Marvin Gaye - What's Going On - 50th Anniversary Edition (2LP, Mono & Stereo, Motown) - AudioSoundMusic
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On - 50th Anniversary Edition (2LP, Mono & Stereo, Motown) - AudioSoundMusic
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On - 50th Anniversary Edition (2LP, Mono & Stereo, Motown) - AudioSoundMusic
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On - 50th Anniversary Edition (2LP, Mono & Stereo, Motown) - AudioSoundMusic

Marvin Gaye - What's Going On - 50th Anniversary Edition (2LP, Mono & Stereo, Motown)

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Piano, vocals – Marvin Gaye [click here to see more vinyl featuring Marvin Gaye]

Backing Vocals – Elgie Stover, Lem Barney, Mel Farr, Bobby Rodgers, The Andantes

Alto Saxophone – Angelo Carlisi

Tenor Saxophone – George “Sax” Benson

Baritone Saxophone – Tate Houston

Bass – Bob Babbit, James Jamerson

Bongos, Congas – Earl DeRouen, Eddie Brown

Celesta – Johnny Griffith

Cello – Edward Korkigian, Italo Babini, Thaddeus Markiewicz

String Bass – Max Janowsky

Drums – Chet Forest

Flute – Dayna Hartwick, William Perich

Guitar – Joe Messina, Robert White

Harp – Carole Crosby

Alto Saxophone – Eli Fountain

Tenor Saxophone – William "Wild Bill" Moore

Soprano Saxophone – Larry Nozero

Tambourine, Percussion – Jack Ashford

Trombone – Carl Raetz

Trumpet – John Trudell, Maurice Davis

Vibraphone, Percussion – Jack Brokensha

Viola – David Ireland, Edouard Kesner, Meyer Shapiro, Nathan Gordon

Violin – Alvin Score, Beatriz Budinszky*, Felix Resnick, Gordon Staples, James Waring, Lillian Downs, Richard Margitza, Virginia Halfmann, Zinovi Bistritzky

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra conductor and arrangements by David Van DePitte

Arranged by David Van DePitte (D2), Paul Riser (D4)

Written by Marvin Gaye (all tracks), Al Cleveland (A1, A4, B2, C1-3, D1, D6), Renaldo Benson (A1, A4, B2, C1-3, D1, D6), James Nyx (A2, A5, B3), Anna Gordy Gaye (A5, D2), Elgie Stover (A5, D2), Earl Derouen (B1), William Robinson (C4), James Nyx (D2, D5), Delores Wilkinson (D4), Fuller B. Gordy (D4), 


    2LP, gatefold jacket

    Limited edition

    Original analog Master tape : YES

    Heavy Press : 180g

    Record color : Black

    Speed : 33RPM

    Size : 12'’

    Stereo (A1 to C4) & Mono (D1-6)


    Record Press : GZ Media

    Label : Motown

    Original label : Tamla

    Recorded June–September 1970 and March–May 1971 at Hitsville U.S.A (Detroit), Golden World (Detroit), United Sound Studios (Detroit), The Sound Factory (West Hollywood)

    Mixed at Motown mix room, Detroit by Steve Smith (A1 to B3), Kevin Reeves (C1, C3), Harry Weinger (C3), John Morales (C4), Steve Smith (D1-2), Ken Sands (D4)

    Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

    Produced by Marvin Gaye

    Liner Notes by Marvin Gaye

      Originally released in 2001 (A1 to B3 as a CD)

      Reissued in April 2023


      Tracks :

      Side A:

      1. What's Going On
      2. What's Happening Brother
      3. Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)
      4. Save The Children
      5. God Is Love
      6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

      Side B:

      1. Right On
      2. Wholy Holy
      3. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

                Side C:

                1. What's Going On (Stripped Version)
                2. What's Going On (Mix 1 / No Strings Or Horns)
                3. What's Going On (Rhythm 'n' Strings Instrumental Mix)
                4. Symphony (Demo Version)

                Side D:

                1. What's Going On
                2. God Is Love
                3. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
                4. Sad Tomorrows
                5. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
                6. Wholy Holy



                Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 1/500

                Reviews :

                “(…) the original version of the album minus vocal layering, keyboard overdubs, and other production techniques added in L.A. just two weeks before the album’s release. The differences are significant— the Detroit Mix production is sparse, the strings are less prominent, and there’s less sweetening overall. On Side 1, James Jamerson and Bob Babbitt’s soulful bass lines can be heard as connecting passages that were muted or absent on the final mix. In the junkie lament “Flying High (in the Friendly Sky),” Gaye’s background vocals are brought to the fore, emphasizing the call-and-response aspect of the songs. “Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology)” sounds more contemplative and the song’s melodramatic coda is considerably subdued. As a result, these songs float wistfully on Gaye’s socially conscious lamentations and bring the work closer to the singer/songwriter convention.

                On Side 2, the changes are evident from the get-go: the opening track, “Right On,” feels jazzier and more swinging. The piano, bass, and flute are more prominent, and the gimmicky ratcheted percussion, which dominates the final version, is placed lower in the mix, as are the strings. The track has a warm, inviting, intimate feel.

                On “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler),” the closing track, the pumping bass line that drove the final mix is hushed. Fittingly, the song trails off with an extended take on the solitary conga beat, rather than the startlingly dramatic hosanna ending of the final version, allowing the song, not the production, to make the final statement.” The Absolute Sound


                Discogs : 4.84 / 5

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