What's Goin' On [2001 Deluxe Edition]

What's Goin' On [2001 Deluxe Edition]

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by Marvin Gaye
     
 

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The 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of What's Going On boasts a second CD which includes an unreleased live concert from the Kennedy Center in 1972; original single mixes of "What's Going On," "God Is Love," and "Sad Tomorrow"; plus unreleased original Detroit mixes of classic tracks; and a 28-page booklet.  See more details below

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The 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of What's Going On boasts a second CD which includes an unreleased live concert from the Kennedy Center in 1972; original single mixes of "What's Going On," "God Is Love," and "Sad Tomorrow"; plus unreleased original Detroit mixes of classic tracks; and a 28-page booklet.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If it's easy to be a little cynical about Universal/Motown's 2001 Deluxe Edition reissue of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, it's only because Motown endlessly reissued the album during the CD era, trumpeting each as the definitive issue (rather ironic for an album Berry Gordy didn't even want to release at the time). Still, Universal's Deluxe Edition series is proving to be a phenomenal collectors-oriented line, filled with lavish, detailed packaging and unpredictable turns, and What's Going On is no exception to the rule. To begin with, the remastering of the original album is excellent, the best yet, although that still isn't enough to make this worth buying for the hardcore fans who have purchased the album again and again over the years. That's what the other disc and a half of bonus material is for. First, there's the "original Detroit mix" of the album prepared while Gaye was out of town, filming a movie. A little bolder and sparer than the released record, with the strings noticeably relegated to the background, it's interesting, not revelatory, though its stripped-back feel is refreshing after hearing the album countless times. A rhythm-and-strings mix of "What's Going On" is tacked onto the end of the first disc, before the second disc begins with a new, previously unreleased live album that finds Gaye running through the album (minus "Mercy Mercy Me [The Ecology]") and performing a medley of '60s hits. It was his first performance in four years, and while unnecessary, it is fascinating and certainly worth the time of hardcore fans, as are the original single versions of "What's Going On," "God Is Love," and "Sad Tomorrows," plus the previously unreleased "Head Title" (aka "Distant Lover"). This is certainly a package for fans, but it's also the ideal fan package -- beautifully made and filled with rarities that are necessary for fans, making them feel fine about buying this record again. Especially since this is so well done, it's hard to imagine Universal/Motown bettering it.
All Music Guide - Rob Bowman
Shortly after Marvin Gaye turned 30, he became the first Motown artist with a measure of creative control. What's Going On was the result, surely Marvin's finest moment and, along with a number of Stevie Wonder's early-'70s releases, one of a handful of great Motown albums. A concept album, What's Going On chronicled a multitude of societal ills. Ironically, Motown owner Berry Gordy did not want to release it. He was convinced it held no commercial potential. Gordy couldn't have been more wrong: What's Going On catapulted Marvin Gaye into superstardom. Three number one singles were pulled from the album: the title song, "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)," and "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)." This was the first album where Marvin overdubbed his voice multiple times, creating a one-man vocal group. The result was a level of timbral integration in the harmonies that became a Gaye trademark.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2001
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0044001340420
catalogNumber:
013404

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. What's Going On (Original LP Release)
  2. What's Happening Brother (Original LP Release)
  3. Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky) (Original LP Release)
  4. Save The Children (Original LP Release)
  5. God Is Love (Original LP Release)
  6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (Original LP Release)
  7. Right On (Original LP Release)
  8. Wholy Holy (Original LP Release)
  9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Original LP Release)
  10. What's Going On (Original Detroit Mix)
  11. What's Happening Brother (Original Detroit Mix)
  12. Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky) (Original Detroit Mix)
  13. Save The Children (Original Detroit Mix)
  14. God Is Love (Original Detroit Mix)
  15. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (Original Detroit Mix)
  16. Right On (Original Detroit Mix)
  17. Wholy Holy (Original Detroit Mix)
  18. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Original Detroit Mix)
  19. What's Going On (Rhythm & Strings Mix)

Disc 2

  1. Sixties Medley (Live At The Kennedy Center)
  2. Right On (Live At The Kennedy Center)
  3. Wholy Holy (Live At The Kennedy Center)
  4. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Live At The Kennedy Center)
  5. What's Going On (Live At The Kennedy Center)
  6. What's Happening Brother (Live At The Kennedy Center)
  7. Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky) (Live At The Kennedy Center)
  8. Save The Children (Live At The Kennedy Center)
  9. God Is Love (Live At The Kennedy Center)
  10. Stage Dialogue
  11. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Reprise)
  12. What's Going On (Reprise)
  13. What's Going On (Original Single Version)
  14. God Is Love (Original Single Version)
  15. Sad Tomorrows (Original Single Version)
  16. In the Meantime - Head Title (aka Distant Lover)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marvin Gaye   Primary Artist,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Box
George Benson   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Brokensha   Percussion,Vibes
Johnny Griffith   Celeste,Keyboards
George Baker   Guitar
John Trudell   Trumpet
Richard "Pistol" Allen   Drums
Andantes   Background Vocals
Jack Ashford   Percussion,Glockenspiel,Kazoo,Tambourine
Bob Babbitt   Bass
Italo Babini   Cello
Zinovi Bistritzky   Violin
Angelo Carlisi   Soprano Saxophone
Carole Crosby   Harp
Earl DeRouen   Bongos,Conga
Lillian Downs   Violin
Eli Fountain   Alto Saxophone
Nathan Gordon   Viola
Virginia Halfmann   Violin
Tate Houston   Baritone Saxophone
David Ireland   Viola
James Jamerson   Bass
Uriel Jones   Drums
Edouard Kesner   Viola
Thaddeus Markiewicz   Cello
Joe Messina   Guitar
Carl Raetz   Trombone
Felix Resnick   Violin
Alvin Score   Violin
Meyer Shapiro   Viola
C.P. Spencer   Background Vocals
Gordon Staples   Violin
David Van De Pitte   Conductor
Earl Van Dyke   Guitar,Keyboards
James Waring   Violin
Wild Bill Moore   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Rogers   Background Vocals
Chet Forest   Drums
Marlene Barrow   Background Vocals
Eddie Brown   Bongos,Conga
Louvain Demps   Background Vocals
Hank Dixon   Background Vocals
Walter Gaines   Background Vocals
Max Janowsky   String Bass
William Perich   Flute
Elgie Stover   Background Vocals,Spoken Word
Robert White   Guitar
Jackie Hicks   Background Vocals
Lem Barney   Background Vocals
Detroit Symphony Orchestra   Strings
Freddie Gorman   Background Vocals
Maurice Davis   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Smokey Robinson   Liner Notes
Steve Smith   Engineer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Cleveland   Composer
Earl DeRouen   Composer
Ben Edmonds   Liner Notes,Essay
Robert Gratts   Engineer
James Green   Engineer
Larry Miles   Engineer
Bob Olhsson   Engineer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Ken Sands   Engineer
Art Stewart   Engineer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Harry Weinger   Producer,Liner Notes,Annotation
Andy Engel   Sleeve Design
Jim Hendin   Montage
Joe Atkinson   Engineer
Curtis McNair   Art Direction
Sam Ross   Engineer
Jason Pastori   Photo Coordination
Tom Schlesinger   Graphic Supervision
Calvin Harris   Engineer
James Nyx   Composer

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What's Going On 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
wordherder62 More than 1 year ago
You know, you think you're familiar with something and then it turns out you're completely wrong. I was confident I knew what this album was all about as I'm sure, somewhere over the years, I've heard it. But I've never owned a copy and I'm familiar with a few tunes on the work. But to sit down and listen to it--really listen to it--just blew me away. I'm sure this was a pretty earth-shattering piece of work in its time and it holds up amazingly well today. In some ways it's sad that it holds up all too well given the inspiration for this work from Gaye's brother who had served in Vietnam and who was taken aback by a world that hadn't really changed when he returned home. Marvin Gaye's expression of the sadness, frustration and fear of that time is certainly one that doesn't sound out of place in my listening today. I love the heavy vinyl this album is pressed on. It's nice quality work and it sounds amazing on even my admittedly mid-fi system. I think hearing it on vinyl is the way to go as it makes sense as the suite that Gaye intended for it to be and that pause--catching your breath--as you turn the record over is part of the overall experience I think he was shooting for. A must have.
JMW313 More than 1 year ago
I bought this record at my local B&N because I love this album, and figured this version, which is slightly more expensive than another available vinyl reissue, would sound nice. WRONG. Pops and ticks all over the first side, likely due to the poor manufacturing process of United Record Pressing, where this particular version appears to have been made. I'm going to return this to my local store as the pops and ticks were so annoying I couldn't even get past the first side. I tried cleaning it also to no avail. Very disappointing. Vinyl reissues are so hit or miss these days because vinyl is trendy and the record companies are releasing shoddy product like this to folks that don't know better and are probably listening to it on one of those cheapo Crosley things.
EPPR More than 1 year ago
This entire album was one of the most prophetic composites of its time and for generations to come. I am going to use it for a prayer vigil, it is "what is going on" today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will like this album no matter what kind of music you are into. My friend couldn't have put it better: ''If you don't like this album, there is something wrong with you.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
what's going on is a classic because it reminds you that you are still living in it's lyrical world. the songs will never be outdated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the Soul/R&B world's Sgt.Pepper.Marvin Gaye got it right long before Curtis Mayfield wrote of the ghetto experience or Stevie Wonder wrote about the key of life. Broken down, this song has two singles, What's Going On and Inner City Blues, and two orchestral suites, Right On w/ Wholy Holy, and possibly the best suite ever, Tracks 2-6. It dealt with every problem going down at that particular moment in time, from urban breakdown, Vietnam, enviromental issues, babies having babies, and religious disinterest. Any black or white could identify with what Gaye was agonizing over. The really beauty is how many artists it influenced to take greater pride and care in what they were saying. If you are studying Soul/R&B, and specifically Motown Records, moving from decadent, innocent pop fluff to a legitimate form of musicianship that had to be reckoned with, start with this album, and possibly get a box of Kleenex if your life has been affected by the above subjects.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a big fan of 'rock band' music from the 60's and 70's, I have always limited my buying (and listening) of that era's recordings to that specific type - mainly, white rock band music from UK/USA artists. Thus, it was with a little reservation that I purchased Marvin Gaye's landmark soul/R&B album from 1971, 'What's Going On'. I have always enjoyed his music, but never felt that it was worth my hard-earned dollars to 'take a chance' on buying it. What a fool I was. This album is an achievement. With every song (linked together with a common rhythmic thread), the listener is given a picture of life in the USA from a black man's point of view (something that other black artists, such as Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield, among others, attempted later). The style of the music and the way it was produced were, at the time, groundbreaking for all that were used to the traditional Motown sound. The three hit singles from the album - 'What's Going On','Mercy, Mercy, Me', and 'Inner City Blues' - are worth the price of admission alone, but there are other gems ('What's Happening Brother', 'Flyin' High', and 'Right On' are also first rate). What really comes across is the sincerity of the artist. Highly Recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a big fan of 'rock band' music from the 60's and 70's, I have always limited my buying (and listening) of that era's recordings to that specific type - mainly, white rock band music from UK/USA artists. Thus, it was with a little reservation that I purchased Marvin Gaye's landmark soul/R&B album from 1971, 'What's Going On'. I have always enjoyed his music, but never felt that it was worth my hard-earned dollars to 'take a chance' on buying it. I'm glad I did. This album is an achievement. With every song (linked together with a common rhythmic thread), the listener is given a picture of life in the USA from an African-American man's point of view (something that other then-contemporary artists, such as Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield, among others, attempted later). The style of the music and the way it was produced were, at the time, groundbreaking for all that were used to the traditional Motown sound. The three hit singles from the album - 'What's Going On','Mercy, Mercy, Me', and 'Inner City Blues' - are worth the price of the CD alone, but there are other gems ('What's Happening Brother', 'Flyin' High', and 'Right On' are also first rate). What really comes across is the sincerity of the artist. Highly Recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With "What's Going On", Marvin Gaye created quite possibly one of the most life-affirming, emotionally relevent works of art in the past half-century. An astonishing testimony on the the human condition which is every bit as accurate today as it was over 30 years ago.Its importance as a work of art transcends all mediums. To simply call it a great recording would be woefully shortsighted. My review may sound presumptuous, but, before you become skeptical, put on the CD, close your eyes, open your mind, and LISTEN.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE THIS ALBUM.... I OWN OVER 300+ ALBUM OF ALL KIND FROM ROCK,SOUL,POP,RAP,R&B....FROM PINK FLOYD TO 2-PAC. I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT THIS IS THE GREATIST ABULM OF ALL TIMES!!!! WITH NOT MANY ALBUMS COMING EVEN A LITTLE CLOSE. MARVIN GAYE HAD TO HAVE BEEN HOLDING ALL THIS EMOTION AND THESE SONGS JUST BIULDING UP INSIDE OF HIM DURING THE PERIOD HE WAS MAKING ALL THOSE "HAPPY HITS" AT MOTOWN. AND TO THINK MOTOWN WASNT EVENN GONNA REALEASE THIS ALBUM...IM JUST GLAD THEY DID. THIS ALBUM TO ME IS THE GREATEST ALBUM OF ALL TIMES OF ALL KINDS OF MUSIC!!! IF ANYONE AGREES WITH ME PLS EMAIL ME TY WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR OPINION
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