Thursday, February 25, 2021

Marvin Gaye - Heard It Through the Grapevine (Acapella)

One of the best voices in human history, Marvin Gaye, on full display here on the "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" Acapella. Apparently Marvin was uncomfortable singing the entire song in the particular range that Norman Whitfield, the writer & producer of the song, made him sing it in. Marvin was frustrated by it in the studio. It's said that's why his voice has that perfect strain and multilayered emotion. The producer clearly knew best, refusing to budge when Marvin pleaded to sing in a lower key. It ended up being one of the most iconic American songs ever and peak Motown. On the second verse the way he phrases believe in "people say BELIEVE" is pretty incredible in particular. Adding to Marvin Gaye's 4 octave vocal range were The Andantes' on background harmonizing vocals, the Funk Brothers on the rhythm track and the cherry on top, the string section from the goddamn Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Instant classic. #MarvinGaye #IheardItThroughTheGrapevine

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020

Young MC - I Come Off (Southern Comfort Mix) 1990



One of the first hip hop albums I had as a kid. This album was produced by Quincey Jones and there was some classics like i come off and know how which were obscured too much by bust a move. This remix is not Quincey Jones but the bass sample is from aaron neville's "hercules" Nice remix! This album is so 1989. It's not quite 80s hip hop and it's not quite 90s hip hop either. It was released with about 100 days left in the 80s and this remix was probably produced months later so this song is a nice example of  hip hop transitioning through crucial decades. #madchange #youngmc #goldenerahiphop #90shiphop #80shiphop

Monday, January 27, 2020

OMEGAH RED feat. MF DOOM and RZA - Books of War



Haven't posted MF Doom for a while, so here. Trash rappers get the awards lately but Doom still gets the respect. Beat reminds me of a samurai movie. #MFDOOM 

Become Ocean



Something for meditation or wandering. A really beautiful, long piece. #johnlutheradams #seattlesymphony