What's Going On [Bonus Tracks]

What's Going On [Bonus Tracks]

by Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Arguably, the greatest R&B record ever made, WHAT'S GOING ON was only reluctantly released by the storied Motown label. The recording marked an extreme departure from the label's usual method of tightly controlled collections of singles. Instead, Gaye, inspired by the return of his brother from Vietnam, created a 35 minute suite of lushly detailed pieces that blended social commentary and spirituality. Rather than the slick, driving sound of Motown singles, WHAT'S GOING ON featured subdued basslines and a languorous groove that would later become a staple in jazz-funk. The recording produced three major hits, "Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler)", the title track, and "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"; in addition, Diana Ross covered "Save the Children" and Aretha Franklin did "Wholy Holy." The album inspired other R&B artists to take a similar approach to producing their own work and creating more substantial documents. Gaye went on to create both hit singles and great extended works, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was both a hitmaker and an artist.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/14/2003
Label: Motown
UPC: 0044006402222
catalogNumber: 064022
Rank: 463


  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)
  10. God Is Love
  11. Sad Tomorrows

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marvin Gaye   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ken Stover   Background Vocals
George Benson   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Brokensha   Percussion,Vibes
Larry Nozero   Soprano Saxophone
Johnny Griffith   Celeste,Keyboards
John Trudell   Trumpet
Andantes   Background Vocals
Jack Ashford   Percussion,Tambourine
Bob Babbitt   Bass
Italo Babini   Cello
Zinovi Bistritzky   Violin
Beatriz Budinszky   Violin
Angelo Carlisi   Alto Saxophone
Carole Crosby   Harp
Earl DeRouen   Bongos,Conga
Lillian Downs   Violin
Eli Fountain   Alto Saxophone
Nathan Gordon   Viola
Virginia Halfmann   Violin
Danya Hartwick   Flute
Tate Houston   Baritone Saxophone
David Ireland   Viola
James Jamerson   Bass
Edouard Kesner   Viola
Rick Margitza   Violin
Thaddeus Markiewicz   Cello
Joe Messina   Guitar
Carl Raetz   Trombone
Felix Resnick   Violin
Alvin Score   Violin
Meyer Shapiro   Viola
C.P. Spencer   Background Vocals
Gordon Staples   Violin
David Van De Pitte   Conductor
Earl Van Dyke   Keyboards
James Waring   Violin
Wild Bill Moore   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Rogers   Background Vocals
Chet Forest   Drums
Marlene Barrow   Background Vocals
Eddie Brown   Bongos,Conga
Louvain Demps   Background Vocals
Hank Dixon   Background Vocals
Walter Gaines   Background Vocals
Max Janowsky   String Bass,12-string Bass Guitar
William Perich   Flute
Elgie Stover   Background Vocals
Robert White   Guitar
Jackie Hicks   Background Vocals
Lem Barney   Background Vocals
Freddie Gorman   Background Vocals
Maurice Davis   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Steve Smith   Engineer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Cleveland   Composer
Earl DeRouen   Composer
Ben Edmonds   Liner Notes
Anna Gordy Gaye   Composer
Larry Miles   overdub engineer
Bob Olhsson   Engineer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Ken Sands   Engineer
Art Stewart   overdub engineer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Vartan   Art Direction
Joe Atkinson   Engineer
Elgie Stover   Composer
Delores Wilkinson   Composer
Curtis McNair   Art Direction
Sam Ross   Engineer
James Nyx   Composer
Tom Schlesinger   Graphic Supervision
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Fuller B. Gordy   Composer
Nate Jennings   Engineer
James Nyx   Composer
Calvin Harris   Engineer

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