Exactly why Motown chose to repackage this collection is unclear, but the original now appears to be out of print. If you didn't buy the earlier compilation, you can buy it in this re-packaged form. Obviously, if you bought the original, you don't need this.
This comprehensive collection contains all Marvin's important American hits as well as highlighting other aspects of his music, including his political songs of the seventies. His British hits were sometimes different from his American hits. Three UK top ten hits are missing, though as this is an American compilation, there is no reason why they should have been included. Abraham Martin and John was an American hit for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - perhaps it was felt that Marvin's version was better for the UK market. You are everything, a duet with Diana Ross, made the UK top five. Onion song, a duet credited as being with Tammi Terrell but recorded with a stand-in, made the UK top ten.
The classic American hits (not all of which charted in Britain) are all here including Can I get a witness, How sweet it is, I'll be doggone, Ain't that peculiar, I heard it through the grapevine, Too busy thinking about my baby, That's the way love is. What's going on, Mercy mercy me, Trouble man, Let's get it on and Got to give it up. Some of his duets are here, too, including Ain't no mountain high enough, Your precious love, If I could build my whole world around you, Ain't nothing like the real thing, You're all I need to get by (all with Tammi Terrell) and It takes two (with Kim Weston).
Marvin always considered himself a balladeer like Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole rather than a typical R+B singer, but his early attempts to establish himself in this role were not a success. Eventually, he did gain acceptance as a balladeer after proving that he could do the R+B material - compare his definitive version of I heard it through the grapevine with the Gladys Knight version, released a year earlier. Marvin actually recorded the song before Gladys but Berry Gordy initially rejected his version. It shows what perseverance can do.
Marvin once again had Berry Gordy worried when he completed his anti-Vietnam album, What's going on. Motown had always been primarily a singles label so this album was completely alien to the marketing department, although it appears that many people at Motown loved it. Once again, Marvin was right. The album was a huge success and three of its tracks are here - they are the first three on CD 2.
This double-CD is a nice introduction to the music of Marvin Gaye, one of the finest soul singers of the twentieth century.
am 25. Juni 2007
Marvin Gaye ist der erfolgreichste Künstler des Labels "Motown". Das Best Of Album ist meiner Meinung nach sehr gut gelungen. Auf 2 CDs findet man alle Hits für die Marvin Gaye bekannt ist, auch die erfolgreichsten Titel die zusammen mit Temmi Terrell eingesungen wurden.(z.B "Your Precious Love" und das großartige "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
Und auch wenn einige Titel bereits über 40 Jahre alt sind, so klingen sie trotzdem immer noch zeitgemäß.
Ohne Marvin Gaye und seine tollen Soul und Motown Klassiker wär heutiger R&B, Neo-Soul etc. nicht denkbar.
Anspieltipps: "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"; "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow", und "How Sweet It Is", aber eigentlich alle!!!