Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (Live) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (Live) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:03:58 minutes | 810 MB | Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B
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Marvin Gaye’s legendary May 1972 concert in Washington D.C., featuring the singer’s only full album performance of his classic What’s Going On, will be reissued as a standalone live album for the first time this October. What’s Going On Live, due out October 18th via Motown/UMe, highlights Gaye’s May 1st, 1972 performance at the Kennedy Center, a gig that marked both the culmination of his hometown Washington D.C.’s Marvin Gaye Day as well as the singer’s first concert in four years. In addition to the near-full album performance of What’s Going On – a delay in switching reel-to-reel tapes at the time results in the exclusion of “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” – the live album also features Gaye’s lone live performances of four songs: “That’s The Way Love Is” and “You” – as part of the 13-minute concert-opening “Sixties Medley – along with “Right On” and “Wholy Holy”; Motown/UMe shared the latter as a preview of What’s Going On Live.

2001, Marvin Gaye fans were treated to a previously unreleased live performance from their idol (recorded on May 1, 1972 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.) in the bonus section of the Deluxe Edition of the masterpiece What’s Going On (released a year earlier, in May 1971). This October 2019 sees the astounding concert benefit from autonomous publication as well as remastering and 24-Bit processing. At the time, the singer was at a turning point in his career. Shaken by the death of his colleague Tammi Terrell, who died of cancer in 1970 at the age of 24, Marvin Gaye withdrew from the business and fell into depression. However, he soon returned to music. As America was fighting its own demons, both internal (segregation) and external (Vietnam), he released a masterpiece of thought-provoking soul. Packed with politically engaged prose, What’s Going On appeared on the label Motown and questioned what the American dream really meant.

As a poet and entertainer, Marvin Gaye made his message resonate like no other. The album is a skilfully measured symphony, with strings that seem to hypnotize the rhythms and choirs. It was the cornerstone of black American music, which made it somewhat difficult to release as Berry Gordy, Motown’s boss, feared that this highly politicized work would ruin the positive image of both his label and protégé. With What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye forced Gordy to face up to the Vietnamese conflict, interracial tensions and the degradation of major American cities. And the album was an immediate success. For the first time, a Motown record was created differently, without Gordy’s total control. This live recording from Gaye’s hometown showcases his artistic transition by starting with a sumptuous medley of his hits from the sixties, including the brilliant song I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Marvin Gaye then performs on stage the wonders from What’s Going On, a record that went through a lot of changes in the studio. Throughout the concert (which lasts just over an hour) he stretches out certain songs, improvises and above all communicates with his audience like never before. – Marc Zisman

Tracklist:

01. Sixties Medley (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972)
02. Right On (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972)
03. Wholy Holy (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972)
04. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972)
05. What’s Going On (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972)
06. What’s Happening Brother (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972)
07. Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky) (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972)
08. Save The Children (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972)
09. God Is Love (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972)
10. Stage Dialogue (Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972)
11. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Reprise / Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972)
12. What’s Going On (Reprise / Live At The Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972)

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