Marvin Gaye - What's Going On [5353423]
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Marvin Gaye - What's Going On [5353423]

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Gaye co-wrote the songs and produced the album, flavouring it with layer upon layer of his own multi-tracked vocals, oceans of hand percussion, strings, flutes, and jazzy horn solos. spacey and loose as a spliff-fueled sunday afternoon jam in the park, the nine songs all played like a hit single. The title track - inspired by his brother's return from the Vietnam war - and the obvious social commentary of 'Inner City Blues (Make me Wanna Holler)' and 'Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology)' actually were hit singles. Two other tracks ('Wholly Holy' and 'Save the Children') would inspire hit covers by Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross, respectively. Nevertheless, 'What's Going On' sounds as fresh today as it did the week that it came out.