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Inner City Blues: Music of Marvin Gaye

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Bono is superlative in his rendition of "Save the Children," BoyZ II Men blend their harmonies effectively on "Let's Get it On," while the very soulful Lisa Stansfield is just right on "Just to Keep You Satisfied." Madonna's "I Want You," slower than the original, retains Gaye's heartfelt plea to his intended paramour. "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" by Motown label mate Stevie Wonder is pure fun. Finally, Sounds of Blackness do justice to "God is Live/Mercy Mercy Me," making it perfect for the dancehall as well as the choir stand.

1. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) - Nona Gaye
2. Save The Children - Bono
3. Let's Get It On - Boys II Men
4. I Want You - Madonna With Massive Attack
5. Trouble Man - Neneh Cherry
6. Just To Keep You Satisfied - Lisa Stansfield
7. Stubborn Kind Of Fellow - Stevie Wonder
8. God Is Love/Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) - Sounds Of Blackness
9. Like Marvin Gaye Said (What's Going On) - Speech
10. Marvin, You're The Man - Digable Planets

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: October 17, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B000001A82
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on February 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Marvin Gaye was truly a unique artist, and this album of Gaye standards as interpreted by others adds to his legendary status. Beginning with daughter Nona's turn on the title cut, the CD triumphs on every single selection. The respective artists do not try to mimic Gaye; they simply do it their way without altering the passion of Gaye's lyrics.
Bono is superlative in his rendition of "Save the Children," BoyZ II Men blend their harmonies effectively on "Let's Get it On," while the very soulful Lisa Stansfield is just right on "Just to Keep You Satisfied." Madonna's "I Want You," slower than the original, retains Gaye's heartfelt plea to his intended paramour. "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" by Motown label mate Stevie Wonder is pure fun. Finally, Sounds of Blackness do justice to "God is Live/Mercy Mercy Me," making it perfect for the dancehall as well as the choir stand.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
If you like Marvin Gaye's songs - and almost everyone will have heard at least some of these songs at some point - then you will be interested in checking out these new takes/tributes by each of these independently sucessful artists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Tolksdorf on October 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this while deployed in Italy.
The music of Marvin Gaye is beautiful, and the artists on the album give stellar performances. Their renditions are soulful and delivered from the heart. Don't let the fact that the cover says 'Various Artists' throw you off! This is wonderful.
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I am most definitely biased as I have loved Marvin Gaye since I was in elementary school performing a lame pantomime of "I'll Be Doggone". But something changed dramatically in my senior year when "What's Going On" arrived as one of the theme songs of my rites of passage, maturation into my college years. There was a "new" Motown sound being born. It is often said that by the end of the 60s, the "Motown Sound" neared its end. Untrue. Marvin, Stevie, Smokey, Ashford & Simpson and Norman Whitfield all ushered in a new evolving "Motown Sound". All of the aforementioned songwriters/producers utilized the same jazz-oriented "Funk Brothers" musicians that played on the Motown classics of the 60s and thru 1972 and beyond, the often applauded but never duplicated engineering sounds from Studio A, B & C at 2648 W. Grand Blvd in Detroit. So how could the Motown sound just end. Listen to The Four Tops "Still Water" mini masterpiece album or the grand production Ashford & Simpson executed for Diana's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". Separate from the golden period solo works of Marvin, Stevie and Smokey, those 2 phenomenal works signaled that Motown was more than ready for its great album era beginning in 1970.
The Funk Brothers guided by longtime great producer Gil Askey even got a chance to fully source their jazz roots with the excellent soundtrack to "Lady Sings the Blues" and its "locked in the vaults" until 2005 superb follow-up, "Blue" for the Queen of Motown, the preeminent, Diana Ross, showing her artistic leaps and bounds growth from her days as the lead singer for The Supremes.
"Whar's Going On" was an immediate success.
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I really do love the music of Marvin Gaye and his work. To have it reinterpreted by so many different people presents a real challenge. Yet it works. Not incredibly well. But good enough to buy and listen to the variety of interpretations. They do put melodic, rapping and lyrical spins onto the work which in some ways does succeed in making it more their own stand alone interpretations rather than simply reduxes.
A great buy......perhaps go for the used price. There are some products that are materially/work product overpriced but are still worth a hearty, avid listening.
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