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Few scholars have the opportunity to produce truly groundbreaking work, but Turner's I Heard It Through the Grapevine belongs in this category.
His new book* offers some gems of inscrutable prose: Marvin Gaye's version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" distills 400 years of paranoia and talking drum gossip into 3 minutes and 15 seconds of anguished soul-searching." Led Zepplin's Whole Lotta Love," "becomes an essence of grunge, a ragged, nasty projection of male hormonal anguish, that's as dangerous if it's feigned as it is if it's real." When he listens to The Wind," a 1954 single by some band called Nolan Strong and the Diablos, Marsh hears "the wimp-perfection of mid-eighties Michael Jackson" and feels "spooked and confirmed." The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1,001 Greatest Singles Ever Made, is a massive compendium of such piffle-in excelsis, as the author himself might have it.
1969 Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through the Grapevine A LANDMARK song in the history of Motown Records, I Heard It Through the Grapevine was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong in 1966, and first recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles.
Even in a two-hour show laden with all-time classics, there are still classics among classics to bring the show to a rousing climax with I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Reach Out (I'll Be There), I'm Gonna Make You Love Me and It Takes Two.