"Early in his career Motown legend Marvin Gaye had wanted to be a crooner and his primary idol in this field was Nat King Cole.So it's only natural that he would pay tribute to him on this covers album midway through his early 60's success.The amazing part of this is he actually pulls it off-offering up beautiful covers of tunes like "Rambling Rose" and "Nature Boy", right up there with the standards set by Nat himself!Now there will never be another Nat King Cole but Gaye puts his own,more sudtle spin on this classics using very similar backup orchestrations. The highlight is the closing "Calypso Woman" in whitch Marvin Gaye delivers a more soulful,animated and pugnacious approch to the vocals then Nat ever did and it ends up sounding like an original!Now normally I've always questioned Barry Gordy's need for his acts to appeal to the early 60's white supper club crowd but because Marvin Gaye always tended to gravitate to these kinds of songs on his own then it was perfectly legidiment for him to do this album.But without a hit it became burried back in 1965,was reissued on CD with all of Gaye's 60's albums in the mid 80's and is actually still in print as something of a cutout,but who knows for how long.Before it goes out of print ALL Gaye fans should pick this album up!And for thouroughbred Nat Cole fans I'd take antoher look at this album-it won't dissappoint you either!"
SOME THINGS WORK...SOME THINGS DON'T!...THIS IS ONE OF THOSE
Mr. Nightshift | Los Angeles, CA | 08/25/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Although Marvin Gaye did a killing on the "When I'm Alone I Cry" album, this one just didn't quite get over the hump. On a few songs (The Ballads) Marvin does 'Wonders' on them, but on the uptempo songs...There's nothing to write home about. If your buying this just to complete your Marvin Gaye collection, fine!, but to hunt this down, No!"
THE GENIUS CAN DO IT ALL
charles jones | 04/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What more can you say about Marvin Gaye that hasn't been already said???? I thought i'd heard most of marvin's music, until i can across this cd. The first song i heard was Mona Lisa, and it was played by a late night dj in jersey and i caught it on a cassette and i played it back over and over again. I never knew Marvin could deliver such a classic standard, so i knew i had to get this cd, to hear more....This cd is a Masterpiece in it's own right. The whole cd is Great, i also like Nature Boy. He sing these songs in his own fashion of style, he didn't try to imitate Nat Cole. He did it Marvin Gaye style...Even though he payed tribute to Nat King Cole. I really love this cd, and glad i bought. Marvin fans..get your copy. You'll be glad too."
Not bad at all
Richard Hatfield | 05/03/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This album is not bad at all. I never knew Marvin Gaye had a feel for standards, but he did."