lördag 31 oktober 2015

MARVIN GAYE/HOW SWEET IT IS (TO BE LOVED BY YOU) SPR 90006 (-73) UK

UK only compilation issued on EMI MFP's sub label Sounds Superb (for more on the label check earlier post on the SPR 90005 issue http://monolover.blogspot.se/search?q=MARTHA+REEVES ). As EMI distributed Motown in UK there were quite a few reissues and collections with early takes showing up on budget records in the seventies and eighties, some of them carrying inferior audio and/or random compiling. But it would be almost impossible to gather a bad collection from an artist like Marvin Gaye. Even if this may limp a little timewise - having one cut from 1964, two from 1966, two from 1969 and seven from 1968 - it's still very even and tied together by an all over high quality. Same goes for the audio. Though five years between some of the recordings the sound is pretty much the same on all cuts - big and clear yet smooth, fitting snug moments at home as well as outbursts on the dance floor. Favorite tracks - "Tear It On Down" and "Every Now And Then". Early UK issues with alternate front covers - one matt having a drawn face pic and this laminated with a photo - both had label as shown here and same matrix numbers. Not sure which was first. (TÖMÖ*) (SXS*) (PÖP*)

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