Marvin Gaye ‎– What's Going On

Tamla ‎– 5300221, Tamla ‎– 530 022-1
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Gatefold, 180 Gram

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 – A. Gaye*, E. Stover*, 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*

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(P) (C) 1971 Motown Records A Division of UMG Records, Inc., 1755 Broadway, New York, NY 10019 - U.S.A. Distributed By Universal Music Distribution, All Rights Reserved.

5300221 on spine
530 022-1 on back sleeve and labels

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 731453002210
  • Barcode (text): 7 31453 00221 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched, variant 1): 5300221-A Se +II WG/NRP ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched, variant 1): 5300221-B² Se +II WG/NRP ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched, variant 2): 5300221-A-RE-1 WG ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched, variant 2): 5300221-B⁵-RE-1 WG ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched, variant 3): 5300221-A2-RE-1 WG/nrp ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched, variant 3): 5300221-B3-RE-1 WG/nrp ⓤ

Other Versions (5 of 232) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TS-310, TS310 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, Gat) Tamla, Tamla TS-310, TS310 US 1971 Sell This Version
B0015552-02 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP + CD, Album + CD, Comp + Dlx) Motown B0015552-02 US 2011 Sell This Version
UICY-15061 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Motown, Chronicles UICY-15061 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
WL72611 Marvin Gaye What's Going On(LP, Album, RE) Tamla Motown WL72611 UK & Europe 1988 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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July 20, 2020
edited 2 months ago
Can confirm there is an off-center label. I think it's a little pretentious to rate this from the lens of an audiophile, however. You know precisely what you're getting for the price. A nice place holder until you can gather enough bones to afford a nicer pressing. Once you do that, I have to say you'll at least have a passable back up copy. Also, the artwork on this pressing looks fantastic. I suppose you could put this one in a frame once you get that ace pressing out of the way.



July 12, 2020
I agree that the gatefold is nice, and I also agree that this is a mediocre pressing. Lots of cracking and popping, but what's most disappointing is the quality of the sound. I own a 1984 copy and the quality of the sound is much more inferior to it. What a shame.


March 18, 2020
This version is PERFECT!! No complaints on the spindle hole, sound...Im actually hearing different instruments that I have heard previously!!


October 28, 2019
edited 11 months ago

The gatefold on this release is very nice, high gloss and quality build! The record is nice and thick, though my copy came pressed with an off-center label on side 2. It's so bad to the point that you can see that the hole it was supposed to go into is right below where the actual spindle hole is. Full head clearance, it's pretty weird.

Other than that, great pressing. This is the kind that most department stores carry, such as Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Best Buy, etc. Usually priced accordingly.


October 23, 2019
Honestly, not a bad sounding master, but the vinyl itself if very poorly pressed and littered with many pops and clicks throughout the entire duration of the album. I don't recommend getting this.


August 17, 2019

Very pleased with my pressing. Low noise, a perfect spindle hole, and no warping. Going to wear the heck out of this copy as I consider the MoFi version.


June 5, 2019
I've wanted this on vinyl for years and finally took the plunge on this reissue, despite the reviews. It was affordable and I found it locally, so I thought maybe I could have some good luck. None whatsoever. Spindle hole is CRAZY tight. Could barely get it on and off the table. Also, it immediately skipped across most of the first track. Immediate return.

For an LP collector on a budget, which pressing of this sounds decent and can be had for under 40 bucks? In a perfect world I'd like the MOFI edition, but it's just not obtainable for me.


February 17, 2019
I have also found the spindle hole to be a bit snug. First play of this lp reveals a nice, wide soundstage littered with MANY pops and clicks. Otherwise, a really good sounding pressing.


December 26, 2018
My copy's center hole was a bit too small and nearly got stuck on my turntable. After picking at it for a little and testing the center hole on my record player it worked itself out.

I haven't played it all the way through so I am unsure if the quality of the pressing though What's Going On is beautiful album. One of the most beautiful albums, if not the most, I have ever heard.


December 7, 2017

Mine is pretty good. Definitely not the greatest sounding lp ever made, but an overall decent pressing. Overpaid for it at B&N last holiday.