Marvin Gaye

Chained

Composed by Frank Edward Wilson

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Marvin wails about losing his woman against a heavy backbeat (sounds like somebody broke out the tire chains used on Martha & the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street") and tries to word her back, bemoaning about how he's chained to her love and affection. This Frank Wilson composition and production would have been even more effective by Edwin Starr, who never cut the track -- a shame because it's as Starr as Lipton is tea. The Jackson 5 cut a believable version despite Michael's age. Rare Earth did it up as well, but Gaye's is the definitive version to date. It did alright on the charts, number 32 pop and number eight R&B in 1968.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
In the Groove 1968 Motown 2:42
Super Hits [Motown] 1970 Motown 2:38
What's Going On 1971 Motown 0:00
No Image 1972 Motown
Anthology [1974] 1974 Motown 2:41
No Image 1986 Motown
The Master 1961-1984 1995 Motown 2:34
Motown Year By Year: The Sound of Young America, 1968 1995
Various Artists
Motown 2:26
Moods of Marvin Gaye/In the Groove 2001 Motown 2:42
Ultimate Collection 2004 Universal International 2:35
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 8: 1968 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O Select / Motown 2:36
I Heard It Through the Grapevine Universal / Fontana / Hip-O / Spectrum Music 2:40