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.

SONG
Midnight Lady
1
5:17
 
Sexual Healing
2
3:58
 
Rockin' After Midnight
3
6:03
 
'Til Tomorrow
4
4:57
 
Turn On Some Music
5
5:07
 
Third World Girl
6
4:35
 
Joy
7
4:22
 
My Love Is Waiting
8
5:07
 
Clique Games / Rick James (Original Version of "Midnight Lady")
1
5:38
 
Sexual Healing (Alternate 12" Instrumental)
2
4:38
 
Sexual Healing (Vocal Version)
3
4:39
 
Sexual Healing (Alternate Vocal Mix)
4
4:49
 
I Bet You Wonder (Original Version of "Rockin' After Midnight")
5
6:42
 
Rockin' After Midnight (Instrumental)
6
7:00
 
Baby, Baby, Baby (Vocal Version of "'Til Tomorrow")
7
6:54
 
I've Got My Music (Vocal Version of "Turn On Some Music")
8
5:32
 
Turn On Some Music (Alternate Vocal Mix)
9
5:15
 
Third World Girl (Reggae Version)
10
8:00
 
Third World Girl (Alternate Vocal Mix)
11
6:33
 
My Love Is Waiting (Alternate Vocal Mix)
12
5:14
 
Marvin's Message to the CBS Records Staff
13
1:00
 
Sexual Healing (Rehearsal Tape Courtesy of David Ritz)
14
2:14
 

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