Much has been written about how Marvin Gaye was one of the artists who truly changed the face of Motown and of soul music forever, so it kind of makes you wonder, what is the point in yet another compilation? Then, as this album starts, it hits you—his voice is still as smooth, silky, relevant and meaningful as ever. Gaye, by the sounds on offer here, was a fantastically engaging performer both in the studio and on the stage. This is clearly evidenced by songs such as “My Funny Valentine” and a raucous take on perennial classic ballad radio station favourite “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, which sounds as though it might erupt out of the speakers at any second.
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