Marvin Gaye

Love Songs

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The fact that there's a Marvin Gaye compilation called Love Songs seems rather silly, especially since most of the albums he released throughout his career could have been subtitled "Love Songs." That a handful of these songs also appeared on a 1985 compilation of previously unreleased material called Romantically Yours makes the disc seem even more redundant. And then there's flat-out confusion: This disc shouldn't be confused with Motown's 2002 compilation Love Songs: Bedroom Ballads, nor should it be confused with the identically titled 1997 BMG International compilation, which is almost identical to this disc in track selection. At any rate, this Love Songs, released by Columbia/Legacy in 2003, is a Valentine's Day tie-in that includes "Turn on Some Music," "Sexual Healing," "Rockin' After Midnight," "Ain't It Funny (How Things Turn Around)," and "Happy Go Lucky." Die-hard Gaye fans have all this material, and casual fans would do better with just about any other compilation.

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