Marvin Gaye – In the Groove sealed original 1968 U.S. stereo LP


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Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. stereo pressing of In the Groove by Marvin Gaye.

About this copy: This copy of In the Groove is an original 1968 stereo U.S. pressing on the Tamla label.

As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears or holes. There are no cut corners or punch holes.

There are a few minor foxing spots on the back cover under the wrap.  An original price sticker (not shown) is attached to the shrink wrap.

A gorgeous copy of a pretty terrific album from a 1960s soul icon and a very difficult album to find in this condition.

Background: For an album with a big #1 hit that everyone remembers (“I Heard it Through the Grapevine”) as well as another Top 40 tune (“Chained”,) In the Groove is a surprisingly hard album to find in any condition.

Part of the reason for that is the album’s success; shortly after “Grapevine” topped the charts, Motown made the decision to change both the title of the album and the cover art. (We’ve included an image of the later cover for comparison.)

The subsequent reissue, titled I Heard it Through the Grapevine, continued to sell well and is the most common version of the album seen today. It’s also a terrific album; it was Gaye’s first solo album in nearly two years and it’s the album that made him a star. gave In the Groove a 3 star review:

Never overly reliant on the Holland-Dozier-Holland machine, Marvin Gaye weathered their departure pretty well, turning to Norman Whitfield (for the epochal “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”) as well as Ivory Joe Hunter, Ashford & Simpson, Frank Wilson, and, for two songs, his own pen. …After “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” became one of the biggest hits of 1968, Motown re-released the LP as I Heard It Through the Grapevine

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Tamla
Catalog Number:
TS 285
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Weight 9 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in