An 18-song collection that Marvin Gaye's earliest fans will cherish. It's a nonstop cool-groove that reference from Gaye's first Tamla single "I'm Yours, You're Mine" (1/62) to "Little Darling (I Need You)" (7/66). Some choice A-, B-sides, and album cuts are missing from that four-and-a-half year span, but you can't please everybody. Plum obscurities include "Got to Get My Hands on Some Lovin'," from his first album (and later done by the Artistics); "She's Got to Be Real," the B-side of "Ain't That Peculiar"; and "Whenever I Lay My Hat." Six bonafide hits ("Ain't That Peculiar," "Little Darling," "How Sweet It Is," "You're a Wonderful One," "Stubborn Kinda Fellow," and "Can I Get a Witness") keep you locked in. Advanced technology makes every track and their intricacies ("you can hear not yet famous singers on backing vocals") sound better than remembered.
AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton