Annotation

tracksets (MBS-6680)

  • 1.1〜1.9: ORIGINAL LP RELEASE (MAY 21 1971)
  • 1.10〜1.18: ORIGINAL DETROIT MIX (APRIL 5 1971)
  • 1.19: THE FOUNDATION
  • 2.1〜2.12: LIVE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER (MAY 1 1972)
  • 2.13〜2.15: ORIGINAL SINGLE VERSIONS
  • 2.16: IN THE MEANTIME…
Annotation last modified on 2016-12-29 17:30 .

Tracklist

CD 1: original LP release (May 21 1971) / original Detroit mix (April 5 1971) / The Foundation
# Title Rating Length
1 What’s Going On
4.3 3:53
2 What’s Happening Brother
4.5 2:44
3 Flyin’ High (in the Friendly Sky)
4.5 3:50
4 Save the Children
5 4:03
5 God Is Love
4 1:42
6 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
4.75 3:16
7 Right On
5 7:32
8 Wholy Holy
5 3:08
9 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
4 5:39
10 What’s Going On
3 4:08
11 What’s Happening Brother
4 2:43
12 Flyin’ High (in the Friendly Sky)
4 3:49
13 Save the Children
5 4:02
14 God Is Love
3 1:47
15 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
5 3:08
16 Right On
5 7:32
17 Wholy Holy
5 3:08
18 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
4 5:46
19 What’s Going On (Rhythm & Strings mix)
4 3:51
CD 2: live at the Kennedy Center (May 1 1972) / original single versions / In the Meantime…
# Title Rating Length
1 Sixties Medley: That’s the Way Love Is / You / I Heard It Through the Grapevine / Little Darling (I Need You) / You’re All I Need to Get By / Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing / Your Precious Love / Pride and Joy / Stubborn Kind of Fellow
13:23
2 Right On
7:34
3 Wholy Holy
3:32
4 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
9:06
5 What’s Going On
5:42
6 What’s Happening Brother
2:55
7 Flyin’ High (in the Friendly Sky)
3:52
8 Save the Children
4:22
9 God Is Love
1:43
10 Stage Dialogue
2:35
11 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
5:12
12 What’s Going On
4:07
13 What’s Going On
3:57
14 God Is Love
2:54
15 Sad Tomorrows
2:27
16 “Head Title” aka Distant Lover
4:08

Credits

CD 1: original LP release (May 21 1971) / original Detroit mix (April 5 1971) / The Foundation

mellotron:
Marvin Gaye (1971-03) (track 6)
percussion [box drum]:
Marvin Gaye (1971-05-06) (track 1)
piano:
Marvin Gaye (1971-03) (track 6)
Marvin Gaye (1971-05-06) (track 1)
background vocals:
The Andantes (1971-03) (track 6)
Marvin Gaye (1971-03) (track 6)
Marvin Gaye (1971-05-06) (track 1)
Lem Barney (1971-05-06) (track 1)
Mel Farr (1971-05-06) (track 1)
composer:
Renaldo Benson (track 8)
Al Cleveland (track 8)
Earl DeRouen (tracks 7, 16)
Anna Gordy Gaye (track 3)
Marvin Gaye (tracks 2–3, 6–8, 16)
James Nyx (track 2)
Elgie Stover (track 3)
conductor:
David Van dePitte (tracks 2–5, 7–8)
David Van dePitte (1971-03) (track 6)
David Van dePitte (1971-05-06) (track 1)
instruments:
The Funk Brothers (1971-03) (track 6)
Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1971-05-06) (track 1)
The Funk Brothers (1971-05-06) (track 1)
lead vocals:
Marvin Gaye (1971-03) (track 6)
Marvin Gaye (1971-05-06) (track 1)
lyricist:
Marvin Gaye (track 6)
mixer:
Lawrence Miles (tracks 2, 4–8)
Steve Smith (US 70s/80s soul/funk engineer) (1971-04-05) (tracks 10–18)
Lawrence Miles (1971-05-06) (tracks 1–9)
producer:
Marvin Gaye (tracks 1–8)
solo tenor saxophone:
Wild Bill Moore (jazz and R&B saxophonist) (1971-03) (track 6)
vocals:
Marvin Gaye (track 4)
writer:
Renaldo Benson (tracks 1, 4, 13)
Al Cleveland (tracks 1, 4, 13)
Anna Gordy Gaye (tracks 5, 14)
Marvin Gaye (tracks 1, 4–5, 13–14)
James Nyx (tracks 5, 14)
Elgie Stover (tracks 5, 14)
phonographic copyright by:
UMG Recordings, Inc. (Universal Music Group's legal name in the US) (1971) (track 6)
publisher:
FCG Music (tracks 1, 4, 13)
Jobete Music Co., Inc. (tracks 1, 4, 6, 13)
MG III Music (tracks 1, 4, 13)
NMG Music (tracks 1, 4, 13)
Stone Agate Music Corp. (tracks 1, 4, 13)
recorded at:
Hitsville (Motown Records) in Detroit, Michigan, United States (1971-03) (track 6)
Hitsville (Motown Records) in Detroit, Michigan, United States (1971-05-06) (track 1)
has remixes:
sampled by:
Love Is… by Common (track 5)
Material World by Andrés (track 3)
part of:
The Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (as at 2016-06-10) (number: 4) (track 1)
later translated versions:
What’s Going On (Japanese version) (track 1)
recording of:
God Is Love (sometimes also titled "God Is My Friend") (tracks 5, 14)
Right On (tracks 7, 16)
Save the Children (tracks 4, 13)
Wholy Holy (track 8)
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (1971-03) (track 6)
What’s Going On (1971-05-06) (track 1)

CD 2: live at the Kennedy Center (May 1 1972) / original single versions / In the Meantime…

composer:
Nickolas Ashford (track 1)
Renaldo Benson (track 3)
Al Cleveland (track 3)
Earl DeRouen (track 2)
Gwen Fuqua (nee Gwen Gordy before 1961) (track 16)
Anna Gordy Gaye (track 7)
Marvin Gaye (tracks 1–4, 6–7, 11, 16)
George Gordy (track 1)
James Nyx (tracks 4, 6, 11)
Valerie Simpson (track 1)
William Stevenson (Motown songwriter) (track 1)
Elgie Stover (track 7)
producer:
Marvin Gaye (tracks 14–15)
writer:
Nickolas Ashford (tracks 1, 1, 1)
Renaldo Benson (tracks 5, 8, 12–13)
Jeffrey Bowen (track 1)
Al Cleveland (tracks 5, 8, 12–13)
Lamont Dozier (track 1)
Anna Gordy Gaye (tracks 9, 14)
Marvin Gaye (tracks 1, 5, 8–9, 12–15)
Jack Goga (track 1)
Fuller B. Gordy (track 15)
Sandra Greene (track 16)
Brian Holland (US motown producer & songwriter) (track 1)
Edward Holland, Jr. (Motown songwriter) (track 1)
Ivy Jo Hunter (track 1)
James Nyx (tracks 9, 14)
Valerie Simpson (tracks 1, 1, 1)
William Stevenson (Motown songwriter) (track 1)
Elgie Stover (tracks 9, 14)
Barrett Strong (tracks 1, 1)
Norman Whitfield (tracks 1, 1, 1)
Delores Wilkinson (track 15)
publisher:
FCG Music (tracks 5, 8, 12–13)
Jobete Music Co., Inc. (tracks 1, 5, 8, 12–13)
MG III Music (tracks 5, 8, 12–13)
NMG Music (tracks 5, 8, 12–13)
Stone Agate Music Corp. (tracks 5, 8, 12–13)
Jobete Music Co. (1967 –) (track 1)
recorded at:
is the basis for:
No Hook (track 16)
later translated versions:
Das kann doch nicht dein Ernst sein (I Heard It Through the Grapevine) (track 1)
What’s Going On (Japanese version) (tracks 5, 12–13)
live medley including a recording of:
Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing (1972-05-01) (track 1)
I Heard It Through the Grapevine (1972-05-01) (track 1)
Little Darling (I Need You) (1972-05-01) (track 1)
Pride and Joy (Gaye/Whitfield/Stevenson) (1972-05-01) (track 1)
Stubborn Kind of Fellow (1972-05-01) (track 1)
That's the Way Love Is (1972-05-01) (track 1)
You (Hunter/Goga/Bowen) (1972-05-01) (track 1)
Your Precious Love (1972-05-01) (track 1)
You’re All I Need to Get By (1972-05-01) (track 1)
live recording of:
God Is Love (sometimes also titled "God Is My Friend") (track 9)
Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky) (1972-05-01) (track 7)
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (1972-05-01) (tracks 4, 11)
Right On (1972-05-01) (track 2)
Save the Children (1972-05-01) (track 8)
What's Happening Brother (1972-05-01) (track 6)
What’s Going On (1972-05-01) (tracks 5, 12)
Wholy Holy (1972-05-01) (track 3)
recording of:
God Is Love (sometimes also titled "God Is My Friend") (track 14)
Sad Tomorrows (track 15)
What’s Going On (track 13)
Distant Lover (1970-11-03) (track 16)
referred to in medleys:

Release

part of: DELUXE Edition