Anthology: The Best of Marvin Gaye

Anthology: The Best of Marvin Gaye

by Marvin Gaye
     
 
The 1995 version of Anthology was remastered and slightly retooled from the 1986 reissue, which was in turn updated from the original triple-LP set Motown released in 1974. That first Anthology [1974] featured nothing from Let's Get It On or afterward; the newest Anthology adds even more from that era while

Overview

The 1995 version of Anthology was remastered and slightly retooled from the 1986 reissue, which was in turn updated from the original triple-LP set Motown released in 1974. That first Anthology [1974] featured nothing from Let's Get It On or afterward; the newest Anthology adds even more from that era while subtracting a bit from Gaye's earlier years, including a few of his numerous duets. Even so, it still stands as a near-definitive document. It's well-nigh impossible to encapsulate a career as lengthy and trailblazing as Gaye's on just one disc; Anthology hits all the high points of the Motown years in a more concise fashion than the collector-oriented box set The Master, making it the best summation of Gaye's career yet released. Kicking off with his first hit "Stubborn Kind of Fellow," Disc One traces Gaye's rise to stardom as part of the Motown hit machine, featuring 20 solo cuts from the '60s as well as seven of his most important duets with Tammi Terrell, Kim Weston, and Mary Wells. Disc Two covers Gaye the visionary auteur, beginning with material from his epochal What's Going On LP. If this disc can't reproduce the flowing, carefully calibrated moods of his albums from the period, it does touch upon every major facet of his '70s work -- the urgent social commentary, the smoldering eroticism, the soul-baring confessions. It's a rich, engaging listen from top to bottom, even with around 2 1/2 hours of music. Unfortunately, Anthology has since gone out of print, to be replaced by the two-disc Very Best of Marvin Gaye. While the newer compilation has the advantage of licensing Gaye's post-Motown smash "Sexual Healing" (which is missing from Anthology), it unfortunately contains 13 fewer tracks, making Anthology the preferred alternative if you can track it down.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/2004
Label:
Universal Int'l
UPC:
0731453052925
catalogNumber:
530529
Rank:
4559

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Stubborn Kind of Fellow
  2. Hitch Hike
  3. Pride and Joy
  4. Can I Get a Witness
  5. Try It Baby
  6. What's the Matter with You Baby
  7. Baby Don't You Do It
  8. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
  9. I'll Be Doggone
  10. Ain't That Peculiar
  11. One More Heartache
  12. Take This Heart of Mine
  13. Little Darling (I Need You)
  14. Sweeter as the Days Go By
  15. It Takes Two
  16. Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  17. Your Unchanging Love
  18. Sweet Thing
  19. Your Precious Love
  20. If I Could Build My Whole World Around You
  21. You
  22. Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
  23. You're All I Need to Get By
  24. Chained
  25. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  26. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
  27. That's the Way Love Is

Disc 2

  1. What's Going On
  2. God Is Love
  3. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
  4. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
  5. Sad Tomorrows
  6. You're the Man, Pts. 1-2
  7. The World Is Rated X
  8. Trouble Man
  9. Let's Get It On
  10. Come Get to This
  11. Just to Keep You Satisfied
  12. My Mistake (Was to Love You)
  13. Distant Lover
  14. I Want You
  15. After the Dance
  16. Got to Give It up, Pt. 1
  17. When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You
  18. Ego Tripping Out
  19. Praise
  20. Heavy Love Affair

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marvin Gaye   Primary Artist,Vocals
Diana Ross   Track Performer
Mary Wells   Track Performer
Kim Weston   Track Performer
Tammi Terrell   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
T-Boy Ross   Composer
Mel Bolton   Composer
Jeffrey Bowen   Composer
Gwen Fuqua   Composer
Anna Gordy Gaye   Composer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer
Marilyn McLeod   Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer
Leon Ware   Composer
Robert Gordy   Composer
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Sandra Greene   Composer
Elgie Stover   Composer
Delores Wilkinson   Composer
Ezra Bolton   Composer
Jack Coga   Composer
James Nyx   Composer
Fuller B. Gordy   Composer

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