Personnel: Marvin Gaye (vocals, drums); Dennis Coffey, Eddie Willis, Robert White , Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin, Joe Messina (guitar); Larry Nozero, Teddy Buckner (saxophone); Marcus Belgrave (trumpet); Bob Babbitt, James Jamerson (bass instrument); Andrew Smith , Benny Benjamin, Richard "Pistol" Allen, Uriel Jones (drums); Eddie "Bongo" Brown, Jack Ashford (percussion).
If James Brown is indeed the Godfather of Soul, then Marvin Gaye is surely soul music's counterpart to Ol' Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. (Gaye in fact began his career singing Sinatra/Nat Cole-type standards.) Like Sinatra, Gaye could inhabit a song, make it his own, and transform ballads into preludes to seduction ("Your Precious Love," "Let's Get It On"). Unlike Sinatra, Gaye wrote many (very fine, classic R&B) songs and could get very funky ("Trouble Man"). COLLECTION is a nice primer to Gaye's biggest hits (including some duets with Tammi Terrell), and is sure to make you crave more.
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