Wednesday 10 March 2021

On the turntable today...Marvin Gaye

It’s a 70’s lockdown...On the turntable today we have the best piece of vinyl Tamla Motown ever released. Celebrating its 50th birthday this year I bring you Marvin Gaye’s magnificent masterpiece What’s Going On.
Tackling serious themes such as the Vietnam war and ecology the album was way ahead of it’s time. The narrative established by the songs is told from the point of view of a Vietnam veteran returning to his home country to witness hatred, suffering and injustice. Gaye’s introspective lyrics explore themes of drug abuse, poverty and the Vietnam war. He was also one of the first black artists to promote awareness of ecological issues.
Produced by Marvin Gaye this is a beautiful album full of rich vocal textures and great songs, there’s no filler at all on this disc. It was a real change in musical direction allowing himself and other fellow black artists such as Stevie Wonder to set the benchmark in writing and recording about political injustices and other issues of the day.

It’s rightly regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time and was a landmark recording in popular music. Every home should have a copy of this LP, it’s simply brilliant.

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