That's the Way Love Is (album)

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That's the Way Love Is
Studio album by Marvin Gaye
Released January 8, 1970
Recorded 1969
Genre Soul, psychedelic soul
Length 36:04
Label Tamla
Producer Norman Whitfield
Marvin Gaye chronology
Easy (with Tammi Terrell)
That's the Way Love Is
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's Greatest Hits

That's the Way Love Is is the tenth studio album by soul musician Marvin Gaye, released on January 8, 1970 on the Tamla (Motown) label. Built off the success of the title track (#7 Pop; #2 R&B in late 1969) originally taken from M.P.G., and much like Gaye's "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" after its success, was released with intent to sell albums based on the success of one particular single (a Motown trademark). Gaye was showing signs of disillusionment from the label's powers-that-be mentality but it didn't affect the singer's performance as he gave a powerful vocal in the title track and was especially impressive with his version of The Beatles' "Yesterday". It also features the modestly successful cover of "Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got", originally recorded by Jimmy Ruffin for his 1967 album Jimmy Ruffin Sings Top Ten, as well as a cover of Ruffin's "Don't You Miss Me A Little Bit, Baby?" (originally released by Ruffin as the lead single from his second album, Ruff 'n' Ready) as an album track. He also achieved some success with a cover version of "How Can I Forget?" (originally recorded by The Temptations). It also featured Gaye's classic rendition of the socially conscious tune, "Abraham, Martin & John" which became a huge hit in the UK, peaking at #9 in June 1970. The single (and that of his duet single with Tammi Terrell titled "The Onion Song") is widely regarded as a hint of what would follow a year later with his epochal What's Going On. He also covered The Temptations' hits "I Wish It Would Rain" and "Cloud Nine".

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got" (originally by Jimmy Ruffin) (Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield) - 3:21
  2. "Yesterday" (originally by The Beatles) (Lennon–McCartney) - 3:26
  3. "Groovin'" (originally by The Young Rascals) (Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere) - 2:57
  4. "I Wish It Would Rain" (originally by The Temptations) (Roger Penzabene, Strong, Whitfield) - 2:50
  5. "That's The Way Love Is" (originally by The Isley Brothers) (Strong, Whitfield) - 3:44
  6. "How Can I Forget?" (originally by The Temptations) (Strong, Whitfield) - 2:04
  7. "Abraham, Martin & John" (originally by Dion) (Dick Holler) - 4:30
  8. "Gonna Keep On Tryin' Till I Win Your Love" (originally by The Temptations) (Strong, Whitfield) - 2:46
  9. "No Time for Tears" (originally by The Marvelettes) (Eddie Holland, Whitfield) - 2:26
  10. "Cloud Nine" (originally by The Temptations) (Strong, Whitfield) - 3:19
  11. "Don't You Miss Me A Little Bit, Baby?" (originally by Jimmy Ruffin) (Penzabene, Strong, Whitfield) - 2:14
  12. "So Long" (Holland, R. Dean Taylor, Whitfield) - 2:27