Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

Granted, this is just my opinion, and others, even in this club, might not agree, but since they’re not writing this intro and I am, I’ll go ahead and say it: I think Marvin Gaye has one of the best voices of all time.  It was soulful and suggestive, poignant and smooth all at the same time. While Marvin Gaye might have initially started out as one of Motown’s go-to men, by the time the 70s rolled around, it was time to add a little social commentary to the mix of harmonies and so came 1971’s What’s Going On.  You’ve most likely heard the title track before:

If you haven’t heard that before, please tell me that there have been extenuating circumstances preventing you from hearing it, and not just willful ignorance.  I’m sorry, I don’t mean to sound judgmental.  No wait, in this case, I do.  But hopefully, I haven’t lost you quite yet.  Hopefully, you’re intrigued, if you’re a new listener, or maybe you just want to listen again if you’re already familiar.  Either way, it won’t take long, I promise, it clocks in at under 36 minutes.

Here’s the full playlist:


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Record Club began in the cold, dank, snowmageddon scene that was New England of January 2011. We’re probably no different than you. We all work in cubicles, some in smaller, less private cubicles than others; that just means we have to be even sneakier about how we listen to our music. But we have to listen to our music, mostly as a way of saving our own personal sanity. Sometimes our opinions lead us to debates that may or may not be published in their entirety on this site, but I can promise you’ll at least get a glimpse of the way our minds work. The main goal is to find new music we like or find old music that we didn’t know we liked. Sometimes we succeed, sometimes it’s a total and complete disaster. After our ears have rejoiced or stopped bleeding we try something else. This is our pattern, every Tuesday and Thursday. Sometimes, when the club isn’t officially in session, just to keep everyone on their toes, we throw in a theme day. We’re beginning to run low on our original list, so please, if you have albums that you’d like us to review or themes that you’d like to see our playlist of, feel free to contribute. After all, we’re all in this together once we punch the time clock. So if you’re busy (or just plain bored) lurking in your cubicle as you read this join in. After all, life wasn’t meant to be lived staring at a computer screen. I guarantee you, it’s at least more fun when you plug the headphones in.

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