Marvin Gaye Live!Marvin Gaye Live! Live albumby Marvin GayeReleased June 19, 1974Recorded Oakland Coliseum
January 4, 1974GenreSoulLength 43:41 LabelTamlaProducerMarvin GayeProfessional reviews Marvin Gayechronology Diana & Marvin
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Marvin Gaye Live! was the second live album released by Marvin Gaye in 1974.
At the time of the recording Marvin Gaye was on the height of his career, having sold over ten million singles and five million albums respectively, between 1971 and 1973. Marvin Gaye Live!, which was finally recorded at the Oakland Coliseum on a previously rescheduled date on January 4, 1974, was significant for many reasons: it marked the singer's official return to the stage after a four-year sabbatical (although he performed on May 1, 1972 after his place of birth Washington D.C. officially proclaimed "Marvin Gaye Day") following the untimely death of fellow soul singer and beloved duet partner Tammi Terrell in 1970; Gaye still hadn't recovered from his stage fright, which was now more apparent as he was starting to take cocaine to dim the fright; and it proved that despite his age (he was 34 years old at the time of the concert) and after spending a 15-year career, he was still the delight of many a female fan, who cheered him on and screamed loudly as he sung through a bevy of songs.
It was noted that when Gaye arrived, he would have his younger brother, singer Frankie Gaye, come onstage to accept cheers as if Frankie was indeed Marvin - in fact the two brothers looked alike - and when Marvin appeared in his trademark sparkled kufi and sparkled blue jean outfit, many were confused. Nevertheless, Gaye commanded the stage even through his fright and the only jitters showed when he was trying to discuss a song.
Commercially the album was another big success and prove that Marvin couldn't do anything wrong during the first half of the 1970's in terms of his public appeal. The live recording hit the No. 1 spot on August 31, 1974 on the Billboard R&B charts for two weeks as well as Billboard's Pop album charts top ten at #8. The album, though, is most famous for capturing the moment when Gaye gave a slower, soulful version of his doo-wop ballad, "Distant Lover" to frenzied screams and cheers. The live version of "Distant Lover" also became a single release in late September of 1974 hitting the R&B Top 20 and Pop top 30, respectively. The performance soon became a Gaye trademark onstage and the singer continued to perform the song in the similar way until his last concert in 1983.
- "Introduction" – 0:34
- "Overture" (Gaye) – 2:21
- "Trouble Man" (Gaye) – 6:39
- "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" (Gaye/Nyx) – 3:25
- "Distant Lover" (Fuqua/Gaye/Greene) – 6:15
- "Jan" (Gaye) – 3:03
- "Fossil Medley": "I'll Be Doggone"/"Try It Baby"/"Can I Get a Witness"/"You're a Wonderful One"/"Stubborn Kind of Fellow"/"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" – 11:36
- "Let's Get It On" (Gaye/Townsend) – 4:45
- "What's Going On" (Benson/Clevland/Gaye) – 4:50
(US/UK Top Ten singles) "Pride and Joy" · "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" · "I'll Be Doggone" · "Ain't That Peculiar" · "Your Precious Love" · "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You" · "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" · "You're All I Need to Get By" · "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" · "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" · "Abraham, Martin & John" · "The Onion Song" · "That's the Way Love Is" · "What's Going On" · "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" · "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" · "Trouble Man" · "Let's Get It On" · "You Are Everything" · "Got to Give It Up" · "Sexual Healing" Related topics Discography · Songs · Albums · Songs by Marvin Gaye · Albums produced by Marvin Gaye · Marvin Gaye vocalists · Marvin Gay, Sr. · Anna Gordy Gaye · Frankie Gaye · Janis Hunter Gaye · Nona Gaye · The Moonglows · Tammi Terrell · Marvin's Room
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