Marvin Gaye ‎– What's Going On

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Marvin's 1st step away from the pop music cycle. An LP completely driven by his heart, each tune had the name "Gaye" all over it: Written by, Arranged by etc. This was his LP "Marvin Gaye".

Tracklist

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
Right On 7:20
Wholy Holy 3:20
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) 5:16

Versions (152)

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TS-310, TS310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Gat) Tamla, Tamla TS-310, TS310 US 1971 Sell This Version
T-310V1, TS 310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On (LP, Album) Tamla, Tamla T-310V1, TS 310 US 1971 Sell This Version
TAM 8-1310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(8-Trk) Tamla, Tamla TAM 8-1310 US 1971 Sell This Version
M 8310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(8-Trk) Tamla, Tamla M 8310 US 1971 Sell This Version
TAM 8-1310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(8-Trk) Tamla TAM 8-1310 US 1971 Sell This Version
75-310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(Cass, Album) Tamla 75-310 US 1971 Sell This Version
MOTC-5339 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(Cass, Album) Tamla Motown MOTC-5339 Europe 1971 Sell This Version
STMLO 10069 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP) EMI (Australia) Limited STMLO 10069 Australia 1971 Sell This Version
2 C064 - 92 585, 2C064 - 92.585 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album) Tamla Motown, Tamla Motown 2 C064 - 92 585, 2C064 - 92.585 France 1971 Sell This Version
TSM ST 60014 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album) Tamla Motown TSM ST 60014 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
5C 054-92585 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album) Tamla Motown 5C 054-92585 Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
5C 054-92585 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album) Tamla Motown 5C 054-92585 Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
SWG-7529 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album) Tamla Motown SWG-7529 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
STML 11190 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album) Tamla Motown STML 11190 UK 1971 Sell This Version
LPS-77810 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album) Motown LPS-77810 Venezuela 1971 Sell This Version
TS 310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album) Motown TS 310 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
2 C064 - 92 585, 2C064 - 92.585 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album) Tamla Motown, Tamla Motown 2 C064 - 92 585, 2C064 - 92.585 France 1971 Sell This Version
1 C 062-92 585 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album) Tamla Motown 1 C 062-92 585 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
TS310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album) Tamla TS310 US 1971 Sell This Version
TS310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album) Tamla TS310 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
S-310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Gat) Tamla S-310 US 1971 Sell This Version
0600753534236 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Gat) Tamla 0600753534236 France 1971 Sell This Version
T6-310S1, T 310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Gat) Tamla, Tamla T6-310S1, T 310 US 1971 Sell This Version
TS-310, TS310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Gat) Tamla, Tamla TS-310, TS310 US 1971 Sell This Version
TS 310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Gat) Tamla Motown TS 310 Jamaica 1971 Sell This Version
S-310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Gat) Tamla S-310 US 1971 Sell This Version
TS 310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Gat) Tamla TS 310 US 1971 Sell This Version
T6-310S1, TS 310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Gat) Tamla, Tamla T6-310S1, TS 310 US 1971 Sell This Version
S-310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Gat) Tamla S-310 US 1971 Sell This Version
TS-310, TS310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Tamla, Tamla TS-310, TS310 US 1971 Sell This Version
1 C 062-92 585 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, TP) Tamla Motown 1 C 062-92 585 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
MS-9026 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album) Tamla Motown MS-9026 Spain 1972 Sell This Version
CD4W-7092 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Quad) Tamla Motown CD4W-7092 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
T6-310, LP-T6-310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Top Tape, Top Tape, Motown, Motown T6-310, LP-T6-310 Brazil 1976 Sell This Version
2C 068-92585 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Tamla Motown, Motown 2C 068-92585 France 1976 Sell This Version
VIP-6011 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Motown VIP-6011 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
523010 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Motown 523010 France 1979 Sell This Version
T 310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Motown T 310 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
MOTC-5339 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(Cass, Album) Motown MOTC-5339 US 1981 Sell This Version
STML 11190, 16.011 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Tamla Motown STML 11190, 16.011 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
STML 11190 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, sin) Tamla Motown STML 11190 UK 1983 Sell This Version
5339ML Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Promo, RE) Motown 5339ML US 1984 Sell This Version
5339ML, M 339 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Motown, Motown 5339ML, M 339 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
LI-60136 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Motown LI-60136 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
5339ML Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Motown 5339ML US 1984 Sell This Version
MOM-339 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Motown MOM-339 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
12/24024 Marvin Gaye Mercy, Mercy Me(LP, Album) Platinum (2) 12/24024 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
ZL72025 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Tamla Motown ZL72025 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
MCD09036MD Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album) Motown MCD09036MD US 1986 Sell This Version
RMTL-3002 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album) Tamla RMTL-3002 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
TMC5505 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Gat) Motown TMC5505 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
0501 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Motown, Tuff Gong 0501 Jamaica 1986 Sell This Version
R28M-1106 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE) Motown R28M-1106 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
SMPR-018, 2815 ML Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album) Seoul Records, Inc., Motown SMPR-018, 2815 ML South Korea 1987 Sell This Version
2815ML Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Motown 2815ML US 1987 Sell This Version
WL72611 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Tamla Motown WL72611 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
WL72025 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Tamla Motown WL72025 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
LP-7 2021017, ZL 72025 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album) Jugoton, Tamla Motown LP-7 2021017, ZL 72025 Yugoslavia 1989 Sell This Version
BVCM-5011 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE) Motown BVCM-5011 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
POCT-1822 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE) Motown POCT-1822 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
530 022-2 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE) Motown 530 022-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
530 022-2 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE) Motown 530 022-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
530 022-5 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(DCC, Album) Tamla Motown 530 022-5 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
530 022-1 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Tamla 530 022-1 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
31453-0022-2 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE, RM) Motown 31453-0022-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
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WD72611 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album) Tamla Motown WD72611 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
314 530 022-2 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE) Motown 314 530 022-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
WD 72611 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE) Tamla Motown WD 72611 US 1997 Sell This Version
MOTD 30883 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, Club, RE) Motown MOTD 30883 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
314530883-2 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Motown 314530883-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
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530 883-2 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE, RM) Motown 530 883-2 UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
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MOTD-0883 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RM) Motown MOTD-0883 US 1998 Sell This Version
314530883-4 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(Cass, Album) Motown 314530883-4 US 1998 Sell This Version
502 338-1 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, RE, 180) Motown 502 338-1 US 1998 Sell This Version
530 883-2 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Motown 530 883-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
440 013 404-2 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(2xCD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Motown 440 013 404-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
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013 820-2 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Motown 013 820-2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
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BME 43 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album) Motown BME 43 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
013 404-2 Marvin Gaye What's Going On (Deluxe Edition)(2xCD, Album, RE) Motown 013 404-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
4400640222 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE, RM) Motown 4400640222 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
440 064 022-2 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE, RM) Motown 440 064 022-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
0640222 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE, RM) Tamla, Motown 0640222 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
064 022-2 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE, RM) Motown, Tamla 064 022-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
UICY-9490 Marvin Gaye What's Going On + 2(CD, Album, Ltd, RM, Gat) Tamla UICY-9490 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
UICY-95027 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, Dlx, RE, 12") Universal Records UICY-95027 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
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TS310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Tamla TS310 US 2008 Sell This Version
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990427 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Vinyl Lovers 990427 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
0731453002210 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Motown 0731453002210 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
TS310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Tamla TS310 US 2008 Sell This Version
900427 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE, RM) Vinyl Lovers 900427 Russia 2008 Sell This Version
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900426 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE, RM, Ltd) Vinyl Lovers 900426 Russia 2008 Sell This Version
UDSACD 2038 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(SACD, Hybrid, Album, Ltd, Num, RE) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Tamla UDSACD 2038 US 2008 Sell This Version
UICY-94036/7 Marvin Gaye What's Going On + 25 (Deluxe Edition)(2xCD, Album, Ltd, Num, RM, Gat) Tamla UICY-94036/7 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
MFSL 1-314 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Ltd, RM, 180) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-314 US 2009 Sell This Version
B0013813-02 Marvin Gaye What's Going On (Rarities Edition)(CD, Album) Motown B0013813-02 US 2010 Sell This Version
0060252727676 Marvin Gaye What's Going On (Rarities Edition)(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Motown 0060252727676 US 2010 Sell This Version
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0600753279557 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(2xCD, Album) Motown 0600753279557 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
UIGY-9030 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(SACD, Album, Ltd, RE, SHM) Motown UIGY-9030 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
006025 27708669 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(46xFile, WAV, Album, Comp, RM, 40t) Universal Music 006025 27708669 Europe 2011
B0015552-02 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album + CD, Comp + LP + Dlx) Motown B0015552-02 US 2011 Sell This Version
533 557-9 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Motown 533 557-9 Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
UICY-15061 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RM, SHM) Motown UICY-15061 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
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5300221, 530 022-1 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Tamla, Tamla 5300221, 530 022-1 US 2012 Sell This Version
0600753444504 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(Blu-ray, Blu-ray-A, Album, RE) Motown 0600753444504 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
UICY-75771 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE, SHM) Motown, Tamla UICY-75771 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
900427 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE, RM) Vinyl Lovers 900427 Russia 2014 Sell This Version
5300221 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Yel) Tamla 5300221 US 2015 Sell This Version
0600753534236, TS-310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, 180) Tamla, Tamla 0600753534236, TS-310 Netherlands 2016 Sell This Version
021PD Marvin Gaye What's Going On (Original LP Mix)(LP, Album, RE, Pic) Saint Denis Recordings 021PD Europe Unknown Sell This Version
530 022-2 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE) Tamla Motown 530 022-2 UK Unknown Sell This Version
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530 883-2 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE, RM) Motown 530 883-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
064 022-2 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Motown, Tamla 064 022-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
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BerneseMtnDog

BerneseMtnDog

June 11, 2016
referencing What's Going On, LP, Album, RE, Gat, 5300221, 530 022-1
Tons of surface noise and periodic loud pops on this pressing. It ruins the experience of such a great album. Will look to replace this copy at some point soon.
chrissy.winter

chrissy.winter

May 31, 2016
referencing What's Going On, LP, Album, RE, MOM-339
My copy of this Canadian re-issue is dated 1980 on the rear
IanPhillips1979

IanPhillips1979

May 13, 2016
referencing What's Going On, CD, Album, RE, 530 022-2

The utter genius and legendary Marvin Gaye remains one of the most outstanding, influential and innovative artist's in Soul music; In fact popular music in general. His unparalled, undisputed talents set standards for generations to come and he continues to inspire after over thirty years of his tragic, untimely death. While most of his output during the 1970s were both cohesive and critically-acclaimed, 'What's Going On' is, arguably, his most ever-green work.

Surprisingly, the song 'What's Going On' nearly didn't happen. It seems inconceivable now, but Motown boss Berry Gordy didn't understand or appreciate the songs depth upon first hearing, adamant that it wouldn't be a commercial success. Gordy initially refused to release the single, convinced it would flop. In retaliation to this, Gaye refused to record any more material for Motown until Gordy finally (and reluctantly) relented and in January 1971, the single hit record stores. Well, Gaye's gut instinct proved to be spot on - the single flew up to No.2 on the US Pop Billboard Chart. Gaye then proceeded to record the remainder of the album of the same name, which was completed within ten days in March'71 and released a few months later in May. The album was quickly recognised and acknowledged as a universal masterpiece, swiftly dispelling any reservation Berry Gordy may have had.

Unlike during the 1960s where he was forced to record what he was instructed, Gaye was able to exert full artistic and creative freedom, writing and producing material about issues of the world he cared deeply about. His work on here, which is very evident, came straight from the heart. Gaye meditated and reflected on the American dream of the past, conveying often poetic-like lyrics that related to the escalating urban decay, spiraling environmental problems, police brutality, poverty and unemployment, all topics that had touched Gaye's soul. He became a voice for both black and white people who didn't have a voice.

The majestic title track is a pure masterpiece and one of the (if not THE) greatest soul recordings ever made. A glorious backing arrangement, including a beautifully understated saxophone interlude on the track's magical opening, intertwine seamlessly with Gaye's emotive and deeply soulful performance. The lyrics are thought-provoking throughout; if you take a listen, the song is sadly just as relevant today as it was back in 1971.

The remainder of this project is sublime. The beautifully soulful, atmospheric moods are entwined with alternately warm, optimistic, angry and at times depressed vocals from this musical visionary. 'What's Happening Brother' continues in a similar vein to the title-track, the tone and mood sombre and thoughtful. Sporadic and divine sax interludes are encapsulated with thick, pulsating bass-lines and deep yet relaxed grooves that all become contagious. The song depicts the total despair of poverty and unemployment, all of which are complemented by Marvin's magnificently mesmerising vocals.

'Flyin High (In The Friendly Sky)', dealing with environmental topics, is set to a smooth, slow beat, filled with bongo's against a backdrop of gently pounding percussion. The devastatingly poignant 'Save The Children' is profound, to say the least, reflecting on our rapidly declining climate and of lost, desperate and abandoned children in the world.

The spiritual 'God Is Love' is an effective forerunner to one of Gaye's definitive classics, the compelling 'Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)' capturing an inspired performance from Gaye while the 8-minute epic of 'Right On', with a winding arrangement, highlighted by repetitive percussion, a sensual piano accompaniment, tinkling flutes and persistent congas, is another credible masterpiece that once more explores relevant political issue's.

'Whole Holy' is even more dreamy and mellow, flowing with a striking blend of instruments. Gaye's relaxed yet strongly emotive vocals enhance the beautifully sparse production. This steadily leads up to the final track and another of Gaye's essential classics, 'Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)' which is utterly captivating. Gaye's unique, distinct voice surfs along the sweeping musical landscapes and just listen to the delightful sounds of Motown's heroes The Funk Brother's (Motown's in-house musicians) masterful, well-crafted, dynamic playing in what has to be one of their most startling and memorable sessions.

What's Going On' was Marvin Gaye's haunting expressions of hope, anger and concern. This has stood the time impeccably well, remaining one of the very best, most stylish, accomplished and thought-provoking Soul albums of all time - if not THE best! Essential to any record collection.

Ian Phillips

hellblau67

hellblau67

March 8, 2016
referencing What's Going On, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Bei, TS310
quality of the beige vinyl reissue is atrocious, unlistenable - at least my copy was.
banjo83

banjo83

January 19, 2016
referencing What's Going On, LP, Album, RE, Gat, TS310
Is anyone else's record on pink wax? Still no idea of a release year?
jtalviti

jtalviti

September 12, 2015
referencing What's Going On, LP, Album, RE, Gat, TS310
I have own this same reissue since 2003.
I was wondering about release year?
cottonmouthVII

cottonmouthVII

May 15, 2015
referencing What's Going On, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Yel, 5300221

Unfortunately, I have a lot of surface noise on my brand new copy from Newbury. I have cleaned it thoroughly twice, once before playing and once again when I started listening and had a hard time enjoying it. Can deal with the crackling in the background, but I am running into some really loud pops all over the place.

I will say this release is packaged fantastically. Nice gatefold jacket, nice outer sleeve, and anti-static inner. Yellow/gold disc looks pretty great too. Had higher hopes for the sound quality!
Groovemaster-DJ

Groovemaster-DJ

March 6, 2015
referencing What's Going On, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Yel, 5300221
Since the biggest and ever so loyal market for this album was in the UK

1. The label looks wrong Tamla looks vile and thoughtless as against the UK EMI 1965 created and Gordy approved Tamla-Motown hibred Looks supermarket tacky as does the IS Motown label a map! At least again the Team at UK EMI created and again Gordy approved M label.

2. Coloured vinyl looks ok in the right place and guess the yellow vinyl masks the custard yellow labels, I'd have prefered a Tamla-Motown label with a red or royal blue vinyl not custard yellow (where's the apple pie ?)