Marvin Gaye

Motown Legends: Mercy Mercy Me

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Assuming that what most casual listeners want out of collections like the Motown Legends series is an act's biggest hits, this is one disc that doesn't deliver -- outside of the blockbusters "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" and "Trouble Man," the majority of these 11 tracks are Marvin Gaye's minor hits instead. While there's some undeniably brilliant material included, the disc's very release is questionable. Hardcore Gaye fans will already have these performances, while less devoted listeners won't want them anyway -- and as it's just one of several Motown Legends collections from the legendary singer, it's tough not to feel cheated by yet another misguided Motown marketing ploy.

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