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
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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: Marvin Gaye
(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" (with Diana Ross)
  5. "It Takes Two" (with 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
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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.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Artist Direct 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (A) [1]

Track listing[edit]

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Origin Length
1. "Stubborn Kind of Fellow"   Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson, George Gordy That Stubborn Kinda Fellow, 1962 2:45
2. "Hitch Hike"   Gaye, Stevenson, Clarence Paul That Stubborn Kinda Fellow 2:33
3. "Pride and Joy"   Gaye, Stevenson, Norman Whitfield   2:08
4. "Can I Get a Witness"   Holland–Dozier–Holland Greatest Hits, 1964 2:50
5. "You're a Wonderful One"   Holland–Dozier–Holland How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You, 1965; released as a single the previous year 2:43
6. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)"   Holland–Dozier–Holland How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You 2:58
7. "I'll Be Doggone"   Warren Moore, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Tarplin Moods of Marvin Gaye, 1966 2:48
8. "Ain't That Peculiar"   Moore, Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Tarplin Moods of Marvin Gaye 3:00
9. "It Takes Two" (with Kim Weston) Sylvia Moy, Stevenson Take Two, 1966 2:59
10. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (with Tammi Terrell) Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson United, 1967 2:28
11. "Your Precious Love" (with Tammi Terrell) Ashford, Simpson United 3:05
12. "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You" (with Tammi Terrell) Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol, Vernon Bullock United 2:21
13. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (with Tammi Terrell) Ashford, Simpson You're All I Need, 1968 2:15
14. "You're All I Need to Get By" (with Tammi Terrell) Ashford, Simpson You're All I Need 2:51
15. "You"   Jeffrey Bowen, Jack Coga, Ivy Jo Hunter I Heard It Through the Grapevine, 1968 2:27
16. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"   Barrett Strong, Whitfield I Heard It Through the Grapevine 3:15
17. "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby"   Janie Bradford, Whitfield, Strong M.P.G, 1969 2:57
18. "That's the Way Love Is"   Strong, Whitfield M.P.G.; also released on the following year's album of the same name 3:44
19. "His Eye Is on the Sparrow"   Civilla D. Martin, Charles H. Gabriel In Loving Memory, 1968 3:48
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Origin Length
1. "What's Going On"   Al Cleveland, Gaye, Renaldo "Odie" Benson What's Going On, 1971 3:52
2. "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"   Gaye What's Going On 3:13
3. "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"   Gaye, James Nyx Jr. What's Going On 5:28
4. "You're the Man, Pts. I & II"   Gaye, Kenneth Stover Non-album single, 1972 5:48
5. "Where Are We Going?"   Gaye, Larry Mizell Previously unreleased, 1994; originally recorded for Let's Get It On, 1973 3:57
6. "Trouble Man"   Gaye Trouble Man soundtrack, 1972 3:51
7. "Let's Get It On"   Gaye, Ed Townsend Let's Get It On 4:53
8. "Come Get to This"   Gaye Let's Get It On 2:42
9. "Distant Lover" (Live at the Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California, January 4, 1974) Marvin Gaye Live!, 1974; originally from Let's Get It On   6:19
10. "I Want You" (Edited version) Leon Ware, Arthur "T-Boy" Ross I Want You, 1976 3:57
11. "Got to Give It Up"   Gaye Live at the London Palladium, 1977 11:53
12. "Anger"   Delta Ashley, Gaye, Townsend Here, My Dear, 1978 4:03
13. "Ego Tripping Out"   Gaye 1994 re-release of In Our Lifetime (originally released in 1981) 7:14
14. "Praise"   Gaye In Our Lifetime 4:53
15. "Sexual Healing" (Single version) Odell Brown, Gaye, David Ritz Midnight Love, 1982 3:59