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Marvin Gaye

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Amoeba Review

Anders Eljas 01/07/2010

Although the title could only have been coined by a marketing department, The Ultimate Collection deserves the highest of praise. It is not only the first American compilation to survey Billie Holiday's entire 25-year career -- and astutely, at that -- but it also includes a DVD that presents the lion's share of her film and TV appearances, a full discography, and an interactive timeline. The audio discs spotlight all of Holiday's most innovative material, from the musically pioneering "Billie's Blues" and "Lover Man," in which she refined the perpetually coarse female blues form and virtually invented the slow-burn torch song, to the socially progressive "Strange Fruit" and "God Bless the Child," wherein she yoked reform concerns to beguiling pop songs and became a master of the protest song. (As it should be, the 1939 of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" seems much more recent than the 1939 when a majority of Southerners felt lynching was justified in case of sexual assault.) The bulk of the material rightly comes from her Verve and Columbia libraries, but there are many inclusions from her breathtaking Decca and Commodore catalogs, as well as a superb version of "Trav'lin Light" from a 1942 Capitol session with accompaniment from (surprise) the outmoded but effective Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Fittingly, the program begins with one of Holiday's first sessions -- in 1933, when she provided a short vocal chorus over a reading of "Miss Brown to You" by Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra -- and it ends, on the DVD portion, with her reprising another 1933 title for the television program Art Ford's Jazz Party one year before her death.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Stubborn Kind of Fellow
Marvin Gaye 02:45
2.
Hitch Hike
Marvin Gaye 02:33
3.
Pride and Joy
Marvin Gaye 02:08
4.
Can I Get a Witness
Marvin Gaye 02:50
5.
You're a Wonderful One
Marvin Gaye 02:43
6.
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
Marvin Gaye 02:58
7.
I'll Be Doggone
Marvin Gaye 02:48
8.
Ain't That Peculiar
Marvin Gaye 03:00
9.
It Takes Two
Marvin Gaye , Kim Weston 02:59
10.
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Marvin Gaye , Tammi Terrell 02:28
11.
Your Precious Love
Marvin Gaye , Tammi Terrell 03:05
12.
If I Could Build My Whole World Around You
Marvin Gaye , Tammi Terrell 02:21
13.
Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
Marvin Gaye , Tammi Terrell 02:15
14.
You're All I Need to Get By
Marvin Gaye , Tammi Terrell 02:51
15.
You
Marvin Gaye 02:27
16.
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Marvin Gaye 03:15
17.
Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
Marvin Gaye 02:57
18.
That's the Way Love Is
Marvin Gaye 03:44
19.
His Eye Is on the Sparrow [Stereo Mix]
Marvin Gaye 03:48


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
What's Going On
Marvin Gaye 03:52
2.
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
Marvin Gaye 03:13
3.
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
Marvin Gaye 05:28
4.
You're the Man, Pts. 1-2
Marvin Gaye 05:48
5.
Where Are We Going? [Previously Unreleased]
Marvin Gaye 03:57
6.
Trouble Man
Marvin Gaye 03:51
7.
Let's Get It On
Marvin Gaye 04:53
8.
Come Get to This
Marvin Gaye 02:42
9.
Distant Lover [Live]
Marvin Gaye 06:19
10.
I Want You
Marvin Gaye 03:57
11.
Got to Give It Up
Marvin Gaye 11:53
12.
Anger
Marvin Gaye 04:03
13.
Ego Tripping Out
Marvin Gaye 07:14
14.
Praise
Marvin Gaye 04:53
15.
Sexual Healing
Marvin Gaye 03:59

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