Marvin Gaye

The Essential Marvin Gaye [Mastercuts]

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This is a woefully deceptive release made up of poorly recorded live tracks that does a disservice to both Marvin Gaye and to his many fans. Nowhere in this package does it state that the versions here of songs like "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "Sexual Healing," "Inner City Blues," and "What's Going On" are live cuts, and one might naturally assume that this is a collection of original studio recordings. That they're all concert renditions instead, and horribly mixed versions at that, makes this an anthology to avoid. Check that, way down in the right-hand corner of the external slip case (which you're gonna throw away to get to the actual jewel case), it does say in really tiny letters "the real live experience." Which means you can't sue.

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