Marvin Gaye: What's Going On
Marvin Gaye was a controversial and at the same time enormously successful personality. In his early years, the son of a priest tried his hand at a variety of chart-type songs, in the tradition of the Motown label. But as time went on, he found himself less and less at home in the triangle of tax investigations, demanding wives and music that meant nothing to him. The self-produced album What's Going On from 1971 changed everything.
With deep R&B songs and soul in his voice, he created the best album of 1971, according to Rolling Stone. The songs are profound, immensely open for the USA of the 1970s, and even absolutely danceable. The title "What's Happening Here!", with the all-important exclamation point instead of a question mark, refers to the U.S. from the point of view of a returning Vietnam veteran who wonders why he fought for a state full of police violence, drug abuse and rising divorce rates. The Motown label initially refused to release this album, saying it was not commercial enough.
- What's Going On
- What's Happening Brother
- Flyin'high (In the Friendly Sky)
- Save the Children
- God is Love
- Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology)
- Right On
- Wholy Holy
- Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)