The Very Best of Marvin Gaye

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The Very Best of Marvin Gaye is the title of two compilations (American and European) by Motown artist Marvin Gaye.

UK edition[edit]

The Very Best of Marvin Gaye
Greatest hits album by Marvin Gaye
Released 1994
Recorded 1962-82
Genre R&B, soul, funk
Label Motown
Producer Marvin Gaye, Norman Whitfield, Ashford & Simpson, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Hal Davis
Marvin Gaye chronology
The Norman Whitfield Sessions
(1994)
The Very Best of Marvin Gaye
(1994)
Anthology
(1995)

Released in 1994, The Very Best is the best-selling (and highest charting) Marvin Gaye album in the UK - selling over 250,000 copies, peaking at #3 in the UK charts, and receiving a million-plus sales certificate in 2001. The album featured an unreleased track ("Lucky, Lucky Me") that would also be released as a single.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
  2. "What's Going On"
  3. "Sexual Healing"
  4. "You Are Everything" (w/Diana Ross)
  5. "It Takes Two" (w/Kim Weston)
  6. "Let's Get It On"
  7. "Abraham, Martin & John"
  8. "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby"
  9. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)"
  10. "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"
  11. "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" (w/Diana Ross)
  12. "You're All I Need to Get By" (w/Tammi Terrell)
  13. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (w/Tammi Terrell)
  14. "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)"
  15. "The Onion Song" (w/Tammi Terrell)
  16. "You Ain't Livin' Till You're Lovin'" (w/Tammi Terrell)
  17. "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By (w/Tammi Terrell)
  18. "That's the Way Love Is"
  19. "Got to Give It Up, Pt. I"
  20. "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You"
  21. "Can I Get a Witness"
  22. "Lucky, Lucky Me"

US edition[edit]

The Very Best of Marvin Gaye
Greatest hits album by Marvin Gaye
Released July 17, 2001
Recorded 1962-82
Genre R&B, pop, soul, psychedelic soul, funk
Length 127:00
Label Motown, Universal Music
Producer Marvin Gaye, Berry Gordy, Larkin Arnold, Jeff Moskow, Harry Weinger, Fonce Mizell, Freddie Perren, Smokey Robinson, Valerie Simpson, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Art Stewart, Ed Townsend, Norman Whitfield, Leon Ware, Nickolas Ashford, Johnny Bristol, Henry Cosby, Lamont Dozier, Harvey Fuqua, Brian Holland

Released in the US in 2001, the two disc edition is a chronological look back at American R&B/soul singer Marvin Gaye's three decade-plus music career throughout his tenure in Motown Records in the 1960s and 1970s concluding with his final big hit, 1982's "Sexual Healing" from his brief tenure with Columbia Records before the singer's death in 1984. Re-released later in 2005 under Universal Records' Gold series, it has since been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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Robert Christgau (A) [1]

Track listing[edit]

Disc One[edit]

  1. "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" – 2:45
  2. "Hitch Hike" – 2:33
  3. "Pride and Joy" – 2:08
  4. "Can I Get a Witness" – 2:50
  5. "You're a Wonderful One" – 2:43
  6. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" – 2:58
  7. "I'll Be Doggone" – 2:48
  8. "Ain't That Peculiar" – 3:00
  9. "It Takes Two" – 2:59
  10. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" – 2:28
  11. "Your Precious Love" – 3:05
  12. "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You" – 2:21
  13. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" – 2:15
  14. "You're All I Need to Get By" – 2:51
  15. "You" – 2:27
  16. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" – 3:15
  17. "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" – 2:57
  18. "That's the Way Love Is" – 3:44
  19. "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" – 3:48

Disc Two[edit]

  1. "What's Going On" – 3:52
  2. "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" – 3:13
  3. "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" – 5:28
  4. "You're the Man, Pts. I & II" – 5:48
  5. "Where Are We Going?" (previously unreleased) – 3:57
  6. "Trouble Man" – 3:51
  7. "Let's Get It On" – 4:53
  8. "Come Get to This" – 2:42
  9. "Distant Lover" (Live) – 6:19
  10. "I Want You" – 3:57
  11. "Got to Give It Up" – 11:53
  12. "Anger" – 4:03
  13. "Ego Tripping Out" – 7:14
  14. "Praise" – 4:53
  15. "Sexual Healing" – 3:59