Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (50th Anniversary) (180g) (2LP)

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Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (50th Anniversary) (180g) (2LP)

50th Anniversary Edition on 180g Double LP

Direct-To-Analog Mastering from the Original Tape Reels by Kevin Gray

Bonus LP Contains Rare Cuts Making Their Vinyl Debut

Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 1/500


This premium vinyl release features direct-to-analog mastering from the original primary album tape reels by acclaimed engineer Kevin Gray, one of the first times this has been done since 1971, offering an undeniably authentic listening experience.

What's Going On: 50th Anniversary 2LP Edition bonus LP opens up the album's writing and production palette. Featured are four rare cuts making their vinyl debut, highlighted by a previously unreleased "stripped" version of the title song, plus all six original mono single mixes and their B-sides, with all of those 7" versions on vinyl for the first time since their original releases. With two 180gm records, a tip-on heavy stock jacket, an original gatefold with complete lyrics, this formidable release also includes printed sleeves with track details, a rare image from the cover sessions, and a brief essay honoring arranger David Van De Pitte.

The main essay was written by acclaimed author and poet Hanif Abdurraqib who was just named one of the 25 recipients of the 2021 MacArthur "Genius" Grant.

This album has been re-released multiple times on vinyl over the years, but this new reissue is now the definitive version. Mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog recordings, What's Going On sounds enveloping and provocative and devastating.
-Robert Ham, Paste Magazine


  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • 180g Vinyl
  • Double LP
  • Mastered Direct-to-Analog from the original primary tape reels by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
  • Pressed at Precision
  • 4 Rare cuts on vinyl for the first time
  • Previously unreleased "stripped" version of the title track
  • All 6 original mono single mixes & their B-sides
  • All 7" versions on vinyl for the first time since 1971
  • Tip-On heavy stock jacket
  • Original gatefold
  • Complete lyrics
  • Printed sleeves with track details
  • Rare image from the cover photo session
  • Essay by acclaimed author & poet Hanif Abdurraqib

Track Listings:

Side 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)

Side 2:

  1. Right On
  2. Wholy Holy
  3. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

Side 3:

  1. What's Going On - Stripped Version
  2. What's Going On - Mix 1/No Strings Or Horns
  3. What's Going On - Rhythm & Strings Instrumental Mix
  4. Symphony - Demo Version

Side 4 - Original Mono Singles:

  1. What's Going On
  2. God Is Love
  3. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
  4. Sad Tomorrows
  5. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
  6. Wholy Holy (Original Mono Single Mix)


Format: LP Vinyl
Label: Motown Records
Catalog No: B003334801
Barcode: 0602435584171
Genre: R&B/Soul
No of Discs: 2
Release Date: 4/1/2022



UPC: 602435584171