Marvin Gaye


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This international version of Universal’s 2007 box set called 50 Greatest Songs (here called 50) follows the same track listing and sequence as the U.S. version, and it effectively (if a bit randomly) hits all the key songs from Marvin Gaye's seminal stay with Motown Records, from early hits like “Ain’t That Peculiar” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” through the urban jazz-pop of later songs like “Distant Lover” and “Trouble Man.” What it doesn’t have is anything from Gaye's short, subsequent stay with Columbia Records, which means “Sexual Healing,” certainly one of Gaye's greatest songs, is absent here: perhaps the one omission in a pretty comprehensive collection.

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