Every Great Motown Hit [Remastered] Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Like labelmate Stevie Wonder, Gaye's Sixties hits were smart pop songs with catchy hooks and fairly safe subjects--love and romance being the principal. Like Wonder, Gaye too would eventually wrest creative control from the powers that be at Motown and by the early Seventies was creating socially conscious songs like "What's Going On," "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" and "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)."
This is a terrific, if concise, overview of the genius of Marvin Gaye. Originally released in 1983, these tracks have been remastered and sound simply amazing. If your record library doesn't already include these songs, this is a great place to start. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Marvin Gaye has an outstanding voice. Perhaps his most distinctive quality is his ability to infuse each song with deep emotion, and great wailing vocals, and the production values are excellent.
Have you ever listened to a song and been emotionally moved by it? What's going on does is that kind of song. There is a certain quality of personal pain that he conveys in this song lamenting the untimely death of young black men through the violence in society.
I have been reading about Marvin, and his untimely death by his father's hand, only hints at the undercurrents of tragedy, insecurity and self destructiveness that ran through his life.
This album has quite an emotional range, including Grapevine, Let's Gets it on, and How sweet it is. If you like Marvin you'll love this album. As you would expect from a greatest hits album, the song quality is very good.
Two of his best hits You're all I need to get by and Ain't nothing like the real thing were recorded with singing partner Tammi Terell, who died young from a brain hemorrhage. Sexual Healing which was recorded on the Columbia label is not on this album.
A little known fact about Marvin is that before he achieved fame he was a drummer with Smokey Robinson.
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Oh ya, another great album from one of the best motown artists, from the 60's. You won't be disappointed at all.Published 12 days ago by J L W
What can you say about Marvin Gaye! This is a wonderful CD and a treat to listen to. I really like Marvin Gaye and am so glad it have this to listen to. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary R.