Of course Marvin Gaye needs no introduction; he was an artist of the highest order, and one who consistently progressed and reinvented throughout the 60's and 70's. By 1968, his music had taken on a harder edge, and the success of his incredible duets had shown that the man was capable of ANYTHING. With Wilson behind the pen and the mixing board both, "Chained" shows Marvin at his most propulsive; the track is driven so strongly by the Motown piston drums and the sound of the conga; an important new sound to soul music that became ubiquitous in the 1970's.
Shortly after he was hired at Motown, Wilson wrote and recorded a track with himself as the artist. Berry Gordy squashed the idea, and wanted to keep Wilson strictly behind the scenes. Pity to the world, as "Do I Love You' (Indeed I Do)" is one of Motown's greatest hits, although allegedly only 2 copies escaped the destruction ordered by Gordy (only promo copies were pressed). Wilson turns in a STELLAR lead vocal full of attitude on top of a song that has a guarnteed HIT stamped all over it. As years passed and the Northern Soul scene was raging in 1970's England, a copy of "Do I Love You' made it onto the turntables and created a fury of interest in the record, eventually leading to it being officially issued for the first time in 1978. A genuine copy (signed by Wilson) sold in 2009 for $25,000!
"Do I Love You"'s backing track was also used for a take with the great Chris Clark on lead vocals; this one was also left unreleased. Perhaps Gordy was just feeling spiteful and ignored the obvious hit on his hands!