Negative Creep wrote:
I'm curious about Marvin's placement here.
Seems to me like he doesn't do so well in the technical area, but obviously his whole style is hugely iconic.
I'd think that someone like Stevie would be top 10 here, his ability was second only to Jackie overall within soul, IMO. The guy's whole melismatic style was totally his own.
And I say this as a MUCH bigger fan of Gaye (Stevie can be a little off-putting with his crazy melismas, Marvin just always sounds silky smooth and perfect).
Sampson, have you heard Gaye's cover of Yesterday? Imo, it's stunning.
Marvin does very well technically in most every area. He's just not dynamic like a lot of people here seem to prefer, especially when discussing the individual attributes. Actually I think that's the one failing of the vocal debates, the site consensus favors the singers who set out to PROVE they had a powerhouse voice with everything they sung. Strangely enough in woman, think Mariah Carey for one, that type of singer gets roundly criticized, people say she's showing off for the sake off showing off, but in the guys it more often than not is praised endlessly. With Gaye he never really did that, he was always restrained so I think he gets slightly overlooked here, but the guy was always technically perfect. The funny thing is, I go the other way than you on Marvin, I'm a bigger fan of Stevie than Marvin, who sometimes leaves me a little cold, but I absolutely believe Gaye could out sing Wonder.
I agree on Yesterday, Marvin does a fantastic job on it.