LET'S GET IT ON: CD DELUXE
What could be better than the What's Going On: CD Deluxe?
The LET'S GET IT ON: CD DELUXE
On a much needed lighter note, I picked up the ' new ' Marvin Gaye last week.
In light of the past weeks events, I really needed a break. Man, was this it and then some! I heard about this release back in July, so there I was, as usual, at the midnight release session at a local store. If anyone out there knows me, you'll know just how big of a Marvin fan I am. Period.
I LOVED this year's release of The Deluxe Edition Of ' What's Going On'; at that time I said that it was one of the most important releases of the past decade. After many,many repeated playings, I still feel that way.
Now, The Deluxe Edition of ' Let's Get It On ' will take you to another plateau. What can I say? I think I'd probably buy a Marvin Gaye album with just him reciting the Yellow Pages.
This new cd features roughly 27 ( yes 27 ) 'new' joints, even if a few have made their way onto other releases, these are different, or alternative mixes. For example, one of my all time faves, ' You're The Man'. Since it was first released as a single, back in tha day, I must have jammed this a gazillion times or more. The 'new' disc features 2 new versions, and WOW! I think I like the alternative version ( # 1 ) even better! Incredible! I wonder if it would have been better received if released commercially like the version included here. If you even remotely like this joint, I promise you'll love the new version. Funny, as it is with other Marvin Gaye joints, you can listen to the words on ' YTM ', and they are just as applicable today as they were when first released, back in the early 70's.
Then, there's the alternative versions of ' Symphony ', another all-time fave. All I can do is hake my head.Marvin was truly one of a kind, so please spare me the "....this cat/dude/hommie/boy is the next Marvin Gaye." There will NEVER, repeat, NEVER be another Marvin Gaye. End of story.
There's also the instrumental jams, too. Fantastic stuff. And, there's the alternate version of ' Where Are We Going? ' . I just picked up the two CD 'Best Of ' that just came out over month ago, just for this joint. Now, there is another version on this disc! I LOVE it! And there are the alternate mixes of the cuts from the original lp. Like the lush, string filled intro to ' If I Should Die Tonight '. Beautiful. Listen to that, then compare it to the garbage that's on the radio and in videos today. I rest my case. It's a trip, but ' Symphony ' , version 2 is actual ' What's Going On ' !
Oh, the enclosed liner notes, essays, and pictures are well thought out, and provide a glimpse into the making of this masterpiece, and pay a wonderful homage to Marvin.
All in all, this is simply a must have for Marvin Gaye fans, or anyone who truly appreciates great music.
Now, I'll keep my fingers crossed so that the folks at Deluxe Editions are eyeing a ' Trouble Man ' and ' Here My Dear ' release...........soon !!!
GOD Bless and keep you and your families safe. Be proud of who you are and what you stand for. This is a new day for us all, cherish those you love and hold dear. Live life to it's fullest!
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What's Going On: Deluxe Edition
TWO CDs, each about 76-77 minutes in length
- Tracks 1 through 9: the original LP, 24-bit remastered from the ORIGINAL masters (you will be able to see the image of those original tape boxes inside the package), as recorded in Detroit (w/minor overdubs in L.A.) and mixed in L.A. - Tracks 10 through 18: the same tracks, but as originally mixed in Detroit by the same engineer who had mixed the 'What's Going On' single.
Earthier, different viewpoint, more percussive, missing the later overdubs and on several tracks the 2 Marvin voices we are accustomed to hearing overlapping each other are instead in 2 separate channels (!).
Fascinating. It's like getting a new album.
- Track 19: a new instrumental mix of "What's Going On" - mostly rhythm & strings, very trance-like. Something I am personally happy with and while it was originally intended to showcase bassist James Jamerson and the string arrangement of David Van DePitte, I am also hoping radio picks up on it.
- Tracks 1 through 12: The live concert version of the album,. It was Marvin Gaye's first live show in nearly 4 years, backed by some of the original musicians on the LP, on 'Marvin Gaye Day,' Washington D.C. (his hometown), May 1, 1972. A miracle event.
- Tracks 13 through 15: original single versions of "What's Going On" (mono, very different, w/false fade), "God Is Love" (mono, ballad version, different than LP) and "Sad Tomorrows" (different version of "Flyin' High In The Friendly Sky," backed by The Originals)
- Track 16 - a surprise. Something Marvin cut when Motown had rejected the original "What's Going On" single in the fall of 1970. Listen carefully. Marvin later changed the words to create a completely different song.
Includes 28-page booklet, with UNSEEN PHOTOS FROM THE ORIGINAL PHOTO SESSION BY THE ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHER - unusual, since in 30 years no one has ever seen anything but the front and back LP cover shot of MG in the wet snow, and one or two outtakes that have been used in magazines.
Essays by Ben Edmonds of Detroit, who's doing a book on the LP, and yours truly.
EVERY PERSON ON THIS PLANET WHO CALLS THEMSELVES A FAN OF SOUL MUSIC SHOULD OWN THIS....
1. Alternate takes...as most of you will recall, Marvin Gaye originally recorded "What's Going On" in Detroit, using Detroit studio musicians. He submitted this to Berry Gordy for an album and Gordy initially rejected it.
Marvin was asked to report to Motown studios in Los Angeles to begin work on another album.
In the meantime, Gordy changed his mind about "What's Going On" (after the single was released and became a hit) and told Marvin to re mix the album is Los Angeles, which he did and it is the so called "LA Mix" that became the album that was eventually released that we all know and love.
To my ears, the "Detroit mix" is a little more FUNKIER and less "polished" than the "LA Mix".
When you hear the album, then you can judge for yourself
Both versions appear on the 2 CD Deluxe set
2. Live Concert....Took place at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC., around the time when it first opened.
It was the first time that Marvin Gaye had done a live concert since Tammi
Terrell had collapsed in his arms 4 years earlier.
This concert, is AWESOME
If I am not mistaken, it's the only time that he perfomed ALL of the songs
from the album "What's Going On" live!
I am not going to talk about it too much here.
However I will say this much.
I have had this album in my hands for about a month.
I have listened to it almost every day since then.
The music is DEEP and the message is even DEEPER
I have been a fan of Marvin Gaye's since I first started listening to music in the mid to late 1960's and over the years i have purchased most of his recordings.
He is probably one of my top 5 artists of all time. I thought that I knew him and his music quite well
After listening to this 2 CD set, I discovered how little I actually knewabout Marvin Gaye....