Marvin Gaye – The Very Best of Marvin Gaye (2001)

Marvin Gaye - The Very Best of Marvin Gaye (2001)
Artist: Marvin Gaye
Album: The Very Best of Marvin Gaye
Genre: Early R&B, Smooth Soul
Origin: USA
Released: 2001
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Tracklist:
CD 1:
01. Stubborn Kind of Fellow – with The Vandellas
02. Hitch Hike – with The Vandellas
03. Pride and Joy
04. Can I Get a Witness
05. You’re a Wonderful One
06. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
07. I’ll Be Doggone
08. Ain’t That Peculiar
09. It Takes Two – with Kim Weston
10. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – with Tammi Terrell
11. Your Precious Love – with Tammi Terrell
12. If I Could Build My Whole World Around You – with Tammi Terrell
13. Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing – with Tammi Terrell
14. You’re All I Need to Get By – with Tammi Terrell
15. You
16. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
17. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
18. That’s the Way Love Is
19. His Eye Is on the Sparrow [Stereo Mix][#]

CD 2:
01. What’s Going On
02. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
03. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
04. You’re the Man, Pts. 1-2
05. Where Are We Going? [#]
06. Trouble Man
07. Let’s Get It On
08. Come Get to This
09. Distant Lover [Live]
10. I Want You
11. Got to Give It Up
12. Anger
13. Ego Tripping Out
14. Praise
15. Sexual Healing

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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.
Review by Richie Unterberger

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