Marvin Gaye - What's Going On - 1971 Essential Thinking Soul and Funk- SEALED LP

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Marvin Gaye ‎– What's Going On

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Funk / Soul
Originally Released: 1971
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 (The Ecology)


B1 Right On
B2 Wholy Holy
B3 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)



Alto Saxophone – Angelo Carlisi
Backing Vocals – Andantes, The, Elgie Stover, Lem Barney, Mel Farr, Bobby Rodgers
Baritone Saxophone – Tate Houston
Bass – Bob Babbit, James Jamerson
Bass [String Bass] – Max Janowsky
Bongos – Earl DeRouen, Eddie Brown
Celesta [Celeste] – Johnny Griffith
Cello – Edward Korkigian, Italo Babini, Thaddeus Markiewicz
Conductor, Arranged By – David Van DePitte
Congas – Earl DeRouen, Eddie Brown
Drums – Chet Forest
Flute – Dayna Hartwick, William Perich
Guitar – Joe Messina, Robert White
Harp – Carole Crosby
Piano – Marvin Gaye

Producer – Marvin Gaye
Liner Notes – Marvin Gaye

By the time 1970 rolled around, Marvin Gaye had grown tired of his singing career. Although he was a major star, having huge hits, he felt disenfranchised from the business. The death of his close friend and singer partner Tammi Terrill had thrown him into serious state of depression and anger.

He became serious about football and tried out with the Detroit Lions and he also had a hand at boxing. He, of course, never made the cut with these activities.

His brother Frankie had recently come back from Vietnam and the stories that he related Marvin, helped spur him out of his funk and into the recording studio.

He turned those feelings of detachment, melancholy and anger into one of the landmark albums in musical history.

Gone were the days of Mr. Gaye singing about love and happiness, What's Going On explored the situation and status of the black man in society as well as the problems facing the world as a whole.

The title track opens the album and he ponders the question of what is going on in the world today. It was not just about the brothers dying in and mothers crying about the Vietnam War, but about the wars of everyday life in Urban America.

The next five songs flow in and out of one another forming a musical suite. In "What's Happening Brother" he questions why the inner city is decaying while "Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)" is about Mr. Gaye's drug use.

"Save The Children" asks for us to get together and make the world a better places for our kids and he provides a possible solution by looking to higher powers in "God Is Love".

"Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)" is his take on the polluting of the world.

"Right On" is a what one might call psychedelic funk and "Wholy Holy" is a sermon from the son of a preacher.

The album closes back where it started with "Inner City Blues (Make Me Holler)" where Mr. Gaye rails against the problems of the ghettos.

What's Going On was deemed so non-commercial by Motown, that they refused to release it and it sat in the can for almost a year.

Mr. Gaye threatened to leave the label and they relented and finally released it in 1971.

The album became a huge hit and Marvin Gaye was hailed for his ground-breaking work.

The album is more than just music, it is a honest and open look at the ills of society.

The album opened up many people's eyes and made them think about alot things they wouldn't have normally paid attention to.

Unfortunately, most people didn't pay attention as most of the problems the album addresses are sadly still relevant today.

Marvin Gaye - Right On (1971)

"Right On" is a 1971 song written by Earl DeRouen and Marvin Gaye and produced by Marvin, who issued the song on his landmark album, What's Going On. The song, which talked about the differences between the rich and poor, good and evil and other divisions, was built in a different musical texture than previous singles bringing in a Latin soul percussive style including maracas and a flute and fluent jazz-styled piano playing from Gaye. The song changed into abstract melodies and harmonies from Marvin with the first half in a settled mood, the second half a little more hasty as Marvin's lyrical content went from social to political and the third which was a more modest close in which Marvin preached how "love can conquer hate anytime" and telling someone close to him to come "to live where love is King" before ending in the song's first half musical production. The song then climaxes with Marvin segueing into "Wholy Holy". The title was also referenced in "What's Going On" so prominently and was so heralded that Marvin formed a production company titled Right On Productions soon afterwards.

Marvin Gaye - Inner City Blues

Hughes Brothers Awesome Video of this urban classic tune

Lets wake up my people and ALL live together as one.....Peace


More Information
Condition New
Format LP
Label Tamla Motown
Artist Marvin Gaye
Color Yellow