The Very Best of the Originals

The Very Best of the Originals

by The Originals
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The Very Best of the Originals

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/1999
Label: Motown
UPC: 0731454950626
catalogNumber: 549506

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Originals   Primary Artist
Marvin Gaye   Vocals
Hank Dixon   Tenor (Vocal)
Walter Gaines   Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Arranger,Producer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Gene Page   Arranger
Joe Hinton   Producer
Tom Baird   Arranger
Hidle Brown 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
Doc Pomus   Composer
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

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The Very Best of the Originals 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.