Marvin Gaye’s ‘In Our Lifetime’

Marvin Gaye’s ‘In Our Lifetime’ is his sixteenth (and final for Motown) studio album released on January 15, 1981 by Tamla.

Track Listing : 1.Praise (Marvin Gaye) – 04:51 . 2.Life Is For Learning (Marvin Gaye) – 03:39 . 3.Love Party (Marvin Gaye) – 04:58 . 4.Funk Me (Marvin Gaye) – 05:34 . 5.Far Cry (Marvin Gaye) – 04:28 . 6.Love Me Now Or Love Me Later (Marvin Gaye) – 04:59 . 7.Heavy Love Affair (Marvin Gaye) – 03:45 . 8.In Our Lifetime (Marvin Gaye) – 06:57

Musicians : Robert Ahwry – Guitar . Gordon Banks – Guitar . Frank Bates – Bass, Background Vocals . Frank Blair – Bass, Drums . Ray Brown – Trumpet . William Bryant – Drums, Keyboards . Elmira Collins – Vibraphone, Background Vocals . Raymond Crossley – Keyboards . Fernando Harkness – Saxophone . Joe James – Percussion . Gary Jones – Percussion, Conga . Lee Kentle – Drums, Background Vocals . Nigel Martinez – Drums . Kenny Mason – Trumpet . Joe Mayo – Percussion . Sidney Muldrew – French Horn . Curtis Anthony Nolen – Guitar . Raphael Ravenscroft – Alto Saxophone . Dr. George Shaw – Trumpet . Nolan Andrew Smith – Trumpet . Bugsy Wilcox – Drums . Preston Bugsy Wilcox – Drums

Production : Produced By Marvin Gaye

Package : David Ritz – Liner Notes . Ron Slenzak – Photography

Recorded 1979–1980 At Marvin’S Room, Los Angeles, California; Seawest Recording Studio, Honolulu, Hawaii; Odyssey Studios, London, England.

Released On January 15, 1981 By Tamla.

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It’s the sound of a psyche that’s lost touch with its centre, of a talent so unravelled all Gaye can do is repeat a mantra of “Funk Me, Funk Me, Funk Me” with a silent ‘n’. Conceived as a ‘party album’, it’s just plain sad. […]

BBC
A talent which we’ll not see the likes of again in our lifetime. Haunting melodies brought to life by the 40-year-old Gaye’s versatile vocals, pierce the infectious grooves that infiltrate every track, notably the seductive “Heavy Love Affair” that draws comparisons with the funk Quincy Jones was then perfecting with The Brothers Johnson and Michael Jackson. […]

Stylus
The lack of communication between both sides is most aptly demonstrated by the loss of the question mark from the title—Gaye intended the album to ask whether apocalyptic scenarios were imminent. It’s hard to tell from the results, though…. […]

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