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Number 1's: Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

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Even the four-disc box set The Master couldn’t accommodate every great track Gaye recorded; after all, this was someone whose throwaway songs were better than most artists’ singles. Rather than try to sort out which songs are worthy of anthologizing, Number 1’s simply collects every Gaye song to hit #1 on either the U.S. pop or R&B charts. Though it’s hard to accept a collection that doesn’t include “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” or “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” the buying public was actually a first-rate judge of his material. It speaks to Gaye’s power as an artist that he could take a something as risqué as “Sexual Healing,” or as politically direct as “Inner City Blues” and bring it to #1. Besides the detailed mastering job, the greatest asset of Number 1’s is its refusal of linear chronology; instead, the music is sequenced like a good mixtape, according to mood and intuition. Listen to the heartbeat rhythm of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” segue into the mysterious strings of “I Want You,” or the hazy riff of “Inner City Blues” drift into the dreamy dedication of “You’re All I Need To Get By,” and you’ll start to see the thread that binds together a lifetime of soulful artistry.

Customer Reviews

Great Quality!

I have been looking for a while forward to a high quality Marvin Gaye comprehensive album. I have bought other of Marvin's "best of"s who are not taped as well as this one which is perfectly crisp.

wow

take it from someone who grew up listen to sexual healing, lets get it on, got to give it up and i heard it through the grapevine, it doesnt get any better. The world surely cried when this man died. His music was and will continue to be fantastic.

Still cool

Marvin gaye is still cool. And this album is raw soul power, and its freaking awesome- except wheres 'aint no mountain high enough?' thats a classic track- buy this album then get the song seperatly. marvin makes you feel good no matter what!

Biography

Born: April 2, 1939 in Washington D.C.

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

One of the most gifted, visionary, and enduring talents ever launched into orbit by the Motown hit machine, Marvin Gaye blazed the trail for the continued evolution of popular black music. Moving from lean, powerful R&B to stylish, sophisticated soul to finally arrive at an intensely political and personal form of artistic self-expression, his...
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