‘Marvin Gaye Live!’ is his second live album, recorded on January 4, 1974 at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California.
Track Listing : 1.Introduction – 0:34 . 2.Overture (Marvin Gaye) – 02:24 . 3.Trouble Man (Marvin Gaye) – 06:36 . 4.Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky)/ Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (Marvin Gaye, Anna Gordy Gaye, Elgie Stover) – 04:28 . 5.Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Marvin Gaye, James Nyx) – 03:55 . 6.Distant Lover (Gwen Gordy Fuqua, Marvin Gaye, Sandra Greene) – 06:14 . 7.Jan (Marvin Gaye) – 02:56 . 8.Keep Gettin’ It On (Marvin Gaye, Ed Townsend) – 03:07 . 9.Fossil Medley: I’Ll Be Doggone/Try It Baby/Can I Get A Witness/You’Re A Wonderful One/Stubborn Kind Of Fellow/How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (William “Smokey” Robinson, Warren Moore, Marvin Tarplin , Berry Gordy, Jr. Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland , William “Mickey” Stevenson, George Gordy) – 11:36 . 10.Thanks For The Orchestra – 0:55 . 11.Let’S Get It On (Marvin Gaye, Ed Townsend) – 04:43 . 12.What’S Going On (Renaldo Benson, Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye) – 04:49
Musicians : John Arnold – Percussion . George Bohannon – Trombone . William Green – Saxophone . Ed Greene – Drums . Paul Hubinon – Trumpet . James Jamerson – Bass . Dwight Owens – Vocals . Ray Parker Jr. – Guitar . Joe Sample – Piano . Joe Clayton – Conductor . Jack Shulman – Strings . James Getzoff – Strings . David T. Walker – Guitar . Ernie Watts – Saxophone . Charles Burns – Vocals . Walter Cox – Vocals . Eric Dolen – Vocals . Michael Torrence – Vocals
Production : Produced By Marvin Gaye . Bill Schnee – Engineer . Cal Harris – Engineer
Package : Jim Britt – Photography . Des Strobel – Design . Terry Squire – – Design
Recorded January 4, 1974 At Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California.
Released On June 19, 1974 By Tamla Records.
BradL @ RateYourMusic
Gaye doesn’t sound particularly engaged, but he does sound soulfuland the audience is crazed — so crazed it pushes him on to even greater heights on “Distant Lover”, almost despite himself. […]
Live! isn’t quite as essential as 1977’s Live at the London Palladium, lacking the scope and instrumentation of that double LP. Regardless, it’s still a great snapshot of Gaye at a key point in his career […]
There’s inspired singing here, but even on the stupendous version of “Trouble Man” Gene Page’s orchestra intrudes–Gaye hasn’t managed to mix the instruments into the unified background presence of his recent studio albums […]