Marvin's Room (studio)
Created by the singer in 1975 soon after re-negotiating his deal with Motown, the singer built the studios on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood as a spacious apartment-like complex, big enough to be a studio, home and, for a time, a dance club. It was once called "the Studio 54 of the West Coast".
There, Gaye recorded his late-1970s material including I Want You, Here, My Dear, the hit single "Got to Give It Up", his shelved Ballads album (later released as the Vulnerable album in 1997), and a shelved disco-styled album, Love Man, which was later re-worked and released in 1981 as In Our Lifetime.
The studio was shut down as the singer's legal and financial troubles foreclosed on his house and cars, as well as the studio. Marvin's ex-wife, Janis Gaye, said that Marvin was "emotionally crushed" by the sale of the studio at the end of 1979.
It was later renamed in the mid-1980s as Eldorado Studios where rock groups such as Alice in Chains recorded, with them unaware that the studio was once owned by Gaye. In 1997, the studio was restored by former record company executive, John McClain, who purchased the studio saving it from being turned into a photo lab. Since then, artists including Prince, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, and Drake have recorded there. The studio still operates as Marvin's Room, whilst the owners of Eldorado Studios have moved their operation to the Burbank area of the city.
- Writer Tom Kenny writes "in the mid-'70s, Marvin Gaye's studio was the place to be in Los Angeles, the Studio 54 of the West Coast."
- Writer Tom Kenny writes "One engineer said... 'Yep, the parties were legendary, at times running 24-7. Muhammad Ali would stop by. Diana Ross, too. Rock stars and beautiful women. Film stars and politicians. Everybody wanted in...'"
- Mix magazine Marvin’s Room-Mix magazine profiles recording studio Marvin Gaye’s Room on the November 2006 cover