What's Going On Marvin Gaye

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Album-Release:
1971

HRA-Release:
16.04.2014

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  • 1What's Going On03:53
  • 2What's Happening Brother02:44
  • 3Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)03:49
  • 4Save The Children04:03
  • 5God Is Love01:42
  • 6Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)03:16
  • 7Right On07:31
  • 8Wholy Holy03:08
  • 9Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)05:30
  • 10God Is Love (Single Version / Mono)02:51
  • 11Sad Tomorrows (Single Version / Stereo)02:25
  • 12What's Going On (Single Version / Mono)03:54
  • Total Runtime44:46

Info for What's Going On

The 1971 classic, digitally remastered in 192 kHz, 24-bit. Still one of the best soul records ever made. Originally released in 1971, „What's Going On" remains a landmark album, one that redefined music with powerful, anthemic songs that remain pertinent to this day.

Be transported back in time to 1971 as Americans struggled to come to gripes with social unrest over the unpopular Vietnam War. Marvin Gaye captures this moment in time with his emotional and powerful musical performance, delivered as if from the perspective of a Vietnam veteran coming home.

Released against the wishes of his label and despite warnings that it could ruin his career, Marvin Gaye couldn't stay quiet in the face of a world gone mad.

Every evocative and moving song from the original track listing is included. This landmark album deeply touched the heart of a nation and continues to be regarded as one of the best releases ever created.

"Greatest protest album ever made? Most stirring soul-music symphony? Yes and yes. And then some." (Rolling Stone)

Marvin Gaye, strong>vocals, piano
Robert White, strong>guitar
Joe Messina, strong>guitar
Johnny Griffith, strong>celeste, keyboards
Earl Van Dyke, strong>keyboards
Eli Fountain, strong>alto saxophone
Wild Bill Moore, strong>tenor saxophone
Jack Brokensha, strong>vibraphone, percussion
Bob Babbit, strong>bass
James Jamerson, strong>bass
Chet Forest, strong>drums
Eddie Brown, strong>bongos, conga
Earl DeRouen, strong>bongos, conga
Jack Ashford, strong>tambourine, percussion
David Van Depitte, strong>arranger, conductor

Recorded live at The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. on May 1, 1972

Digitally remastered


Marvin Gaye
Brilliant, enigmatic, and headstrong, Marvin Gaye was an innovator. In 2009, he would have been 70 years old, and it has been 25 years since his tragic death. But today Marvin remains as influential and exciting as ever: Rolling Stone recently named him one of the greatest singers of all time.

He was born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. on April 2, 1939, in Washington, D.C., where he dreamed of singing before large crowds; he joined a co-founded a local doo-wop group, the Marquees, who were spotted by Harvey Fuqua, who made them his new Moonglows. Marvin arrived in Detroit on tour with the Moonglows and stayed, as did Harvey, and Marvin was signed to Motown just based on raw singing talent. He was also a songwriter, an OK drummer-and handsome as hell. He wanted to sing jazz, to croon Tin Pan Alley standards, but that didn’t pan out. Motown founder Berry Gordy encouraged Marvin to sing R&B, and once Gaye sang the soulful (and autobiographical) “Stubborn Kind Of Fellow” in 1962, stardom enveloped him. The incendiary “Hitch Hike,” “Pride And Joy,” and “Can I Get A Witness” sold like crazy in 1963, and Marvin oozed silky sexiness on the 1965 classics “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” “I’ll Be Doggone” and “Ain’t That Peculiar.”

By 1968′s immortal “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” and on a series of electrifying duets with Mary Wells, Kim Weston (“It Takes Two”), and his ultimate singing partner, the ravishing but ill-fated Tammi Terrell (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” et al), Gaye was a commercial force. He soon became recognized as an artistic one as well.

At decade’s turn, Marvin seized full control of his output with the deeply personal, socially aware 1971 masterpiece What’s Going On, which produced three hit singles: the title track, “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” and “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology).” He defied expectations again with “Trouble Man,” a 1972 hit single featured in his haunting, jazzy score of the movie of the same name. He zoomed to the top of the charts with his passionate Let’s Get It On, while delivering a pop confection in Diana and Marvin, his duet album with Motown’s queen, Diana Ross. I Want You, released in 1976, was another sensual masterwork, a meditation on obsessive love that was also No. 1. Marvin made his personal life public through his songs, and it was never more evident in 1978′s Here, My Dear, a sprawling double-album chronicling his divorce from Anna Gordy, Berry’s sister. Even his No. 1 dance classic from 1977, “Got To Give It Up,” a studio cut added to flesh out the double-LP Live At The London Palladium, was about the singer’s reluctance to get loose on the dance floor.

Marvin left Motown in 1981, with the politically tinged album In Our Lifetime. He fled to London, then Belgium, where he created for Columbia Records “Sexual Healing,” his first Grammy® winner. But another hit was not salvation from his demons. On April 1, 1984, one day before his 45th birthday, Marvin was shot to death by his father.

Marvin’s influence reaches across the generations. He was rightfully among only the second group of artists honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987. More recently, Marvin was No. 6 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time. “Motown Week” on American Idol 2009 (Season 8) featured remaining contestants singing not one but two of Marvin’s songs. His records-and his ringtones and his DVDs-are still going gold.

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