Matt Weingarden
June 24, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

At Motown’s fabled quality-control meetings, Berry Gordy & Co. would weed out a shocking number of songs they deemed subpar. Here on Love Starved Heart, as part of a year-long slate of Marvin Gaye reissues, are some pickings from the Motown Dumpster: 16 rejected, unreleased sides from his mid-to-late-’60s prime. Not to second-guess Gordy, but the album sounds like an alternate-universe hits package. Gaye’s good-for-everything voice, the string-drenched Detroit protofunk, the groove-heavy love songs — everything’s familiar, yet these ”hits” are delightfully fresh, unheard, and aching to win you over, 25 years too late. A

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