For those of us who've somehow stumbled through life without yet discovering the delights of What's Going On, I'd say that you're in for a treat of biblical proportions. Ignore this posting and go out and buy the album immediately, from a shop in your neighbourhood. Make it a pilgrimage of your own. Walk your way back and notice the people on the street, the birds in the trees, the dogshit and the diamonds. Sit on a park bench, finger the packaging , look around and wonder why Mr Gaye's hanging about a place like this in the pissing rain. Marvel at his tailoring.
Once home, uncork the wine, unhook the telephone and disappear into what must surely be the greatest soul album of all time...if Stevie Wonder and Smokie Robinson rate it as such then who are we to quibble?
For the rest of us, here's an old favourite in a new light, lifted from the Deluxe Edition repackage of 2001 (no holy journey required...get it here!) Known as 'The Foundation", this stripped-down mix highlights the gorgeous arrangements of David Van DePitte and The Detroit Strings. Even without the soaring vocals, you can still feel the earth move.
(click here to buy WGO-Deluxe Edition from HMV-UK)