The Ultimate Live Collection

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Packages can be deceiving; this one is a case in point. This "box set" is nicely put together. It's black with four-color photos of Marvin Gaye in action, inside it contains a sticker and a small button of the master in full roar. The music comes as a double disc, with a booklet that contains real liner notes by vocalist and producer Athan Maroulis (responsible for this collection), and full credits. This set was issued by Goldenlane Records and is manufactured and distributed through the ever-unreliable Cleopatra. That last name should make punters duly suspicious, since the imprint has been involved in some of the most unconscionable "reissues" and "live albums" in the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Packages can be deceiving; this one is a case in point. This "box set" is nicely put together. It's black with four-color photos of Marvin Gaye in action, inside it contains a sticker and a small button of the master in full roar. The music comes as a double disc, with a booklet that contains real liner notes by vocalist and producer Athan Maroulis (responsible for this collection), and full credits. This set was issued by Goldenlane Records and is manufactured and distributed through the ever-unreliable Cleopatra. That last name should make punters duly suspicious, since the imprint has been involved in some of the most unconscionable "reissues" and "live albums" in the marketplace. These two discs contain terrific performances. While the actual origin of the 1980 performance is in doubt, Maroulis' liner notes claim that despite other "reissues" -- bootlegs pure and simple -- of most of this same material being credited to a gig in Miami, this was impossible since Gaye didn't live on the continent and didn't tour here either. The sound quality is certainly a board tape that remains unmixed and it's a warts and all performance of hits and misses from his best '60s and '70s material. Disc two was recorded during his Midnight Love tour in 1983 and was recorded in the United States. The sound quality here is decidedly rougher and sketchier, though all the instruments can be heard (mostly) clearly. Sound problems in the hall are plentiful here as well, and this set remains unmixed. The performance is dynamite and the band features the talents of Sheila E. and her dad, Pete Escovedo on percussion instruments. Nowhere is it mentioned in the package that the material was licensed from either Motown or Columbia, so one wonders how Cleopatra, Maroulis, or Goldentone has the authority to issue these performances? If it smells like a bootleg and sounds like one, it more than likely is one. Despite the rather fancy packaging, this set remains one of the many Gaye sets of dubious origin. Only hardcore fans will be interested in this stuff, the more causal fan will be more than satisfied with official albums and videos.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • UPC: 741157285727
  • Catalog Number: 2857
  • Sales rank: 141,157

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marvin Gaye Primary Artist, Vocals
Pete Escovedo Percussion
Lonnie Liston Smith Keyboards
Bernard Baisden Trombone
Gordon Banks Guitar, Leader
Frank Blair Bass
Elmira Collins Vibes
Lynn Davis Vocals
Sheila Escovedo Percussion
Rick Gardner Trumpet
Kush Griffith Trumpet
Richard "Kush" Griffith Horn
Dean Hagen Drums
Fernando Harkness Tenor Saxophone
McKinley Jackson Musical Direction
Carl Jones Baritone Saxophone
Lee Kentle Vocals
Paulette McWilliams Vocals
David Majal lI Saxophone
Joe Mayo Conga
Byron Miller Bass
Greg Moore Guitar
Robert Stevenson Vocals
Hiroshi Upshur Keyboards
Wah-Wah Watson Guitar
Bugsy Wilcox Drums
Tony Flores Percussion
Rastine Calhoun III Alto Saxophone
Frieda Woody Vocals
Steve Smith Vocals
Sandra Akaka Conga
Dwayne Benjamin Trombone
Checo Tohomaso Percussion
Howard Westbrook Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Composer
T-Boy Ross Composer
Julian Beeston Remastering
Leon Ware Composer
Athan Maroulis Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Annotation
Eunah Lee Graphic Design
Jim Britt Cover Photo
Peggy Logan Copy Editing
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