What's Going On [Bonus Tracks]

What's Going On [Bonus Tracks]

by Marvin Gaye
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What's Going On 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Marvin Gaye's ''Whats Going On'' is one of the greatest albums of the rock era (post-1955), in R & B or in any genre. A brilliant, topical song cycle that somehow has never lost its relevance, it was easily the artistic highpoint of Gaye's star-crossed career. Soulful, beautiful and thought-provoking, it belongs in every collection. Gaye was one of the finest singers of his generation, and he sounds wonderful on this album. Universal, the owners of the Motown catalog, have reissued this 1971 album with remastered sound, new material and an excellent booklet. They give ''What's Going On'' the same treatment that ''Blind Faith'' received a few months back. Like the earlier release, Gaye's album sounds terrific. Much of Motown's '60's and '70's material had sounded mediocre in its initial LP versions, and the early CD reissues were not much better. Here, the true perfection of Gaye's work is apparent. Familiar songs like ''Mercy, Mercy Me,'' ''Inner City Blues'' and the title track sound more powerful than ever. The booklet includes several good essays and previously unseen photos. Once again, as with the ''Blind Faith'' reissue, the new material is a bit of a letdown. An alternate (earlier) mix of the entire album is included that is interesting but hardly essential. There are also two outtakes that serve more as curiosities than anything else. The single mixes of several songs are also here. The second disc includes a previously unreleased Gaye concert recorded in 1972 in his hometown, Washington, D.C. that marked the singers' first live performance in four years. Gaye, who suffered from stage fright, is in good form here, although the band sounds underrehearsed and a little sloppy. Still, Marvin seems to be having fun, and her performs the entire ''Whats Going On'' album and other material. Which brings us to another problem; if you buy this set you had better love the songs, because some of them are heard in five, count'em five different versions. Gaye's fans will certainly want to own this package, and less devoted listeners will probably enjoy it, too. Still, one can't help but feel that this set has been padded out to two discs to enable the record label to charge a relatively steep price. Budget-conscious listeners may wish to wait to see if Universal will issue the remastered version of the album on its own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is great and it deserves all five glorious stars. however, it's not for the type of situation where one goes to buy a Marvin Gaye compilation in order to get acquainted with him for the first time. this cd is for hardcore fans, but it does make me want to get more of his music.
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