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The Best of Marvin Gaye (Motown Anthology Series)
Marvin Gaye
The Best of Marvin Gaye (Motown Anthology Series)
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Soundtracks, Classic Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (27) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (20) - Disc #2

Balancing raw power with shades of vulnerability, Gaye rose to the top of Motown's roster without the benefit of a supporting vocal group. Whether singing love songs or social commentary, Gaye's voice displays an earnestne...  more »

      
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All Artists: Marvin Gaye
Title: The Best of Marvin Gaye (Motown Anthology Series)
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Universal Int'l
Original Release Date: 1/1/1995
Re-Release Date: 9/3/1996
Album Type: Import, Original recording reissued
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Soundtracks, Classic Rock
Styles: Oldies, Classic R&B, Funk, Motown, Soul, Quiet Storm, Psychedelic Rock
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 731453052925, 0731453052925, 731453052949

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Balancing raw power with shades of vulnerability, Gaye rose to the top of Motown's roster without the benefit of a supporting vocal group. Whether singing love songs or social commentary, Gaye's voice displays an earnestness and sincerity that are a soul singer's most potent weapons. Among these 47 hits are his memorable duets with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, and Tammi Terrell along with Motown staples such as "Can I Get a Witness," "How Sweet It Is," "Ain't That Peculiar," and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." This 2 CD set also covers socially conscious 1970s originals such as "What's Going On," "Mercy, Mercy Me," and "Inner City Blues." Only his last hit, "Sexual Healing," is left out. --Marc Greilsamer

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Few did it as well
M. Salvati | Neshanic, NJ USA | 08/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With the exception of Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye is probably the greatest male singer of the 20th century. His greatest hits collected here can still charm a listener's ear. From soulful love ballads to socially conscious protest songs, Marvin always had the sweetest voice and the tightest harmonies. He could seduce with the best of them, but he never stopped evolving as an artist as this collection proves. There are great love songs like "How Sweet It Is", great protest songs "What's Going On", great spiritual songs "God Is Love", sexual come-ons "Let's Get It On" and "I Want You", and even a disco-funk number "Got To Give It Up", all displaying MArvin's wide range of talents. It's so sad that his life was cut short so tragically when he was on a comeback. We will never get to hear the wonderful music that he would have made. Every male r&b singer owes a debt to this great artist."
Nobody does it better
Thomas Magnum | 06/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What can I say about this man? Although there are a lot of people who forgot what Marvin Gaye did, I found out last year and I listened to the box set all the time. I am 16 years old , mind you. Classic oldies, protest songs,sensual, and disco. Marvin could do everything. U can't compare him.The way he lived, and everything that happened to him, should have brought him down, but eh got up and made wonderful music, that is still great. The greatest songs here include: Pride and Joy, How sweet it is, it takes 2, ain't no mountain high enough, your precious love, ain't nothin' like the real thing, i heard it throught the grapevine.on the 2nd set, what's going on, you're the man, let's get it on, come get to this, got to give it up. I've never heard of When did u stop loving me, and ego trippin' out, but I LOVED them. They were awesome.It was a disappointment not to put Sexual Healing, but I think that is becuase it's Columbia, not Motown."
Kick-a** anthology of Marvin Gaye
Andrew Dolch | 09/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love this box set. I think it did a great job of chronicaling Marvin Gaye's career. I am a DJ on a college radio station and I play it all the time."