Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On 

John Bush:’ Marvin Gaye – 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, Marvin Gaye meditated on what had happened to the American dream of the past…  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, Marvin 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…

 

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On Tracklist

  1. What’s Going On? 3:04
  2. What’s Happening Brother 2:43
  3. Flyin’ High (in the Friendly Sky) 3:49
  4. God Is Love 1:42
  5. Save the Children 4:03
  6. Right On 7:32
  7. Wholy Holy 3:08
  8. Mercy. Mercy Me (The Ecology) 3:13
  9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) 5:27

Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

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