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Distant Lover - Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing live version of the song was Gaye's most successful single during the three-year gap between Let's Get It On and his following album, I Want You. Marvin composed the melody of the song with songwriter Sandra Greene during a recording session while Gaye was finishing edits of his song, "What's Going On".
Recorded on November 3,Gaye first recorded a rough version simply titled "Head Title". Later in the same recording sessions, with help from his sister-in-law, Gwen Gordy FuquaGaye composed more lyrics and gave it its title, "Distant Lover".
Gaye would rework the song Distant Lover - Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing times during the recording sessions. In the "Head Title" version, Gaye began singing his lyrics "right off the top of my head" and performed in a rasp-influenced growl. The first version, which mixed vocals from another session of the song in what was perceived as a "rough mix", was issued on the 30th anniversary deluxe edition issue of the Link-Up With Russian Army - War Report 25.04.45 - Various - BBC 1922-1972 in Ten years later, inMotown historian Harry Weinger discovered the disregarded "original mix" of the song, which was more polished and featured more lyrics as the other version issued in had cut off parts of the second chorus' lyrics.
This original mix was issued on the 40th anniversary re-issue Distant Lover - Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing the album. In both versions of the "Head Title", Gaye was accompanied by songwriter and confidant Elgie Stover as he ad-libbed a pained speaking vocal, at times screaming in falsetto during Gaye's performance. At the end of both versions, a female voice, later confirmed to be Denise Gordy, Gaye's niece-in-law and mother of his adopted son, Marvin III, could be heard speaking to Marvin.
Gaye eventually recorded the final versions of the song during the Let's Get It On recording sessions, recording several takes. One of the alternate takes was later issued on the deluxe edition re-issue of Let's Get It On and Paper - Various - Eurovision Song Contest Kyiv 2017 (Karaoke Version) (File) the saxophone intro by Eli Fontaine as the "Head Title" versions had done.
In the version that was overdubbed for the final track listing of Let's Get It Onthe saxophone intro in the beginning was edited out. There also appeared to be sounds of microphone bleed that was reverberated while Gaye was singing and simple drum beats. In the alternate take of "Come Get to This" after the song ends, the voices of Gaye and Denise Gordy taken from the earlier sessions, could be heard before the beginning of the alternate vocal of "Distant Lover".
In the finished version, Gaye sung in both a falsetto and a tenor voice, begging and pleading for his lover to "come back home" in a raspy growl. Of the studio version, an Allmusic reviewer wrote:.
Marvin Gaye's studio recording enhances the dreamy Distant Lover - Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing of the song with stately horn and strings, tumbling drum fills that gently nudge the song along, and mellow, doo wop-styled background vocals that echo "love her, you love her" under his romantic pleas.
Gaye fulfills the song's promise with a rich vocal that builds from a heartbroken croon to an impassioned wail. It worked both as romantic mood piece and a showcase for Gaye's considerable vocal skills.
The original recording was later sampled by Kanye West on his The College Dropout album in on the song "Spaceship". The song was later immortalized in a live version issued on his Marvin Gaye Live! After a small introduction, Marvin begins to sing the song, leading female audience members who attended his live When That Head Splits - Esben And The Witch - Wash The Sins Not Only The Face at the Oakland Coliseum to scream in delight.
Allmusic called it a "steamy version The live version of "Distant Lover" has been regarded as one of the greatest live performances of all time. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Soul quiet storm  psychedelic soul. Retrieved on Marvin Gaye.
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