What's Going On

Marvin GayeMay 20, 1971
Classic Soul℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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What's Going On is the eleventh studio album by American soul singer, songwriter, and producer Marvin Gaye. It was released on May 21, 1971, by the Motown Records-subsidiary label Tamla.
Gaye recorded the album between 1970 and 1971 in sessions at Hitsville U.S.A., Golden World, and United Sound Studios in Detroit, and at The Sound Factory in West Hollywood, California. It was his first album to credit him as a producer and to credit Motown's in-house studio band, the session musicians known as the Funk Brothers.
What's Going On is a concept album with most of its songs segueing into the next and has been categorized as a song cycle; the album ends with a reprise of the album's opening theme. The narrative established by the songs is told from the point of view of a Vietnam veteran returning to his home country to witness hatred, suffering, and injustice. Gaye's introspective lyrics explore themes of drug abuse, poverty, and the Vietnam War. He has also been credited with promoting awareness of ecological issues before the public outcry over them had become prominent.
The album was an immediate commercial and critical success, eventually being regarded as a classic of 1970s soul.

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What's Going On3:53
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What's Happening Brother2:43
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Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)3:49
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Save The Children4:03
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God Is Love1:41
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Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)3:16
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Right On7:32
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Wholy Holy3:07
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Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)5:33
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God Is Love (Single Version)2:50
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Sad Tomorrows (Single Version / Stereo)2:22
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Total length
40:54
Tracks
11
Released
January 1, 2002
Label
℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
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