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  • Summary: Considered one of the best soul albums ever released, What's Going On has been reissued and remastered with 28 bonus tracks.
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  1. Aug 2, 2011
    100
    What's Going On is not only a remarkable album, but an opportunity to discover a seminal artist at the peak of his powers; an insight into a true modern genius of pop music.
  2. Aug 4, 2011
    100
    Greatest protest album ever made? Most stirring soul-music symphony? Yes and yes. And then some.
  3. Aug 2, 2011
    100
    In any form, What's Going On is an album that everyone should have in their collection; no matter how many times you play it, there is always something else to discover.
  4. Aug 2, 2011
    100
    What's Going On was Marvin Gaye's masterwork, the most perfect expression of an artist's hope, anger, and concern ever recorded.
  5. Aug 3, 2011
    100
    Gaye's music was on the move, but it never moved quite like What's Going On: still seraphic, still turbulent. [Aug 2011, p.95]
  6. Aug 2, 2011
    95
    For die-hards, the most alluring part of the package may be the second compact disc, which features 18 mostly instrumental demos recorded in Gaye's post-What's Going On honeymoon period, when his vast artistic ambitions and abilities were being embraced by the greater public. These somewhat experimental demos--deep, in-the-pocket funk in the vein of Sly Stone, George Clinton, and Jimi Hendrix--clearly laid the groundwork for much of his subsequent 70s material.
  7. Aug 9, 2011
    80
    It still sounds fabulous and relevant too, though this Super Deluxe Edition with lots of superfluous add-ons and a super £50-plus price tag to match is surely for completists only. [Aug 2011, p.133]

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  1. Apr 13, 2012
    10
    Marvin Gaye along magnificent career records published as "Let` s Get It On, or "Here My Dear" but "What ¨ s Going On" reached theMarvin Gaye along magnificent career records published as "Let` s Get It On, or "Here My Dear" but "What ¨ s Going On" reached the height of his career and achieved something that few artists achieve, innovate ... create, both musically and production (1971) without forgetting the message of the work, an absolutely revolutionary (Vietnam). one of the greatest albums ever made. Expand
  2. Aug 15, 2011
    10
    In 1972 Marvin Gaye defied the odds. He took a risk which was to generate a political yet, socially conscience album. It was something thatIn 1972 Marvin Gaye defied the odds. He took a risk which was to generate a political yet, socially conscience album. It was something that was very uncommon in that era, but he accomplish a lot with this album. The album is a classic on a lot of levels especially soul and r&b. Almost 40 yrs later he has earned a top 6 spot on rolling stones 500 best albums of all time and Grammy awards. Reserve this album I promise you will not regret it. Expand
  3. Nov 25, 2013
    10
    Cannot understand how Marvin Gaye and persons like him, make such a number in the U. S. Marvin is a genius, in any and every sense of theCannot understand how Marvin Gaye and persons like him, make such a number in the U. S. Marvin is a genius, in any and every sense of the word. In fact, the song, 'Night Shift', by The Commodores, might have been a reference to him, when the name, 'Marvin' is a part of the lyrics. Expand
  4. j30
    Dec 12, 2011
    10
    Marvin Gaye's 1971 landmark album really is a great album, there's no debating that. Whether you're into smooth jazz or soul in general, thisMarvin Gaye's 1971 landmark album really is a great album, there's no debating that. Whether you're into smooth jazz or soul in general, this is the nectar of the Gods. My personal favorite track comes from the mellow funk groove "Inner City Blues." This record is definitely worth your time. Expand
  5. Jan 4, 2013
    10
    You can never go wrong with a little Marvin Gaye, reissue or not. This album shows a king at the height of his prime; an athlete at hisYou can never go wrong with a little Marvin Gaye, reissue or not. This album shows a king at the height of his prime; an athlete at his physical peak. It's also one of the most influential albums all time, perhaps the album that cemented Gaye's place in history. A near perfect classic. Expand
  6. Apr 18, 2014
    9
    Mr. Marvelous. The sweetest, most heartfelt voice to ever grace our ears and thank God it was settled inside of a brilliant overall musicianMr. Marvelous. The sweetest, most heartfelt voice to ever grace our ears and thank God it was settled inside of a brilliant overall musician like Marvin Gaye. His understanding of sound was unreal and the man was simply a bona fide legend. If any other artist dedicated an entire album to singing about political issues and how we should all love one another it would come across as preachy and self-involved, but with Marvin...no. There was not a hint of ego in his work. This is all soul. It's not a lecture, it's just concern. Genuine, soulful concern. Nobody quite like him. Nobody. Expand
  7. Aug 10, 2011
    8
    I'm gonna get crucified for this, but this album is perhaps a tad overrated - the title track overshadows anything else by a mile, and thereI'm gonna get crucified for this, but this album is perhaps a tad overrated - the title track overshadows anything else by a mile, and there is a fair amount that slips into smooth background music. Nevertheless, enormously influential and a landmark release, and everyone should give it a listen as a matter of course. Expand

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