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Marvin Gaye's What's Going On to be Reissued

May 20, 2011  |  4:50pm
Marvin Gaye's <em>What's Going On</em> to be Reissued

Motown/UMe is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On with a box set containing two CDs, a vinyl LP and additional features.

The album arrives May 31, and according to Pitchfork:

Besides a remastered edition of the original album, the package features many rarities, including 14 unreleased tracks. The second disc contains mostly instrumental jam-session tracks that Gaye recorded in Motown’s Studio B after the album’s release, when he was reluctant to tour behind it. The package features various alternate takes, demo versions, mono single mixes, and non-album tracks, including the single “You’re the Man”. The box’s booklet features two essays and rare photos from the album’s cover shoot. The LP version of the album is the first vinyl release of its “Detroit mix” — the album’s original mix — and it features a reproduction of the album’s original packaging.

Two shows will also celebrate the record’s 40th anniversary. On July 24, Stevie Wonder and the Rickey Minor band will perform a tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl with guests that include Janelle Monáe and Sharon Jones.

In May 2012, the Roots and John Legend will perform with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C.

What’s Going On tracklist:

CD1

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 (unreleased original 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)

CD2

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
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)

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