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In an interview with Rolling Stone , Marvin Gaye discussed what had shaped his view on more socially conscious themes in music and the conception of his eleventh studio album:. In or , I began to re-evaluate my whole concept of what I wanted my music to say I was very much affected by letters my brother was sending me from Vietnam, as well as the social situation here at home.
I realized that I had to put my own fantasies behind me if I wanted to write songs that would reach the souls of people. I wanted them to take a look at what was happening in the world. Immediately after learning about the song, many of Motown's musicians, known as The Funk Brothers noted that there was a different approach with Gaye's record from that used on other Motown recordings, and Gaye complicated matters by only bringing in a few of the members while bringing his own recruits, including drummer Chet Forest.
Jamerson, who couldn't sit properly on his seat after arriving to the session drunk, performed his bass riffs, written for him by the album's arranger David Van De Pitte , on the floor. When Gaye heard the playback to what Fontaine thought was simply a demo, Gaye instantly decided that the riff was the ideal way to start the song. When Fontaine said he was "just goofing around", Gaye being pleased with the results replied, "Well, you goof off exquisitely.
Thank you. The laid-back sessions of the single were credited to lots of " marijuana smoke and rounds of Scotch ". Smith and Sands accidentally mixed the two lead vocal takes together. According to one account, Gordy didn't like the song, allegedly calling it "the worst thing I ever heard in my life".
Motown executive Harry Balk recalled trying to get Gordy to release the song at the end of the year, to which Gordy replied to him, "that Dizzy Gillespie stuff in the middle, that scatting , it's old. Most of Motown's Quality Control Department team also turned the song down, with Balk later stating that "they were used to the 'baby baby' stuff, and this was a little hard for them to grasp. With the help of Motown sales executive Barney Ales , Harry Balk got the song released to record stores on January 20, , sending , copies of the song without Gordy's knowledge, with another , copies sent after that success.
Gaye returned to Hitsville to record the rest of What's Going On , which took a mere ten business days between March 1 and March The album's rhythm tracks and sound overdubs were recorded at Hitsville, or Studio A, while the strings, horns, lead and background vocals were recorded at Golden World , or Studio B.
When Gordy listened to the mix, he worried that no other hit single would emerge from it. Presented to Motown's Quality Control department team, they were worried about future hit singles due to its concurrent style with each song leading to the next.
Gordy however vetoed their decision, agreeing to put this mix of the album out that month. The song had strong jazz , gospel , classical music orchestration , and arrangements. Reviewer Eric Henderson of Slant stated the song had an "understandably mournful tone" in response to the fallout of the late s counterculture movements. This is immediately followed in segue flow by the second track, "What's Happening Brother", a song Gaye dedicated to his brother Frankie, in which Gaye wrote to explain the disillusionment of war veterans who returned to civilian life and their disconnect from pop culture.
The lyric, "I know, I'm hooked my friend, to the boy, who makes slaves out of men", references heroin as "boy", which was slang for the drug. According to Motown legend, musician and Funk Brothers leader Earl Van Dyke once mentioned that Berry Gordy didn't know of the word "ecology" and had to be told what it was though Gordy himself claimed otherwise.
The song featured a memorable tenor saxophone riff from Detroit music legend Wild Bill Moore. The final track, " Inner City Blues Make Me Wanna Holler ", focuses on urban poverty , backed by a minimalist, dark blues -oriented funk vibe, with its bass riffs composed and performed by Bob Babbitt , who also performed on "Mercy Mercy Me" Jamerson played on the rest of the album.
David Hepworth described the album as "like a jazz record not merely because it had jazz manners and was slathered in strings and employed congas and triangle as its most prominent form of percussion But it's also jazz in the sense that Released on May 21, , What's Going On became Gaye's first album to reach the Billboard Top LPs top ten, peaking at number six, and staying on the chart for over a year, selling over two million copies, within twelve months after its release, becoming Motown's and Gaye's best-selling album to that date until he released Let's Get It On in It also became Gaye's second number-one album on Billboard ' s Soul LPs chart, where it stayed for nine weeks as well as staying inside the Billboard Soul LPs chart for a record breaking 58 weeks throughout and The title track, which had been released in January as the lead single to promote the album, sold over , copies within its first week and eventually two-and-a-half-million units by the end of the year.
The album had a modest commercial reception in countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom; "Save the Children" reached number 41 on the latter country's singles chart, while the album reached number 56 twenty-five years after its original release.
In , the album re-entered the Billboard following Gaye's untimely death. In , the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in the United States for sales of half a million copies after it was issued on CD. On July 22, According to Soundscan, it has since sold in excess of 1.
Furthermore, the album was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for shipments of , albums. What's Going On was generally well received by contemporary critics. Writing for Rolling Stone in , Vince Aletti praised Gaye's thematic approach towards social and political concerns, while discussing the surprise of Motown releasing such an album. There are very few performers who could carry a project like this off.
I've always admired Marvin Gaye, but I didn't expect that he would be one of them. IsraBox - Music is Life! Tracklist: Marvin Gaye - What's Going On Marvin Gaye - What's Happening Brother Marvin Gaye - Save The Children Marvin Gaye - God Is Love Third World Girl. Marvin Gaye. I Heard It Through the Grapevine. Come Get to This. Let's Get It On. God Is My Friend. What's Going On. Rockin' After Midnight. Track Listing - Disc 2.
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