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 at Hitsville U.S.A., Detroit
Genre Soul, psychedelic soul
Length 36:04
Label Tamla
Producer Norman Whitfield
Marvin Gaye chronology
Easy (with Tammi Terrell)
(1969)String Module Error: Match not found1969
That's the Way Love Is
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's Greatest Hits
(1970)Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's Greatest Hits1970

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 on the success of the title track (#7 US Pop, #2 US 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". He achieved some success with a cover version of "How Can I Forget?" (originally recorded by The Temptations), which just missed out on the US Pop Top 40, making #41, and reached #18 on the R&B Charts. It's B-Side, a cover of Jimmy Ruffin's "Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got", made a separate chart entry, and peaked at #67 and #27 on the Pop and Soul Charts respectively. Gaye also recorded a version of Ruffin's "Don't You Miss Me a Little Bit Baby" for the album. The LP also features Gaye's rendition of the socially conscious tune "Abraham, Martin & John", which became a 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 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]

Side One

  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

Side Two

  1. "Abraham, Martin & John" (originally by Dion) (Dick Holler) - 4:30
  2. "Gonna Keep On Tryin' Till I Win Your Love" (originally by The Temptations) (Strong, Whitfield) - 2:46
  3. "No Time for Tears" (originally by The Marvelettes) (Eddie Holland, Whitfield) - 2:26
  4. "Cloud Nine" (originally by The Temptations) (Strong, Whitfield) - 3:19
  5. "Don't You Miss Me A Little Bit, Baby?" (originally by Jimmy Ruffin) (Penzabene, Strong, Whitfield) - 2:14
  6. "So Long" (Holland, R. Dean Taylor, Whitfield) - 2:27