A budget-priced 11-track collection of Motown favorites from Marvin Gaye. All original recordings.
1.Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
2.No Time For Tears
3.Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
4.There Goes My Baby
5.Ego Tripping Out
6.That's The Way Love Is
7.If My Heart Could Sing
9.Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
Though by no means a comprehensive collection, this 11-track MOTOWN LEGENDS disc assembles a handful of Marvin Gaye's best tracks. Interestingly, compiler Cary E. Mansfield has shuffled the chronological sequence, so the listener is treated to a zigzagging overview of Gaye's stylistic experiments at the famed label. The set kicks off with the politically minded, early-1970s groove of "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" from WHAT'S GOING ON, then backpedals to the pop-oriented, early-'60s R&B of "No Time for Tears."
Gaye the popster and Gaye the socially astute soul revolutionary are juxtaposed throughout, and represented by such cuts as the doo-wop-inflected "There Goes My Baby" and the smooth, funky "Ego Tripping Out," respectively. Two bonus tracks close out the set--"Trouble Man," one of Gaye's best early-'70s songs, and his energetic version of the Norman Whitfield masterpiece "Cloud Nine" (which became a sizable hit for the Temptations). This compilation, while not an ideal starting point for Gaye fans, is still a thoroughly enjoyable set.
Music Lover: C. Andre Moore from
Memphis, TN US -- November, 30, 2004
Marvin Gaye's status as a music legend is undeniable. In his lifetime, he recorded a string of hits and classics that have become representative of "The Motown Sound." This eleven track CD is a good place to start for Gaye novices and a nostalgic reminder for long-time Gaye devotees looking for a quick overview of his career. Drawing upon material from various phases of Gaye's career this disc gives you some of the highlights from Gaye's composing and producing canon of the 1970s: "Mercy Mercy Me The Ecology" and some of his lesser known works from the 1960s including "If My Heart Could Sing," and "No Time for Tears." Also included are a few hit singles: "The End of Our Road," "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby," "That's The Way Love Goes," plus Gaye's renditions of "Cloud Nine," produced by motown super-producer Norman Whitfield recorded after the Temptations' hit version and "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever," recorded and released on the Four Tops. Gaye's powerful tenor and always on target delivery and interpretive skills are showcased throughout. This one won't disappoint.