The Very Best of the Originals

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Very Best of the Originals includes their hits from the late '60s through the mid-'70s, along with some LP cuts, B-sides, and unreleased tracks. The first six songs were produced or co-produced by Marvin Gaye in 1969 and 1970 including the hits "Baby I'm for Real" and "The Bells". These have been sometimes cited as forerunners to his What's Going On album, but it would be wrong to view them as a What's Going On supplement. They're in much more of a lush, group vocal, sweet soul style, although some traces of ideas Gaye would play with in the early '70s are present, particularly in the way the background voices weave around each other. The one previously ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Very Best of the Originals includes their hits from the late '60s through the mid-'70s, along with some LP cuts, B-sides, and unreleased tracks. The first six songs were produced or co-produced by Marvin Gaye in 1969 and 1970 including the hits "Baby I'm for Real" and "The Bells". These have been sometimes cited as forerunners to his What's Going On album, but it would be wrong to view them as a What's Going On supplement. They're in much more of a lush, group vocal, sweet soul style, although some traces of ideas Gaye would play with in the early '70s are present, particularly in the way the background voices weave around each other. The one previously unreleased Gaye production, "Just to Keep You Satisfied," would be reworked, with the same backing track and backing vocals but with a different lead vocal and lyrics, on Gaye's Let's Get It On album. The rest of the tracks are largely in a competent sweet soul mold, also including "Suspicion," a previously unreleased Holland-Dozier-Holland number from 1966 with a more up-tempo sound; "Game Called Love," a 1974 cut composed and produced by Stevie Wonder; and "Down to Love Town," a 1976 disco smash.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/1999
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 731454950626
  • Catalog Number: 549506
  • Sales rank: 10,876

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Originals Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Marvin Gaye Vocals
Hank Dixon Tenor (Vocal)
Walter Gaines Baritone (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Champion Jack Dupree Composer
Marvin Gaye Arranger, Producer
Carly Simon Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
David Clayton-Thomas Composer
Gene Page Arranger
Joe Hinton Producer
Tom Baird Arranger
H.B. Barnum Arranger
Johnny Bristol Producer
Peter DeAngelis Composer
Lamont Dozier Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter Producer
Clay McMurray Composer, Producer
Richard Morris Producer
Paul Riser Arranger
Pam Sawyer Composer
Michael Sutton Producer
David Van De Pitte Arranger
Stevie Wonder Producer
Adam White Liner Notes, Essay
Frank Wilson Producer
Georgia Ward Archives Coordinator, Archives Director
Bob Marcucci Composer
Jeff Willens Remastering
A. Smith Composer
W. D. Smith Composer
Jerome Doc Pomus Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A talent that fell through the cracks

    This cd is a must for music lovers that either remember when music was music or love old skool. The Originals had an unique sound, mixing doo-wop street corner harmony, with smooth mellow rythyms that saturated R&B music of 60's/70's They also boast arguably the greatest recording artist ever in Marvin Gaye singing backrounds. For the first six songs in this set, Marvin weaves his smooth tenor and falsetto voice throughout the tracks making them sound impecaple. As far as the other nine tracks on this cd, they are very good as well but the Marvin Gaye produced tracks are definitely the highlight of this cd. I particularly like the songs I'll Wait For You, We Can Make It Baby and Just To Keep You Satisfied. They exhibit harmonizing at its best. If you are a fan of good music, you will enjoy this cd very much, I guarantee it.

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