDNIGHT LOVE, Gaye's first and only full studio album for Columbia Records, proved this statement correct. With the IRS hounding him for back taxes, a second marriage in shambles, and his 21-year relationship with Motown shattered, Gaye retreated to Belgium to record a comeback album. The

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Marvin Gaye once said, "When my life suffers, my art prospers." And 1982's MIDNIGHT LOVE, Gaye's first and only full studio album for Columbia Records, proved this statement correct. With the IRS hounding him for back taxes, a second marriage in shambles, and his 21-year relationship with Motown shattered, Gaye retreated to Belgium to record a comeback album. The result was MIDNIGHT LOVE, Gaye's most successful album in a decade -- heralded by the seductive hit single "Sexual Healing." Apparently, during his exile, Gaye found himself heavily influenced by both the futuristic techno sounds of Kraftwerk (check out the gurgling synths on "Midnight Lady") and the steel drum pulse of reggae music ("Third World Girl" was a tribute to Bob Marley). In addition to playing many of the instruments, Gaye loaded this masterpiece with biting horn arrangements and the type of mechanical rhythms that later became electro-funk staples. Balancing out up-tempo tracks such as the largely instrumental "Rockin' After Midnight" and the funk-fused "Joy" are ballads including the poignant "'Til Tomorrow" and the optimistic, reverential "My Love Is Waiting." MIDNIGHT LOVE was a surefire sign that this soul legend and musical visionary was embarking on an exciting new chapter in his career -- one that was cut short by Gaye's untimely death in 1984. Dave Gil de Rubio

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Craig Lytle
Larkin Arnold, former CBS Records (Sony Music) senior executive VP, convinced Marvin Gaye to leave his flat in Belgium and sign with Columbia Records; the result would become the soul singer's last album before his untimely death. Of all his number one songs, this album's first release, "Sexual Healing," became his longest running number one single on the Billboard R&B charts (ten straight weeks). With the exception of the guitar, the Washington, D.C. native performed every instrument on this classic hit. Gaye concocted a pioneering percussive sound that was balladic in taste but stimulating in feel. As this project may not be an absolute erotic expression or a socially challenging plea from Gaye like on some of his previous albums, nonetheless, Midnight Love is a classic Marvin Gaye effort. In addition to this project thriving with Gaye's enthusiastic spirit, it has his harmonious background vocals, his stunning vocal arrangements and his creative penmanship, as he wrote all the selections.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646385647
catalogNumber:
63856

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Performance Credits

Marvin Gaye   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Fiddle,Bongos,Drums,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bells,fender rhodes,Orchestra Bells
Gordon Banks   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Harvey Fuqua   Background Vocals
James Gadson   Drums
McKinley Jackson   Conductor
Joel Peskin   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Bobby Stern   Harmonica,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
David Stout   Horn

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Larkin Arnold   Executive Producer
Dan Bates   Engineer
Mike Butcher   Engineer
McKinley Jackson   Horn Arrangements
John Kovarek   Engineer,Remixing
David Ritz   Essay
Leo Sacks   Re-Release Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction

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