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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMY00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. More
2. Why Did I Choose You?
3. Maria
4. The Shadow of Your Smile
5. Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
6. I Won't Cry Anymore
7. Just Like
8. Walkin' in the Rain
9. I Live for You
10. Stranger in My Life
11. Happy Go Lucky

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Simply a work of pure genius!
Reginald A. Mitchell
If you like standards or soul then this CD is essential.
P. Andrew Roach
Marvin lived a trouble life but was a great entertainer.
r&b music forever

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Det. Abilene on August 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The second compilation from Columbia and Motown of previously unreleased material from Marvin, ROMANTICALLY YOURS is, if nothing else, not as crass a release as DREAM OF A LIFETIME. Most people know that Marvin had long dreamed of being a ballad crooner in the Sinatra mode, and that he worked on an album of such material for 12 years before declining to release it. The completed material (which is what Marvin was proud of) was eventually released in 1997 as VULNERABLE.

What's really bizarre is that ROMANTICALLY YOURS (which was released in 1985) contains the ballad recordings that Marvin made in the mid-sixties, and was reportedly unsatisfied with. And when listening to this album, it's easy to see why. Throughout the 12 years that Marvin worked on his ballad album, he grew tremendously as a vocalist and interpreter. Comparing this to VULNERABLE is like night and day. By 1978 (which is when the material on VULNERABLE was completed) Marvin had perfected his style of delivering these standards in a manner that was both new and traditional at the same time. On those recordings, his multi-layered vocals are pure, beautiful, and soulful.

However, on the recordings that are presented on ROMANTICALLY YOURS (most of which were recorded in 1966), Marvin sounds like he doesn't know exactly how should interpret this material. Throughout the entire disc, he sounds detached and mechanical. This is especially noticeable on the three songs that were later repeated on VULNERABLE ("Why Did I Choose You," "The Shadow of Your Smile," "I Won't Cry Anymore"). VULNERABLE contains the renditions of these three songs that Marvin recorded in 1978, while ROMANTICALLY YOURS includes the 1966 versions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reginald A. Mitchell on January 1, 2002
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Mistermaxx, how could you overrate an album with three of the most gorgeous outtakes ever? That being "Just Like" and my personal favorite "Walkin' In the Rain'. I had been going through one of the most darkest periods of my Young adulthood life when I had came upon this album with utter curiosity. I brought the album home and at first just like you I was not Impressed with the overall content. Until I listened carefully to
Walkin' In the Rain". I almost died listening to this masterpiece! Never before In the history of music that a artist could be so pure! Listen to Rain Drops In the Song. Simply a work of pure genius! Even Barry White adored this song! Simply
brillant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ANDRE on November 5, 2011
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'Romantically Yours' is true art penned my the master of melodic mood interpretations. These albums were purchased because it was the late, great...but they did not/do not receive the accolades deserved for these efforts at making beautifully romantic ballads from the heart, soul, and pain of love. Marvin's desire to elevate from pop and funk/disco to a level of higher thought was not received well. Hopefully, now some of these folks will decide to really listen to the music he loved to sing and write.
Especially worth the listen, and my personal favorites from this disc are tracks: More; Why Did I Choose You; Fly Me To The Moon; I Won't Cry Anymore; and The Shadow Of Your Smile.
If at all compelled by the simple beauty of these, you should definitely try to find the better versions of these songs, only found on The Marvin Gaye Collection (box set) disc 4.The Marvin Gaye Collection
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AMPM on January 10, 2011
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This is Marvin like you ahe never heard him. Just Smooth. The perfect gift for any Marvin fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Andrew Roach on December 8, 2002
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One year ago I collected this CD and was estactically surprised. The sensitive and sensual Marvin Gaye is nothing short of his usual outstanding performance. Yet this collection was beautifully original in song selection, arrangement, and production. I cannot keep these beautiful performances out of the changer. If you like standards or soul then this CD is essential. If you like BOTH then this CD will immediately become the pride and joy of your romantic life as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven F Lawson on September 14, 2014
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Just seeing the look on people face when I tell them who's singing, is when you realize you got it right. If you love the life of the Greeks,in the time of lliad, the words of John Milton and the nobility of Fredrick Douglas, all tide together in one's soul by the graceful words of Isabel Wilkerson, the is you CD. In other words People, you're gonna love this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RAMON MUJICA on April 25, 2014
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FOR A M.G. FANS, I GET A PHENOMENAL SURPRISE. THI ALBUM IS A MASTER PIECE OF THE GREAT VOICE OF R&B. THIS ALBUM HAVE A PRIME COLLECTION OF THEMES THAT MARVIN PUT IN A SUPREME LEVEL AND STYLE. A COLLECTORS ITEM FOR SERIOUS MUSIC LOVERS.
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I read in a Marvin Gaye biography that it was never his intention to become the R&B Star he became in front of legions of fans. He desired deeply to become the song stylist of his day ala Frank Sinatra. He wanted to express himself through timeless music and lyrics versus the bump and grind he was best known for..."Let's Get It On". Truth be told, he enjoyed the success of his "Sexual Healing" persona but his heart was in the classics. This album represents his heart's desire. Beautiful melodies, orchestration and Marvin Gaye's voice displayed the true romantic. I have thoroughly enjoyed this album from track #1 to #11. Amazing artistry! Take a listen and hear for yourself this vocal workman.
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