Marvin Gaye | What's Going On (Deluxe) | Vinyl LP Box Set

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40th anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of Marvin Gaye's classic ''What's Going On,'' includes two CDs and one vinyl LP, 12 unreleased tracks, copious rarities, all complemented by an oversized booklet with two essays and rare photos from the original cover shoot.

Leading off this lovingly produced, double-gatefold 12x12 package is a newly remastered version of the original album, which delivers a deeper, warmer sound than in previous reissues. Added to the album on Disc 1 are several outtakes from sessions that led up to the recording of the LP - the original mix of the title song Marvin presented to Motown's legendary Quality Control meeting, where it was summarily rejected; and song demos which show Marvin wrestling with the rejection - as well as the album's three mono single releases, each of which reached No. 1 R&B and Top 10 pop: ''What's Going On'' (in a very different mix than the LP), ''Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)'' and ''Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler),'' plus their B-sides, of which two are alternate takes from the familiar LP versions.

Disc 2 of What's Going On - Super Deluxe Edition is a document of the album's aftermath, when Marvin Gaye, reluctant to tour and shy about becoming the ''spokesman of his generation,'' holed up in Motown's Studio B in Detroit with like-minded musicians - among them the young guitarists Ray Parker Jr. and Wah Wah Watson, and the 20-year-old bassist Michael Henderson, fresh from a Miles Davis tour - and simply jammed over several days. These tracks, mostly instrumental, are as brooding and funky as the What's Going On album cover. The rest of the disc includes Gaye's final sessions in Detroit; among the few tunes he recorded was a sequel of sorts to the album, the politically tinged non-LP single ''You're The Man,'' which hit the R&B top 10 in spring 1972. Also included are two rare alternate takes of the song.

Capping this special release is the first ever 12-inch vinyl LP of the ''Detroit Mix'' of What's Going On, the original, darker mix of the entire album, left behind when Gaye decided to finish the overdubs in Los Angeles.

Track Listings:

CD Disc: 1

1. What's Going On

2. What's Happening Brother

3. Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)

4. Save The Children

5. God Is Love

6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

7. Right On

8. Wholy Holy

9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

10. What's Going On (original rejected single mix)

11. Head Title a.k.a. Distant Lover (demo version original master)

12. Symphony (demo version)

13. I Love The Ground You Walk On (instrumental)

14. What's Going On (mono single version)

15. God Is Love (mono single version)

16. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (mono single version)

17. Sad Tomorrows (mono single version)

18. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (mono single version)

19. Wholy Holy (mono single version)

CD Disc: 2

1. Checking Out (Double Clutch)

2. Chained

3. Country Stud

4. Help The People

5. Running From Love (Version 1)

6. Daybreak

7. Doing My Thing

8. "T" Stands For Time

9. Jesus Is Our Love Song

10. Funky Nation

11. Infinity

12. Mandota (instrumental)

13. Struttin' The Blues

14. Running From Love (Version 2 with strings)

15. I'm Going Home (Move)

16. You're The Man (Parts 1 and 2 original mono single version)

17. You're The Man (alternate version 1)

18. You're The Man (alternate version 2)

LP: Original Detroit Mix (April 5, 1971)

Side A

1. What's Going On

2. What's Happening Brother

3. Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)

4. Save The Children

5. God Is Love

6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

Side B

1. Right On

2. Wholy Holy

3. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)