Album: "What's Going On"
Year Released: 1971
No. of Discs: 1
No. of Tracks:
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" [Make Me Wanna Holler]
I don't want "Album-A-Day" to be forgotten immediately, and I might have selected an album that won't generate any response whatsoever....
Anyways, "What's Going On" was Marvin Gaye's "Magnum Opus"..an album that still carries the meaning now then it did when it was initially released 33 years ago.....
At the time, Marvin was in crossroads of his career, even to the extent that he considered trying-out for the Detroit Lions
.... He wanted to compose a concept album that reflected on the strife that Americans were dealing around the time of the late 60s to early 70s and still plagues many today.... Marvin Gaye conveyed all the emotions so perfectly....About the protest of war, drug abuse, poverty, racism...etc...Not only did he address all those political/social concerns, but through his lyrics he gave everyone who listened a new sense of optimism and renewed hope....Not only were the lyrics stand-out throughout the album, but instrumentally the players were excellent at their craft....Gaye incorporated an array of styles on this album...From the jazzy/reggae style of "Right On" to the soulfulness of "Mercy Mercy Me".... It's shocking that Barry Gordy nearly didnt release this album since it wasn't too commercial whatsoever, but probably became one of the most highly regarded Motown albums of all-time....
The stand outs to me are "Right On", "What's Going On", "Inner City Blues", and "Mercy Mercy Me"..."Wholy Holy" is probably one of the most spiritual songs ever recorded, just pulls on every possible emotion... But in fact, there are no weaknesses to this album...Each song builds off of each brilliantly....
One tidbit about the song "What's Going On" Detroit Lion HOF Lem Barney and former TE Mel Farr sung back-up on the chorus.....
You don't have to be a major fan of Motown or a fan of Marvin Gaye for that matter to appreciate this album.... It will forever stand the test of time as a masterpiece....