September 5, 2014 – 5:19 pm

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Tokyo 1979 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Budokan, Tokyo, Japan; November 13, 1979. Very good soundboard/radio broadcast?

On April 1, 1984, Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father following an altercation with his father after he intervened in an argument between his parents. He was 44.

For many, Marvin Gaye’s career peaked in the ’70s with the What’s Going On (1971) and Let’s Get It On (1973) albums. While these albums continue to keep him in the public eye (Britain’s NME were champions of these albums), Gaye’s career never soared and he even moved to Europe for a while, which also helped him cleaned up his drug use. Sexual Healing in 1982, with the Sexual Healing single, marked a return to form for Gaye, which unfortunately ended in 1984.

Thanks to RandyBayers for sharing the tracks at Dime.

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Track 01. Got to Give It Up 9:35 (16.1MB)
Track 02. After The Dance 6:15 (10.5MB)
Track 03. What’s Going On 2:05 (3.5MB)
Track 04. Save The Children 3:23 (5.7MB)
Track 05. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) 6:55 (11.6MB)
Track 06. Funky Space Reincarnation 6:10 (10.4MB)
Track 07. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) 3:44 (6.3MB)
Track 08. Band Intro/Trouble Man 4:00 (6.7MB)
Track 09. Ain’t That Peculiar/You’re A Wonderful One 2:22 (4.0MB)
Track 10. Stubborn Kind of Fellow 1:05 (1.8MB)
Track 11. Pride and Joy 0:49 (1.4MB)
Track 12. Little Darlin’ (I Need You) 0:57 (1.6MB)
Track 13. I Heard It Through the Grapevine 1:45 (2.9MB)
Track 14. Hitch Hike 1:06 (1.9MB)
Track 15. You 0:56 (1.6MB)
Track 16. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby 2:22 (4.0MB)
Track 17. Distant Lover 5:21 (9.0MB)
Track 18. Thank You/Goodnight 5:23 (9.0MB)
65 mins

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  1. 7 Responses to “MARVIN GAYE - TOKYO 1979”

  2. word…you know who is being discussed.
    todays supposed r and b and soul singers don`t have a clue. about some solomon burke or otis

    By dropkick sarge on Sep 5, 2014

  3. Thanks for this - awesome! I saw Marvin Gaye in a packed college gym in Dayton, Ohio in 1975; he was headlining a package tour with (at least) 5 other bands on before him. It was all SRO and quite the scene. Not like today’s shows where there is a threatening menace in the crowd. What a shame to lose Marvin at such a young age.

    By Adam Dean on Sep 5, 2014

  4. Thanks for awesome Marvin

    By hearts of stone on Sep 5, 2014

  5. I grew up in Memphis, and because of that I got turned on to a lot of really great R&B and soul artists early on in the formative years of my musical tastes…and there are many great ones. Solomon Burke, who clearly was the model for the Rolling Stones, and James Brown. And the local heroes from Soulsville USA, Stax Records, Otis Redding, the Bar-Kays, and Booker T and the MG’s. I didn’t really get Marvin Gaye until the early 1980s, only to have it all come crashing down when he was assassinated by his own father. This is a really great one. Download it!

    By Mr. Jimmy on Sep 5, 2014

  6. Thanks Big O!

    The Aforementioned Albums: ‘Let’s Get It On & ‘What’s Going On’ are indeed great records, but check out his 1978 ‘Here My Dear’ album, a very neglected ,100% gold-plated classic (in my humble opinion. Absolutely wipes the floor with all the ’soul’ shite that’s around these days!

    Those harmonies would make even a six foot, beer-swilling, torso-pounding, limb-chomping, Hells Angels on cocaine swoon.

    By Gregor on Sep 6, 2014

  7. The times on these songs say much of the quality of what you are hearing. Some of the most perfectly produced and sung records of all time reduced to less than two minutes in medleys, Marvin in and out in a little over an hour. The band behind him percolating, the recording near commercial release quality, and Marvin in decent voice - but it all seems rushed somehow. The coke was waiting backstage; the dragon waiting another chase.

    By Tony G. Pizza on Sep 6, 2014

  8. TGP is absolutely right on. Time says it all. I saw Al Green a half dozen years back or so and it was the same way: medleys of his abbreviated hits, gone within an hour. It was great to (finally) see Al, but you couldn’t help but feel kinda ripped off by the whole thing. I don’t know about Marvin (one word, Marvin) and backstage dragons, and I’m not accusing Al of that either, but it all kinda leaves a bitter taste in your mouth (double entendre intended).

    By rick on Sep 6, 2014

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