Classic Recordings: What’s Going On -Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye’s timeless, soul-stirring, intuitively brilliant opus, “What’s Going On?” is what’s happening now. From the tragically beautiful  “Mercy Mercy Me” to the dark & brooding, “Save the Children” (which includes the penetrating lines, “Who really cares to save a world in despair? There’ll come a time, when the world won’t be singin’..Flowers won’t grow, bells won’t be ringin’…”), you have to agree that this classic recording is still relevant for the simple fact that we still have not learned from our mistakes. Listening to it now can be quite chilling, like an eerie warning from some soul-powered time machine. In 2003, the album was ranked # 6 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of all time. Personally, I would rank it #2 after Bob Marley’s,Rastaman Vibration.

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