Marvin Gaye classic issued as 4LP box


SDE speculated about the vinyl reissue of Marvin Gaye‘s classic 1971 album What’s Going On back in October but can now confirm that this is a four-LP set with plenty of bonus material.

This new set includes the original album and the originally rejected ‘Detroit Mix’ (which was issued on the 2001 two-CD deluxe edition and on vinyl for 2011’s 40th anniversary super deluxe). That makes up half the content here, with sides five, six and seven taken up with the live recording from The Kennedy Centre Washington (1st May 1972) and the final side concerned with single mixes and the like.

Unlike The Who‘s Live at Leeds three-LP set this doesn’t appear to be half-speed mastered, even if Amazon France says it is, so hoping to get that confirmed (Update: Universal are advertising it as a half-speed master). Regardless, four records in a hard outer slip case for the 30-35 mark seems decent enough, even if all the audio has been out before, somewhere or other.

This four-LP vinyl box set edition of What’s Going On is released on 25 November 2016.


Original LP Release
Side one
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)

Side two
7. Right On
8. Wholy Holy
9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

Original Detroit Mix
Side three
10. What’s Going On
11. What’s Happening Brother
12. Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky)
13. Save The Children
14. God Is Love
15. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

Side four
16. Right On
17. Wholy Holy
18. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

Live At The Kennedy Center (May 1 1972)
Side five
19. Sixties Medley – That’s The Way Love Is / You / I Heard It Through The Grapevine / Little Darling (I Need You) / You’re All I Need To Get By / Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing / Your Precious Love / Pride And Joy / Stubborn Kind Of Fellow
20. Right On

Side six
21. Wholy Holy
22. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
23. What’s Going On
24. What’s Happening Brother

Side Seven
25. Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky)
26. Save The Children
27. God Is Love
28. Stage Dialogue
29. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Reprise) 5:12
30. What’s Going On (Reprise)

Additional tracks
Side Eight
31. What’s Going On (Single version)
32. God Is Love (Single version)
33. Sad Tomorrows
34. Head Title (AKA “Distant Lover”)
35. What’s Going On (Rhythm & Strings mix)

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Quick end-of-the-year update… just snagged this and the Amy Winehouse – both Abbey Road half-speed mastered – courtesy of Amazon France. They’re having a 10% promotion on vinyl until 31st December (“vinyle10”).
I do like their shipping costs… the Marvin Gaye cost a mere €4.54 to mail to the UK. Two albums (six slabs of vinyl, in this case) was an appealing flat rate charge of just €5. Sweeet.
Happy 2017, SDE aficionados


I meant to add… Big thanks, as always to SDE for directing us deluxe box addicts to the best available online prices. I’d been eyeing up the Marvin Gaye on Amazon UK, as it’s been reducing incrementally each day. And then noted the French price on here, which is significantly less before the 10% discount


This record was cut using a specialist technique known as half-speed mastering. This artisan process results in cuts that have superior high frequency response (treble) and very solid and stable stereo images. In short, a very high quality master that helps to create a very high quality record. This half-speed master was cut by Miles Showell, the Mastering Engineer at the world famous Abbey Road Studios, and comes pressed as a limited edition 180g 4LP-set with accompanying download card.


The Detroit mix was already released on vinyl on the What’s Going On: 40th Anniversary [2 CD/LP Super Deluxe Edition] in 2011 ,but I will still buy this for the half speed master.

Gary C

tracks 31 and 32, mono single versions…have they appeared anywhere before? Anywhere cheaper?

Mark Hanson

On the mono singles, I suppose. And Amazon US lists an EP for $16.88 on vinyl (cheaper on CD):

Jan Burnett

They’re on the 2001 double CD version.


…both released on November 25th.


Notable also:

Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells on 2xLP:
LP1: The 2009 Stereo Mix.
LP2: The Original 1973 Stereo Album Mix.

Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black on 2xLP:
LP1: Original album.
Lp2: The 8 additional tracks from the 2007 2CD Deluxe Edition of Back to Black at last on vinyl.


Thanks :-)


I like this upcoming trend of vinyl sets with plenty of extra tracks, not just basic albums reissued!

Tim Hayter

I ownder if they might issue the rhythm & strings mix of What’s Going On on a 45 and save me £30?

Jan Burnett

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