MARVIN GAYE

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Monumentally influential soul/R&B vocalist whose music incorporated socio-political issues, atmospheric arrangements, and unified album themes.

One of the most gifted, visionary, and enduring talents ever launched into orbit by the Motown hit machine, Marvin Gaye blazed the trail for the continued evolution of popular black music. Moving from lean, powerful R&B to stylish, sophisticated soul to finally arrive at an intensely political and personal form of artistic self-expression, his work not only redefined soul music as a creative force but also expanded its impact as an agent for social change.

Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. (in the style of his hero Sam Cooke, he added the "e" to his surname as an adult) was born April 2, 1939, in Washington, D.C. The second of three children born to the Reverend Marvin Gay, Sr., an ordained minister in the House of God -- a conservative Christian sect that fuses elements of orthodox Judaism
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What's Going On [Vinyl]What's Going On [Vinyl]
Motown Records 2008
$21.21
$24.76 (used)
Every Great Motown Hit [Remastered]Every Great Motown Hit [Remastered]
Extra tracks · Reissued · Remastered
Motown Records 2000
$12.71
$2.00 (used)
The Very Best of Marvin GayeThe Very Best of Marvin Gaye
Universal UTV / Motown 2001
$9.43
$3.29 (used)
CollectedCollected
Music on Vinyl 2019
$26.92
$33.77 (used)
Let's Get It On [LP]Let's Get It On [LP]
Motown Records 2016
$19.70
$17.88 (used)
What's Going On [10What's Going On [10"]
EP
Motown Records 2016
$9.90
$11.30 (used)
You're The ManYou're The Man
Motown Records 2019
$11.69
$12.80 (used)
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MARVIN GAYE Discography

MARVIN GAYE albums / top albums

MARVIN GAYE The Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye
RnB 1961
MARVIN GAYE That Stubborn Kinda Fellow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
That Stubborn Kinda Fellow
RnB 1962
MARVIN GAYE Hello Broadway album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hello Broadway
RnB 1964
MARVIN GAYE Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells : Together album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells : Together
RnB 1964
MARVIN GAYE When I'm Alone I Cry album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
When I'm Alone I Cry
RnB 1964
MARVIN GAYE How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
RnB 1965
MARVIN GAYE A Tribute To The Great Nat King Cole album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Tribute To The Great Nat King Cole
RnB 1965
MARVIN GAYE Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston : Take Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston : Take Two
RnB 1966
MARVIN GAYE Moods Of Marvin Gaye album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moods Of Marvin Gaye
RnB 1966
MARVIN GAYE In The Groove album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In The Groove
RnB 1968
MARVIN GAYE M.P.G. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
M.P.G.
RnB 1969
MARVIN GAYE That's The Way Love Is album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
That's The Way Love Is
RnB 1969
MARVIN GAYE What's Going On album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
What's Going On
RnB 1971
MARVIN GAYE Trouble Man album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trouble Man
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1972
MARVIN GAYE Let's Get It On album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Let's Get It On
RnB 1973
MARVIN GAYE I Want You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Want You
RnB 1976
MARVIN GAYE Here, My Dear album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Here, My Dear
RnB 1978
MARVIN GAYE In Our Lifetime album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Our Lifetime
RnB 1981
MARVIN GAYE Midnight Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Midnight Love
RnB 1982
MARVIN GAYE Dream Of A Lifetime album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dream Of A Lifetime
RnB 1985
MARVIN GAYE Motown Remembers Marvin Gaye album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Motown Remembers Marvin Gaye
RnB 1986
MARVIN GAYE Vulnerable album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vulnerable
RnB 1997
MARVIN GAYE You’re the Man album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
You’re the Man
RnB 2019

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MARVIN GAYE live albums

MARVIN GAYE Recorded Live On Stage album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Recorded Live On Stage
RnB 1963
MARVIN GAYE Marvin Gaye Live! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Marvin Gaye Live!
RnB 1974
MARVIN GAYE Live At The London Palladium album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The London Palladium
RnB 1977
MARVIN GAYE The Last Concert Tour album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Last Concert Tour
RnB 1991
MARVIN GAYE In Concert (aka I Heard It Through The Grapevine) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Concert (aka I Heard It Through The Grapevine)
RnB 1993
MARVIN GAYE In Concert (His Greatest Hits Live) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Concert (His Greatest Hits Live)
RnB 1996
MARVIN GAYE Recorded Live In Miami album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Recorded Live In Miami
RnB 2002
MARVIN GAYE Live In Montreux 1980 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Montreux 1980
RnB 2003
MARVIN GAYE At The Copa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Copa
RnB 2005

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MARVIN GAYE re-issues & compilations

MARVIN GAYE Romantically Yours album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Romantically Yours
RnB 1985
MARVIN GAYE What’s Going On Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
What’s Going On Live
RnB 2019

MARVIN GAYE singles (0)

MARVIN GAYE movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Searching Soul
RnB 2002

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MARVIN GAYE What's Going On

Album · 1971 · RnB
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Although the term ‘Progressive RnB’ never really caught on the same way as ‘Progressive Rock’ did, what happened in the world of RnB in the early 70s was quite similar to what was happening in the rock and pop world at the same time. Influences from jazz, modern classical and psychedelia all converged on many RnB artists to push their creations to new heights. In the late 60s, albums by The Temptations such as “Puzzle People” and “Cloud Nine” began to open the door to further experimentation, meanwhile George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic machine was making some noise in the underground, as well as WAR, Mandrill and others, but the album that really made it possible for RnB artists to search and explore in a commercially successful way was Marvin Gaye’s “Whats Going On”.

This album almost didn’t happen at all. Gaye was a hit machine for Berry Gordy’s very lucrative Motown label with songs like “That’s the Way Love is” and “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”, making sure his boss was one of the richest producers in the world of music. When Gordy first heard Gaye’s proposed single release of title tune, “Whats Going On”, he refused to release it, saying it was not commercial enough. Marvin countered with his own protest, refusing to record anymore songs unless Gordy allowed his ambitious project to continue. Barry finally relented, and in a rush of pent up energy, Gaye finished his album long masterpiece and released it to much critical acclaim and commercial success. In fact, to this day, many of the signature songs on this album are still played on the radio and elsewhere.

Compared to Gaye’s upbeat music that preceded this album, “Whats Going On” is dark and moody, there are no ‘love songs’, just songs about civil unrest, endless war in Vietnam, concern for the ecology and concern for the future of the children in a fast changing world. The entire album comes across like a suite, with one song segueing into another without a noticeable break. There is a strong jazz sensibility at work here, especially in the creative bass lines of Bob Babbit and James Jamerson, as well as the saxophone work of Eli Fountain. Familiar pop/blues chord progressions are uplifted with spiraling strings and wordless vocals, it sounds like Marvin wants to push his message up into the heavens in an appeal to God himself, who is also referenced frequently in the albums plaintive lyrics.

This album would definitely open some doors, Stevie Wonder soon followed with his own “Talking Book”, and later Earth Wind and Fire would take the world of RnB to all new heights. A classic album that still sounds modern and relevant today, “Whats Going On” was the peak of Gaye’s career, as well as a peak for the world of RnB and pop music in general.

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