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The Very Best Of Marvin Gaye
 
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The Very Best Of Marvin Gaye

14 July 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 14 July 2009
  • Release Date: 14 July 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 Universal Music TV, a division of Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 2:08:26
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  • ASIN: B002JEXSW2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,832 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Sep 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album brings us the type of music which has inspired a whole generation of HIP-HOP and R&B stars, you can tell as oon as you hear this album that Marvin Gaye was one of the greatest performers to ever grace the music scene! it includes clasics like Mercy Mercy Me and also some inspiring duets. This is an album for all ages and i doubt that no one who listens to it will say otherwise a truly clisic album bringing together some of the great man's biggest hits.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ian Phillips on 14 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
Marvin Gayes' untimely death in 1984 left a big void in music. Marvin Gaye had become one of the most influential singer and songwriters in soul music history. His diligent work had tremendous depth, making profound political statements and social commentary as well as having a poignant and spiritual edge.
Marvin Gayes' recording career spans back to the dawn of the swinging sixties when Motown Records was beginning to make its mark in the world by becoming commonly known as "the sound of young America". The fantastic Stubborn Kind Of Fellow was one of his very best early hits. The formulaic though enduring Motown sound is fully at work on this classic with Gayes' distinctive vocals seamlessly surfboarding along the somwhat complex musical arrangements.
Hitch Hike, Can I Get A Witness? and Too Busy Thinking About My Baby also encapsulates that familiar and distinct Motown sound of its golden era in the 1960's and all three are instantly contagious from the musical arrangements to gayes rocketing vocal performances that was in a class and style of its own.
During Motowns golden era of the 1960's, Gaye worked with many of the labels most talented female singers. His phenomenal duet with the underated Kim Weston on the sparse, It Takes Two, sounds just as fresh and as vibrant as it was back then. But it was the divine Tammi Terrell (who was married to David Ruffin, one-time lead singer of The Temptations) that he found his perfect duet partner.
Gaye and Terrell cut many albums and succesful hit singles together with their diverse blend of harmonies gelling neatly into the sexually sizzling productions.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
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.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Feb 2005
Format: Audio CD
You cannot fit all of Marvin's hits on a single CD but this collection has most of the essentials. From a British perspective, one advantage that this has over the double CD (Very best of, which was compiled in America but released in both the UK and USA) is that it includes three UK top ten hits that are not on the double CD, these being Onion song (supposedly with Tammi Terrell, though Tammi was too ill to record the song and a sound-alike substituted), You are everything (with Diana Ross) and Abraham Martin and John (which was an American hit for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, not Marvin Gaye).
There is no room on this CD to explore Marvin's career in depth, but it does contain all his important British hits (some minor hits have been omitted) and on that basis, it provides an excellent overview of Marvin's career. Nevertheless, before buying this, you may wish to compare it with the double CD, Very best of.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Oct 2001
Format: Audio CD
To say that Marvin Gaye was one of the greatest artists of all time is somewhat demeaning to the power and the emotion he puts into all of the songs on this CD, from the pop bubblegum of Hitch Hike and How sweet it is, to his Duets with his soul mate Tammi Terrell including the beautiful Ain't no mountain high enough and the Lesser known of his classics like Ego tripping out and Trouble man, this record has it all in abundance, you can tell when he sings his duets he really does feel for these women and the way Marvin sings his love songs he can melt the hearts of even the hardened heavy metal thrash head.
Billie holiday is the only person that belts out more emotion into her songs and it's not just a coincidence that both of them were troubled souls.
It seems the harder your life is the greater the artist (just look at westlife).
In retrospect all Marvin has to do for me is open his mouth and I can here love and emotion, he serenades me all the way and there is no-one else like him ever to walk on the stage.Thank-you Marvin Gaye for the hours of musical pleasure you have given me.
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