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Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye - Diana & Marvin (1973) [2014, Japanese SHM-CD]

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Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye - Diana & Marvin (1973) [2014, Japanese SHM-CD]
R&B, Soul, Motown | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE + LOG + Full Scans-600dpi (JPEG) | 47:44 Min | 407,28 Mb
Label: USM Japan (Japan) | Released: 2014, December, 3

Diana & Marvin is a duets album by American soul musicians Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye, released October 26, 1973 on Motown. Recording sessions for the album took place in 1972 and 1973 at Motown Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. Featuring vocal collaborations by Gaye and Ross, widely recognized at the time as two of the top soul and pop performers, respectively. Diana & Marvin became a multi-chart success that managed to sell over a million copies worldwide. The album was remastered and re-released on compact disc with four bonus tracks on February 6, 2001.
Just a few months after the release of her smash album Touch Me In The Morning, Diana Ross was back on record store shelves, this time as part of a duo. Diana & Marvin teamed her with Marvin Gaye, who was on a similar winning streak with his back-to-back classic albums What's Going On and Let's Get It On. Both were Motown royalty. Both had been with the company since the early 1960s. Both had scored previous hits with collaborations, and both had enjoyed major success with singer/songwriters/producers Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson.
Unfortunately, in 1973, both were also moving in completely opposite artistic directions. Much of Marvin Gaye's early career had been built around the idea of him as heir to the Nat King Cole throne. Marvin had been known as a "smooth" singer, his gorgeous voice tailor-made for pop standards. As the 60s progressed, however, Gaye's music became darker and more soulful, culminating in sizzling classics like "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" and "What's Going On". Diana, on the other hand, had come out of the gate as a solo star with soulful albums like Diana Ross and Surrender, featuring complex grooves and emotional singing. But with 1972's Lady Sings The Blues, she'd begun incorporating jazz and pop techniques into her vocals, which quickly became more controlled and low-key.
Thus, both had experienced similar music phases in their careers, but at completely different times. Had the Marvin Gaye of 1960 and the Diana Ross of 1973 recorded an album together, it could have been a smooth, classy mix of jazz and pop standards. Had the Marvin Gaye of 1973 and the Diana Ross of 1970 recorded an album together, it could have been a fiery soul classic. However, Diana & Marvin features both artists firmly set in their own 1973 styles, which makes for an interesting but very unsatisfying album. Making matters worse, the two stars apparently had a falling out early in the recording process, and ended up singing their parts separately (according to many written accounts, the rift had to do with pregnant Diana not wanting to be in a studio with Marvin, who insisted on smoking pot while recording). Though there's a convincing chemistry on a few tracks, it's definitely lacking on others. Therefore, while it's easy to wish this album had been a blockbuster for the artists, the moderate success (two singles in the Top 20, but neither even close to #1) seems deserved.



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Arranged By - David Blumberg (tracks: 1 to 3, 5, 9, 10)
Engineer [Recording, Mixing] - Russ Terrana
Engineer [Recording] - Art Stewart, Cal Harris
Executive-Producer - Berry Gordy
Producer - Hal Davis (tracks: 1 to 3, 5, 9, 10)
Producer [Assistant & Coordinator] - Suzee Wendy Ikeda


01. "You Are Everything" (03:11)
(Thom Bell, Linda Creed)
02. "Love Twins" (03:33)
(Mel Bolton, Marilyn McLeod)
03. "Don't Knock My Love" (02:23)
(Wilson Pickett, Brad Shapiro)
04. "You're A Special Part Of Me" (03:41)
(Harold Johnson, Andrew Porter, Gregg Wright)
05. "Pledging My Love" (03:37)
(Don Robey, Ferdinand Washington)
06. "Just Say, Just Say" (04:15)
(Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson)
07. "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" (02:58)
(Thom Bell, Linda Creed)
08. "I'm Falling In Love With You" (02:45)
(Margaret Gordy)
09. "My Mistake (Was to Love You)" (03:01)
(Gloria Jones, Pam Sawyer)
10. "Include Me In Your Life" (03:13)
(Mel Bolton, Marilyn McLeod)
Bonus Tracks:
11. "Alone" (03:49)
(Wade Brown Jr., David Jones Jr.)
12. "The Things I Will Not Miss" (03:01)
(Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
13. "I've Come To Love You So Much" (03:50)
(Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson)
14. "I'll Keep My Light In My Window" (04:28)
(Leonard Caston, Terri McFaddin)

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