Marvin Gaye ‎– What's Going On

Tamla ‎– TS-310, Tamla ‎– TS310
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 What's Going On
Written-By – A. Cleveland*, M. Gaye*, R. Benson*
A2 What's Happening Brother
Written-By – J. Nyx*, M. Gaye*
A3 Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)
Written-By – M. Gaye*
A4 Save The Children
Written-By – A. Cleveland*, M. Gaye*, R. Benson*
A5 God Is Love
Written-By – A. Gaye*, E. Stover*, J. Nyx*, M. Gaye*
A6 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
Written-By – M. Gaye*
B1 Right On
Written-By – E. Derouen*, M. Gaye*
B2 Wholy Holy
Written-By – A. Cleveland*, M. Gaye*, R. Benson*
B3 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
Written-By – J. Nyx*, M. Gaye*



Original copies include inner sleeve promoting Motown releases.

Earliest pressings were on dynaflex vinyl.

Lacquer information:

TS-310 on vinyl, pressed at RCA Indianapolis
1) A4RS-2682-2 on Side 1 and A4RS-2684-2 on Side 2
2) A4RS-2682-2-A on Side 1 and A4RS-2684-2-A on Side 2

S-310 on vinyl, pressed at RCA Hollywood
3) A4RS-2682-2-B on Side 1, A4RS-2684-2-B on Side 2
4) Has a 'B' and/or 'C' at the end of the matrix; thicker vinyl is used for pressings after 'C'

Catalog# on spine: TS310

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): HS-1867
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): HS-1868
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A): A4RS-2682-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B): A4RS-2684-2

Other Versions (5 of 206) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
12/24024 Marvin Gaye Mercy, Mercy Me(LP, Album, RE) Platinum (2) 12/24024 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
LI-60136 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Motown LI-60136 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
0600753279557 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(2xCD, Album, Dlx, RE, RM) Motown, Tamla 0600753279557 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
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
502 338-1 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, RE, 180) Motown 502 338-1 US 1998 Sell This Version


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November 4, 2018
edited 5 months ago
For those that might be interested, I acquired 3 different pressings and performed a detailed analysis of each. Those pressings are: an original (TS-310) from 1971, the much lauded Motown remaster from 1987 (2815ML), and a recent 180g remaster.

TL;DR - The 1987 Motown pressing wins hands down.

Tests were conducted by playing sections of the title track and 'Inner City Blues' using a pair of Martin Logans, as well as capturing high resolution waveforms so I could analyze them visually and audibly using high end Etymotic in-ear monitors.

Playing them on the Martin Logans revealed subtle and not-so-subtle differences, all of which were confirmed using the in-ear monitors. The original pressing is natural and familiar, though it sounds a bit flat in comparison to the other two. The Motown remaster preserves everything that's great about the original pressing while adding subtle depth, clarity, and dimension. The 180g remaster goes in a very different direction. You can tell it suffered from the same issue that befell lots of music released in the late 90's and early 00's: compression.

Comparing the visual waveforms for all 3, the original and Motown pressings have similar sonic signatures, with only the slightest hint of volume boost on the Motown pressing, presumably due to the greater dynamic range available using the technology of the day. The 180g remaster looks more like a "wall of sound" with very little visual difference between quieter and louder sections.

Unsurprisingly, the 180g remaster sounds louder across the board with bass being greatly enhanced. That's not to say it's "bad" or even "inferior". Sure, purists will hate it, but I don't think that's who this release was targeting. The average consumer will think it's just peachy, though the rest of us know the real score.

I'll be keeping the pressings from 1971 and 1987; the former because it's what it was meant to sound like when it was released, and the latter because it's among the best sounding versions available today.

I will be back with an updated comparison if/when I get my hands on other pressings (i.e., new/old MoFi's).

If anyone wants to see the waveform comparisons or wants to hear audio samples, feel free to drop me a message.


October 1, 2018
MoFi just announced they're pressing this on Ultra Disc 1 step! Get em while you can, only 7,500 available for preorder.


April 13, 2018
This is the only album I ever purchased that I love "EVERY" track on it. This LP is timeless as it pertains to yesterday, today, and unfortunately tomorrow.


August 7, 2017
I remember once, when i was listining this record alone in my room, I cried, I cried, like the rain on the cover.

It was so beautiful !


March 18, 2015
Best album of the history!


January 11, 2015
Before I go on with my review, I have to say that I stopped reviewing records for a while because at times I felt that I have been harsh in some of my reviews, but I had to get over myself and realize that I have very strong feelings when it comes to music. With getting that out of the way, I know that this album has been review millions of times, and even though Marvin Gaye had tons, and tons, and tons of great songs before "What's Going On", none, and I do mean none of his albums ever came close to this one! The fact that Marvin was so defiant of Berry Gordy, to go ahead with this bombshell of just great music, stuns the mind. We all know the story: Marvin was tired of being a pretty boy (just like Stevie Wonder was), and after talking with brother about Vietnam, and the tragic death of Ms. Tammi Terrell, Marvin could not take it anymore! He had to let it out, and what better way then through music! This is beyond an album, it's a documentary! The production of the record was also stunning, having it as a complete suite was priceless. I could go on and on, but why? You all know the deal, it worth you time, your attention.


September 9, 2014

My all time favorite.


August 16, 2014
edited over 4 years ago

I'll tell you what's goin' on. You kinda look like Michael Strahan on the cover and this album kicks butt. 5/5


February 14, 2013

Listen to Inner City Blues and then read today's news. Scary.