Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’

Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ is his eleventh (and the first he produced himself) studio album, released on May 21, 1971 by Tamla Records.

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Track Listing : 1.What’S Going On (Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye, Renaldo “”Obie”” Benson) – 03:53 . 2.What’S Happening Brother (James Nyx, Marvin Gaye) – 02:43 . 3.Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky) (Marvin Gaye, Anna Gordy Gaye, Elgie Stover) – 03:49 . 4.Save The Children (Al Cleveland, Renaldo “”Obie”” Benson, Marvin Gaye) – 04:03 . 5.God Is Love (Marvin Gaye, Anna Gordy Gaye, Stover, Nyx) – 01:41 . 6.Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (Marvin Gaye) – 03:16 . 7.Right On (Earl Derouen, Marvin Gaye) – 07:31 . 8.Wholy Holy (Renaldo “”Obie”” Benson, Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye) – 03:08 . 9.Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Marvin Gaye, Nyx) – 05:26

Musicians : Marvin Gaye – Vocals, Background Vocals, Piano, Mellotron On (6), Box Drum On (1) . Max Janowsky – Double Bass . Carole Crosby – Harp . Dayna Hardwick – Flute . William Perich – Flute . Larry Nozero – Saxophone . Angelo Carlisi – Saxophone . George Benson – Saxophone . Tate Houston – Saxophone . John Trudell – Trumpet . Maurice Davis – Trumpet . Carl Raetz – Trombone . Eli Fontain – Alto Saxophone . Wild Bill Moore – Tenor Saxophone . Johnny Griffith – Celeste, Keyboards . Earl Van Dyke – Keyboards . Jack Brokensha – Vibraphone, Percussion . Joe Messina – Electric Guitar . Robert White – Electric Guitar . James Jamerson – Bass Guitar On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5) . Bob Babbitt – Bass Guitar On (6 – 7 – 8 – 9) . Chet Forest – Drums . Jack Ashford – Tambourine, Percussion . Eddie “”Bongo”” Brown – Bongos, Congas . Earl Derouen – Bongos, Congas . Bobbye Hall – Bongos On (9) . Jackie Hicks – (Of The Andantes) Background Vocals . Marlene Barrow – (Of The Andantes) Background Vocals . Louvain Demps – (Of The Andantes) Background Vocals . Mel Farr – (Of The Detroit Lions) Background Vocals . Lem Barney – (Of The Detroit Lions) Background Vocals . Bobby Rogers – (Of The Miracles) Background Vocals . Elgie Stover – Background Vocals . Kenneth Stover – Background Vocals . Gordon Staples– Violin . Zinovi Bistritzky– Violin . Beatriz Budinzky– Violin . Richard Margitza– Violin . Virginia Halfmann– Violin . Felix Resnick– Violin . Alvin Score– Violin . Lillian Downs– Violin . James Waring – Violin . Edouard Kesner– Viola . Meyer Shapiro – Viola . David Ireland – Viola . Nathan Gordon – Viola . Italo Babini – Cello . Thaddeus Markiewicz – Cello . Edward Korkigan – Cello . Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Orchestra . David Van De Pitte – Conductor

Production : Produced By Marvin Gaye . John Matousek – Mastering

Package : Katherine Marking – Graphic Design . Alana Coghlan – Graphic Design . James Hendin – Photography . Curtis Mcnair – Art Direction

Recorded In June 1970 And March–May 1971 At Hitsville U.S.A., Golden World And United Sound Studios In Detroit And At The Sound Factory In West Hollywood, California..

Released On May 21, 1971 By Tamla Records.

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allmusic
What’s Going On is not only Marvin Gaye‘s masterpiece, it’s the most important and passionate record to come out of soul music, delivered by one of its finest voices, a man finally free to speak his mind and so move from R&B sex symbol to true recording artist. […]

BBC
One of the greatest albums of all timeand nothing short of a masterpiece. If you’ve already got both mixes of What’s Going On, the funk jams make this release a welcome package; if you haven’t heard the album for a while, or never got your hands on the Detroit mix, this 40th anniversary edition is a must-have. […]

Performing Songwriter
Benson shaped his tune with fellow Motown writer Al Cleveland, then pitched it to the Four Tops. But they weren’t interested in a protest song. Obie played a rough version to Joan Baez, who also passed. He then brought it to Marvin Gaye, who loved it, saying it would be perfect for the Originals, a Motown vocal quartet he was producing. […]

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