Feb 16, 2023
By Ian Rushbury
This is an odd album to appear on a major label. Greatest Hits Live in ’76 has the look of one of those “semi-official” releases that appear briefly and then disappear before the lawyers get involved. The tracklisting is also a little disingenuous—the sleeve boasts 22 tracks, but quite a few have been truncated and form part of a medley. That said, “Let’s Get it On” gets a (slightly) extended workout. Good news if you like your Marvin Gaye on the lascivious side.
The band are great in a ’70s show-band way and you can’t argue with the performances, even if some of the tunes are abridged. Oddly, there’s nothing from his then current I Want You album.
The voice is superb. The songs are peerless. Sadly, you can file Greatest Hits Live in ’76 under “for completists only.” (www.marvingaye.net)
Author rating: 6/10
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