Marvin Gaye – 1971 – What’s Going On

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Marvin Gaye my fav black singer ever.

I won’t write any review of this album.

it is very simple.

This is the greatest soul record of all time.



A1. What’s Going On 4.00
A2. What’s Happening Brother 2.57
A3. Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky) 3.40
A4. Save the Children 4.06
A5. God Is Love 1.44
A6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) 3.03
B1. Right On 7.15
B2. Wholy Holy 3.06
B3. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) 5.30

But i will write a few notes

Sly & The Family Stone might have psychedelicized soul music, but Marvin Gaye personalized 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, flavoring it with layer upon layer of his own multi-tracked vocals, oceans of hand percussion, strings, flutes, and jazzy horn solos. Spacey and loose as a spliff-fueled Sunday afternoon jam in the park, the nine songs all played like a hit single.

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  • Paul
    Posted at 04:22h, 19 May 2008 Reply


  • manny
    Posted at 02:11h, 04 December 2008 Reply

    thanks for this one

  • muzik addic
    Posted at 23:03h, 12 December 2008 Reply

    hallelujah ! 2nd that. This is what TIMELESS music is all about.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 03:52h, 15 May 2009 Reply

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  • suction cup grab bars
    Posted at 09:03h, 15 May 2009 Reply

    Hey this is good stuff. So glad you posted. I like reading blogs like this. Sandy

  • Double
    Posted at 10:29h, 15 May 2009 Reply


  • Dylan
    Posted at 04:15h, 28 May 2009 Reply

    Maybe the greatest album period. Of course thats a very tough call, but I always, ALWAYS come back to “What’s Going On” and it gets better and better with age.

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 17:34h, 29 September 2009 Reply

    thanks a lot!!!!!

  • Bomber Ph.D.
    Posted at 19:05h, 10 May 2011 Reply

    Thank you! Praise to the dusty fingered record diggers.

  • Aditya Nugraha Wibisana
    Posted at 08:09h, 22 June 2015 Reply

    “I remember Marvin Gaye singin’ what’s goin on…” – The Gaslight Anthem

  • J.R. Bailey – Just Me ‘n You (1974) « The Soul and Funk Historical
    Posted at 09:22h, 07 April 2016 Reply

    […] resembles most closely Leroy Hutson, Leon Ware, and Marvin Gaye, especially from Marvin’s “What’s Going On“, “Trouble Man“, and “Let’s Get It On“ […]

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