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What's Going On (1971)

Marvin Gaye
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Soul music, Rhythm and blues, Psychedelic soul, Smooth soul, Dance music, Contemporary R&B

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What's Going On is the eleventh studio album by soul musician Marvin Gaye, released May 21, 1971, on the Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in June 1970 and March–May 1971 at Hitsville U.S.A., Golden World and United Sound Studios in Detroit, Michigan and at The Sound Factory in West Hollywood, California.
The first Marvin Gaye album credited as produced solely by the artist himself, What's Going On is a unified concept album consisting of nine songs, most of which lead into the next. It has also been categorized as a song cycle; the album ends on a reprise of the album's opening theme. The album is told from the point of view of a Vietnam War veteran returning to the country he had been fighting for, and seeing nothing but injustice, suffering and hatred.
What's Going On was the first album on which Motown Records' main studio band, the group of session musicians known as the Funk Brothers, received an official credit. The album features introspective lyrics and socially-conscious themes about drug abuse, poverty, and the Vietnam War. What's Going On was both an immediate commercial and critical success and has endured as a classic

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Tracks

3:51 Flyin' High (in the Friendly Sky) (live)
1:43 God Is Love (live)
3:56 What's Going On?
2:34 Stage Dialogue (live)
3:10 Mercy. Mercy Me (The Ecology)
3:07 Wholy Holy (original Detroit mix)
3:49 Flyin' High (in the Friendly Sky)
3:50 What's Going On (Rhythm & Strings mix)
2:52 God Is Love (original single version)
4:01 Save the Children (original Detroit mix)
5:42 What's Going On (live)
1:46 God Is Love (original Detroit mix)
4:02 Save the Children
4:22 Save the Children (live)
13:23 Sixties Medley: That's the Way Love Is / You / I Heard It Through the Grapevine / Little Darling (I Need You) / You're All I Need to Get By / Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing / Your Precious Love / Pride and Joy / Stubborn Kind of Fellow (live)
4:07 What's Going On (reprise) (live)
5:45 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (original Detroit mix)
3:07 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (original Detroit mix)
9:05 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (live)
2:43 What's Happening Brother
7:33 Right On (live)
7:31 Right On
3:32 Wholy Holy (live)
2:54 What's Happening Brother (live)
4:07 ''Head Title'' aka Distant Lover
1:41 God Is Love
2:27 Sad Tomorrows (original single version)
2:43 What's Happening Brother (original Detroit mix)
5:38 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
3:48 Flyin' High (in the Friendly Sky) (original Detroit mix)
3:07 Wholy Holy
7:31 Right On (original Detroit mix)
5:12 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (reprise) (live)
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The last great Motown record from Detroit and their first overtly political soul album.