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Midnight Love [Midnight Love & the Sexual Healing Sessions]
     

Midnight Love [Midnight Love & the Sexual Healing Sessions]

by Marvin Gaye
 

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After a series of business and personal upheavals as well as a couple of artistically satisfying but commercially disappointing albums, Marvin Gaye scored a final triumph with Midnight Love on which he embraced dancefloor rhythms derived from Rick James, horn charts that echoed Earth, Wind & Fire, and the

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After a series of business and personal upheavals as well as a couple of artistically satisfying but commercially disappointing albums, Marvin Gaye scored a final triumph with Midnight Love on which he embraced dancefloor rhythms derived from Rick James, horn charts that echoed Earth, Wind & Fire, and the kind of loverman lyrics he himself had pioneered on earlier hits such as "Let's Get It On." The breakthrough track was his last major hit, "Sexual Healing," a relaxed groove tune with burbling percussion, doo wop backup vocals, and a new twist on the old romantic come-on. But the album as a whole made Gaye's case as a contemporary R&B artist. Then he was gone. This reissue compilation contains the entire Midnight Love album on the first disc, followed by a full 74-minute disc of previously unreleased work tapes and alternate takes of most of the album's songs, among them four versions of "Sexual Healing." Since Gaye developed the tracks himself, playing keyboards and percussion, the alternates illuminate his creative process, but they contain no real revelations and will be of interest primarily to Gaye fans and hip-hop musicians searching for samples. Everybody else can stick with the original album.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/1998
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646554623
catalogNumber:
65546

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Performance Credits

Marvin Gaye   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Bongos,Conga,Cymbals,Drums,Glockenspiel,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bells,Vibes,fender rhodes,Finger Snapping,Synthesizer Bass
Gordon Banks   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Background Vocals
Harvey Fuqua   Background Vocals
James Gadson   Drums
Joel Peskin   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Stern   Harmonica,Tenor Saxophone
David Stout   Horn
McKinley T. Jackson   Conductor

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Odell Brown   Composer
Larkin Arnold   Executive Producer
Gordon Banks   Composer
Dan Bates   Engineer
Mike Butcher   Engineer
John Kovarek   Engineer
Jay Leonhart   Composer
David Ritz   Composer,Liner Notes
Leo Sacks   Reissue Producer
McKinley T. Jackson   Horn Arrangements
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction

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