Motown released the first Marvin Gaye record "(I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over" in 1961; a single intended for (radio) promotion for the singer's debut album. The officially released single "Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide" followed a week later. Gaye got his first real hit in 1962 with "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow", which he co-composed himself and in which he joked about his alleged stubbornness.
This laid the foundation for an enormous series of chart successes: "Pride And Joy", "Can I Get A Witness", "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" and "Ain't That Peculiar" are all Motown classics from 1963 to 1965, which are still played regularly after all these years. The duets he recorded with Kim Weston ("It Takes Two") and especially with Tammi Terrell were certainly at least as good. His greatest hit came in 1968 with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine". "What's Goin' On" from the album of the same name became a number 1 hit in the USA and the album is considered a masterpiece and is generally regarded as one of the most important albums in pop history
The artistically and commercially very successful "Let's Get It On" from 1973 was mainly a musical ode to Mavin's new muse Janis Hunter. The success that "Sexual Healing" experienced gave him another boost in 1982. Suddenly Gaye, who was already on his way into oblivion, was a celebrated star again and that was certainly a state Gaye enjoyed very much
On April 1, 1984, the pop world lost one of the most important soul singers ever to walk on the earth's soil. Gaye left behind a series of fantastic hits, as well as a whole handful of other tracks, all of which deserve the title Masterpiece, all united on this album.
Label: Music On Vinyl, Universal Music
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Numbered