No Help Needed
The video of Amy Winehouse that I posted recently (internal link) shows that she didn’t need anybody except a guitarist to bring out her music.Tony Bennet wasn’t needed, an elaborate studio wasn’t needed, a group of musicians wasn’t needed. Not when you’re that talented.
Similarly, Marvin Gaye probably never needed anybody else, although I will say the production on What’s Going On? was pretty groovy. Here, Marvin only needs a drum machine to carry out one of the most amazing performances of the Star Spangled Banner ever recorded.