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What's Going On [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Marvin Gaye Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (27 Jan 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00007FOMP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. What's Going On (Album Version) 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. What's Happening Brother (Album Version) 2:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky) (Album Version) 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Save The Children (Album Version) 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. God Is Love (Album Version) 1:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (Album Version) 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Right On (Album Version) 7:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wholy Holy (Album Version) 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Album Version) 5:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. God Is Love (Single Version) 2:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sad Tomorrows (Single Version / Stereo) 2:220.99  Buy MP3 

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The 1971 classic, digitally remastered and with the original artwork restored. Still one of the best soul records ever made. (Bonus Tracks)

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MARVIN GAYE Whats Going On (2002 UK 11-track digitally remastered CD album - Originally released 1971 Marvins classic album included the singles Whats Going On Mercy Mercy Me [The Ecology] and Inner City Blues [Make Me Wanna Holler]. This2002 edition is expanded with the Bonus Recordings God Is Love and Sad Tomorrows complete with the picture / lyric booklet inlay)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Finest Soul Album Ever Made! 26 Jan 2001
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Format:Audio CD
This is the soul album that conquers all due to the fantastic combinations of highly orchestrated and almost otherworldly beauty of the instrumentation and melodies, the relevance of its subjects and the marvel that is Marvin Gaye's vocal stylings and impeccable range. The title track is the obvious highlight, but close competition for best track comes from "Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)" and "Wholy Holy" although the whole album is a lush, sedated and simply groundbreaking achievement for a black artist, who helped create more independence for the artists at Motown, paving the way for Stevie Wonder's fabulous 70s work and his own erotic masterpieces. Marvin Gaye's masterpiece should be listened to eternally
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential 8 May 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the first albums I bought when 'going CD', after falling in love with my mother's vinyl copy. 'What's Going On' is a stunning album ,and though 30 years old, as contemporary as if it were recorded yesterday. This is undoubtedly the high point of Gaye's career, between the Motown mush foisted on him (such a waste of his angelic voice) and the rising of his personal problems. I cannot recommend this album highly enough, even to those unacquainted with Marvin or not connoisseurs of this type of music. Beautifully orchestrated songs on themes ranging from peace, religion, ecology and the plight of black americans, all delivered in that peerless voice, make the album is a fantastic listen. From the laidback lament of the title track through to the ominously plaintive 'Inner City Blues' (the segue between 'God Is Love' and 'Mercy Mercy Me' still makes me shiver even after a thousand listens), Marvin holds forth on those things dearest to him, underlining how pointless and vacuous some of today's efforts are by comparison. Every collection should have this album, which stands alongside 'Innervisions' as one of the first occasions a black artist verbally confronted some of the ills that ailed black America. And given what happened some 13 years later, it is almost painful to hear him sing lines like 'love your father' and father father, we don't need to escalate.' Great album, great loss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We love you Marvin 10 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
For me this is one of the great albums of the twentieth century. A million miles from the luurrveman shmooze of his later albums and the brash pop of his earlier stuff, this is all about pain, sorrow and optimism.
Now while this sounds drippy (and Marvin does holler, in all seriousness, 'Save the babies!'), the combination of killer melodies, featherlight string arrangements and Marvin's voice, free of the constraint of his earlier Motown meatgrinder material, make for an album straight from the gods. And it'll have your booty shaking like nobody's business.
How it isn't unbearably cheesy I'll never know, but somehow you get the feeling that our Marvin really meant what he sang and you can't help but get swept along. Wonderful stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Desert Island Disk 3 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Sadly, when this album was released, Motown was "uncool", and I was listening to Mahavishnu Orchestra and Chick Corea's Return to Forever. Both good bands, but don't get played too often these days. However, since eventually buying it, it's never failed to get the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up. The title track is as relevant today as it was when it was written (Vietnam and Iraq), and is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. It's just very sad that Marvin is no longer around to sing it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarily Beautiful 23 May 2000
Format:Audio CD
I had to write a review of this, I've just lent it to a friend to go on holiday with (a bit of musical education) and my room doesn't feel right without the possibility that I could put it on at any moment (even though I've got another 500 CD's to fall back on) The first time you hear it is like the first time you realise that well, maybe girls aren't so bad after all. Every subsequent listen reminds you exactly what it's all supposed to be about in the first place. A home without "What's going On" is just a big building with some rooms in.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 20 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
I am 21, and have only discovered Marvin Gaye in the last few years. Admittedly, I originally delved into his catalogue due to feeling that I should (from what everyone else said). Since then, my love for his music has only grown, and this album is the pinnacle.

Each track is beautiful. It's kicked off by the title track, which deserve every bit of its reputation, and then the first half of the album slowly progresses, with each track moulding perfectly into the other. There is honestly no weak track on this album. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) and Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) are the two other best known tracks on this album, along with God Is Love being my personal favourite.

This is a true masterpiece of an album, and is how every release should be. If you have a love for Soul, of just beautiful music, please buy this.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 12 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Brilliant album, of its time but as valid now as the same problems exist or have got worse today. I read a review stating Marvin's high regard is through his untimely death - well I think I fell for this album before I knew he was dead! He produced a lot of good work before and after 'What's Going On' but for me this is the pinnacle, a mature album that is strong throughout and it's a real feet up on the balcony, chilling out with a large glass of your favourite spirit type album. Buy it, sit back, relax, then start trying to change the world for the better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the greatest albums ever released, timeless classic from one of the truly great artists.
Published 1 day ago by Donald Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have this
I am a 70's rock child and only recently stumbled across this - and boy, was I missing out all those years. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A classic album indeed. Be aware though that some albums it seems don't get to be part of the auto rip programme from Amazon and this is one of those, so you don't get it... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mogo
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite albums of all time
One of my favourite albums of all time. Missed out on 5 stars, simply because this pressing isn't as good as it could be.
Published 18 days ago by Dickie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 28 days ago by Janice Dwyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly
I think this is one of the best albums ever, easily. I love you Marvin. Hopefully a copy will survive somewhere for Charlton Heston or someone to dig up in the future past/past... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Shillam
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius.
Nothing to say. If you haven't heard this album, then buy it immediately! If you know it, you'll be in love with it. A masterpiece.
Published 4 months ago by Amanda McCartin
5.0 out of 5 stars Motown magic
Great album from the good old days of Motown, brings back some great memories of the great nights out the discos of the 70s.
Published 4 months ago by S. J. Shelton
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what's going on
Marvin Gaye (never my favorite artist) comes up trumps with this era defining moment of magic....you need this in your collection because this was what was going on!
Published 5 months ago by Richard Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars my soulful journey
Each track a classic...timeless for those who love soul..early morning...M5 heading north to Bristol from Totnes ...Marvin Gaye.. Read more
Published 5 months ago by mcgregortotnes
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