what's going on

MFSL 1-314
180 gram Audiophile LP

MFSL 1-314 Cover Gain 2 Ultra Analog Logo Named the 6th Best Album in Music History by Rolling Stone.

he staggeringly influential What's Going On is pure soul genius and an ageless document about urban ills, employment issues, and social responsibilities that's as relevant today as it was upon release in 1971.   At once, Marvin Gaye both revolutionized Motown's sound and upped the ante for his fellow musicians.   Incredibly, the record almost didn't get made.

Only after label owner Barry 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 “Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky).”   Environmental concerns and spiritual conversations, meanwhile, form the core of staples like “What's Happening Brother,” ”Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology),” and “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler).”

Mobile Fidelity's pristine remaster from the original analog tapes highlights every contour of the rich timbres of Gaye’s voice.   Sonics are airy, natural, and vivid. Seldom has contemplating the American Dream sounded so essential.

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)

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