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What's Going On - 50th Anniversary Edition

    This is the EU version and not the U.S Kevin Grey release…..although the source audio from the EU version is from Kevin Grey’s master, but cut on a different lacquer.

    Motown’s “Prince Of Soul,” Marvin Gaye, was already a hit artist for nearly a decade when, in 1971, he reached new heights with his album What's Going On. An immediate landmark recording, it was the first of Gaye's albums to break the top ten of Billboard’s Top LPs, and quickly became Motown's best-selling record. To this day, What's Going On is hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time, earning the number one spot on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2020 list of “The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.”

    In celebration of this groundbreaking album while also marking the 50th anniversary of the title song’s release as a single, UMe will be issuing collections that honor the depth of Gaye's album.

    First, Motown/UMe has consolidated several What’s Going On-related releases into one new digital collection, What’s Going On: Deluxe Edition/50th Anniversary This includes the original album, plus 12 bonus tracks featuring each of the LP’s original mono single versions and their B-sides, two of which are different takes – “God Is Love” and “Sad Tomorrows,” an earlier version of “Flying High (in the Friendly Sky)” – while the pre-album single version of “What’s Going On” has no “party” intro and a false fade. Also included is the title song’s earliest mix, initially made as a reference for Motown’s in-house quality control department before horns and strings were added; a dramatic instrumental mix; a “Coffeehouse Mix” by Grammy-winning engineer Russ Elevado that emphasizes the track’s previously buried acoustic guitar, originally available on a Record Store Day exclusive 10” EP for the album’s 45th anniversary in 2016. Also included from that same 2016 release is a “What’s Going On” duet with Motown artist B.J. the Chicago Kid. Other tracks are an early working version of “Symphony,” written by Marvin with Smokey Robinson, in which Marvin sings over and over, “what’s going on?” while the song of the same name sat unreleased; and the instrumental “I Love the Ground You Walk On,” recorded during the same waiting period.

    Fifty years later, the influence and meaning behind this legendary record continues to ring true. The single “What’s Going On” originated as a response to police brutality at a protest in Berkeley, CA and coincided with personal tragedy in Gaye's life as well as Gaye’s brother's time fighting in Vietnam. The compounding experiences sparked the poignant plea that became the full-length LP What's Going On. Calling out to a broken country, Gaye searched for reason and hope in a world that felt desperate and senseless; a sentiment that many share now more than ever.

    Marvin Gaye continues to hold his place as one of the greatest singers, composers and producers of all time, and in this half a century What's Going On has proven itself to be one of the world's most unforgettable records. 


    TRACK LISTING

    LP 1:
    SIDE 1
    What’s Going On 3:53
    What’s Happening Brother 2:44
    Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky) 3:50
    Save The Children 4:03
    God Is Love 1:42
    Mercy Mercy Me 3:13
    SIDE 2
    Right On 7:32
    Wholy Holy 3:08
    Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) 5:27

    LP 2:
    SIDE 3
    What’s Going On Stripped Version * 3:57
    What’s Going On 3:54 Mix 1/no Strings Or Horns
    What’s Going On Rhythm & Strings Instrumental Mix 3:50
    Symphony Demo Version 2:49
    SIDE 4 – Original Mono Single Mixes
    What’s Going On 3:54
    God Is Love 2:51
    Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) 2:30
    Sad Tomorrows 2:22
    Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) 2:58
    Wholy Holy 3:09

    Marvin Gaye / Shorty Long

    This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (It's Killing Me) / Don't Mess With My Weekend

      Two monster slices of Motown magic, straight from Detroit to the dancefloor.

      The legendary Marvin Gaye’s super rare anthem – recorded in late 1967 - that appeared on 1995’s ‘Rare And Unreleased’ CD. Copies of the original single go for around £650 if you can find one.

      A fantastic floor filler with that unmistakable Tamla backbeat and a euphoric chorus.

      Backed with the ‘Here Comes The Judge’ hitmaker’s magnificent ‘Don’t Mess With My Weekend’ - which was only ever previously released by Motown in Australia in 1969.

      A funky ‘getting ready’ groove with Shorty’s expressive vocal to the fore and a telegraph guitar holding it all in place.

      TRACK LISTING

      Marvin Gaye - This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (It's Killing Me )
      Shorty Long - Don't Mess With My Weekend

      Marvin Gaye

      More Trouble

        More Trouble is a collection of bonus tracks and alternate takes from Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man sessions taken from the Trouble Man: 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition. These track will be on vinyl for the first time. 


        Marvin Gaye

        Sexual Healing: The Remixes

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          Red smoke coloured Vinyl. 35th anniversary package of remixes, including Kygo club hit.

          "Here, My Dear" is a wrenching yet beautifully rendered chronicle of the end of Gaye's first marriage to Anna Gordy Gaye. Released in December 1978, the suite was attacked by critics as indulgent and irrelevant, a misstep in a musical career noted for breakthroughs and artistic bravery. With mixed reviews and no hit singles, the album was not a big seller and failed commercially. Yet in the decades since "Here, My Dear" has become recognized as a masterpiece of romantic anguish. It's also one of Marvin's most influential recordings. Hear it in today's young soul singers and in hip hop's confessional raps. Listen to the many producers who obsess over every note. This is a Marvin gem waiting for you to rediscover it.

          Marvin Gaye

          What's Going On

            By 1970 Marvin Gaye was already a phenomenally successful singer, with a string of hit singles to his name, making him Motown's number one male performer. However, when he entered the Hitsville studio on June 1st to cut a new single, Marvin hungered for more. All over the world social unrest was prompting political activism and cultural revolution. Yet the Motown hit production line carried on like nothing was happening. Marvin longed to make a statement that would reflect the new reality, so when Al Cleveland and The Four Tops' Obie Benson brought him the framework of a song called "What's Going On", he jumped at the chance to record it. Initially rejected by Motown, the track went on to become a runaway smash, and the label demanded a full length LP to capitalize on sales. Recorded in ten days in March 1971 the "What's Going On" album features co-writing credits from awesome session band the Funk Brothers, as well as brass and string arrangements by David Van De Pitte. The heady mix of percussive-heavy grooves, luxurious fills and Marvin's sweet vocals became an instant classic. Taking in themes like the Vietnam war, poverty, spirituality and green issues, the album seems just as relevant today as it did back at the start of the 70s and deserves the vote as 'greatest album ever' that it often receives.

            TRACK LISTING

            What's Going On 3:51
            What's Happening Brother 2:57
            Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky) 3:40
            Save The Children 3:04
            God Is Love 2:31
            Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) 3:05
            Right On 7:20
            Wholy Holy 3:20
            Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) 5:16


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