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    Posted: Mar 31 2009 at 10:09am
MOTOWN MARKS MARVIN GAYE'S BIRTH/DEATH: Digital-only album out today with previously-unreleased tracks; vinyl-only 'United' due in April.
March 31, 2009


      *In the 50th anniversary year of Motown, April 2 will mark the 70th birthday of its legendary artist Marvin Gaye. Sadly, April 1 will also mark the 25th anniversary of his death the day before his 45th birthday.        

       Noting the milestones of his birth and passing, Motown/UMe will issue a special digital-only album today (March 31), "Marvin Gaye: Then & Now," a 14-track set of rarities highlighted by the previously unreleased "Soulie" (pronounced "sue-lee"), a 1966 recording recently unearthed by Motown's New York-based producer Mickey Gentile, and a hot funk 2009 remix of "I Want You," Marvin's No. 1 hit from 1976, by the renowned John Morales of M+M Productions.       

       Other tracks making their online debut are: "It's Your Party," and his two super-rare late '50s Chess recordings with Harvey & The Moonglows ("Mama Loocie," "Twelve Months Of The Year"). Rounding out this special collection are Marvin's earliest, pre-hit Motown singles ("Witchcraft," "Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide" and more).      

       Motown/UMe is also issuing a vinyl-only edition of "United" (Motown/UMe), Gaye's classic duet album with Tammi Terrell, on April 14. Gaye and Terrell first teamed on the 1967 album that included "If I Could Build My World Around You," "Your Precious Love" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."      

       In addition, the ongoing, acclaimed "Motown 50" podcast series will feature special episodes on Marvin Gaye's life and music; Gaye is also well represented on the deluxe 10-CD box set Motown: The Complete No. 1's, which kicked off the year long celebration for Motown's 50th anniversary. Both The Real Thing, a DVD collection of his greatest television and concert appearances, and Gold, a 2-CD overview of his career, have recently been certified Gold.       

       Gaye will also figure prominently in a two-hour documentary about Motown produced by the label's founder, Berry Gordy.

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Hi Gua1,
This is great! 
 
"Happy Happy Birthday Marvin"  .......   Thanks for all the great music and for diggin` Jimmy. Smile
 
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WONDERFUL tribute, Gua1.  Marvin is one of my top three favorite male singers.
 
I remember being devastated when he died.  He was on his way to a comeback with the Grammy winning "Sexual Healing".  No one could sing those sensual songs like Marvin.  He made you FEEL it.
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Marvin.  You will always be loved and missed...
 
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