The Best of Marvin Gaye, Vol. 2

Marvin Gaye

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The Best of Marvin Gaye, Vol. 2 Review

by Andrew Hamilton

Volume Two follows the same format as its predecessor with a handful of Marvin Gaye's hits, this time commencing from his initial self-expression period, the way you remember them from the radio. "Got to Give It Up" is the version just over four minutes as it was edited for radio, not the mammoth LP rendition that commanded the entire side of a vinyl album. The selections are fine as Moet. You can't help but feel "What's Going On," "I Want You," and the ultra dramatic live version of "Distant Lover," where even Ray Charles can envision Gaye falling to his knees and begging for forgiveness. Also featured here are the quadruple platinum "Let's Get It On" and his rousing duet with Diana Ross "You're a Special Part of Me," among others.