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Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On"

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Ted, Apr 23, 2001.


  1. Ted

    Ted

    Dec 11, 1999
    I recall reading somewhere else a while back that James Jamerson wasn't the only bassist who appeared on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On". I can't identifiy who this might be (it all sounds like Jamerson to me), and he's the only one who's listed in the album credits. Can anyone clear this up?
     
  2. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    ...mmmmm, Carol Kaye?
     
  3. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Many of the Motown producers state that "What's Going On" is some of Jamerson's finest work, especially as an entire album. Carol Kaye did not play on "What's Going On?" According to a Jamerson biographer, and the rest of the Funk Brothers, Marvin Gaye, and others, Jamerson is the only bassist for that album.
     
  4. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Jazzbo-
    ...I hope you know I'm joking; check out my post in Dann Glenn's column! ;)
    What's Goin' On is a must-own album, bottom-line.
     
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Yeah - I bought the "re-mastered with original artwork" CD version recently and have been playing it a lot. I already had a double CD of Marvin Gaye's greatest hits which had most of the tracks, but it's nice to have the whole album as it was originally intended.