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VINE VOICEon 1 August 2001
After a lenghty self imposed exile, Marvin's comeback album proved that he had lost nothing in his ability to produce classic silky smooth soul music.
This album probably doesn't have the depth of some of his earlier work (eg What's Going On, Lets Get It On, Here My Dear), but despite that it's still a typically great Marvin at work.
This is Marvin in the 80's, and proved to be his last album. It's production was ultimately the catalyst for his demise, as it's promotion required his return to the US and the waiting arms of all the demons he had tried so hard to shake off.
Most people would know and love 'Sexual Healing', but other tracks such as 'Midnight Lady' and 'Turn on Some Music' are also gems.
If you want to set the mood (if you know what I mean), then simply turn down the lights and press play ..................
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on 18 April 2006
The late Marvin Gaye remains one of the most definitive male voices in Soul music. He truly was an utter genius and had such a creative and artistic flair. He remains one of the key influences with todays new generation of wannabe Soul/R&B singers.

In October 1982, Marvin released his first (and his last) studio album for CBS Records, after fleeing from Motown Records in a bid, much like Diana Ross' exact reasons for escaping Motown, for wanting to exert total control over his career, an exercise he was most certainly capable of. The album would be the classic, Midnight Love, which though offered no social commentary or made any sort of profound political statement like much of his previous efforts had, it still stands as a compelling, solid production and a last triumph for the unbeatable legend of soul.

Marvin wrote all 8 songs on the album and also is credited as playing the rolling drum beats, synthesisers and bongos that can eratically be heard throughout each recording. Other highly acclaimed muscians included on the project were Gordon Banks on Guirtars, James Gadson on Drums and Bobby Stern on those neat Harmonica and saxophone interludes. Together they create what amounts too, a pure masterpiece!

The title track, Midnight Love opens the project. Containing multi-layered and complex musical arrangements, the synthesises effect are worked miraculously into a a startling combination of early 80's disco/pop/r&b. The track is a jamming affair with some shrewd vocal trade-offs where Marvin adds his own backing vocals. A nice beginning to the album.

Sexual Healing is perharps one of Marvin Gayes signature tunes. Its a song everyone knows all the words too and has remained refreshingly timeless. The cool, breezy musical arrangements are given startling ignition by Marvins surprisingly sensual, vibrant vocal delivery that blends fantastically well into the state-of-the-art soul production. Sexual Healing became one of his last hits before his untimely and tragic death.

Continuing in vastly the same mood is the sexually charged, Rockin' After Midnight which opens up with a slow, sultry beat that hastily leads into a striking late night, grooving and lush R&B number that is broken up by a glorious saxophone interlude which indeed proves to be a phenomenal instrument on each of these recordings, capturing the intended move perfectly.

Til' Tomorrow, begins with a sluggish drum beat and steers into a tidal wave of musical arrangements, which are enhanced further by Marvins smooth, erotic sounding vocal delivery. He changes his pitch remarkably well through various parts of the track which merley displayed his wide range of impressive and impeccable vocal abilities.

More laid back and sultry was Turn On Some Music where Marvin puts in an exuberant, crystal-clear vocal performance that gels neatly into the overly, well-crafted production. Marvin is in full romantic mood here and his delivery is touchingly genuine and sincere which always was the genius of Marvin Gaye with his straight-from-the-heart approach to his music which is probably why his work remains timeless.

The infectious, Third World Girl opens with bizarre, echoey vocal noises and leads to a flood of musical arrangements that cunningly encapsulates an exotic, Jamaican vibe. Marvins voice is once again enhanced by the customary synthsised effect.

Joy, is something of a mid-tempo masterpiece on the album. Bobby Stern works hard away on that effective tenor sax solo whilst Marvins delivery is truly exhilirating, mastered to utter perfection and merley adds to the over-all, dazzling effect.

Finally the album slowly grinds to a halt with My Love Is Waiting, where on the opening bars of the track, he pays credit to all the producers and muscians involved on the job as well as delivering a short religious ode. This then drives into this infectious offering which is incidentally much of a soundalike to Sexual Healing. Still Marvins passionate and full-throated performance is as refreshing as ever, riding neatly along the divine and sweeping musical arrangements.

Midnight Love (1982) is thriving with Marvin Gayes fire and spirit. His contribution to music was phenomenal and will never be forgotten! Finally after all these years after his death, much of his work is now seeking much wider acknowledgment and recognition. Marvin Gaye remains an unparalled artist.

Ian Phillips
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 4 August 2013
With a voice only rivalled by Barry White in the seduction stakes, Marvin Gaye had a chance to record this marvellous album in Belgium at a time when his career and personal life had hit rock bottom. Not even knowing where Belgium was he took the offer quickly as a method of escaping his problems and doing what he did best - record great music. Supposed to be the first of a three album deal with CBS following an angry exit from Motown, Gaye's laid back style shone through, with opening track 'Midnight Love' setting the tone of an album that also contains the classic '(Sexual) Healing'. Late night listening.
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on 5 January 2014
Decided to buy this album after reading his book Trouble Man. I wasn't impressed with the album when it was originally released as it wasn't up to the quality of Whats Going On however its a great effort when you consider the state of his mind in the 80s.
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VINE VOICEon 20 February 2002
After a lenghty self imposed exile, Marvin's comeback album proved that he had lost nothing in his ability to produce classic silky smooth soul music.
This album probably doesn't have the depth of some of his earlier work (eg What's Going On, Lets Get It On, Here My Dear), but despite that it's still a typically great Marvin at work.
This is Marvin in the 80's, and proved to be his last album. It's production was ultimately the catalyst for his demise, as it's promotion required his return to the US and the waiting arms of all the demons he had tried so hard to shake off.
Most people would know and love 'Sexual Healing', but other tracks such as 'Midnight Lady' and 'Turn on Some Music' are also gems.
If you want to set the mood (if you know what I mean), then simply turn down the lights and press play.
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on 15 December 2008
The last studio album by Marvin Gaye recorded in the unlikely location of Ostend, Belgium in 1982 shows that he had lost none of his power to make incomparably smooth, sexy "after dark" soul. There is a nod to his drug habit "Did you save a line for the ladies? We're not into that are you crazy..." on the blistering opener Midnight Lady but you would never guess at his problems on this seamless funky, soulful journey through the thoughts and actions of the number 1 ladies' man. Some songs such as 'Til Tomorrow are slow and seductive and some like Rockin' After Midnight are well rockin'. Jesus even gets a name check on the the very funky My Love Is Waiting and the big hit of the album - Sexual Healing - shows just how strong Marvin's output was towards the end of his life. In fact the whole album is a testament to how great he still was.

The band on this album consisting of Marvin's friends and relatives are a tight unit producing a very funky sound guaranteed to make you move and shake your body.

Listen to Midnight Love along with Gaye's other great lady seducer album Let's Get It On and you will understand why he is held in such high esteem as the music of choice for romantic liaisons the world over.
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on 15 January 2016
so happy to have this CD in my collection. it is a must have CD. I was only interested in Sexual Healing but ended up liking all the tracks especially Third World girl. you wont be disappointed.
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on 23 December 2013
It is a great CD, full of wonderful songs for your hearts content. Joy, Midnight lady, Sexual Healing and Rocking after midnight are great songs.
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on 27 July 2010
If I was to think of the greatest singer of any Pop Genre I would be hard pressed to instantly say any other name apart from Marvine Gaye.
Not really a big Soul Music fan so called masterpiece's Whats Going On(1971) and mid seventies opus I want You (1976) didnt do for me, obviously Soul is not my native music I would say Rock and Pop is.
Midnight Love was Marvin Gayes last album before his untimely and tragic death. despite the recent drug taking and domestic issues it is one of his most coherent and acesable long players out with the various Greatest Hits packages) His best album since Lets Get it on 1973, however it is a more harder dance oriented piece then the romantic soul bearing of LGO.
The album starts of in a funky direct way with Midnight Love there is the good time Party Vibes of Rocking after Midnight which starts of in a good time bogie kind of way but reaches unexpected Musical hights towards the crescendo. Till Tommorow is Marvin doing his lounge croner bit along with some piercing yet effective falseto(more akin to some of his late seventies stuff)
Turn on some Music is a musicial work out(jam) that sounds like that starts of as silky poke music but builds to a darker final no doubt influenced by some substance. A dark mody number,Third World Girl is a hard raw number where he really bears his soul.
The album ends on a uplifiting note with Joy and My Love is waiting Joy would have been a fiting swan song despite seeing some dark times in his personal life and reflected in his pre ceding albums here Gaye still finds time for optimisum and a greater concern for the world around him and how good the simple things that transcend man made constraints can be.
My Love is waiting is an old school smouchy acesable soul Number the kind the public wanted from him.
Midnight Love is a slick Production but the music hits hights that Many of the eighties Soul Bands could only dream of If you like the Isly Brothers eighties(early) out -put you should like this perhaps purists will find it too comercial however those who want an acesable album of latter day Gaye should pick this up.
Although it is pase to writht in the hindsight of 2010 it does seem like Gaye knew this would be his last album the tracks are lean and do not linger in the way many tracks on Here My Dear and I want You do to the point of self indulgence.
It as if Gaye knew he did not have that much time left and had to cut a direct album his singing has developed a harder sometimes angrier edge and theres an urgancy in the voice the music touches on the different strands of music that defined Marvine Gayes music and is a worthy Swan Song from a Man who despite his panfull personal problems and inner demons was able to express such Soul and emotion in such a Pure and plesurable(to the listener) way.
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on 3 July 2015
When I get that feeling I need this album.
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