The Very Best of Marvin Gaye
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Media: Audio CD|
ISBN/ASIN : B00005LZT9
Manufacturer : Universal Music TV|
Release data : 20 August, 2001
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Another missed opportunity for a full hit overview
This CD is both fantastic but at the same time very flawed..at least if you are looking for a full overview of Marvin's UK hit singles. The ommisson of 'The Onion Song', 'Abraham, Martin and John (utterly unforgiveable), and the mid '70s Diana Ross and Mavin Gaye Duets such as 'You're My Everything', mean that this CD dissapoints. However, what this CD does offer is a great selection of many of Marvin's hits, plus fabulous album tracks such as those from the period in which Marvin became a voice of inner city America in the early '70s. So gems such as 'Inner City Blues' and 'Mercy,Mercy, Me are included. Tracks such as these illustrate the absolute brilliance of Marvin Gaye, who is 'up there' with all the soul greats. The CD also comes in excellet packaging, with great photos and an in depth career overview essay. Nevertheless, this CD ultimately remains a missed opportunity, and one is left wondering when exactly a full overview 'hits' CD will be released. Sad really, because this CD had the potential to be wonderful from start to finish.
Excellent career-spanning compilation
This comprehensive collection contains all Marvin's important American hits as well as highlighting other aspects of his music, including his political songs of the seventies. His British hits were sometimes different from his American hits. Three UK top ten hits are missing, though as this is an American compilation, there is no reason why they should have been included. Abraham Martin and John was an American hit for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - perhaps it was felt that Marvin's version was better for the UK market. You are everything, a duet with Diana Ross, made the UK top five. Onion song, a duet credited as being with Tammi Terrell but recorded with a stand-in, made the UK top ten.
The classic American hits (not all of which charted in Britain) are all here including Can I get a witness, How sweet it is, I'll be doggone, Ain't that peculiar, I heard it through the grapevine, Too busy thinking about my baby, That's the way love is. What's going on, Mercy mercy me, Trouble man, Let's get it on and Got to give it up. Some of his duets are here, too, including Ain't no mountain high enough, Your precious love, If I could build my whole world around you, Ain't nothing like the real thing, You're all I need to get by (all with Tammi Terrell) and It takes two (with Kim Weston).
Marvin always considered himself a balladeer like Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole rather than a typical R+B singer, but his early attempts to establish himself in this role were not a success. Eventually, he did gain acceptance as a balladeer after proving that he could do the R+B material - compare his definitive version of I heard it through the grapevine with the Gladys Knight version, released a year earlier. Marvin actually recorded the song before Gladys but Berry Gordy initially rejected his version. It shows what perseverance can do.
Marvin once again had Berry Gordy worried when he completed his anti-Vietnam album, What's going on. Motown had always been primarily a singles label so this album was completely alien to the marketing department, although it appears that many people at Motown loved it. Once again, Marvin was right. The album was a huge success and three of its tracks are here - they are the first three on CD 2.
This double-CD is a nice introduction to the music of Marvin Gaye, one of the finest soul singers of the twentieth century.
Brilliant Soul Album
I was actually bought this album and I thought I only knew a handful of Marvins Hits. Wrong. There are loads of hits on here I know but never knew Marvin was behind them. I particularly like the second cd as this covers his most recent stage and holds the better hits out of the two.
If you are looking for a brilliant soul album or purely somthing to just to chill to then this is the fella. Full of tracks with passion and soul.