This album spans his career, so you get to hear him change over the years. And it includes the hits with Tami Terrell. At first I didn't trust the title but it's true.
His tranquil voice and his songs of love, fun, poverty, and war make his music an inspiration to all ages. There is just so much passion in his voice with all of his songs it makes you just wants to sing. And being a recent fan I am finding that many artists sample his music. His version of "Heard It through the Grapevine" is the best version out of the several other musicians who have "attempted" to do it. "What's Goin' On" is a beautiful anthem that describes all of the pain war causes and is one of the world's greatest songs.
People, you have to own at least one Marvin Gaye album to call yourself a person who likes music. Let's get down to it:
1) SONG SELECTION. Some of these tracks I had not heard of before, but that does not matter. I bought this one on name recognition alone and I was not sorry. Every track is a classic and you do not have to be a fan of this type of music to enjoy this one. Tracks like "Mercy Mercy Me" and "What's Goin' On" are classics. On top of that, it is nice to explore tracks you might not have listened to otherwise.
2) SOUND. Classic, rich, and full of passion are just three of the words that I would use to describe his sound. There are many more of course, but that would take more space then I am allowed.
3) EMOTIONAL. Each track is so full of emotion that I could not help but swing with it. When the song was up-beat and happy I found that I had a smile on my face, when the track was a downer, then I frowned. Whatever the emotion instilled within the track I found myself feeling the same way.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Just like Black Sabbath is the founding fathers of modern rock, Marvin Gaye is one of the founding fathers of Rap/Hip-Hop/Pop. Sure, performers before him where writing and singing of the same things that he was, that was what the jazz/blues movement is all about. Marvin Gaye gave mainstream acceptance to a sound that might have never come to light without him.
I miss you Marvin! This album, although a classic and priceless. This CD perfectly captures his amazing legacy and I believe there is only one word to describe it, GREATNESS.