45 years ago, on May 21st, 1971, the greatest soul singer of all time, Marvin Gaye, released his earth-shattering, eleventh studio album, What’s Going On — a timeless masterpiece in every sense of the word. This conceptual, grandiose treasure of an album, released on Motown Records, told the story of a battle-weary Vietnam War veteran who, after witnessing brutal violence, horrors and injustices abroad, returns home to his beloved country, only to see similar behavior in the form of racism, rancor, disorder and brutality — something that our very own veterans of today have to deal with.
To commemorate 45 years of this enduring, highly-respected work of art, Universal Music Enterprises has released an exclusive 7″ EP which features the “mono single versions of “What’s Going On” and “God Is Love,” as well as two “Motown: Re-imagined” versions of the title track: a “Coffeehouse Mix” and a posthumous duet with Motown signee BJ the Chicago Kid.”
As the talented Chicago legend-in-the-making puts it:
“Singing alongside Marvin Gaye is truly a dream come true for me. Uncle Marvin is, and will always be one of the greatest. This collaboration also solidifies why I’m here in a time when it is proving to be more difficult for artists to find outlets for music with live vocals and live instrumentation. Marvin Gaye wasn’t only the standard for R&B, he also made a huge impact on pop music & pop culture. Long live R&B…”
Listen to the song below and pick up a copy of your own at Respect The Classics.