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What's Going On (album) by Marvin Gaye

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What's Going On
What's Going On by Marvin Gaye (1971)
Overall rank: 62nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
85/100 (from 1,488 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 5 albums of 1971 (4th)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1970s (16th)
Award Top 100 albums of all time (62nd)

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WHAT’S GOING ON - MARVIN GAYE - MFSL UD1S 2 x 45rpm 180g VINYL LP BOX NEW SEALED
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Marvin Gaye - What's Going On / God Is Love soul 45 7" single on Tamla, T 54201
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Marvin Gaye bestography

What's Going On is ranked as the best album by Marvin Gaye.

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Average Rating: 
85/100 (from 1,488 votes)
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80/100
4 hours ago
73/100
 
95/100
05/18/2019 21:33
56/100
 
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70/100
I'll get pretty bored listening to this. It's got beautifull lyrics, and it sounds very ahead of it's time, but that's about it for me
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85/100
I've never been able to completely love this album, but that could change over time. The opening track is definitely one of my favourite of Marvin's, and his voice, as always, gives me chills. A great album without question.
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90/100
By far, my favorite album from Mr. Gaye. Best songs: What's Goin' On, Inner City Blues, Mercy Mercy Me. Truly, one of the early 70's classics.
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90/100
The album which gave funk the optimistic, atmospheric sound that was so essential to the ‘70s. I say optimistic, not because of Marvin’s view of the world then, but his hope for it, which he translated perfectly into music.
But it all misses what makes funk so enjoyable: a certain stank!
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80/100
From mdbaxter
What a great album. The switches between songs are amazing throughout, especially the one from God Is Love to Mercy Mercy Me. A little bit of a lull with Right On and Wholy Holy but Marvin's voice carries them on. Some fantastic tracks on here to combine for a ever-poignant album.
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45/100
Not really got this album and not sure I ever will. I hate Save The Children and Wholly Holy, especially the voice over on Save The Children. Better tracks are title track, What's Happening Brother, Mercy Mercy Me, Right On and Inner City Blues
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90/100
Flusso di coscienza lungo due facciate, più che semplice musica, incentrato su razzismo, ecologia, guerra in Vietnam ed altro.
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From Onater
The world would be a better place if more people listened to this
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80/100
A beautiful album that really explores disillusionment with the world and how to replace it with love.
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90/100
From corenfro
How this is not universally considered in the pantheon of a very few select set of albums considered "the best ever" is beyond me.
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Best Albums of 1971
1. Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
2. Who's Next by The Who
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