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Marvin Gaye, ‘What’s Going On: 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition’ (Motown/UME)

Andrew Hultkrans // June 7, 2011

Disconsolate over duet partner Tammi Terrell’s death, disturbed by his brother’s letters from Vietnam, depressed by Detroit’s urban blight, chafing against Motown’s factory system, Marvin Gaye was at a crossroads in 1970. After receiving an unfinished protest song by Four Tops member Renaldo “Obie” Benson and in-house songwriter Al Cleveland, Gaye and the Funk Brothers went into the studio and created the innovative title track, a crossover smash. Then came the album, an indelible quiet-storm jeremiad. This two-CD edition adds single mixes, demos, instrumentals for future songs, and the original “Detroit Mix.”