Music Review

Love Starved Heart (1994)

Details Lead Performance: Marvin Gaye; Genres: R&B, Reissues

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

Originally posted Jun 24, 1994 Published in issue #228-229 Jun 24, 1994 Order article reprints

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