What's Going On (CD)


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Format: CD 
Label: Motown 
Year: 2003 

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 

TRACKS: 

WHAT'S GOING ON 

1 What's Going On
2 What's Happening Brother
3 Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)
4 Save The Children
5 God Is Love
6 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
7 Right On
8 Wholy Holy
9 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

BONUS TRACKS: THE B-SIDES 

10 God Is Love
11 Sad Tomorrows

PERSONNEL: 

Alto Saxophone – Angelo Carlisi 
Backing Vocals – Elgie Stover, Lem Barney, Mel Farr, Bobby Rodgers, The Andantes 
Baritone Saxophone – Tate Houston 
Bass – Bob Babbit, James Jamerson 
Bass – Max Janowsky 
Bongos – Earl DeRouen, Eddie Brown 
Celesta – Johnny Griffith 
Cello – Edward Korkigian, Italo Babini, Thaddeus Markiewicz 
Congas – Earl DeRouen, Eddie Brown 
Drums – Chet Forest 
Flute – Dayna Hartwick, William Perich 
Guitar – Joe Messina, Robert White 
Harp – Carole Crosby 
Percussion – Jack Ashford 
Piano – Marvin Gaye 
Producer – Marvin Gaye 
Soloist, Alto Saxophone – Eli Fountain 
Soloist, Tenor Saxophone – William "Wild Bill" Moore 
Soprano Saxophone – Larry Nozero 
Tambourine – Jack Ashford 
Tenor Saxophone – George Benson 
Trombone – Carl Raetz 
Trumpet – John Trudell, Maurice Davis 
Vibraphone – Jack Brokensha 
Viola – David Ireland, Edouard Kesner, Meyer Shapiro, Nathan Gordon 
Violin – Alvin Score, Beatriz Budinszky, Felix Resnick, Gordon Staples, James  Waring, Lillian Downs, Richard Margitza, Virginia Halfmann, Zinovi Bistritzky 

Originally Released in 1971. 

"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. 

With What's Going On, Gaye meditated on what had happened to the American dream of the past -- as it related to urban decay, environmental woes, military turbulence, police brutality, unemployment, and poverty. These feelings had been bubbling up between 1967 and 1970, during which he felt increasingly caged by Motown's behind-the-times hit machine and restrained from expressing himself seriously through his music. 

Finally, late in 1970, Gaye decided to record a song that the Four Tops' Obie Benson had brought him, 'What's Going On.' When Berry Gordy decided not to issue the single, deeming it uncommercial, Gaye refused to record any more material until he relented. Confirmed by its tremendous commercial success in January 1971, he recorded the rest of the album over ten days in March, and Motown released it in late May. 

Besides cementing Marvin Gaye as one of the most important artists in pop music, What's Going On was far and away the best full-length to issue from the singles-dominated Motown factory, and arguably the best soul album of all time." --John Bush, AllMusic 

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