The Master: 1961-1984 Let's face it, you could compile an A-grade Marvin Gaye collection just by gathering his singles and correctly spelling the titles. But The Master:1961-1984 is… The Master: 1961-1984 Let's face it, you could compile an A-grade Marvin Gaye collection just by gathering his singles and correctly spelling the titles. But The Master:1961-1984 is… Marvin Gaye R&B
Music Review

The Master: 1961-1984 (1995)

EW's GRADE
A+

Details Lead Performance: Marvin Gaye; Genre: R&B

Let's face it, you could compile an A-grade Marvin Gaye collection just by gathering his singles and correctly spelling the titles. But The Master:1961-1984 is exceptional: four discs that go for the chart-toppers while mixing in astute B sides and obscurities. Producer Amy Herot was shrewd enough to lead off the fourth CD with Gaye's most undulating rhythm, ''Got to Give It Up — Pt. 1'' and to include his still-staggering 1983 live version of the national anthem. A+

Originally posted May 26, 1995 Published in issue #276 May 26, 1995 Order article reprints
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