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Dream of a Lifetime

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • ASIN: B0010CBFOW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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By Glenn Nippert on July 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Critically, this album has been bashed, thrashed and rehashed over the years.Considering it was made out of the unreleased, remaining scraps of his last recording sessions, I think it is a decent posthumous affair, better than say John Lennon's "Milk and Honey". I would go as far as to say that "Sanctified Lady" is one of his best jams, done in the funky style of "Sexual Healing" or "Got To Give It Up". Also of note, "Ain't It Funny(How Things Turn Around), which is a catchy tune that I play a lot and could have been written about his recent commercial comeback with the Midnight Love album. I also like "Savage In The Sack" and "Masochistic Beauty". I think, obviously, if Marvin had lived, these sessions would be more polished and stronger material along the lines of "Sanctified Lady" would have come along and lifted this album to the level of Midnight Love, but I feel it is pure musical snobbery to turn up your nose at these recordings, as many have for years, when actually they are quite good, and let's face it, Marvin's s#*t was other people's diamonds.
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By max on November 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have been a huge fan of Marvin since 6th grade, when I was just 12 years old. Now I am 17 and every day i am still touched by his music and his legacy. I purchased this CD about 3 years, and like most of Marvins music, it took a while for it to grow on me. However, this is not an actual cd, but a collection of work recorded on CBS after 'Midnight Love'; as well as work such as Symphony and I Live For You which were recorded during the same time as the 'Let's Get It On' album (outtakes of the aforementioned songs appear on the deluxe edition of 'Lets Get It On). Since this is not a real album, it doesnt flow consistently...and since the material ranges from the early 70's to the early 80's, the musical style (the change from congas to synthesized drum beats) can sometimes only be an unfortunate reminder of why the stuff shouldnt have even been released. However, when the songs are viewed individually, its not half as bad as it could be (this is MARVIN we are talking about!) Masochistic Beauty is diffently a funk filled jam, as is Sanctified Lady (which was actually a number 2 hit in 1985). . . and the '70s stuff ranks right up there with his classic albums This may not be an 'I Want You' or 'Whats Going On', but viewed on its own merits, it still makes the listener wish Marvin had lived his Dream of a Liftime to its fullest extent!
Max
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By A Customer on September 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The first three songs demonstrate Marvin Gaye's genius. "Sanctified Lady" is worth the price of the CD. It's as brilliantly secular as it is simultaneously sacred. "Savage in the Sack" is comical and poignant. "Masochistic Beauty" reveals a very interesting point of view from a man who's life was as rich in variety and texture as it was complex as the musical compositions that he gave to the world. In my estimation all three of these songs are even better than "Sexual Healing".
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Format: Audio CD
Owned the LP since 1985 ... surprised to find you carry this CD ("regular" stores don't, of course!). I wouldn't say this was Marvin's BEST work, but it certainly is a UNIQUE one! And well worth adding to your collection if you're already a Marvin Gaye fan ... "newcomers" might be frightened.
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Format: Audio CD
Music critics often dismiss this album as being uneven, unpolished and unfocused as the songs were pulled from the can and some of the material sound more like demos than polished tracks. I think, though that they're so hung up on mechanics that they're missing the point...

I especially dig this release and give this album four stars, because I believe that this album, unploished though it may be, gives you rare candid insight into the mind and heart of Marvin Gaye -- the man. Some of the tracks were songs meant to be released for his next album, while others were songs that remained in the can....but they all seem to show a deeper and perhaps somewhat tortured side of Marvin that you didn't see in earlier releases (not even Here, My Dear).

You hear the spiritual side, (Life's Opera, Dream of a Lifetime), the scandalous, yet humourous side (Masochistic Beauty, Savage in the Sack, Santified Lady), and the tortured, emotional side(those would be his Motown tracks, It's Madness and Symphony). My only complaint about this release is that the producers censored some of the content and took away from the genuineness of the material (e.g. Savage in the Sack was originally meant to be called "Them Niggers are Savages in the Sack" and Sanctified Lady was to be "Santified Pussy" clearly both were overdubbed for political correctness.).

Be it as it may, this album should have been a greater classic than allowed...because it showcased the man...the true genius and mind of Marvin Gaye
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i bought this recording when it first came out, but lost it somewhere, somehow. i saw it again here and purchased it. the only thing is it a couple of the songs weren't the same. the first one i had had a few explicit lyrics while this one does not. it's really not that big a deal since i enjoy anything that Marvin sang, but it would have been nice to have the same recording again. the original must not be available anymore as i looked for it again here and elsewhere, but did not see it. still a great CD. i would recommend to any Marvin Gaye fan.
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