22 Songs, 1 Hour 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This supplementary edition of demos, instrumentals, and alternate versions gives a sense of how Gaye rediscovered his art in the process of making Midnight Love. The influence of Rick James is made apparent in the working title of the frisky, funky “Midnight Lady,” originally called “Clique James.” Midnight Love ended up being an album of precision, but the early versions of “Rockin’ After Midnight,” “’Til Tomorrow,” “Third World Girl” and “My Love Is Waiting” show Gaye in a looser, more free-flowing mode. Especially stunning is an a cappella mix of “Turn On Some Music”— later sampled to great effect by Erick Sermon for his 2000 hit “Music.” Of course, Midnight Love will forever be defined by its crown jewel, “Sexual Healing,” a song so rich and emblematic of Marvin’s personality that each alternate version reveals something different in the song. As shown by the lo-fi bedroom demo that closes this collection, “Sexual Healing” was shimmering magic even before it was burnished by studio wizardry.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This supplementary edition of demos, instrumentals, and alternate versions gives a sense of how Gaye rediscovered his art in the process of making Midnight Love. The influence of Rick James is made apparent in the working title of the frisky, funky “Midnight Lady,” originally called “Clique James.” Midnight Love ended up being an album of precision, but the early versions of “Rockin’ After Midnight,” “’Til Tomorrow,” “Third World Girl” and “My Love Is Waiting” show Gaye in a looser, more free-flowing mode. Especially stunning is an a cappella mix of “Turn On Some Music”— later sampled to great effect by Erick Sermon for his 2000 hit “Music.” Of course, Midnight Love will forever be defined by its crown jewel, “Sexual Healing,” a song so rich and emblematic of Marvin’s personality that each alternate version reveals something different in the song. As shown by the lo-fi bedroom demo that closes this collection, “Sexual Healing” was shimmering magic even before it was burnished by studio wizardry.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Voodoo Child 7 ,

Quintessential Marvin - Priceless

Sincere. Raw. Personal. Recording sessions, these days, are constructed for MTV or "behind the scenes" propaganda. The vocal version of Sexual Healing is evidence of Marvin Gaye's consistency and understated power at the microphone. His greeting to the CBS audience, insight into the gentle passion that personal demons could not steal away. The variations of different cuts show a bygone age of experimenting with voice, rather than seeking out special effects or framing into what's commercially marketable. The world is a lesser place without Marvin Gaye, but we are greater people for having lived to hear this wonderful human being.

iowajewel ,

one of the best!

i saw Marvin in concert when he was on tour for this album, it is still one of the greatest nights of my life. funny but Third World Girl is my all time favorite song and it was never even a hit! i love how there are 3 different versions of this song! if you are a Marvin Gaye fan you will love the extra's on this album! it is my favorite after I Want You. Great songs, even greater man, we love you Marvin - forever you will live on .

JeriCountryGrl ,

One of the Motown Greats!

What a Singer Marvin Gaye was!. His music will live Forever. I just saw the story of Motown on public Broadcasting.I understand his trails and his love he so despertly needed from his father.His Songs were from his heart and feelings we all shared when listening to his music.
What a waste that he never found real true Love , except in his music.
"Life wasted", not to me. he gave the world so much love in his Songs. One could feel his pain also.
Marvin Gaye is one of the Greats of Motown and I shall always remember him this way.God's Blessings to Marvin Gaye.

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