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    Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On Live Album Coming to Streaming and Vinyl

    The only live performance by Marvin Gaye of his landmark 1971 album What’s Going On — his first concert for four years — is to receive its first standalone release by Motown/UMe on 18 October.

    Recorded at the Kennedy Centre in his home town of Washington during the city’s Marvin Gaye Day on 1 May 1972 and then shelved for decades, it was released on CD in 2001 as part of the expanded deluxe edition of the album, but it has never before been issued on vinyl or as a CD in its own right.

    What’s Going On Live has been newly mixed by John Morales at M+M Mix Studios and mastered by Alex Abrash at AA Mastering. Its vinyl debut will be in black 2LP and limited 2LP turquoise editions with deluxe gatefold packaging. The album will also be available in CD, standard digital, ADM (Apple Digital Masters) and 96kHz/24-bit HD digital audio editions.

    The vinyl and CD packages of What’s Going On Live include rare images from Gaye’s performance as well as new liner notes by his biographer, David Ritz, who describes it as “an invaluable and vibrant historical document marking a milestone in the artist’s career.”

    The album includes the only known live recordings of Gaye performing four songs: ‘That’s The Way Love Is’ and ‘You’ (which opened the Washington concert as part of a meditative 13-minute medley), ‘Right On’ and ‘Wholy Holy.” A delay in switching reel-to-reel tapes during the concert meant that his performance of the What’s Going On hit ‘Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)’ was not successfully recorded. ‘Wholy Holy’ is now available for streaming and immediate download with pre-orders of the album.

    Marvin Gaye Day began with the Motown idol’s speech to students at Cardozo High, the school he had himself attended. Then a motorcade took Gaye and his parents to various other locations around Washington, including the office of city mayor Walter Washington, who presented Gaye with a key to the city.

    Then came a VIP reception at the US House of Representatives’ Rayburn House Office Building, before Gaye took to the stage of the Kennedy Centre at around 11pm. It was his first live show since 1968, and he gave only one other brief performance in the year of 1972 the following month, a short set in Chicago on 27 September which was filmed and recorded for the documentary Save the Children.

    Gaye later told Ritz about the withdrawal from performing that followed the tragic early death of his friend and Motown recording partner Tammi Terrell. “I understood that I’d been punishing myself by staying away so long,” he said. “I’d been denying myself love, and that’s one of the most foolish things a man can do.”

    Of Marvin Gaye Day, he added: “It was certainly the biggest day of my parents’ life. Here they came to Washington in the thirties without a penny, and their son was being honoured by the mayor as some sort of hero. At least on this one day I felt like I made Father proud.”
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    The greediest estate as well!


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      Marvin Gaye’s powerful rallying cry ‘What’s Going On’ continues to resonate nearly 50 years later, as Motown Records releases a new music video for the timeless anthem, directed by Savanah Leaf.

      As part of Motown’s ongoing 60th anniversary celebrations, the video made its premiere today at the 2019 Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference (CBC ALC) following the panel discussion ‘What’s Going On’ to ‘Let’s Get Going’: Building a Social Movement through the Arts in Washington, DC.

      Leaf pairs Gaye’s timely protest anthem with the societal issues of today, addressing everything from Flint’s water crisis, school shootings, universal healthcare and police brutality.

      “Who really cares, to save a world in despair?” Gaye asks in the archival footage that begins the visual.

      Shot over the course of four days in Detroit and Flint, Michigan, Leaf stressed the importance of the video connecting with the birthplace of Motown while remaining true to the original message of the song.

      “We wanted a place that resonates with the song and the history of Motown, while also remaining relevant to the socio-political issues in the music video,” Leaf said.

      “It was very important for us to find real people that resonated with the stories, rather than casting actors.”

      The visual features numerous community members along with Flint mayor Karen Weaver, local activist Ariana Hawk (who appeared on the cover of TIME during the height of the crisis) and Steve Smith, who worked as one of the recording engineers on ‘What’s Going On’ at Motown.

      Leaf, whose many credits include helming music videos for Common and Gary Clark Jr, was recruited by Motown president Ethiopia Habtemariam, who has led the label since 2011.

      The emerging filmmaker was also a part of the panel discussion in DC and explained her motivation to create a new visual for Gaye’s enduring song.

      “This is a historic song for an important moment in history, and what’s beautiful is that its message is timeless and universal,” Leaf said. “It’s about human emotions, human relationships and a coming together. My hope is that our music video will remind people to continue asking the question Marvin Gaye asked in 1971.”

      ‘What’s Going On’ is the first video from Universal Music Group’s ‘Never Made’ project, a series that creates compelling content for songs that never had an accompanying music video.

      Written by Motown songwriter Al Cleveland, Gaye and Four Tops member Renaldo “Obie” Benson, ‘What’s Going On’ was a response the tumultuous upheaval that plagued the 60s such as the 1965 Watts riots and “Bloody Thursday,” the violent 1969 conflict over People’s Park in Berkeley, California, which Benson observed first-hand.

      Produced by Gaye, the single was released on 20 January 1971 and quickly reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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        What's Going On Live has been released

        Last edited by Jonathan; Fri October 18th, 2019, 20:17.
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          Marvin Gaye outtakes from his 1972 soundtrack Trouble Man making vinyl debut

          Marvin Gaye’s outtakes from his 1972 soundtrack Trouble Man are making their vinyl debut, in a new album called More Trouble, this April via Tamla.

          The soundtrack to the 1972 Ivan Dixon-directed film of the same name, Trouble Man was the first album to be written and produced solely by Gaye.

          More Trouble collects tracks from Trouble Man’s recording sessions, including an unedited version of ‘“T” Plays It Cool’ and an extended version of the titular song.

          While the recordings were previously released on CD as part of Trouble Man’s 40th anniversary, More Trouble marks the first time they’ve been available on vinyl.

          Head here for more info in advance of More Trouble’s 3rd April release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.


          Side A

          1. Main Theme From Trouble Man (2) (Alternate Take With Strings)
          2. “T” Plays It Cool (Unedited)
          3. Poor Abbey Walsh, Part 2 (Take 1)
          4. Trouble Man (Extended Version)
          5. Theme From Trouble Man (Vocal Version)

          Side B

          1. Main Theme From Trouble Man (Vocal Version)
          2. “T” Stands For Trouble (Unedited Vocal Version)
          3. “T” Stands For Trouble (Alternate Version)
          4. Trouble Man – Trouble Man Original Score
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            Forever the man...
            "Crime is increasing
            Trigger happy policing..."
            -- Marvin Gaye ("Inner City Blues")