Gaye, Marvin - What's Going On (color vinyl) - New LP
Color Vinyl Reissue!
Repressed on cream color splattered vinyl. Gatefold.
Fifty years ago, Motown was still booming with the success of the Jackson 5 and was likely beginning to plan its move from Mo’town to Tinsel Town. Gaye had been recording with the label since nearly the beginning a decade earlier, and while along with geniuses such as Norman Whitfield, he’d been a part of keeping the label going after HDH left (who had likely written and produced more hits than Elvis and the Beatles combined), but these were not easy times for black people in Detroit, especially for Gaye who had lost his singing partner Tammy Terrell in March. But after that painful spring of 1970, Gaye began the yearlong process of recording this album, which I believe for the first time would credit all the great Detroit musicians who had contributed to this album, many who had played on the classic Motown recordings of the previous decade, so this served as a tribute to all those musicians, many who couldn’t make the move to Hollywood, a tribute to them and to an American setting that had introduced nearly the whole world to the black music of this city, this state, this country, this world. And certainly, this album revealed that Marvin Gaye and the musicians of Motown were not done yet. While the Jackson Five were giving the world plenty to enjoy, Marvin Gaye was giving something for the world to think deeply about, a broad stroke of subject matter, a musical exploration of all that what was going down in Detroit, the country and the world, a message that was clear as water and potent as whiskey, warm as an embrace and powerful as a punch from Muhammad Ali, social commentary that was quite a bit different than the protest songs of the 1960s, rather than an imperative but more than just a question, what’s going on.
Marvin's first step away from the pop music cycle. All tracks were written and arranged by Gaye.
Basic track for "What's Going On" recorded June 1, 1970. Lead & background vocals overdubbed June 6, 7 and 10, 1970, strings recorded September 21, 1970.
Basic tracks for all other songs recorded March 17, 19 and 20, 1971. Strings, horns and lead and background vocals overdubbed March 24, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30, 1971.
Additional Marvin Gaye vocal and instrumentation overdubs for Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), Right On, Wholy Holy and Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) recorded at The Sound Factory, Hollywood on May 5, 1971.
Released June 1971.
|What's Going On||3:51|
|What's Happening Brother||2:57|
|Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)||3:40|
|Save The Children||3:04|
|God Is Love||2:31|
|Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)||3:05|
|Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)|