Release date: 25-01-2008(originally released in 1971)
2008 US exclusive limited edition 9-track Half-Speed Mastered GAIN Ultra Analog LP pressed on 180gram VIRGIN VINYL, originally released in 1971, including the classic title track and ‘Mercy Mercy Me [The Ecology]’, superbly presented in individually numbered gatefold pasted card sleeve, housed in perforated tear-strip bag
01. What’s Going On
02. What’s Happening Brother
03. Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky)
04. Save The Children
05. God Is Love
06. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
07. Right On
08. Wholy Holy
09. Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler)
Named the 6th best album in music history by Rolling Stone, the staggeringly influential What s Going On is pure soul genius and an ageless document about urban ills, employment issues, and social responsibilities that as relevant today as it was upon release in 1971. At once, Marvin Gaye both revolutionized Motown sound and upped the ante for his fellow musicians. Incredibly, the record almost didn t get made.
Gaye initially tried giving the defining title track to the Originals, a Motown group had been producing. But the singer changed his mind when songwriter Renaldo Benson offered him a cut of the publishing deal. Before recording, Gaye turned the studio into a frat house by inviting members of the Detroit Lions football team and getting everyone stoned. Motown head honcho Barry Gordy detested the results but soon realized that Gayes ultimatum to release it as a single had merit. After selling 100,000 copies in its first day, the single allowed Gaye carte blanche to make the remainder of the album on his terms.
Yet it was only after Gordy offered Gaye a financial challenge to complete the album inside of a month did the vocalist get to work. String, brass, and vocal overdubs were laid over the rhythm tracks while Gaye pioneered a new dual-vocal approach by relaxing and taking inspiration from a Lester Young album. The sessions vibes are reflected in tunes such as High (In the Friendly Sky).â€ Environmental concerns and spiritual conversations, meanwhile, form the core of staples like Whats Happening Brother,Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), and œInner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler).
Mobile Fidelitys pristine remaster from the original analog tapes highlights every contour of the rich timbres of Gayes voice. Sonics are airy, natural, and vivid. Seldom has contemplating the American Dream sounded so essential.
What a classic soul record, play it over and over and over again, super analog pressing
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