What's Going On (Big Sandz Remix) Marvin Gaye. What´s Going On (Dirty Disco Youth Night Remix) Duo Synchron. What's Going On (Wawa Club Mix) Monsieur Adi feat.
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The What's Going On album takes on many issues, including the environment ("Mercy Mercy Me") and poverty ("Inner City Blues"). It was the first album Gaye released that sold a lot of copies. Until then, like most Motown artists, he had lots of hit singles but album sales were secondary. According to the book Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves & Demons of Marvin Gaye, Motown head Berry Gordy initially refused to release this song, calling it the "worst record I ever heard in my life
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.
What’s Going On was a statement, not a question. The question mark Benson had originally fixed to the album’s title track was deliberately removed by Gaye. What’s Going On, the album, is a statement rather than a question, a challenge to Motown to deal with the reality of the early 1970s. The album was a presentation of what’s going on in the world today. The album ushered in a new look for Gaye. To separate himself from the finishing-school look of other Motown artists, Gaye changed his image while recording this album.
What’s Going On is Marvin Gaye’s eleventh studio album, released on May 21, 1971, by the Motown Records label Tamla. The album is a concept album, with a circular structure (the last song is a reprise of the introduction’s theme). Additionally, each song flows into the next one. The storyline is told from the point of view of a veteran returning home from Vietnam to find a country full of injustice, violence and oppression. Sonically, the album features soulful and passionate vocals, pulling influences from gospel and jazz. Although it spawned three hits, this was Motown’s first true album