Marvin Gaye

The Masters Collection

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What can one say about Marvin Gaye? At his best, he could sing the phone book and make it sound like an intimate gesture of love, and his phrasing and knowledge of how to use a microphone in the studio, how to shade, embellish, and use the actual space of that microphone to convey what was in his heart and soul is nothing short of amazing. This set collects several of his later era tracks with Motown Records, a time when Gaye was arguably at his very creative peak, and with masterpieces like "What's Going On," "Trouble Man," and "Inner City Blues," it's hard to argue otherwise. But Gaye's earlier Motown sides were classics, too, and one misses them a bit here.

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