Marvin Gaye – Live At The London Palladium (1977/2014) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Marvin Gaye – Live At The London Palladium (1977/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:18:11 minutes | 3,13 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Motown

Recorded over the course of several shows at the Palladium in London in October, 1976, this set captures Marvin Gaye at a crossroads both personally and in his career. He reportedly agreed to tour Europe to make a fresh start, distance himself from his problems and make some quick money to pay off debts. None of the troubled artist is apparent in Gaye’s performances as he soulfully covers material from his entire career up to that point. Of special note are three lengthy, intimate medleys of early hits. The only studio recording on this album is the side-long disco song Got to Give It Up which was tacked onto the original double vinyl to capitalize on the growing disco craze of the mid 1970s. Live At The London Palladium was a surprise hit in 1977, selling two million copies in the US and becoming one of the top ten best-selling albums of the year. An edited single version of Got to Give It Up reached number one on the Billboard singles chart.

The shows comprising „Live! At The London Palladium“ were Marvin Gaye’s first London concerts in a decade due to his fear of flying. This overseas layoff did nothing to douse Gaye’s magical live presence as he performed a set of songs spanning his career. On Live! the debonaire singer charms the audience and peppers the early part of this set with some of his more sensual material including ‘Since I Had You,’ ‘Come Get To This’ and ‘Let’s Get It On.’ The bulk of Live! is divided between three medleys. The first consists of material from his solo ’60s period and features ‘Ain’t That Peculiar,’ ‘Pride And Joy’ and ‘Hitchhike.’ A medley of Gaye’s early-’70s, socially conscious canon quickly follows and includes ”What’s Going On’ and ‘Save The Children.’ The third medley finds Florence Lyles playing Kim Weston/Tammi Terrell/Diana Ross during the duets section that includes ‘You’re All I Need To Get By’ and ‘It Takes Two.’ ‘Got To Give It Up’ (whose single version went to the top of the American pop charts) is also included due to producer Art Stewart’s belief that more material was needed to round out the set.

01 – Intro Theme
02 – All The Way ‘Round
03 – Since I Had You
04 – Come Get To This
05 – Let’s Get It On
06 – Trouble Man
07 – Medley I
08 – Medley II
09 – Medley III
10 – Thanks
11 – Distant Lover
12 – Closing Theme / I Want You
13 – Got To Give It Up

Produced and Engineered by Art Stewart.
Recorded live at the London Palladium, London, England.
Digitally Remastered.