Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell

Greatest Hits [Motown]

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A complete package of honey-coated goodies by the most charismatic duo to ever share a microphone. Aided by some excellent songs and productions by Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell set a high bar for duets that will be hard to surpass. Tammi and Marvin songs were all tight, three-minutes-or-less testimonials about the joys of love. If Tammi hadn't left us so early, there's no telling where this exciting duo would have ascended to. Songs got longer in the mid-'70s, and my mouth waters visualizing Marvin & Tammi stretching out on drawn-out drama ballads similar to Rick James and Tina Marie's "Fire & Desire."

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