Marvin Gaye

Let's get it on: why Marvin scores in the bedroom

The soulful pleadings of Marvin Gaye and the gathering crescendo of Ravel's Bolero are the true sounds of seduction, a new study has confirmed. But there is no place for "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the bedroom.

Album: John Legend & the Roots, Wake Up! (Columbia)

Theres never a wrong time to revisit the core values of Seventies soul and funk, though it may have been more effective for John Legend & The Roots to release Wake Up!, a selection of politicised black covers from that era, during a previous administration's tenure, when the admonition was more pertinent.

Teddy Pendergrass: Philadelphia soul singer who had hits with 'If You

At his best, Teddy Pendergrass was an unsurpassable soul singer and such performances as "If You Don't Know Me by Now", "Don't Leave Me This Way" (both made with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes), "Close the Door" and "Love T.K.O." will endure as long as records are made. Unfortunately, he often recorded mediocre material and spent too much time cultivating his "ladies only" repertoire.

Album: Laura Nyro & Labelle, Gonna Take A Miracle (Rev-Ola)

Singer-songwriter Laura Nyro was renowned for blue-eyed soul standards such as "Stoned Soul Picnic" and "Wedding Bell Blues" when, in 1971, she decamped to Philadelphia International studio to record this album of soul covers with the PI production team of Gamble & Huff, taking along her new friends Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash.

Ways to say goodbye

Corinne Bailey Rae's new album is suffused with sorrow over the death of her husband. Vini Reilly has recorded apaean to Factory Records legend Tony Wilson. The pain of bereavement can be heard in music, says Chris Mugan

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Album: Leon Ware, Moon Ride, (Stax)

Leon Ware did the bulk of the production work on Marvin Gaye's 'I Want You' album, so if you're familiar with that achy shimmer of silky soul, you already have some idea of what 'Moon Ride' sounds like.

Rivals open playlists in bid to rock the presidential vote

There would be little joy for either John McCain or Barack Obama if they were to mistakenly trade iPods. Only one musical artist has appeal for both of them: Ol' Blue Eyes. Barack would surely wince at John's Abba. And who knows what John would do on hearing Barack's "Yes We Can" by the hip hop musician will.i.am.