Sunday, May 18, 2014

G-Money Picks: Marvin Gaye Live (1974)

It's Sunday and time for an installment of G-Money Picks. Whenever I ask G-Money (@777GMoney) for any music recommendation, he always delivers.

This week's choice... Marvin Gaye from a live performance 40 years ago.

Here's what G-Money had to say:
Marvin Gaye stopped performing live, with just a few exceptions, after his singing partner Tammi Terrell collapsed onstage from a brain tumor in October 1967. But with the success of his latest album, Let's Get it On, in 1973, he agreed to go back on the road in early 1974.

His backing musicians, aka The Funk Brothers, are the same Motown heavyweights that played on his and most of the other Motown music from 1959-1972 (when the company moved to Los Angeles) The playing is great and it showcases a nice but speedy melody of his older tunes as well as many cuts from Whats Going On and Let's Get it On, and those songs are the real gems on this recording.

The show was recorded at the Oakland Coliseum January 4, 1974.

If you dig this series, then check out more picks by G-Money... Aretha Franklin Live at Fillmore West, The Police's Reggatta De Blanc and Zenyatta Mondatta, Bill Frisell's East West, James Brown's Funky People, Allman Brothers - Brothers and Sisters, Little Feat (1976 Winterland), Slave and Ohio Funk Scene, and Grateful Dead - Egypt 1978.

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