The Master 1961-1984

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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 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 ...
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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 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
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/1995
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 731453049222
  • Catalog Number: 530492

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stubborn Kind of Fellow - Martha & the Vandellas (2:44)
  2. 2 Pride and Joy (2:05)
  3. 3 Hitch Hike - Martha & the Vandellas (2:32)
  4. 4 Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) (2:13)
  5. 5 What Do You Want with Him (2:37)
  6. 6 Once upon a Time - Mary Wells (2:31)
  7. 7 What's the Matter with You Baby - Mary Wells (2:22)
  8. 8 Can I Get a Witness (2:46)
  9. 9 Couldn't Ask for More (2:42)
  10. 10 You're Wonderful (2:45)
  11. 11 I Wonder (3:43)
  12. 12 You're a Wonderful One (2:45)
  13. 13 It's Got to Be Love (2:39)
  14. 14 Try It Baby (2:59)
  15. 15 Leavin' (2:21)
  16. 16 My Love for You (2:59)
  17. 17 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) (2:58)
  18. 18 Baby Don't You Do It (2:32)
  19. 19 Just Like a Man (2:49)
  20. 20 Pretty Little Baby (2:35)
  21. 21 Talk About a Good Feeling (2:23)
  22. 22 I'll Be Doggone (2:50)
  23. 23 Little Darling (I Need You) (2:45)
  24. 24 One More Heartache (2:34)
  25. 25 Ain't That Peculiar (2:59)
  26. 26 You're the One for Me (3:42)
  27. 27 Take This Heart of Mine (2:42)
  28. 28 Your Unchanging Love (3:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 It Takes Two - Kim Weston (2:56)
  2. 2 I Couldn't Help Falling for You - Kim Weston (2:53)
  3. 3 Lonely Lover (2:24)
  4. 4 Without Your Sweet Lovin' (2:28)
  5. 5 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Tammi Terrell (2:27)
  6. 6 If I Could Build My Whole World Around You - Tammi Terrell (2:20)
  7. 7 Your Precious Love - Tammi Terrell (2:59)
  8. 8 If This World Were Mine - Tammi Terrell (2:41)
  9. 9 Without You (Not Another Lonely Night) (2:39)
  10. 10 Together We Stand (Divided We Fall) (2:50)
  11. 11 You (2:23)
  12. 12 Chained (2:34)
  13. 13 I Heard It Through the Grapevine (3:11)
  14. 14 You're What's Happening (In the World Today) (2:19)
  15. 15 This Love Starved Heart of Mine (It's Killing Me) (2:40)
  16. 16 Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing - Tammi Terrell (2:16)
  17. 17 Keep on Lovin' Me Honey - Tammi Terrell (2:27)
  18. 18 You're All I Need to Get By - Tammi Terrell (2:38)
  19. 19 Too Busy Thinking About My Baby (2:55)
  20. 20 More Than a Heart Can Stand (2:55)
  21. 21 How Can I Forget (2:02)
  22. 22 That's the Way Love Is (3:15)
  23. 23 Yesterday (3:23)
  24. 24 The End of Our Road (2:50)
  25. 25 Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By - Tammi Terrell (2:25)
  26. 26 What You Gave Me - Tammi Terrell (2:42)
Disc 3
  1. 1 What's Going On (3:49)
  2. 2 Save the Children (4:02)
  3. 3 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (3:13)
  4. 4 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (5:27)
  5. 5 I'm Going Home (4:37)
  6. 6 Piece of Clay (4:59)
  7. 7 You're the Man, Pts. 1-2 (5:44)
  8. 8 Checking out (Double Clutch) (4:50)
  9. 9 Trouble Man (3:49)
  10. 10 Let's Get It On (4:50)
  11. 11 Come Get to This (2:39)
  12. 12 Just to Keep You Satisfied (4:24)
  13. 13 Pledging My Love - Diana Ross (3:32)
  14. 14 My Mistake (Was to Love You) - Diana Ross (2:54)
  15. 15 Distant Lover (6:20)
  16. 16 I Want You (4:32)
  17. 17 After the Dance (4:39)
  18. 18 Untitled
Disc 4
  1. 1 Got to Give It up, Pt. 1 (4:11)
  2. 2 Here, My Dear (2:48)
  3. 3 When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (6:16)
  4. 4 Anger (4:03)
  5. 5 Anna's Song (5:54)
  6. 6 A Funky Space Reincarnation (8:12)
  7. 7 When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Reprise) (6:16)
  8. 8 She Needs Me (3:30)
  9. 9 Why Did I Choose You? (2:40)
  10. 10 Life Is for Learning (3:39)
  11. 11 Funk Me (5:28)
  12. 12 Love Me Now or Love Me Later (5:00)
  13. 13 Ego Tripping Out (5:10)
  14. 14 The Star Spangled Banner (3:13)
  15. 15 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Gladys Knight & the Pips (3:40)
  16. 16 Rockin' After Midnight (6:03)
  17. 17 Sexual Healing (3:59)
  18. 18 The Lord's Prayer (2:00)
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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
The 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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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
Andrew Smith Drums
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
The 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
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 Jr. 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
Emil Richards Contributor
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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