Marvin Gaye blazed the trail for the continued evolution of popular black music: moving from lean, powerful R&B to stylish, sophisticated soul to finally arrive at an intensely political and personal form of artistic self-expression.
His work not only redefined soul music as a creative force but also expanded its impact as an agent for social change.
Marvin Gaye recorded at the Montreux Casino on July 7 1980, during the Montreux Jazz Festival. This DVD includes such classics as "Let's Get It On", "Ain't That Peculiar", "Inner City Blues", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "What's Going On" and of course "I Heard It Through The Grapevine".
The companion DOUBLE CD "Live In Montreux" is available on Eagle Records
2. Got To Give It Up
3. Funky Space
4. After The Dance (Hellos)
5. Come Get To This
6. Let's Get It On
7. After The Dance
8. If This World Was Mine / Ain'tNothing Like The Real Thing / Ain'tNo Mountain High Enough
9. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
10. Ain't That Peculiar
11. I'll Be Dog Gone
12. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
13. Trouble Man
14. Distant Lover
15. Inner City Blues
16. Mercy Mercy Me
17. What's Going On
Marvin Gaye might not have been the obvious invitee to the 1980 Jazz Festival in Montreux, but this DVD of his appearance there is as good a document as any currently available of the soul sage at the height of his talents. Gaye is joined on stage by a full band replete with backup singers and horn section, all resplendent in their late-'70s fashion statements. While the continual onslaught of overhead lighting is reminiscent of a concert in a high school gym, Gaye isn't letting anything get in his way as he lays down groove after groove of his most beloved material. He fights to keep "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" fresh even if it's his zillionth time plaintively administering that age-old news. The whole concert brims with an energy that only climbs higher in the finale as Gaye electrifies with "Mercy Mercy Me" and takes his sweet time with his classic "What's Going On," in which he even includes a soul-searching monologue that answers with some finality that nagging question: what's it all about? Live at Montreux
is a must for fans and connoisseurs of soul alike. --Karl Wachter