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Very Best of Marvin Gaye [Motown 2001]
     

The Very Best of Marvin Gaye [Motown 2001]

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by Marvin Gaye
 
Frankly, there are enough different Marvin Gaye best-of compilations that are on the market, or have been on the market, that fans should be forgiven if they couldn't quite muster a great deal of enthusiasm for yet another one at the time of this release. On its own terms, this double disc is a very good survey of Gaye's most popular songs, starting with his first hit

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Frankly, there are enough different Marvin Gaye best-of compilations that are on the market, or have been on the market, that fans should be forgiven if they couldn't quite muster a great deal of enthusiasm for yet another one at the time of this release. On its own terms, this double disc is a very good survey of Gaye's most popular songs, starting with his first hit single in the early 1960s ("Stubborn Kind of Fellow") and going all the way up to "Sexual Healing," also including his big duet hits with Tammi Terrell. It's a good starting point for those who want a little more than a standard single-disc Gaye best-of, or one that spans his entire career instead of just some of it. Nevertheless, the 1995 Anthology release is a better deal from every standpoint, including more songs (47 to The Very Best of's 34). It also has some good early hits that do not appear on The Very Best of, such as "One More Heartache," "Try It Baby," and "Baby Don't You Do It," not to mention his 1964 duet hit with Mary Wells, "What's the Matter With You Baby" (though it doesn't have "Sexual Healing"). Those that are willing to spend just a little more time or money on their purchase should consider alternatives, whether Anthology or the more comprehensive The Master box set. Of course, there's always a catch that might cause dedicated fans to hesitate passing this by entirely, namely two rare tracks. One's a previously unreleased stereo mix of the spiritual "His Eye Is on the Sparrow." The other, more interesting find is the previously unreleased 1972 track "Where Are We Going?," a fair but not great track in the same vein as material from the What's Going On album, but poppier; the song was also done by Donald Byrd on his Black Byrd record.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2001
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0044001436727
catalogNumber:
014367
Rank:
6614

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marvin Gaye   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kim Weston   Track Performer
Gene Page   Conductor
Fonce Mizell   Trumpet
Tammi Terrell   Track Performer
Vandellas   Accompaniment

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Smokey Robinson   Producer
Gene Page   Arranger
Wade Marcus   Orchestra Director
T-Boy Ross   Composer,Producer
Larkin Arnold   Executive Producer
Nick Ashford   Producer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Jeffrey Bowen   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Composer,Producer
Vernon Bullock   Composer
Cleveland   Composer
Henry Cosby   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Producer
Harvey Fuqua   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Gwen Fuqua   Composer
Berry Gordy   Executive Producer
Rene Hall   Arranger
Brian Holland   Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer,Producer
Fonce Mizell   Producer
Larry Mizell   Composer
Dale Oehler   Arranger
Freddie Perren   Producer
Paul Riser   Orchestra Director
Valerie Simpson   Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
Art Stewart   Producer
Ed Townsend   Producer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Norman Whitfield   Producer
David Ritz   Essay
Leon Ware   Composer,Producer
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson   Arranger
Vartan   Art Direction
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Sandra Greene   Composer
Mathieu Bitton   Art Direction
Jack Coga   Composer
Jeff Moskow   Executive Producer
Edward Gordon   Composer
Warren Moore   Composer
Kenneth Stover   Composer
Sandra Elaine Greene   Composer

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