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What's Going On Live

Marvin Gaye

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2001, Marvin Gaye fans were treated to a previously unreleased live performance from their idol (recorded on May 1, 1972 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.) in the bonus section of the Deluxe Edition of the masterpiece What’s Going On (released a year earlier, in May 1971). This October 2019 sees the astounding concert benefit from autonomous publication as well as remastering and 24-Bit processing. At the time, the singer was at a turning point in his career. Shaken by the death of his colleague Tammi Terrell, who died of cancer in 1970 at the age of 24, Marvin Gaye withdrew from the business and fell into depression. However, he soon returned to music. As America was fighting its own demons, both internal (segregation) and external (Vietnam), he released a masterpiece of thought-provoking soul. Packed with politically engaged prose, What’s Going On appeared on the label Motown and questioned what the American dream really meant.
As a poet and entertainer, Marvin Gaye made his message resonate like no other. The album is a skilfully measured symphony, with strings that seem to hypnotize the rhythms and choirs. It was the cornerstone of black American music, which made it somewhat difficult to release as Berry Gordy, Motown’s boss, feared that this highly politicized work would ruin the positive image of both his label and protégé. With What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye forced Gordy to face up to the Vietnamese conflict, interracial tensions and the degradation of major American cities. And the album was an immediate success. For the first time, a Motown record was created differently, without Gordy’s total control. This live recording from Gaye’s hometown showcases his artistic transition by starting with a sumptuous medley of his hits from the sixties, including the brilliant song I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Marvin Gaye then performs on stage the wonders from What’s Going On, a record that went through a lot of changes in the studio. Throughout the concert (which lasts just over an hour) he stretches out certain songs, improvises and above all communicates with his audience like never before. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Sixties Medley (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972) 00:13:24

George Gordy, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Gaye, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - NICKOLAS ASHFORD, ComposerLyricist - Valerie Simpson, ComposerLyricist - Lamont Dozier, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Holland, ComposerLyricist - Brian Holland, ComposerLyricist - Barrett Strong, ComposerLyricist - Norman Whitfield, ComposerLyricist - Ivy Joe Hunter, ComposerLyricist - William Mickey Stevenson, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Bowen, ComposerLyricist - Jack Goga, ComposerLyricist - Harry Weinger, Producer - Suha Gur, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Right On (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972) 00:07:34

Marvin Gaye, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Earl Derouen, ComposerLyricist - Maurice King, Arranger, Orchestrator - Harry Weinger, Producer - Suha Gur, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Wholy Holy (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972) 00:03:31

AL CLEVELAND, ComposerLyricist - Renaldo Benson, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Gaye, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Harry Weinger, Producer - Suha Gur, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972) 00:09:06

Marvin Gaye, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - James Nyx, ComposerLyricist - Harry Weinger, Producer - Suha Gur, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
What's Going On (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972) 00:05:41

AL CLEVELAND, ComposerLyricist - Renaldo Benson, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Gaye, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Harry Weinger, Producer - Suha Gur, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
What's Happening Brother (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972) 00:02:54

Marvin Gaye, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - James Nyx, ComposerLyricist - Harry Weinger, Producer - Suha Gur, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky) (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972) 00:03:49

Elgie Stover, ComposerLyricist - Anna Gaye, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Gaye, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Maurice King, Arranger, Orchestrator - Harry Weinger, Producer - Suha Gur, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Save The Children (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972) 00:04:21

AL CLEVELAND, ComposerLyricist - Renaldo Benson, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Gaye, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Maurice King, Conductor - David Van dePitte, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Weinger, Producer - Suha Gur, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
God Is Love (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972) 00:01:44

Elgie Stover, ComposerLyricist - Anna Gaye, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Gaye, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - James Nyx, ComposerLyricist - Maurice King, Arranger, Orchestrator - Harry Weinger, Producer - Suha Gur, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Stage Dialogue (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972) 00:02:33

Marvin Gaye, MainArtist - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - Maurice King, Arranger, Orchestrator - Suha Gur, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Reprise / Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972) 00:05:10

Marvin Gaye, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - James Nyx, ComposerLyricist

A Motown Records release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
What's Going On (Reprise / Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972) 00:04:11

AL CLEVELAND, ComposerLyricist - Renaldo Benson, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Gaye, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Harry Weinger, Producer - Suha Gur, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

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2001, Marvin Gaye fans were treated to a previously unreleased live performance from their idol (recorded on May 1, 1972 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.) in the bonus section of the Deluxe Edition of the masterpiece What’s Going On (released a year earlier, in May 1971). This October 2019 sees the astounding concert benefit from autonomous publication as well as remastering and 24-Bit processing. At the time, the singer was at a turning point in his career. Shaken by the death of his colleague Tammi Terrell, who died of cancer in 1970 at the age of 24, Marvin Gaye withdrew from the business and fell into depression. However, he soon returned to music. As America was fighting its own demons, both internal (segregation) and external (Vietnam), he released a masterpiece of thought-provoking soul. Packed with politically engaged prose, What’s Going On appeared on the label Motown and questioned what the American dream really meant.
As a poet and entertainer, Marvin Gaye made his message resonate like no other. The album is a skilfully measured symphony, with strings that seem to hypnotize the rhythms and choirs. It was the cornerstone of black American music, which made it somewhat difficult to release as Berry Gordy, Motown’s boss, feared that this highly politicized work would ruin the positive image of both his label and protégé. With What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye forced Gordy to face up to the Vietnamese conflict, interracial tensions and the degradation of major American cities. And the album was an immediate success. For the first time, a Motown record was created differently, without Gordy’s total control. This live recording from Gaye’s hometown showcases his artistic transition by starting with a sumptuous medley of his hits from the sixties, including the brilliant song I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Marvin Gaye then performs on stage the wonders from What’s Going On, a record that went through a lot of changes in the studio. Throughout the concert (which lasts just over an hour) he stretches out certain songs, improvises and above all communicates with his audience like never before. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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