Marvin Gaye – What's Going On | 2012 Reissue



Marvin Gaye – What's Going On | 2012 Reissue


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A TAV Essential Listening Album.

What's Going On is the eleventh studio album by soul musician Marvin Gaye, released in 1971, by Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. This was the first album where Gaye receives production credit and also the first time Motown Records' main studio band, known as the Funk Brothers received an official credit.

“What's Going On is a unified concept album consisting of nine songs, most of which lead into the next. It has also been categorized as a song cycle; the album ends on a reprise of the album's opening theme. The album is told from the point of view of a Vietnam War veteran returning to the country he had been fighting for, and seeing only hatred, suffering, and injustice. Gaye's introspective lyrics discuss themes of drug abuse, poverty, and the Vietnam War. He has also been credited with criticizing global warming before the public outcry against it had become prominent.” 

 What's Going On is often highly regarded as one of the landmark recordings in pop music history and one of the greatest albums of the 20th century by critics, musicians, and the general public from across the world. The album has been ranked number six on the Rolling Stone's 2003 list of "500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. - Wiki

“What's Going On is not only Marvin Gaye's masterpiece, it's the most important and passionate record to come out of soul music, delivered by one of its finest voices, a man finally free to speak his mind and so move from R&B sex symbol to true recording artist. With What's Going On, Gaye meditated on what had happened to the American dream of the past -- as it related to urban decay, environmental woes, military turbulence, police brutality, unemployment, and poverty. These feelings had been bubbling up between 1967 and 1970, during which he felt increasingly caged by Motown's behind-the-times hit machine and restrained from expressing himself seriously through his music.

Finally, late in 1970, Gaye decided to record a song that the Four Tops' Obie Benson had brought him, "What's Going On." When Berry Gordy decided not to issue the single, deeming it uncommercial, Gaye refused to record any more material until he relented. Confirmed by its tremendous commercial success in January 1971, he recorded the rest of the album over ten days in March, and Motown released it in late May. Besides cementing Marvin Gaye as one of the most important artists in pop music, What's Going On was far and away the best full-length to issue from the singles-dominated Motown factory, and arguably the best soul album of all time.” – AllMusic


Item description:


Marvin Gaye


What's Going On




Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Gatefold



Release Date:

This reissue: 2012 | Original - 1971


Funk / Soul



Catalog No:

5300221, 530 022-1