The Norman Whitfield Sessions

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The Norman Whitfield Sessions
Greatest hits album by Marvin Gaye
Released 1994
Recorded 1962 - 1969
Genre R&B/soul/psychedelic soul/funk
Label Motown
Producer Norman Whitfield
Marvin Gaye chronology
For Adults Only
(1992)
The Norman Whitfield Sessions
(1994)
The Very Best of Marvin Gaye
(1994)

The Norman Whitfield Sessions is compilation album of songs by Marvin Gaye from 1962 to 1969. The album covers the Norman Whitfield-produced sessions of soul singer Marvin Gaye's late sixties period as he moved away from teen pop-driven R&B songs that made him a pop star. It covers more mature, grittier and funkier material as Whitfield guided the direction of Gaye's career, the high point being the 1968 song, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", which became Gaye's first international smash. Other hits during that period included the more upbeat "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby", the darker "That's the Way Love Is" and "The End of Our Road". The collection includes "Wherever I Lay My Hat", which Whitfield co-penned and produced with Gaye on his That Stubborn Kinda Fellow; the song was covered by British singer Paul Young. There are covers of rock songs such as "Groovin'", "Yesterday", "Abraham, Martin & John" and two Temptations covers ("Cloud Nine" and "I Wish It Would Rain").

Track listing[edit]

(all tracks are previously released on cd, several tracks were also single B-sides. Only one track (true true loving) is previously unreleased, and one track (I wish it would rain) was released as b-side in a slightly different mix as the album version)

  1. "True, True Loving" [previously unreleased]
  2. "Me and My Lonely Room"
  3. "Wherever I Lay My Hat"
  4. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
  5. "Gonna Give Her All the Love I Got"
  6. "Yesterday"
  7. "Groovin'"
  8. "Gonna Keep On Tryin' Till I Win Your Love"
  9. "That's the Way Love Is"
  10. "Abraham, Martin & John"
  11. "How Can I Forget"
  12. "No Time for Tears"
  13. "I Wish It Would Rain" [B side from 'Let's get it on']
  14. "Cloud Nine"
  15. "Don't You Miss Me a Little Bit Baby"
  16. "So Long"
  17. "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby"
  18. "The End of Our Road"