Blessed with a mellifluous tenor and a three-octave vocal range, Marvin Gaye was one of the most consistent and enigmatic of the Motown hitmakers, with a career that exemplified the maturation of soul and black pop into a sophisticated form spanning social and sexual politics.
This quintessential collector’s edition contains Gaye’s long time unavailable and magnificent debut album for the Tamla label, The Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye (1961). In addition, we have included 3 bonus tracks consisting of hard to find sides from his early years joining R&B groups such as The Marquees and Harvey & The Moonglows. It serves as the best introduction for anyone wanting to explore his first steps. This is the material upon which Marvin Gaye’s soul kingdom and unique personal style were built.
“There's no sound like Marvin Gaye: the way he sang so softly, almost gently -but also with so much power.”- Rolling Stone magazine
MARVIN GAYE, lead vocals, piano and drums.
(1-11) & (13) Unidentified rhythm section. Produced by Berry Gordy. Recorded in Detroit, Michigan, 1961.
(12) Featured as Harvey & The Moonglows: Marvin Gay (only lead vocals), Reese Palmer (first tenor vocals), James Nolan (tenor vocals), Chester Simmons (baritone), Chuck Barksdale (bass vocals). Unidentified rhythm section. Produced by Harvey Fuqua. Recorded in Detroit, Michigan, 1959.
(14): Featured as The Marquees: Marvin Gay (only baritone vocals), Reese Palmer (first tenor vocals), James Nolan (tenor vocals), Chester Simmons (tenor & bass vocals). Unidentified rhythm section. Produced by Harvey Fuqua. Recorded in Chicago, Illinois, 1959.
01 (I’M AFRAID) THE MASQUERADE IS OVER 5:14 02 MY FUNNY VALENTINE 3:33 03 WITCHCRAFT 2:28 04 EASY LIVING 3:09 05 HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN 3:12 06 LOVE FOR SALE 2:57 07 ALWAYS 3:07 08 HOW HIGH THE MOON 2:33 09 LET YOUR CONSCIENCE BE YOUR GUIDE 3:05 10 NEVER LET YOU GO 2:44 11 YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS 3:58
BONUS TRACKS 12 MAMA LOOCHIE – by HARVEY AND THE MOONGLOWS 2:33 13 I’M YOURS, YOU’RE MINE 1:57 14 HEY LITTLE SCHOOLGIRL – by THE MARQUEES 2:16 TOTAL TIME: 42:42