Marvin Gaye’s In The Groove album was released by Motown Records in August 1968. Buried on the LP’s first side, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” – a track that was considered a cover of the Gladys Knight & the Pips’ hit from the year before – became the album’s third single on October 30, 1968. The song rocketed up Billboard’s Hot 100 and R&B Singles charts, as well as the U.K. Singles chart, reaching No. 1 across all three. With the single’s major international success, Motown quickly rereleased the album with the title I Heard It Through The Grapevine.
Today, commemorating the smash single’s 50th anniversary, Motown/UMe reissues the album in a unique edition with its I Heard It Through The Grapevine artwork on the outside and the original In The Groove artwork reproduced on a heavyweight inner sleeve.
The new LP reissue is available on standard black vinyl and limited edition purple “grape” color vinyl. Check it out here.