Returning to Gaye's home outside Outer Drive, Benson played the song to Gaye on his guitar.

It was released on May 21, 1971, by the Motown Records-subsidiary label Tamla. [15] Gaye loved the sound and decided to keep it and use it for the duration of the album. In 1997, What's Going On was named the 17th greatest album of all time in a poll conducted in the United Kingdom by HMV Group, Channel 4, The Guardian and Classic FM. I'm not a poet. 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. I'm not a painter.

sfn error: no target: CITEREFBowman2006 (, Recording Industry Association of America, Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies, List of number-one R&B albums of 1971 (U.S.). [16] To ease Gordy's worries, Gaye and the album's engineers entered The Sound Factory in West Hollywood in early May, integrating the orchestra somewhat closer with the rhythm tracks, while Gaye used different vocal tracks and added extra instrumentation. On July 22, 2013. For Blanchard, the enveloping beauty of "What's Going On" is inseparable from its social consciousness. [5] However, his pursuit of a tryout was stopped after the owner of the team advised him that any future injury would derail his career. is an American sitcom television series that aired on ABC from August 5, 1976, to April 28, 1979, premiering as a summer series. Thank you."[10]. Marvin Gaye is photographed at Golden West Studios for Motown Records during the "Let's Get It On" recording session.

Gordy however vetoed their decision, agreeing to put this mix of the album out that month.

Would love your thoughts, please comment. It was released on May 21, 1971, by the Motown Records-subsidiary label Tamla.

It was his 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. That's taking things too far. Gaye cited the 1965 Watts riots as a pivotal moment in his life in which he asked himself, "with the world exploding around me, how am I supposed to keep singing love songs? "[10][9] During this time, Gaye had been deeply affected by letters shared between him and his brother after he had returned from service in the Vietnam War over the treatment of Vietnam veterans. Writing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), he deemed it both a "groundbreaking personal statement" and a Berry Gordy product, baited by three highly original singles but marred elsewhere by indistinct music and indulgent use of David Van De Pitte's strings, which Christgau called "the lowest kind of movie-background dreck". The guy wants to know if folks are "still getting down where we used to go and dance"; he wonders whether his favorite ball team has a chance at winning the pennant. [17] Henderson also wrote that "Gaye's choice to emphasize humanity at its most charitable rather than paint bleak pictures of destruction and disillusionment is characteristic of the album that follows."[17]. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's Greatest Hits, Motown Remembers Marvin Gaye: Never Before Released Masters, The Real Thing: In Performance (1964–1981), If I Could Build My Whole World Around You, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=What%27s_Going_On_(Marvin_Gaye_album)&oldid=982411280, United States National Recording Registry recordings, Psychedelic music albums by American artists, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles with unsourced statements from March 2017, Certification Table Entry usages for United Kingdom, Certification Table Entry usages for United States, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, The Best Rock 'n' Roll Records of All Time, The World Critics Best Albums of All Time, The 40 Most Influential Records of the 20th Century, All Times Top 100 Albums + Top 50 by Decade, The Guide to the 100 Important Rock Albums, The 100 Best Pop and Rock Albums of All Time, The World's 100 Best Albums + 300 Complements, The 50 Best Albums of All Time + Top 10 by Decade, 299 Nominations of the Best Album of All Time, "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)", "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Reprise)", "What's Going On" (Original Rejected Single Mix), "I Love the Ground You Walk On" (Instrumental), "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" (Mono Single Version), "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" (Mono Single Version), "Running from Love" (Version 2 with Strings), "What's Happening Brother" (Detroit Mix) – 2:43, "Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky)" (Detroit Mix) – 3:49, "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" (Detroit Mix) – 3:08, "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" (Detroit Mix) – 5:46, Edouard Kesner, Meyer Shapiro, David Ireland, Nathan Gordon – violas, Italo Babini, Thaddeus Markiewicz, Edward Korkigan – cellos, Earl DeRouen – bongos and congas "Right On", This page was last edited on 7 October 2020, at 23:53. Dorian Lynskey, author of "33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs," views "What's Going On" in a lineage of music that "documents a confused response to the modern world without slogans or answers. The singer also got back in touch with his spirituality and also attended several concerts held by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which had been used for several Motown recordings in the 1960s. '", But what precisely was "this" in an overwhelming age, not unlike 2020, that could seem beset by some new calamity every month or two?