Marvin Gaye: WHAT'S GOING ON

WHAT'S GOING ON

Marvin Gaye

  • CDN $29.99
  • Release Date 01 October 2013
  • In Stock
Product code
5344450CA
Format
Compact Disc
Label
Universal Music Group

Sly & The Family Stone might have psychedelicised soul music, but Marvin Gaye personalised it. Although the powers-that-were Motown didn't even want to release the record, the unexpected success of What's Going On, issued in 1971, inspired Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, and just about every other black artist on the planet to take greater responsibility for their music and its meaning. Gaye co-wrote the songs and produced the album, flavouring it with layer upon layer of his own multi-tracked vocals, oceans of hand percussion, strings, flutes and jazzy horn solos. Spacy and loose as a spliff-fuelled Sunday afternoon jam in the park, the nine songs all played like hit singles. The title track-- inspired by his brother's return from the Vietnam War--and the obvious social commentary of "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" and "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" actually were hit singles. Two other tracks ("Wholly Holy" and "Save the Children") would inspire hit covers by Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross, respectively. Nevertheless, What's Going On sounds as fresh today as it did the week that it came out.

Tracks
Disc 1
1 What's Going On  
2 What's Happening Brother  
3 Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)  
4 Save The Children  
5 God Is Love  
6 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)  
7 Right On  
8 Wholy Holy  
9 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)  
10 God Is Love  
11 Sad Tomorrows  

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