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What's Going On – Marvin Gaye

by Tamla
Condition: Brand New
Ships from: Melbourne


Marvin Gaye was a controversial and at the same time enormously successful personality. In his early years, the son of a priest tried his hand at a variety of chart typical songs, in the tradition of the Motown label. But with time he found his way less and less in the triangle of tax investigations, demanding wives and music that meant nothing to him. The self-produced album What's Going On from 1971 changed everything.

With deep R&B songs and soul in his voice he created the best album of 1971 according to Rolling Stone. The songs are deep, uncommonly open for the USA of the 1970s, and even absolutely danceable. The title "What is happening here!", with the important exclamation instead of question mark, refers to the US from the perspective of a returning Vietnam veteran who wonders why he fought for a state full of police violence, drug abuse and rising divorce rates. The label Motown initially refused to release this album because it was not commercial enough.

Release details

Artist: Marvin Gaye
Label: Tamla
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Units: 1
Country: US
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Soul


A1 What'S Going On
A2 What'S Happening Brother
A3 Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)
A4 Save The Children
A5 God Is Love
A6 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
B1 Right On
B2 Wholy Holy
B3 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)