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Wednesday, January 28 2009

What's Going On: Marvin Gaye's Liberation from the Motown Sound

When Obie Benson of the Four Tops brought him a song he had co-written with Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye found something that had reflected the way he had been feeling ever since Tammi Terrell's death -- anger, sadness, and disillusionment about his friend's death and the chaotic world around him.


Tuesday, July 29 2008

The Innovators

Sometimes changing the course of modern music can be surprisingly easy. Though their names may not be laced in the stars right next to Sinatra and Dylan, these mavericks will always be remembered for breaking boundaries, stretching the definitions of genres, and rewriting what the very notion of a "pop song" is.


Tuesday, July 17 2007

Part 3: Curtis Mayfield to The English Beat (1970-1980)

"Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine, go down .." Julie Andrews sang in Mary Poppins. Indeed, a bitter dose of angry words in need of saying, and set to a beat, quite effectively gets heard.


Thursday, March 27 2003

"Real, Compared to What": Anti-War Soul

The original version of 'Compared to What' is a powerful example of black pop that wasn't afraid, echoing Audre Lorde, to speak truth to power.


Columns

Wednesday, August 29 2001

The E-Double and the Trouble Man: Marvin Gaye and Erick Sermon "Turn on Some Music"

Music aficionados and classic soul listeners are also likely up in arms at 'Music', Eric Sermon's digitized duet with the late Marvin Gaye, who was murdered by his father on April 1, 1984.


Reviews

Thursday, June 5 2014

Marvin Gaye: The Soul Legend

A few sweet lessons in life and love from a soul legend.


Thursday, April 10 2008

Marvin Gaye: Here, My Dear

Gaye put his frustrations and anger into one of the most painfully intimate song cycles in musical history and then released it to the public, creating a time-delayed classic.


Wednesday, September 26 2007

Marvin Gaye: Greatest Hits Live in 76 [DVD]

Marvin Gaye sure knew how to woo his audience. Although he exuded sexuality, it was his great songs that gave his shows substance.


Blogs

Wednesday, February 12 2014

Ain't Talking 'Bout Love: Top 10 Definitive Breakup Albums

During a week where you're bombarded with overpriced consumerism disguised as love, here are ten albums that look at love's hangover.


Thursday, October 21 2010

Counterbalance No. 6: Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On'

At number six on the list, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On has been called the greatest soul album of all time. But is it truly "right on"—or maybe a little bit "jive"? Counterbalance’s Mendelsohn and Klinger find out what's happening, brother.


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