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Marvin Gaye - "What's Going On"


Marvin Gaye What's Going On

Release Type: User
Audio Type: Single-track
Reductions: Yes (Authored)
Pitched Vocals: Yes
Vocals Gender: Male (3)

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GUITAR/KEYS: wingsoveramerica
VOCALS: EchoOfMystery
 
By the '70s, Motown artist Marvin Gaye was bored with "the Sound of Young America." When he wanted to go more in the direction of message music, label founder Berry Gordy wasn't pleased. It didn't help matters that Gaye had a reputation around the label of being "difficult," making him somewhat of a pariah among the talent pool. One of the key tracks for Gaye's new musical path was a song that was co-written by Four Tops member Renaldo Benson and Motown staff songwriter Al Cleveland. As Gaye worked on the song that would become "What's Going On," he angrily reflected on the stories told to him by his brother Frankie Gaye who was a Vietnam vet. The melancholy alto sax line was blown by Eli Fountain and, like the song itself, it seemed as a kind of aligned signal that the upbeat '60s were giving way to the more pessimistic '70s. 



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Zombie Capone
December 21, 2017

Thx a lot ! Very much appreciated :D  

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Zombie Capone
December 22, 2017

And finally I'll be able to play that bassline lying on the floor like James Jamerson did :P 

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Funk Meister Freud
December 22, 2017

@ Zombie Capone
And I hope you are attempting that feat with your favorite beverage of choice to 'capture the proper ambiance'! :)

Cheers!

 

Thanks AFJOne23, for this truly outstanding gift!

Thank you!

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Zombie Capone
December 22, 2017

@ Funk Meister Freud (tip of the hat:) Always happy to meet another Soul / Funk Music enthusiast. 

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RockbandPrincess
August 28, 2018

Thank You!