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What's Going On: 40th Anniversary [2 CD/LP Super Deluxe Edition] [Box set]

Marvin GayeAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Motown / Pgd
  • ASIN: B004V7XWEE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. What's Going On
2. What's Happening Brother
3. Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)
4. Save The Children
5. God Is Love
6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Checking Out (Double Clutch)
2. Chained
3. Country Stud
4. Help The People
5. Running From Love Version 1
6. Daybreak
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. What's Going On
2. What's Happening Brother
3. Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)
4. Save The Children
5. God Is Love
6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
See all 9 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Limited 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition contains two CDs, a vinyl LP pressing plus a gatefold Booklet with rare photos, lyrics and new essays. Highlights of this release include: a remastered version of the album plus 28 bonus tracks (16 unreleased), Original mono versions of the LP's hit singles, a previously unreleased original `Quality Control test mix' of "What's Going On," mixed before Marvin had added strings, horns and additional vocals, several post-album instrumental jams with local musicians who included Ray Parker Jr., the original single version of a sequel to the album, "You're The Man," as well as two alternate versions and so much more.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
154 of 162 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brother, Brother, Brother... October 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
In 1971 I lived in a very well integrated neighborhood. We had the Romants who were Puerto Rican who lived a few doors down from us, the Sakai's, who were Japanesese, lived next door to the Jones and the Jones who were a black family lived next door to us. Mr. and Mrs. Jones were my mom and dad's best friends'. we did everything together. I'm sure we got stared at quite a bit because I guess there were still a few people who couldn't handle seeing black and white people being friendly with each other and even letting their children play with each other. I can assure you, none of us were hurt in the process. In fact, we learned a real "silly thing". We learned that all people are pretty much the same. That no matter what you may look on the outside, your soul still looks the same to God who made you out of "His" Colorless Self...because as my mother would say, Love has no color...

But anyway, flashing back to 1971, we were at a barbecue at the Jones' house, and Alicia, their oldest daughter, who was 15 at the time (and who I had a mad crush on)came out of the house wearing this pretty yellow sundress and holding this record. She carefully took it out of its cover and put it on. I just remember it getting very, very quiet. It was like each and every song took our breath away. I remember after the record played, Alicia wanted to play it again, and Mrs. Jones wiped a few tears from her eyes simply said, "Another time, dear...another time..."

This album is heavy. It's not party music. It really makes you think and feel about your place in the world. We have become such a plastic coated society. It is like we are numb to everything that is going on in the world. Oh, I see North Korea has a nuclear weapon that they want to test, ho-hum...pass the butter...WHAT?
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103 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST R&B ALBUM EVER! August 12, 2000
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Marvin Gaye is without a doubt one of the greatest singing talents to ever grace the sound of music. His lyrics are poetic, philosophical, and quite simply, beautiful. I have no real way to describe this album other than to say in the four years I have owned it I make it a point to listen to it once a day. My day is not complete until I hear the sweet sounds of "Inner City Blues" or the painful lamenting of "What's Going On?" Marvin's message is loud and clear: "come on talk to me, so you can see, what's going on...." Those words from the highly emotional title track speak to generation after generation and screams that violence is NOT the way! Love, peace, and great soul music from my favorite singer of all time are the tools for a better future. Truly a concept album in every sense of the word, "What's Going On?" should be one of the albums that everyone on this earth should own, along with Johnny Coltrane's "Ballads", and Pink Floyd's "The Wall." An album like this only comes along once in a million years, and it's luster will never tarnish. Marvin Gaye was a beautiful human being, and he literally poured out every emotion onto this record. When listening to a concept album, one can usually see what is inside the artist's head. With this album, we see Marvin's mind, soul and emotions. We laugh with him, we cry when he sheds tears, and we get chills when he tells us of how simple and free peace is. Marvin Gaye is not just an artist, he is the single most important R&B singer of all time. Out of respect for him, and his evolution of soul music, you should own this record. Fans of hip-hop, soul, R&B, oldies, and pop will all love this masterpiece of finely crafted music. Read more ›
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical & Social Landmark December 22, 2000
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By the time 1970 rolled around, Marvin Gaye had grown tired of his singing career. Although he was a major star, having huge hits, he felt disenfranchised from the business. The death of his close friend and singer partner Tammi Terrill had thrown him into serious state of depression and anger. He became serious about football and tried out with the Detroit Lions and he also had a hand at boxing. He, of course, never made the cut with these activities. His brother Frankie had recently come back from Vietnam and the stories that he related Marvin, helped spur him out of his funk and into the recording studio. He turned those feelings of detachment, melancholy and anger into one of the landmark albums in musical history. Gone were the days of Mr. Gaye singing about love and happiness, What's Going On explored the situation and status of the black man in society as well as the problems facing the world as a whole. The title track opens the album and he ponders the question of what is going on in the world today. It was not just about the brothers dying in and mothers crying about the Vietnam War, but about the wars of everyday life in Urban America. The next five songs flow in and out of one another forming a musical suite. In "What's Happening Brother" he questions why the inner city is decaying while "Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)" is about Mr. Gaye's drug use. "Save The Children" asks for us to get together and make the world a better places for our kids and he provides a possible solution by looking to higher powers in "God Is Love". "Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)" is his take on the polluting of the world. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Super artist
I had this album in my collection in 1972, but it got stolen while I was in the military, this was a replacement. Great songs.
Published 2 days ago by Oliver P. Nowlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh breathe of air
Classic, quality lyrics. Fresh breathe of air. some of Marvin's greats on one album (CD). And a great price for anytime access
Published 17 days ago by Rodger Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome music
my husband loves Reggae and I surprised him with a turntable for Christmas and it is hard to find music he likes so I was glade I could find this record...
Published 1 month ago by Tracy Manderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Sex
I just love Marvin. His voice is just awesome. Time to start the fire and put on a little Marvin Gaye for my evening.
Published 1 month ago by Beachgrammy53
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointed
Too many of the songs sounded somewhat alike. Didn't hate it but didn't love it. Probably should have chosen one of his with more variety.
Published 1 month ago by dena anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Marvin
If you are looking for the best modern Marvin Gaye album look no further. This is the one to buy. There are many old school Marvin Gaye and his ladies hits but for just pure MG... Read more
Published 1 month ago by danny
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have !
What hasn't been said about this album ? A classic, Marvin at his Peak, Beautiful , a must have, top ten Desert Island album !! No personal collection is complete without it..
Published 1 month ago by scott bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
If you love Marvin Gaye then you will
love this CD. If you don't know who he
is for the price it is worth buying. Just
a great CD!
Published 2 months ago by S. A. Sutherland
5.0 out of 5 stars I gave this as a christmas present and almost wish I'd have kept it...
It was a huge success as a gift. I'm still getting compliments. I can't recommend it too highly. If you're a Motown fan, this is a must have.
Published 2 months ago by J Sams
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Very Best
This album has been one of my all time favourites for more years than I care to remember. Although originally written about the time of the Vietnam war. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Angela Stevens
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