Moods of Marvin Gaye

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Moods of Marvin Gaye
Studio album by Marvin Gaye
Released May 23, 1966
Recorded 1965-66
Hitsville U.S.A., Detroit
Genre Soul
Length 36:12
Label Tamla
TS-266
Producer Smokey Robinson, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Clarence Paul
Marvin Gaye chronology
A Tribute to the Great Nat "King" Cole
(1966)
Moods of Marvin Gaye
(1966)
Take Two (with Kim Weston)
(1966)

Moods of Marvin Gaye is a 1966 album by Marvin Gaye released on the Tamla label.

The album's plan was to establish the singer as a strong albums-oriented artist, as well as a hit maker, although Gaye was still uncomfortable with performing strictly R&B. He had begun work on a standards album around this time after meeting musician Bobby Scott. However, sessions were unsuccessful. As a matter of fact, Gaye would successfully complete a standards album only in his later years, an album which would be released after his death (That album would be Vulnerable released in 1997). For the time being, Gaye was winning more fans and had become a crossover teen idol. Six songs from Moods of Marvin Gaye were released as singles: impressively, all reached the Top 40 on the R&B singles chart and four of them reached the Top 40 on the Pop Singles Chart, a rare feat for a solo R&B artist even at that time.

Gaye also scored his first two #1 R&B singles, "I'll Be Doggone" and "Ain't That Peculiar", both co-written by Gaye's friend, Berry Gordy's right-hand man Smokey Robinson.

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Track listing[edit]

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I'll Be Doggone"   Warren Moore, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Tarplin 2:47
2. "Little Darling (I Need You)"   Holland-Dozier-Holland 2:35
3. "Take This Heart of Mine"   Moore, Robinson, Tarplin 2:49
4. "Hey Diddle Diddle"   Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua, Gaye 2:30
5. "One More Heartache"   Moore, Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Tarplin 2:42
6. "Ain't That Peculiar"   Moore, Robinson, Rogers, Tarplin 3:00
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Night Life"   Walt Breeland, Paul Buskirk, Willie Nelson 3:05
8. "You've Been a Long Time Coming"   Holland-Dozier-Holland 2:13
9. "Your Unchanging Love"   Holland-Dozier-Holland 3:13
10. "You're the One For Me"   Morris Broadnax, Clarence Paul, Stevie Wonder 3:24
11. "I Worry 'Bout You"   Norman Mapp 3:24
12. "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)"   Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer 4:30

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