Master 1961-1984

The Master 1961-1984

by Marvin Gaye

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By following Marvin Gaye's artistic evolution from early Motown hits such as "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" and "Can I Get a Witness" to the bluesy, abstract expressionism of concept albums such as What's Going On and Here, My Dear, the four-disc box set The Master: 1964-1984 gives


By following Marvin Gaye's artistic evolution from early Motown hits such as "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" and "Can I Get a Witness" to the bluesy, abstract expressionism of concept albums such as What's Going On and Here, My Dear, the four-disc box set The Master: 1964-1984 gives die-hard fans and novices alike insight into Gaye's development as a songwriter. You don't have to read David Ritz's liner notes to understand the man and the artist -- you simply have to listen. Gaye poured his heart into the songs collected here -- whether he was wooing prospective sweethearts, expressing his political and social views, or confessing the details of his drug addiction and crumbling relationships. Also featured on this compilation are his precious collaborations with Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross, Mary Wells, and Gladys Knight, as well as 18 previously unreleased singles. From "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" on disc two to "Sexual Healing" and "The Lord's Prayer" on disc four, Gaye's lyrical intensity is matched only by his increasingly complex arrangements. This box set hits the passionate musical highs and lows of a visionary artist who was cut down in his prime. Martine Bury

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The average fan is better off with Anthology, which covers almost all of Marvin Gaye's true classics. But for those who want the hits and then some, and have the budget and interest to go further, this four-CD box set is an excellent retrospective of his career. The 89 tracks include all the chart hits (both on his own and with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, and Diana Ross) and many interesting B-sides, album tracks, and misses. There are also over a dozen previously unreleased cuts, most dating from the early part of his career; they don't rank among his best work, but they're almost all good and interesting. With a long essay by his biographer, David Ritz, this is the best overview of Gaye's evolution and versatility, and a much-recommended alternative to the previous Gaye box, The Marvin Gaye Collection.

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Disc 1

  1. Stubborn Kind of Fellow
  2. Pride and Joy
  3. Hitch Hike
  4. Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
  5. What Do You Want with Him
  6. Once upon a Time
  7. What's the Matter with You Baby
  8. Can I Get a Witness
  9. Couldn't Ask for More
  10. You're Wonderful
  11. I Wonder
  12. You're a Wonderful One
  13. It's Got to Be Love
  14. Try It Baby
  15. Leavin'
  16. My Love for You
  17. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
  18. Baby Don't You Do It
  19. Just Like a Man
  20. Pretty Little Baby
  21. Talk About a Good Feeling
  22. I'll Be Doggone
  23. Little Darling (I Need You)
  24. One More Heartache
  25. Ain't That Peculiar
  26. You're the One for Me
  27. Take This Heart of Mine
  28. Your Unchanging Love

Disc 2

  1. It Takes Two
  2. I Couldn't Help Falling for You
  3. Lonely Lover
  4. Without Your Sweet Lovin'
  5. Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  6. If I Could Build My Whole World Around You
  7. Your Precious Love
  8. If This World Were Mine
  9. Without You (Not Another Lonely Night)
  10. Together We Stand (Divided We Fall)
  11. You
  12. Chained
  13. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  14. You're What's Happening (In the World Today)
  15. This Love Starved Heart of Mine (It's Killing Me)
  16. Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
  17. Keep on Lovin' Me Honey
  18. You're All I Need to Get By
  19. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
  20. More Than a Heart Can Stand
  21. How Can I Forget
  22. That's the Way Love Is
  23. Yesterday
  24. The End of Our Road
  25. Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By
  26. What You Gave Me

Disc 3

  1. What's Going On
  2. Save the Children
  3. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
  4. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
  5. I'm Going Home
  6. Piece of Clay
  7. You're the Man, Pts. 1-2
  8. Checking out (Double Clutch)
  9. Trouble Man
  10. Let's Get It On
  11. Come Get to This
  12. Just to Keep You Satisfied
  13. Pledging My Love
  14. My Mistake (Was to Love You)
  15. Distant Lover
  16. I Want You
  17. After the Dance
  18. Untitled

Disc 4

  1. Got to Give It up, Pt. 1
  2. Here, My Dear
  3. When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You
  4. Anger
  5. Anna's Song
  6. A Funky Space Reincarnation
  7. When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Reprise)
  8. She Needs Me
  9. Why Did I Choose You?
  10. Life Is for Learning
  11. Funk Me
  12. Love Me Now or Love Me Later
  13. Ego Tripping Out
  14. The Star Spangled Banner
  15. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  16. Rockin' After Midnight
  17. Sexual Healing
  18. The Lord's Prayer

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marvin Gaye   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Diana Ross   Track Performer
Mary Wells   Track Performer
Kim Weston   Track Performer
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
George Benson   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Brokensha   Percussion,Vibes
Victor Feldman   Vibes
Larry Nozero   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Joe Sample   Piano
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Dennis Coffey   Guitar
Johnny Griffith   Celeste,Keyboards
Dave Hamilton   Guitar,Vibes
Herbie Williams   Trumpet
Gene Page   Conductor
David T. Walker   Guitar
Martha & the Vandellas   Vocals
John Trudell   Trumpet
Frederick Waits   Drums
Bobbye Hall   Bongos,Conga
Richard "Pistol" Allen   Drums
Andantes   Background Vocals
Jack Ashford   Percussion,Tambourine,Vibes
Lanny Austin   Saxophone
Bob Babbitt   Bass
Italo Babini   Cello
Gordon Banks   Guitar
Zinovi Bistritzky   Trombone
Frank Blair   Bass
George Bohannon   Trombone
Thomas "Beans" Bowles   Saxophone
Ray Brown   Trumpet
Eddie "Bongo" Brown   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Drums
Ron Brown   Bass
William Bryant   Keyboards
Beatriz Budinszky   Violin
Angelo Carlisi   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Elmira Collins   Percussion,Vibes
Russell Conway   Trumpet
Henry Cosby   Saxophone
Bob Cousar   Trombone
Carole Crosby   Harp
Raymond Crossley   Keyboards
Earl DeRouen   Bongos,Conga
Lefty Edwards   Saxophone
Wilton Felder   Bass
Ernie Fields   Alto Saxophone
Eli Fontaine   Saxophone
Eli Fountain   Alto Saxophone
James Gadson   Drums
Frankie Gaye   Background Vocals
James Gittens   Keyboards,Vibes
Nathan Gordon   Viola
Jay Graydon   Guitar
Virginia Halfmann   Violin
Fernando Harkness   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Danya Hartwick   Flute
Billy Horner   Trumpet
Tate Houston   Baritone Saxophone
Ivy Jo Hunter   Keyboards
Jan Hunter   Background Vocals
David Ireland   Viola
Clarence Isabell   Bass
James Jamerson   Bass
Marvin Jenkins   Piano
Gary Jones   Percussion,Conga
Uriel Jones   Drums
Edouard Kesner   Viola
Patrick Lanier   Trombone
Clifford Mack   Drums
Kasuku Mafia   Saxophone
Rick Margitza   Violin
Thaddeus Markiewicz   Cello
Kenny Mason   Trumpet
Johnny McGhee   Guitar
George McGregor   Drums
Joe Messina   Guitar
Eugene BeeBee Moore   Saxophone
Sidney Muldrew   French Horn
Sidney Muldrow   French Horn
Tony Newton   Bass
Curtis Anthony Nolen   Guitar
Charles Owen   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Parker   Guitar
Bernie Peacock   Saxophone
Joel Peskin   Saxophone
Jerry Peters   Piano,fender rhodes
Carl Raetz   Trombone
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin   Guitar
Felix Resnick   Violin
Emil Richards   Mallets,Vibes
Paul Riser   Trombone
Ernie Rodgers   Saxophone
Alvin Score   Violin
Meyer Shapiro   Viola
George Shaw   Trumpet
Ted Sheely   Keyboards
Lewis Shelton   Guitar
Don Slaughter   Trumpet
Nolan Andrew Smith   Trumpet
Son Ship   Percussion
Gordon Staples   Strings,Violin,Concert Master
Sunship   Percussion
Tammi Terrell   Track Performer
Andrew "Mike" Terry   Saxophone
Danny Turner   Saxophone
Vandellas   Track Performer
Larry Veeder   Guitar
James Waring   Violin
Ronnie Wakefield   Saxophone
Eddie Watkins   Bass
Don White   Trombone
Bugsy Wilcox   Drums
Jimmy Wilkins   Trombone
Eddie Willis   Guitar
Popcorn Wylie   Keyboards
Wali Ali   Guitar
Paul Humphries   Drums
Wild Bill Moore   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Chet Forest   Drums
Sonny Burke   Piano,fender rhodes
Bobby Rodgers   Background Vocals
Preston Wilcox   Drums
Eddie Jones   Trumpet
Gladys Knight & the Pips   Track Performer
Henry E. Davis   Bass
Max Janowsky   Upright Bass
William Perich   Flute
Earl Vanduke   Keyboards
Elgie Stover   Background Vocals
Robert White   Guitar
John Wilson   Trumpet
Benny Benjamin   Drums
Ted Buckner   Saxophone
Lem Barney   Background Vocals
Detroit Symphony Orchestra   Strings
Bill Johnson   Trombone
John Arnold   Percussion
Floyd Jones   Trumpet
John Barnes   Piano,fender rhodes
Andrew Smith   Drums
Maurice Davis   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer
Budd Johnson   Composer
Gloria Jones   Producer
Gene Page   Arranger
T-Boy Ross   Composer,Producer
Nick Ashford   Producer
David Blumberg   Arranger
Jeffrey Bowen   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Producer
Henry Cosby   Producer
Hal Davis   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Producer
Harvey Fuqua   Producer
Gwen Fuqua   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Arranger,Producer
Berry Gordy   Producer
George Gordy   Composer,Producer
Rene Hall   Arranger
Brian Holland   Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer,Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer,Producer
Dale Oehler   Arranger
Clarence Paul   Producer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Pam Sawyer   Producer
Valerie Simpson   Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Producer
Art Stewart   Producer
Ed Townsend   Producer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Norman Whitfield   Producer
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Leon Ware   Composer,Producer
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson   Arranger
John Stafford Smith   Composer
Robert Gordy   Composer
Allen Story   Composer
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Frank Wilson   Producer
Ronald White   Composer
Sandra Greene   Composer
Robert Staunton   Producer
Robert Rogers   Composer
Francis Scott Key   Composer
Jack Coga   Composer
Charles Jones   Composer
Bobby Scott   Producer
Jack Goga   Composer
Robert Walker   Composer
Warren Moore   Composer
James Nyx   Composer
Robert Walker   Producer

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