What's Going On - Marvin Gaye - Sondz

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What's Going On is the eleventh studio album by American soul singer, songwriter, and producer Marvin Gaye. It was released on May 21, 1971, by the Motown Records subsidiary label Tamla. Recorded between 1970 and 1971 in sessions at Hitsville U.S.A., Golden World, and United Sound Studios in Detroit, and at The Sound Factory in West Hollywood, California, it was Gaye's first album to credit him as a producer and to credit Motown's in-house studio band, the session musicians known as the Funk Brothers.

What's Going On is a concept album with most of its songs segueing into the next and has been categorized as a song cycle. The narrative established by the songs is told from the point of view of a Vietnam veteran returning to his home country to witness hatred, suffering, and injustice. Gaye's introspective lyrics explore themes of drug abuse, poverty, and the Vietnam War. He has also been credited with promoting awareness of ecological issues before the p...

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Release date20 May 1971
CountryUnited States
Length35:04
StatusOfficial
Label(s)Tamla
CatalogueTS310
PackagingGatefold Cover
Language, scriptLatin
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At a time when Motown was better known for pop hits than music with a message, M...

At a time when Motown was better known for pop hits than music with a message, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On changed the musical landscape. It's a socially conscious and lyrically reflective piece, considered by many as his greate...

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